The best value option on Ko Phayam
Ao Kwai T: (085) 107 9473, (081) 961 0375
The rather tacky name may sound like it's for a package tourist place (and it was originally designed to be one) but if you're looking for Western standards of comfort, 24-hour electricity and WiFi, then this is by far the best value option on Ko Phayam.
After a few years of being more or less empty all the time apart from the occasional visiting tour group, the owner has now changed tactics and dropped his prices significantly. Some bungalows are no more expensive than a traditional beach hut but comfort levels and facilities are far better. The cheapest fan rooms are a little cramped (there's not much space between the dressing table/TV and the bed) and only have cold water showers. Nevertheless, they are spotlessly clean with a well-designed, functional layout, which includes a place to hang clothes and store luggage, and quality beds and linen. The cheaper rooms are at the back and quite near the huge generator, which means constant low-level noise on the balcony, but you can't hear it much inside the room. The more expensive and spacious rooms are nearer the beach and further away from the generator. All rooms here have a satellite TV, personal safe, a fridge, a free bottle of water and are cleaned daily. The luxury rooms also have air-con, a DVD player, hot water showers and a hairdryer. For those travelling with kids the resort has family rooms, which can sleep four people. There's a WiFi signal in the restaurant and front bungalows and also a computer that guests can use if they don't have a laptop or iPhone. There's also a children's playroom with toys and a library. The resort has a slightly more formal atmosphere than the very laidback Vijits next door but it's not unpleasant. All the rooms and the open-air restaurant are no-smoking areas. A very extensive menu includes both Thai and Western food, plus a great selection of Mexican dishes and an excellent range of cocktails. Menu prices, while higher than average on Ko Phayam are still reasonable for a resort of this standard.
Last updated on 27th December, 2011.