Baan Chai Lay
A very low-key spot
Ao Kao, Ko Maak T: (085) 094 3620
With only four beachfront villas and a couple of rooms in the back, this miniature resort enjoys a great location on a wide stretch of beach that's central to several good restaurants and the road to Ao Suan Yai.
Wedged between the larger Holiday Beach and Blue Sky, many people walk right by without noticing Baan Chai Lay. The villas are unassuming concrete numbers with tinted glass windows and simple decor, but they're spacious, clean and comfortable. The charming fan-cooled rooms in the old wooden house that sits back from the beach have several screened windows to go with cheerful pink-and-white decor. The small beach restaurant serves respectable Thai food and also some Western favourites. A very laid back older woman who moves around at a methodical pace now runs Baan Chai Lay. Rates are negotiable for stays of longer than a night or two.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes: hey