Beachside on a budget
Long-running Ngam Kho Resort is pushing things by calling itself a resort, but this old-style bungalow joint set between Dusita and the southern headland offers budget huts that are, for Ko Kut, quite fair value.
Some sporting walls of woven bamboo and others built of wood or brushed cement, most bungalows sit along the hillside as it stretches upwards towards Horizon Resort and out to a rocky outcrop. All come with hammocks on their verandas and nearly all bag you some sort of sea view. Kick back and enjoy some of Kut’s last-remaining seafront bungalows with fans that go for less than 1,000 baht per night, including breakfast.
All rooms were full for our most recent visit; previously we found the fan editions thoughtfully designed for airflow and fully screened in, which is a great asset as the mosquitoes around here are savage. Attached bathrooms with choice of cold- or hot-water shower are made of bricks with proper sinks and Western toilets.
While the resort also added some concrete air-con bungalows since our last visit, we salute the owners for maintaining simple fan-cooled huts rather than rebuilding completely for the air-con market. The owners were welcoming when we popped into their restaurant pavilion where you can order Thai food and drinks until 20:00. WiFi is advertised but we’d expect it to be patchy.
Fronting the resort is a small lawn with a few coconut trees and a narrow beach tapering to mud flats—walk two minutes north to Dusita Resort where the beach is much better. If you like the sound of Ngam Kho Resort, you also might check out Sand and Sea down in Ao Bang Bao.
Address: Ao Ngam Kho, Ko Kut
T: (084) 653 4644;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º32'41.12" E, 11º37'14.74" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Add 200 baht for hot water
|800 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,500 baht||1,500 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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