Photo: Jungle takes back quick.

Accommodation

Most bungalows are found on Ao Yai, divided by natural features into North, Central and South. A bit further south, Ao Tadaeng has a few more bungalow spots, while a few tiny beaches on the far northwest coast each has one place to stay. The two bungalow operations down on Ao Siad are worth considering if you really want to get away from it all. Many places to stay are very similar, all with cold-water showers and power switched on only from around 18:00 to 22:00. Travellers staying a week or longer can expect significant discounts.

Only a few places on Ko Chang Noi can really be called “resorts” and only one of these, Koh Chang Resort, which we’ve found overpriced and not so well kept, offers air-con and can be booked through booking sites like Agoda (filed under Ko Phayam). It’s usually fine to just show up and grab a bungalow on the spot, but do call ahead to reserve a room if you’ll be on the island around Christmas and New Year’s. Expect rates at some places to spike from mid-December to February. Virtually every place closes during rainy season from May to October.




Northern Ao Yai

The long and quiet northern stretch of Ao Yai has a handful of places to stay along with the island’s only temple, the hippie-style Bar La and the Om Tao yoga venue, both of which also rent out a few bungalows. Great for strolling on the sand without being interrupted by rocks or canals, North Ao Yai is the island’s longest uninterrupted beach.


North Ao Yai, Ko Chang Noi
Under 600B
Sunset Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
North Ao Yai, Ko Chang Noi
T: (084) 339 5224

With a lively restaurant overlooking a fine stretch of beach, Sunset offers large wood and bamboo bungalows built into a hill covered in dense rubber trees and palms. The Thai owners run a tight ship, with an actual logo on the business card and a big red sign along the beach, while maintaining a low-key vibe that many travellers return for each year. Mostly built of dark wood with metal... Read our full review of Sunset Bungalows .

North Ao Yai, Ko Chang Noi
Under 600B
Cashew Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
North Ao Yai, Ko Chang Noi
T: (084) 538 5385

The largest and one of the longest running resorts on the island, Cashew has a bunch of concrete and wood bungalows facing a great stretch of North Ao Yai. Popular and well equipped, Cashew draws quite a few long-stayers who plant flower gardens, string up awnings, paint murals and otherwise turn their bungalows into second homes. The friendly Thai owner was willing to show us as many... Read our full review of Cashew Resort.

(  Read more on Agoda.com )

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