Mainstay on the bay
Best known for its restaurant attracting crowds of Thai tourists on weekends, Salak Phet Seafood doubles as a resort with an array of comfortable wood-and-concrete rooms built above the bay.
If you’re booking online, the cheapest rooms will probably be “deluxe doubles” (we’d call them standards) set in motel-style wooden buildings with an outlook to a wall or, for an extra 500 baht, the sea. The sea-view editions also come with front decks and glass doors, but without shades drawn you’ll have no privacy from people on the stilted walkway or eating in the restaurant.
The “junior VIP” rooms in another attached concrete building with wood-shingle roof bag you added space, sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows and somewhat more private positions, for 1,200 baht more. At the far end of the property and with an outlook over the open bay from large decks, the best rooms come in sleek Balinese-style villas, complete with Jacuzzi tubs.
In addition, we were offered an odd but extremely good-value room with minimal space in a newly built concrete structure out back on land. There are only a couple of rooms found here and we noticed a bit of water on the tiled floor, but we can’t argue with the 500-baht price tag for a room with fridge, air-con and TV. It seemed an anomaly, though, and we’ve never seen it available online, but worth asking about in person if you’re on a budget.
Apart from those back-building rooms, they all feature hardwood floors, firm beds with quality linens, TVs, WiFi, fridges, kettles and good-size hot-water bathrooms. Decoration is minimal but the simply furnished rooms do have some understated style to them.
Salak Phet Seafood is a long-running institution on the eponymous bay, offering boat and fishing tours along with kayaks and of course the fresh (and pricey) seafood served in a huge stilted pavilion. It’s a fairly large operation and service can be hit or miss, though we’ve received decent help from staffers who have been working here for most of their lives.
A short walk past Salak Phet Seafood takes you to a couple of smaller spots with a few rooms for rent. Sang Arun Seafood has cheaper digs and more of a homestay atmosphere, while German/Thai-run Island View Resort is a favourite of sailors thanks to the boat moorings and small air-con rooms for 1,200 baht.
Address: 43 Moo 2, West Salak Phet, Ko Chang
T: (039) 553 099 ; (081) 821 2706; F: (039) 553 081
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º22'35.03" E, 11º58'56.78" 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|
|500 baht||700 baht|
|Standard double room|
“Deluxe double”; plus 500 for sea view.
|1,300 baht||1,500 baht|
|Family room||1,750 baht||2,500 baht|
|Superior double room|
|2,300 baht||3,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,000 baht||3,900 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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