Beach access for budgeteers
Moo 4 (next to Alina Resort), Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Chang T: (080) 645 0921
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This nondescript little guesthouse enjoys a central location that fronts a wide stretch of southern White Sand beach -- but it doesn't charge the world for it.
Rooms are set in a motel-style row starting at a tiny office and ending almost on the sand. Fan rooms are simple but clean and relatively spacious, with hot water bathrooms, comfortable beds and one window each. The air-con editions bag you a fridge, TV and slightly closer proximity to the beach, though all rooms are close enough to hear the lapping waves. Rooms look out onto a tiny courtyard and then a wall, so no direct sea views, but this is the sort of place where you really only hang in the room when it's time to sleep. The receptionist was friendly, even if he seemed distracted. Considering how rates are similar to -- or less than -- comparable guesthouses located much further from the beach, this is solid value. They only have a few fan rooms and hardly any online presence at all, relying mainly on the walk-in trade. Rates are negotiable in low season.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 2nd March, 2014.