Best choice on the sand
131 Moo 1, Khlong Kloi Beach, Bang Bao, Ko Chang T: (039) 558 169, (091) 587 3964
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This ultra-laid back beach bum joint offers pleasantly simple cottages a stone's throw from the sea.
All well-kept rooms have basic ensuite bathrooms, comfortable beds with mosquito nets, screened windows and porches. The cheapest have cold-water showers and are set furthest from the sand, though they're still close enough to enjoy a sea breeze. Air-con rooms are larger and enjoy the best views. The atmosphere is exactly what many look for in a cheap beach resort -- laid back and friendly staff who enjoy having a few drinks with their guests, an excellent kitchen focusing on freshly caught seafood, and no shortage of chilled out beach dogs napping under the palms. Free WiFi is a bonus. Next door, Bang Bao Beach Resort has a string of air-con rooms that are comparable in price and quality to those at Klong Koi Cottage. During our most recent visit, a beach bar had just opened next door and was pumping some seriously loud techno music in the late afternoon. We felt it detracted from the serene atmosphere of Khlong Kloi, but we guess some people were into it.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 22nd December, 2013.