Great views and restaurant
Haad Yuan, Ko Pha Ngan T: (087) 888 8592
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Bamboo Hut is a great place to stay for those who want to move slightly off the beach.
A five-minute walk over a somewhat wonky (but safe enough) bamboo-made path at the northern end of Haad Yuan leads to built-in stairs on the big rock, which finally ends in the busy multi-tiered restaurant. The restaurant offers cushioned floor seating over two areas, a table and chair seating area and a platform perched further up the rock with a breeze and view of the bay. It is also the perfect spot for stargazing. The food here is considered the best on this bay, with large portions and fair prices. The staff speak good English. Free intermittent WiFi is offered in the restaurant but it mostly just leads to frustration. Pam delivers good massages under the restaurant. The fan-only bungalows are tucked behind in a large circle, with paths leading through the garden. Built of timber, they are slightly dark on the inside due to the shade provided by the trees. They have double beds (new mattresses and pillows as of 2014), a mosquito net, an open cupboard and balcony with table and chairs and a hammock. Bathrooms are simple but well-kept, with cold water only and a bucket toilet. Additionally Bamboo offers two rooms on the bamboo path with a sea view, plus two larger rooms to accommodate more. Bamboo is consistently busy and as of 2014 offers places for many of the neighbouring yoga studios, leaving few spots available. Beds are offered on a walk-in basis only so try your luck -- it's definitely worth coming for a meal with a view anyway.
By Romi Grossberg
Last updated on 11th December, 2014.