The name says it all
Good Feeling covers a 300-metre stretch of the north coast but its handful of bungalows sit spread far apart, including some set almost within arm’s reach of the aquamarine sea.
Run by a family from Chanthaburi, the old-style bungalow joint has no sign but you can’t miss it just east of the entrance to Koh Wai Paradise. Fronting the restaurant is a rocky shore with some tables and lounge chairs placed on a dilapidated deck set near a wooden house rimmed by fishing nets and buoys, which some visitors will find unkempt.
We stayed in one of three shacks perched on the hill behind the restaurant and accessed by steep concrete stairs. It was old and showed significant mould on interior wall panels built with narrow open spaces in between—this design allows the breeze and critters to come inside. The bed was soft and we slept fine beneath the pink mosquito net. A couple of plastic chairs came on the wide front porch affording a view to Ko Chang.
Seemingly worth the extra 100 baht, the rest of Good Feeling’s bungalows stand on log stilts right along the coast to the east of the restaurant. Most are perched directly above small portions of khaki sand and the sea flows directly beneath some of them when the tide is up. All of these have been full on both of our most recent visits, but they’re larger than the hillside shacks.
All rooms have cold-water showers and bucket-flush toilets in ensuite bathrooms, differentiating them from the huts at Koh Wai Paradise that all rely on shared facilities. The bathroom attached to our hut was dire, with no mirror, plenty of spiders and a sink situated outside the bathroom door within sight of other guests. You can also use the clean tiled bathrooms with proper shower stalls and mirrors situated behind the restaurant.
On our last visit, the main problem at Good Feeling was tidal garbage that had built up around the seafront bungalows and detracted from the scenery in a major way. Staffers attempt to clear the trash, but this is a tiny and cheap resort and staff has their hands full with the usual day-to-day operations. The likelihood of seeing significant tidal garbage may decrease later in high season.
A solar-powered generator switches on at 18:00 and gets shut off when staffers go to bed, usually between 22:00 and 23:00. WiFi is not available and Good Feeling has no online presence of its own making. But the older women who run the place speak clear English and we overheard one of them doing a good job of taking reservations by phone. Good Feeling has only around 10 bungalows and we once arrived to find all of them full.
Address: Centre of the north coast, Ko Wai
T: (081) 850 3410;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º24'7.81" E, 11º54'17.48" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
600 baht for seafront
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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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