Still friendly but ageing
Soi Ao Nang 13, Ao Nang T: (086) 740 2106, (075) 695 646
Friendly Bungalow has been around for a long time and has always left us smiling in the past.
Our most recent visit was no different -- the older woman who showed us around was as friendly as ever -- but her ageing wood-and-bamboo fan bungalows are really starting to frown. The mattress and linens looked worn down, the fan was rusty and the bathroom grimy. Some visible cracks could be seen in the wood-panel walls and quite a lot of mould on the drywall. Though also dated, the concrete air-con bungalows are in much better shape with green tile floors, larger-than-normal fridges and hot-water bathrooms. All rooms have attached balconies overlooking a central garden area that also looked rather tired, though it was the end of dry season to be fair. Despite the drawbacks, laid-back backpackers should still keep Friendly in mind as an affordable option in a quiet setting that’s not too far from the action. The place is run by a local family that takes care of their own home while also looking after the bungalows; don’t expect a uniformed receptionist to be awaiting you with a welcome drink. Rates are on the high end for what you get -- don’t be afraid to ask for a discount.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 11th February, 2016.