Old school hippie hideaway
Haad Wai Shak, Ko Chang
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With no electricity and water that flows naturally down from a hilltop stream, Wai Shak is a taste of old school backpacking paradise.
The place draws virtually no attention to itself, with no signs on the main road or the turnoff for the beach. So remote and isolated is the area that we muttered "It can't be!" after finally noticing the tiny red, yellow and green sign at the far western side of the beach. From there, a steep dirt path leads to the open-air roofed deck that serves as hangout zone and affords tremendous views over the neighbouring coconut farm, the beach and out to open sea. Whoever lugged the billiards table up there deserves a medal. Along with simple meals, there seemed to be plenty of cold beer to go around. The huts are extremely basic: constructed almost completely of thatch and with nothing more than a mattress. All facilities are communal. We perceived a slightly exclusive vibe, almost reminiscent of the island-hideout in The Beach, while chatting with the woman in charge. In short, don't bother coming here unless you're down with rudimentary accommodation and are willing to respectfully partake in a seriously laidback little community.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd March, 2014.