Long-running beach bum joint
Going with Ao Tubtim’s alternate name, long-running Pudsa Bungalows offers a string of simple concrete rooms in the spirit of low-key Thai island life.
You’ll do fine here if your only expectation is a great seaside location.
The cheapest tin-roof wood bungalows with fans are cramped and grimey, with old linens on rock-hard beds, cold-water bathrooms with bucket-flush toilets and tiny front porches. Much better are the dark-wood fan bungalows that face the beach’s northern end, though an oddly placed fence means that you’ll have to walk back to the restaurant area before taking a swim -- or hop the fence. These are showing their age but we didn’t smell any mustiness, and they come with large front porches, fridges, desks, hot water and flush toilets in the otherwise basic wet bathrooms. A little further back, concrete air-con rooms come two to a building and have TVs, firm beds, blue-tile floors, fridges, several windows and typical wet bathrooms with hot water. The WiFi sometimes works at the beachside restaurant, bar and coffee stand. All of Pudsa’s rooms are forgettable but it’s one of the only options on Samet for a fan bungalow placed within steps of the sea.
The indifferent staff can usually be roused from their slumber to help out, but this is a relaxed spot where things happen at a slower pace. If you want a comfier air-con room for cheaper and don’t mind a short walk to the beach, the nearby SkyFriend Guesthouse isn’t a bad option. You also might like the rustic fan rooms at Ao Nuan Bungalows, found in the next bay over.
Address: Ao Tubtim, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 030; F: (038) 644 066
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º27'22.08" E, 12º33'43.2" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
800/1,000 baht for beachfront.
|600 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,300 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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