Beautiful, relaxing homestay
Set in one of the many old fisher houses built directly over the bay, Baan Yemaya is a beautiful homestay, cafe and creative space set to a vista of the bay from a seaside garden terrace.
Step inside to find a relaxing, artistic vibe built on ukuleles, wood-carved masks, vintage wares, fairy lights, rocking chairs and cushions draped in thick orange mosquito netting by a sea-view window. From there you can watch the fishing boats puttering just beyond the potted plants bearing flowers and spices.
The soft-spoken Thai owner, Air, has always been helpful to us, even pulling out a topographic map on one occasion to share some of her favourite little-known spots on Ko Chang. She also makes a mean massaman curry—do stop by for a meal even if not staying here.
Small rooms are situated on one side of the house, so only one room affords a sea view from a little window. All rooms were full on our most recent visit; previously we found the accommodation simple but comfortable, with small TVs, hot-water bathrooms, comfy beds and screened windows that allow the breeze to flow inside. Two rooms are available with air-con and one has only a fan.
In a small village with perhaps 100 residents and few travellers, Baan Yemaya is a natural meeting point for those who enjoy the serenity of Salak Phet enough to stay for a while. Though we’ve never spent a night here, we’ve stopped by for lunch a few times and met interesting people from several countries. Some were taking advantage of the kayaking, yoga and other activities in the area; others were simply relaxing or working on art and writing projects.
Baan Yemaya was not listed on Agoda and other hotel booking sites at time of writing, but we did notice it on Airbnb.
Address: 6/6 Moo 2, Baan Salak Phet, Ko Chang
T: (081) 922 8487 ; (039) 553 043;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º22'13.65" E, 11º59'44.48" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||800 baht||800 baht|
|Superior double room||1,200 baht||1,200 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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