Clean, comfy and cheap
Located a short walk inland from the main road on the way to Kai Bae Waterfall, Sanook Sanang is a clean and simple Thai-run budget spot that’s a particularly good option for long stayers.
Most rooms occupy concrete motel-style rows on either side of a well-kept garden with blue tables painted like butterflies. Standard fan and air-con editions are identical, the only difference being your choice of cooling apparatus. While not huge, the rooms are clean, functional and pleasant enough. You get a fridge, TV, WiFi, firm bed, hot-water bathroom and terrace with tables that are suitable for having a meal or playing a round of cards.
The resort also has a traditional Thai-style wooden house at the back of the property for families. Though it’s always been full during our visits, it looks like a solid option for the money. In an area that doesn’t offer many budget options, especially in the air-con bracket, all of Sanook Sanang’s rooms represent good value.
The soft-spoken yet friendly owner can often be found chatting with long-term guests in an open-air common area that doubles as reception. Sanook Sanang also runs a cafe serving good sandwiches, burgers and coffee, but it’s located around the corner on the main drag.
Rooms stand inside a walled property directly across the lane from the Kai Bae Elephant Camp—expect to hear the pachyderms trumpeting. The otherwise quiet location puts the beach within a 10-minute walk, while the refreshing Kai Bae Waterfall is a 20-minute hike straight inland from Sanook Sanang.
Address: Kai Bae (across from the elephant camp), Ko Chang
T: (039) 557 367 ; (081) 982 9870; F: (039) 557 367
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º17'35.84" E, 12º1'42.26" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||500 baht||700 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||700 baht||900 baht|
|Family room||2,000 baht||2,500 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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