Photo: Laidback vibe at Ban Khiang.

Photo of Ban Khiang TalayBan Khiang Talay

Hammocks in the breeze

Ao Sang Thian, Ko Samet T: (087) 088 8323 (091) 239 0751

Ban Khiang Talay

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Sporting royal-blue bungalows near a break wall and concrete rooms built into a steep hill, Ban Khiang Talay has a laid-back vibe while offering a more present staff than at some of Ao Sang Thian’s resorts.

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Ground-level wood bungalows with tin roofs get the job done with firm beds and cheap blankets on hardwood floors, fridges, TVs, standard wet bathrooms, large swing-open windows, blue stripes on the white walls and, best of all, large roofed porches with direct sea views. If the wood bench on your porch isn’t comfy enough, hop down a few steps to one of the shared hammocks, tables, loungers or Thai cushions spread out among the tropical flowers. Similarly equipped but less inspiring, hillside concrete rooms come with tile floors and the one that we inspected smelled a little musty, though the higher vantage point does make for a more breathtaking view. All rooms show some wear and tear but we didn’t notice any mould or dirt.

In addition to the spacious outdoor common spaces, Ban Khiang Talay’s personable owner, Mr Wee, serves up tasty Thai food under a seaside pavilion with free WiFi and a book exchange. Rates at Ban Khiang Talay jump by 200 to 500 baht on weekends and holidays but otherwise stay fixed throughout the year. Ask and you might receive a discount in the rainy months.

The value is better than neighbouring Sang Thian Resort with its nit-picky rules and tight clusters of rooms. Those looking to save a few hundred baht on a simpler air-con bungalow with almost nonexistent service might want to check out the neighbouring Candlelight Resort. The nearby Ban Thai Sang Thian is also worth considering if you’d prefer a pricier Thai-style villa, though we wouldn’t recommend its cheaper rooms.

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Walk-in rates at Ban Khiang Talay

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
1,300 baht
1,300 baht
Up to 1,500 baht.
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
1,800 baht
1,800 baht
Family room
3,000 baht
3,000 baht
Plus 2,000 baht for six guests.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,300 baht, high season 1,300 baht. Notes: Up to 1,500 baht.
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,800 baht, high season 1,800 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 3,000 baht, high season 3,000 baht. Notes: Plus 2,000 baht for six guests.

Where is Ban Khiang Talay

Ban Khiang Talay
Ao Sang Thian, Ko Samet
T: (087) 088 8323 (091) 239 0751
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º26'55.71" E, 12º32'56.52" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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