Photo: Beach shack views.

Sand and Sea

Serene backpacker option

Southern end of Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut

Sand and Sea

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The very simple and almost dollhouse-like bungalows at Sand and Sea sit in a quiet spot on the southern rim of Ao Bang Bao with an outlook spanning this entire spectacular bay.

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Sand and Sea overlooks a coastline of sand, grass, trees and rocks on the south side of an estuary forded by a wooden footbridge from Bang Bao Beach or avoided by a very bumpy and long road that cuts here from closer to Ao Ta Khian. So while Ao Bang Bao itself is not exactly remote, those heading up to Ngam Kho and Khlong Chao by motorbike should expect a much longer ride than from Bang Bao’s other resorts.


Cute. Photo: David Luekens

Those who are down for the isolation will find several room types, all of them fan cooled and most fetching less than 1,000 baht per night. We first looked in one of the cheapest rooms set in a two-floor house and found only a mattress on the floor with portable fan, window and use of shared cold-water bathroom. Though spartan it appeared clean enough and was surprisingly spacious.

An extra 200 baht bags you a tiny but well-located wood shack set almost within an arms reach of the aquamarine sea. Relying on shared bathrooms found a short stroll across the lawn, these have fans and mosquito nets draped over mattresses perched ever-so-slightly off the floor. A nifty design enables guests to prop open the entire front wall to let the salt air spill inside.

Decor is ... limited.

Decor is ... limited. Photo: David Luekens

Painted teal, maroon and royal blue, other bungalows stand on stilts amid thick flower bushes on the forest-backed hillside. These were full during our visit but they look adorable and each comes with an attached bathroom. We noticed families and solo travellers staying in these.

Bungalows are spaced well apart over a long and narrow property with swings hanging along the seafront. Walk to the far end to find a wooden pier that’s great for a dangle of the feet as you soak in the bay view. You’ll also find a few tables set up over the sand at the small restaurant area, where a staffer seemed a tad annoyed to see us at first but warmed up quickly. WiFi is free and the vibe is for beach bums.

Good for a paddle.

Good for a paddle. Photo: David Luekens

Sand and Sea accepts walk-in bookings only and does not even give out a phone number. If all bungalows are full you could stay in the attached building and wait for a better room to open up, or seek a beachfront bungalow at the large and characterless Siam Beach Resort next door.

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Walk-in rates at Sand and Sea

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan share bathroom
600 baht
600 baht
Bungalow fan share bathroom
800 baht
800 baht
Bungalow fan private bathroom
1,200 baht
1,200 baht
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 800 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:

Where is Sand and Sea

Sand and Sea
Southern end of Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º32'3.37" E, 11º36'34.93" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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