Peace and quiet near the beach
An easily overlooked resort in a quiet setting, Chom Samed offers spacious and comfortable rooms in freestanding wood cabins or a three-storey polished concrete stack.
Either are solid choices.
Around a dozen stilted dark-wood cabins overlook a lawn filled with frangipani, swings and hammocks, with an attractive three-storey concrete structure and the reception area on the other side. All rooms go for the same price, are roughly the same size, and come with good-size private balconies. Some of the cabins come with hardwood floors while others have tile floors, but all feature several swing-open windows, soft beds, large safes, wide LCD TVs, fridges and spacious hot-water bathrooms with two different kinds of showerheads. Reached by stairs, rooms in the concrete building are identically equipped but come with wider glass windows and lighter-grain wood walls -- these stay cooler without the air-con running and we actually preferred them over the cabins. All four of the rooms that we inspected were squeaky clean.
While minimal English is spoken, the owner and a staffer who showed us around were both exceptionally polite and welcoming. This came as a pleasant surprise on Samet, where so many staff are unenthusiastic or disgruntled. The location is very quiet and the best part of Ao Noi Na’s beach is no more than a five-minute stroll away. The owner provides free breakfast and WiFi, and rents out mountain bikes for exploring. We were quoted the low-season rate in early March.
Address: 200 metres inland, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet
T: (081) 003 8966 ; (098) 351 0958;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º27'3.99" E, 12º34'46.41" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||2,000 baht||2,500 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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