The picturesque Khao Laem Ya peninsula has a handful of park-maintained fan bungalows to go with a campground overlooking a beach with views to Ko Samet.
Consider spending a night or 10 here if you could use some peace and quiet.
Bungalows are set on a wooded stretch of land that’s well hidden from the main road, just up the hill from the beach and close to the nature trail. Equipped with fans, tables, porches, hot-water wet bathrooms and hard beds on log frames, the cheapest concrete bungalows might do the trick for couples, but the rates seem high given the lack of air-con. Larger groups can settle into one of several spacious wood cottages with fridges, dining tables and sitting areas.
A two-minute stroll from the park-run restaurant and convenience shop, the campground provides plenty of space and some shade backing a pretty beach. Campers use a standard block of shared cold-water bathrooms. Spend your days swimming and sunbathing before hiking to the hilltop to watch the sunset. We noticed a very content-looking solo traveller with his own tent and hammock set up within steps of the sand -- he couldn’t have been spending more than 200 baht per day.
Most who overnight here probably wouldn’t stray beyond the park gates, but the western corner of Haad Mae Ramphueng is within a 15-minute walk of the campground. A few small guesthouses are found there if you’d prefer privately owned beachfront accommodation for cheaper.
Foreigners must pay 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children to enter the park, and camping can be arranged at the visitor centre. Bungalows are available through the visitor centre or in advance through the park’s website (link provided below).
Address: Khao Laem Ya (between Ban Phe and Haad Mae Ramphueng)
T: (038) 653 034 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º25'12.05" E, 12º35'22.04" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
30 baht to set up your own tent.
|200 baht||200 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Family bungalow: Has two bedrooms; up to 2,800 for three-bedroom bungalow.
|1,500 baht||1,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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