Good-value air-con rooms
Tok’s Little Hut made a major turnaround since our previous visit.
A strong selection of revamped air-con rooms stretch up the hill overlooking Ao Hin Khok, and it seems that staff attitudes had undergone renovations as well.
The older Thai guys who run the place were quick to show us several different rooms; the man who led us around even apologised to a couple of guests for not getting their room cleaned before 11:15 in the morning. Workers were putting the last touches on freshly repainted handrails that accompany a long stairway, with rooms and tropical foliage spread out on either side.
Gone are the days when Tok’s catered mainly to backpackers, with all rooms now sporting air-con, fridge, TV, safe, soft beds, hot water and tall windows. While lacking any hint of decoration or warmth, the concrete digs are spacious and spotless save a few dried paint splatters on the tile floors. Wide front porches come with a couple of wooden chairs. Most rooms are set in freestanding A-frame bungalows, while half a dozen cheaper editions occupy an attached building at the top of the hill. These are no smaller or less equipped than the freestanding bungalows. Ask for a room towards the bottom of the hill if you’re not into stairs.
Tok’s has a restaurant located directly over the beach along with a few tables in the reception area, where the free WiFi is most likely to work. Nearby Jep’s and Naga both offer identically priced air-con concrete rooms that could use a bit of the “let’s renovate” attitude found at Tok’s. When inquiring as walk-ins we were quoted rates that were slightly below the booking site rates.
Address: Ao Hin Khok, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 073;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º27'38.51" E, 12º33'56.59" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,500 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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