White bungalows dot a tree-lined hill at Ao Pai Hut, the first place that you’ll see if coming from nearby Ao Hin Khok.
As long as you don’t expect much in the way of service, you’ll probably be psyched with some of the cheapest fan bungalows that we came across on Samet.
The old wood-and-cement bungalows with metal roofs still look handsome from the outside, even if they’ve seen better days. They’re spread fairly far apart over a wooded hill that ends at a white-picket fence, with Ao Phai’s northern rocks located just across the road. Sky blue wood porches furnished with wood or plastic chairs fronts each of the bungalows -- fine spots to while away an hour with a book if you brought some mozzie spray. Located towards the upper side of the hill, the fan room that we checked out had a firm bed on a slightly raised platform, moveable fan, a couple of windows, simple cold-water bathroom and a picture of some flowers for a touch of decor. It wasn’t in the best shape -- we noticed some mold on the walls -- but it’s tough to complain for the price.
We found the fan bungalow to be considerably better than the same-priced fan bungalows at nearby Naga, which rely on grimy shared bathrooms. Ao Pai Hut also offers standard air-con bungalows, which are the same size as fan editions but with fridge, TV, hot water bathrooms, teakettle and perhaps an extra five minutes of the cleaner’s time.
Naga does however beat Ao Pai Hut when it comes to the “scene” factor: there’s no restaurant or bar to retreat to here. The place felt like it was half-open, or gearing up for changes down the road, or maybe gearing up to be replaced altogether. The old reception pavilion was not in use and a trio of girls who couldn’t have been older than 16 showed us around. They were friendly enough and one of them spoke some English, but she did mention that WiFi was not available. Security isn’t a strong suit either.
Bungalow fan private b’room Low 600 ; High 600
Bungalow air-con private b’room Low 1200 ; High 1200
Address: Ao Phai (just over the bend from Ao Hin Khok), Ko Samet
T: (081) 812 3898 ; (038) 644 075;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º27'29.81" E, 12º33'52.95" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,200 baht||1,200 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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