Long-running beach bum joint
Ao Tubtim, Ko Samet T: (038) 644 030 F: (038) 644 066
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.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes: 800/1,000 baht for beachfront.
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,300 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes:
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Aquamarine sea meets secluded coves and busy beaches on Ko Samet
, one of Thailand’s most popular islands and a handy getaway from Bangkok. The island offers no fewer than 16 beaches with a variety of different scenes, often with white sand so fine that it’s like stepping on silk-feather pillows.