Solid khlong-side option
Offering a bunch of good-value air-con bungalows overlooking a lawn garden and the estuary behind, Ban Klong Jao Homestay is more of a typical family-run bungalow operation than an actual homestay programme.
Ban Khlong Jao’s 40 or so bungalows nudge up close to more bungalows at neighbouring Khlong Chao Garden View and almost within sight of more bungalows at Mangrove and Cozy House, all of which combine to form Ko Kut’s main budget accommodation enclave. Operating on a walk-in or call-to-reserve basis without much online presence, Ban Klong Jao often has a few bungalows available when those at the neighbours are all packed up.
Built almost entirely of wood, topped by metal roofs and fronted by benches on spacious porches, the bungalows come with notably hard beds raised off smooth wood floors. You also get a small TV and fan in addition to the air-con. The fridge in the room we stayed in came in a tiny separate room beside the tiled wet bathroom with hot water and Western toilet. For all you get, the value is great.
We found rooms adequately kept but do expect some ants along with the odd gecko despite screens on the bathroom windows. We saw several families staying in normal-size bungalows, but those requiring more space could opt for a longhouse-type building with a few larger abutting rooms. One bungalow set on tall stilts with a deck overlooking the khlong is worth the extra 200 baht, and then some, explaining why it’s rarely vacant.
The family owners are native islanders and they take pride in their place, watering the many flowering bushes and placing offerings on a large, centrally located spirit shrine every day. They provide guests with free kayaks and buffet breakfast in a riverside common space, while also running the popular Rabeang Mai Restaurant closer to the road. The free WiFi was amazingly zippy and reliable, even more so than at our apartment in Bangkok.
This is a fairly big place and guests should expect less attention from cleaners when it nears capacity in high season. With Khlong Chao Beach an easy five-minute walk away, Ban Klong Jao is best suited to travellers with a degree of self-sufficiency and will do the trick if you prefer keeping to yourself. Cozy House and, to a lesser degree, Mangrove Bungalow, would be better options if you hope to meet others. Set a little closer to the beach, Mark House also isn’t a bad alternative if you don’t mind spending a bit more for air-con.
Other noteworthy properties with inland locations and air-con rooms for 1,000 to 1,500 baht include Dara Homestay near Ao Tapao, Baan Bua Cottage near Ao Khlong Mat and Baan Aowthai near Ao Ngam Kho. Typically offering a few rooms near the owners’ homes, places like these are often the last available on booking sites and they do a fine job of netting the high-season overflow. But unlike Ban Klong Jao, their locations could be frustrating for guests not renting a motorbike.
At Ban Klong Jao Homestay we were offered a 200-baht discount per night for a four-night stay, and rates tend to be negotiable outside of peak times.
Address: Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
T: (087) 075 0942;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º32'53.94" E, 11º37'59.08" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Negotiable for stays of 3+ nights.
|1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Superior double room||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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