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Porn’s Bungalows

Top pick for backpackers

South Kai Bae, Ko Chang T: (063) 171 2365 (091) 208 7933 

Porn’s Bungalows

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Formerly known as Porn Bungalow, this low-key backpacker spot may have added an apostrophe S to clarify that Porn is short for the owner’s name, Jiraporn, and not an indication of the activities that go on here. With that cleared up, welcome to one of our favourite bungalow spots on Ko Chang.

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Fronted by a seaside treehouse restaurant serving terrific Thai food, this family-run budget mainstay has barely changed over the decades. On every visit we see elderly members of the family in charge chatting at the tiny reception stand by the beach, and we always end up standing around waiting for one of the many younger family members to show us a room or two. Having been raised in one laid-beck setting, they’re usually cheerful enough.

Old style beach bungalows.

Old style beach bungalows. Photo: David Luekens

Some of the weathered but sturdy wooden bungalows are unexpectedly stylish with smooth wood floors, hammocks strung to wraparound porches and thatched roofs. Some stand two storeys tall with a loft design while set next to seaside umbrella trees. Of the variously sized and styled bungalows, we’d pass only on the grimy, dirt-cheap concrete huts set on the far side of the property.

You’ll also find some grime on stonewalls in larger bungalow bathrooms with hot water showers. But the sleeping space looked clean and the soft bed with proper comforter and mosquito net was more than adequate for us. You also get a wall-mounted fan, complimentary bottled water, several windows and perhaps a table or drying rack. WiFi is free but works only at the restaurant.

Decent rooms within.

Decent rooms within. Photo: David Luekens

Speaking of which, Porn’s Restaurant is a great place to watch a fire spinning show and have a beer or smoothie to cool off after an intensely spiced dish. Afterwards you could play billiards or table tennis, hit the nightlife in nearby Kai Bae village or just retire to a hammock on your dimly lit porch.

Porn’s is the only genuine backpacker-style bungalow spot left on Kai Bae Beach, and it does not accept reservations by phone, email or carrier pigeon—walk-ins only. Elsewhere in Kai Bae, the closest option in terms of price and style would be Siam Cottage Resort, a small spot with beach access and shacks built very close together fetching 650 baht for fan and 1,050 for air-con. There’s also Sanook Sanang if you don’t mind an inland location.

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Walk-in rates at Porn’s Bungalows

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
500 baht
600 baht
Deluxe bungalow
700 baht
800 baht
Beachfront bungalow
900 baht
1,000 baht
Family room
1,300 baht
1,500 baht
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes: Concrete
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 700 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes:
Room: Beachfront bungalow, low season: 900 baht, high season 1,000 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 1,300 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes:

Where is Porn’s Bungalows

Porn’s Bungalows
South Kai Bae, Ko Chang
T: (063) 171 2365 (091) 208 7933 
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º17'24.43" E, 12º1'16.08" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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