Funky seaside digs
Ao Bailan, Ko Chang T: (087) 704 9057
At the very end of a side road that winds past some other low-key budget spots (including Green Cottage), Bailan Hut is a great choice for funky flashpackers or backpackers.
Though the fan bungalows are set close together behind the larger, newer air-con rooms, they have a lot more character than most and some unexpected touches. Each comes with high woven bamboo ceiling, white walls complemented by royal blue trim and sky-blue bed sheets on comfy mattresses with mosquito nets, movable fans, tiny bubble-gum-pink TVs, simple hot water bathrooms and front porches. With direct sea views through glass and screen doors among other windows, the detached wooden air-con rooms are spotless, fresh-scented and well equipped with TVs, fridges, comfortable beds and private rooftop chill spots shaded by thatched awnings. The friendly guy who showed us around offered a 100 baht coupon for the restaurant -- on top of a 300 baht discount on an air-con room if we stayed for more than two nights.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 900 baht, high season 1,300 baht. Notes: