Now run by the Scuba Dawgs crew, Cliff Cottage has cheap Mongolian-style yurts and air-con bungalows spread over a sunset-view hill, plus motel-style rooms overlooking a small beach on the Bang Bao Bay side of the peninsula.
Though none of the accommodation left us thrilled, we like the low-key vibes and scenic setting. Cliff Cottage offers rooms on both sides of the jungle-clad peninsula that forms the western rim of Bang Bao Bay while also sharing a rocky west-facing cove with Nirvana Resort. The area is ultra-relaxing and it’s less than two kilometres from here to Bang Bao Pier. Do grab a snorkel to check out an underwater rock wall found just off shore before heading to the resort’s namesake cliff at sunset.
The cheapest rooms sit lined up in a single-floor orange motel-style building and come with tile floors, concrete walls and plastic chairs on shared stoops. Intended for backpackers and divers, these have fridges, make-up desks, spring beds and hot-water showers in small wet bathrooms—basic but not bad given an outlook of the bay from across the narrow lane that cuts down the peninsula.
A little more cash buys you a freestanding bungalow accessed by steep concrete stairs. These are cramped and a bit dumpy, with no fridge, but they do come with breathtaking western views from concrete benches on the porches. They’re also more private than the motel-style rooms and the free WiFi supposedly works inside of them.
Set further down the trail and also enjoying broad western vistas, circular yurts had replaced Cliff Cottage’s original wooden bungalows since our last visit. These are pitched on wooden platforms and come with fans, lamps and proper mattresses. Those staying in yurts have to use shared bathrooms situated way down by the gravel car park—bring a torch.
The attached restaurant serves decent Thai and Western food in a seaside pavilion set near a small west-facing bay and plunge pool. Here you can use the free WiFi, chat up the divers and rent a snorkel. The Thai man who appeared to be managing on our most recent visit was very friendly and helpful to us.
If you like this side of the bay and Cliff Cottage is full or you’re looking into long-stay options, a couple of Thai-run homestay-type places offer cheap bungalows just past Nirvana Resort. Otherwise you might check out Klong Kloi Cottage among other bungalow spots across the bay in Khlong Kloi.
Address: West Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (080) 823 5495;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º18'37.37" E, 11º58'1.85" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Tent||closed or n/a||650 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||600 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||800 baht||1,000 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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