Stellar value on the canal
Baan Chan Lay’s pointed-roof concrete bungalows had been upgraded with fresh ice-blue paint and some new appliances since our previous visit, when the property was called Salak Petch Guesthouse.
Most rooms come two to a building on either side of a garden reaching to a common patio beside the river. Standards are small but clean with creature comforts like fridge, TV, air-con, WiFi and hot water in the wet bathrooms. You also get proper comforters on firm beds raised off tile floors.
Set closer to the estuary, the family room we saw had a two-level design featuring a pair of double beds down below along with cushioned wood furniture and kitchenette and counter space up top. These are done up in the same blue-and-white sea cottage theme that marks all interior spaces at Baan Chan Lay.
A welcoming Thai woman who speaks clear English now runs the small resort alongside her adorable son, who donned a Superman outfit when we passed through. They offer a small cafe just across the lane and free kayak use for guests. Paddle for around 100 metres to reach the broad bay itself, or head inland to explore mangrove forests and fishing shacks.
The cute little resort is also within easy walking distance of other eateries in the part of Baan Salak Phet that extends on stilts above the water. It’s a fascinating area to explore.
Rates we saw for Baan Chan Lay on Booking.com were a bit higher than those we were quoted as walk-ins. If you don’t mind spending a bit more, the neighbouring Mangrove Hideaway is also a good choice.
Address: 31/1 Moo 2, Baan Salak Phet, Ko Chang
T: (081) 839 0934;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º22'16.61" E, 11º59'54.87" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||900 baht||1,200 baht|
|Family room||1,500 baht||2,200 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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