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Wai Shak Bungalow

Old school hippie hideaway

Photo of Wai Shak Bungalow, Haad Wai Shak, Ko Chang. , Salakphet Bay

What we say: 3.5 stars

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.

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Contact details:

Haad Wai Shak, Ko Chang. 

What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Bungalow fan share b'room 200 baht 200 baht No fan

Added to Travelfish on: 3rd March, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 3rd March, 2014

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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