Beachfront bliss at a price
With a heap of outdoor activities on offer and a sprawling, out-of-the-way beachfront location, Lom'Lae highlights Ko Yao Noi's eco-friendly spirit.
Each of its 10 bungalows have a distinct design, all with fans, mosquito netting, kettles with free coffee and tea, mini-fridge and private hot water showers. Bungalows are spread over two rows, with the beachfront rooms fetching higher prices. Breakfast and WiFi is included, and extra beds and baby cots are available on request for no extra charge. The largest bungalow has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a loft upstairs with a mattress on the floor -- it wouldn't be a comfortable place to sleep but could be a fun play room for kids who could manage to scramble up the steep stairs. A dive shop is attached and Lom'Lae staff can organise massage sessions, boat tours, rock climbing trips, cooking classes, bicycle and motorbike rental. At low tide it's possible to walk to the main part of Pasai beach, where you'll find a few shops and restaurants. Having been one of the first resorts to open on Yao Noi, and with a friendly, peaceful vibe, Lom'Lae has a solid following, but it's starting to look dated. With the growing number of good-value bungalows on the island, Lom'Lae could use either an upgrade or a review of its pricing. And charging 30 baht for an island map that's available for free everywhere else on Yao Noi is just plain cheeky! Closed from May to October. The road approaching Lom'Lae is awful, so take care if you're on a motorbike.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 14th August, 2014.