Montana’s six cottages overlook the clear water of Khlong Hin as it flows into the sea at a sheltered beach of the same name.
If you’re okay with a large Russian package tour resort backing most of the beachfront, this is an unforgettable setting and we’re glad to see some accommodation geared towards independent travellers popping up here.
Above the estuary stand three large stilted salas where guests can relax on cushioned mats and chairs and watch the birds go fishing. A small restaurant sits at the mouth of the canal as the coast turns to some unusual rock formations—here the resort added several decks, swings and hammocks with an outlook across the bay. The short concrete footpath to Ao Jak also begins here, giving you two beaches to choose from within a five-minute stroll.
The small concrete bungalows were full during our visit but after experiencing the setting and speaking with staff and a French couple that was staying here, we felt confident enough to include Montana in our update, especially since it’s the only place to stay on this beach apart from the Russian-dominated Khlong Hin Resort.
Bungalows open through glass doors leading to grass within steps of those stilted salas. All rooms come with air-con, fan and hot water in ensuite bathrooms, and free WiFi is advertised. There’s also one larger bungalow that looked like a good one for families.
Though we didn’t meet the owner, a young Thai man did a good job with limited English to answer our questions. We dig the isolated setting and it truly is beautiful, but do expect a bumpy two-kilometre ride up to the main road and the nearest shops and non-resort restaurants.
Address: Khlong Hin, Ko Kut
T: (095) 253 8729;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º33'5.82" E, 11º35'48.29" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||2,500 baht||2,500 baht|
|Family room||3,900 baht||3,900 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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