Photo: Time for a dip at Kai Bae.

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Kai Bae

There's no shortage of high-end and mid-range accommodation in Kai Bae, with a few cheap guesthouses, one great beach bungalow joint and one solid backpacker spot taking care of the budget set. Most options along the beach also face onto the main road, and the more expensive resorts have their own strips of private sand. Note that things get rather confusing at the southern end of the beach, with bungalows from various resorts blending into one another. The not-so-charming Grand Villa Resort owns an immense variety of villas, from cheap fan hovels to decent air-con villas, on either side of Mam Resort.

Garden Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
98/22 Moo 4 Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (039) 557 260

Run by a laid back and personable Dutch guy and a similarly laid back Thai staff, Garden Resort is an intimate spot with 20 smart villas set around tropical foliage and a salt-water swimming pool that's reputed to be the deepest on Ko Chang. With thatch covering solid roofs for a touch of the tropical-exotic, spacious and spotless villas have comfy beds set on bamboo frames, shiny tile floors,... Read our full review of Garden Resort.

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K.B. Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
10/16 Moo 4 Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (039) 557 125

Our favourite of Kai Bae's midrange beach resorts, K.B. offers a wide range of accommodation to go with an excellent two-tiered swimming pool and a great stretch of beachfront. Though perhaps a tad overpriced, the cheapest dark wood fan bungalows are spotless and have a definite romantic quality with glossy dark wood floors, comfortable beds draped in mosquito nets, off white paint on interior... Read our full review of K.B. Resort.

Porn's Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (080) 613 9266

Formerly known as ‘Porn Bungalow', this secluded, low key resort added the apostrophe ‘S' to make it clear that Porn is the name of the owner and not an indication of the activities that go on here. Attractive wooden bungalows with thatch roofs are spread over a vast area of palm-filled grounds. Some are a few steps from the sea. Most are surprisingly stylish and made of dark hard wood with... Read our full review of Porn's Bungalows.

The Stage Koh Chang
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
19/19/1 Moo 4, Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (039) 696 911

A small and interesting concept resort on the inland side of the road, The Stage offers some of the best flashpacker value in Kae Bai. Set in attached rows on a stage-like wooden deck, spacious and spotless rooms have slanted ceilings with awnings that extend over small tables outside, tall and abundant swing-open windows with dark wood trim, polished concrete floors, tasteful paintings of... Read our full review of The Stage Koh Chang.

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Buzza's Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (087) 823 6674

Compared to backpacker-oriented Lonely Beach and Bailan Bay to the south, Kai Bae is more geared towards families, flashpackers and long-stayers, but this hasn't stopped Buzza's from nailing the chilled out atmosphere that many budget travellers seek. Set along the narrow river that empties into the sea at Kai Bae, the stilted restaurant and bar fills up nightly with travellers' tales, good music... Read our full review of Buzza's Bungalows.

Gajapuri Resort + Spa
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
19/19 Moo 4, Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (039) 696 918-9

Gajapuri translates to Elephant City in ancient Sanskrit, but we didn't see any evidence of elephants here. What we did discover was a stylish, elegant, boutique-like retreat. Connected by wooden walkways over lush gardens and streams, massive rooms are crafted out of solid teak, very Thai yet at the same time modern, with widescreen LCD TVs, DVD players, tasteful art and huge bathrooms with... Read our full review of Gajapuri Resort + Spa.

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Mam Kai Bae
Backpacker - Under 600B
10/17 Moo 4, Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (081) 429 0826

With a fine beachfront location towards the south of Kai Bae beach, Mam has outgrown its humble bungalow beginnings and now offers a couple of air-con choices. Made of dark wood and some reached by steep staircases that weren't made for drunks, the most basic bungalows are clean and furnished with firm bed, mosquito net, private hot water bathroom and sizeable front porch. The addition of TVs... Read our full review of Mam Kai Bae.

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Nang Nual Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
10/7 Moo 4 Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (039) 557 162

There's no beach in front of Nang Nual, but it's a beautiful spot nonetheless. It's one of several Kai Bae resorts that have been around for some time, and while the concrete villas are beginning to show some wear-and-tear on the outside, they're well kept where it counts. On the down side, the villas are stacked on top of each other in neat rows, so your view will look onto the rear side of your... Read our full review of Nang Nual Resort.

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PK 208
Backpacker - Under 600B
50/5 Moo 4, Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (085) 750 0138

This oddly named establishment to the north of Kai Bae is something of a one-stop spot in Kai Bae. Along with five well-appointed and well-priced rooms, they offer a restaurant, coffee shop, cocktail bar, Thai massage and scooter rental. Rooms are set in a modern two-storey building that fronts a cosy garden area with a sala and the aforementioned services. The one we checked out was spotless,... Read our full review of PK 208 .

Sanook Sanang Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (089) 096 4442

Located across a dirt lane from Kai Bae elephant camp, just inland from the main road, Sanook Sanang is a small, laid back guesthouse-style resort that's best-suited to those staying a week or more but isn't a bad nightly choice either. Rooms are set in motel-style rows around a well-kept garden with blue tables painted to resemble butterflies. The standard fan and air-con editions are identical,... Read our full review of Sanook Sanang Resort.

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Inland valley road

Along with a couple of low-key homestays, one cheap, long-running jungle hideaway draws a trickle of travellers to this scenic road that leads from the centre of the village to Nang Yom Waterfall.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kai Bae? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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