A strong selection of spacious bungalows helps to make the long-running Vongdeuan Resort a reliable midrange favourite.
Culminating at a big beachside swimming pool, the freestanding rooms are spread over a huge chunk of tree-lined land that was mostly preserved when concrete stacks were packed into the other end of the beach.
The well-kept bungalows come in four different styles, each with a private bathroom and terrace. Closest to the beach and punctuated by tropical flowers, the large Thai-style wood bungalows come with carved wooden eaves and some were designed in a hexagon shape. With soft white curtains draped over several windows, we felt that the Thai-style rooms are the best of the bunch. Further up the hill are some modern-style white villas that come in a few different sizes, all with tile floors and large windows. Some rooms have flush white walls and floors to go with light-blue bedspreads and wall hangings; others have wood walls along with soft lighting and four-poster beds. All rooms are equipped with air-con, fridge and large TV, though WiFi may only work in the common area.
Within steps of the sand, loungers surround the pool as part of a large light-yellow concrete structure that also hosts a coffee shop and restaurant. The experienced staff offers kayaks, Thai massage and boat trips.
Immediately after inquiring as a walk-in and receiving the rates listed below, we found rates for around 500 baht cheaper on Booking.com. Vongduean Resort sometimes fills up with Thai holidaymakers; in that case you could try the neighbouring C Samet Beach Resort (formerly Vong Duern Villa), or head up the beach to Samed Cabana.
Address: Ao Wong Duen, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 171; (038) 651 777; F: (038) 644 170
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º27'0" E, 12º33'13.63" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,700 baht||2,700 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,100 baht||3,100 baht|
4,00 baht for Thai House
|3,500 baht||3,500 baht|
|Suite||5,100 baht||5,100 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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