Presidential, it's not
65/2 Moo 3, Loh Jark, Prunai, Ko Yao Yai T: (093) 7451855, (090) 8649216
Formerly the cheapie Yao Yai Beach Bungalow, prices have certainly moved up in its new incarnation as The White House … but not so much the quality.
Five private-bathroom bungalows, some with fans, some with air-con, are set back from Loh Jark beach on stilts over a muddy swamp. Freshly painted when we visited, they looked appealing enough from the outside, but the interiors are patched together roughly, from the dim, single bare-bulb lighting to the ill-fitting patches of linoleum nailed loosely into the floor and edged with electrical tape, to the satellite TV receiver box dangling freely from the room’s single shoulder-high outlet. No hot water in the bathroom, which had an armpitty smell. Bedding and basic toiletries are provided, but no towels. The only furniture, aside from the small TV table, is the very firm king-sized bed. On a grassy area in front of the bungalows are three bamboo huts, a cheaper option for those wanting something really simple: four walls and a sleeping mat. No electricity, shared bathrooms. Breakfast is included but we were so fed up with the indifferent staff we went elsewhere for our morning meal. These quirks are almost tolerable at truly budget prices, but the rates we were quoted are outrageously high for what you get in return. On the plus side, the free WiFi is quite zippy, the air-con is good, and the brilliant white sands of Loh Jark are just steps away. Bargain hard if you choose to stay here and be sure to ask for a discount in low season.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 27th February, 2014.