Ragtag jumble of bungalows
The addition of air-con in most rooms thrust Laem Yai Hut into the flashpacker range as of 2016.
Even so, the ragtag old joint held onto a lazy backpacker atmosphere that’s otherwise missing from the Haad Sai Kaew vicinity. The revamped rooms aren’t too shabby if you can put up with non-existent service.
Laem Yai Hut has a fabulous location on a leafy hill that stretches from one side of Laem Yai cape to the other. Bungalows are scattered here and there, including some overlooking the rocky north coast and others set within steps of Haad Sai Kaew. The wood, brick and concrete bungalows come in different colours and sizes -- you get the sense that a new one was added every year for the last two decades. At research time there was at least one brick fan bungalow still available on the rocky side of the peninsula. It was occupied but we were told that it’s equipped with mosquito net, ceiling fan and basic bathroom. The front porch looked inviting. Closer to the beach, white bungalows come with air-con, fridge, TV, soft beds, basic hot-water bathrooms and sliding glass doors with sea views. While not terrible, we questioned the 1,500 baht price tag. Then again, Haad Sai Kaew is generally very pricey and rates are negotiable.
Building materials were lying around and a chicken coop was placed in the back of the unkempt grounds. After approaching off the beach and standing at the unstaffed info desk for a couple of minutes, a young staffer couldn’t be bothered to take out her headphones or even acknowledge our presence. She finally (and slowly) showed us a room but, needless to say, you shouldn’t expect snappy service here. Given the almost nonexistent staff, security would concern us. The resort does however boast the only backpacker-style bar on the beach.
Address: Laem Yai and northern corner of Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (093) 985 7580; (090) 092 4710;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º28'7.1" E, 12º34'5.39" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||700 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,200 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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