Having taken over the infamous but now long-closed flower-child hideaway, Treehouse, the far less inspiring Long Beach Resort, which opened in 2013, is attempting to recreate the place as … well, we're not exactly sure.
After constructing new cold-water shared bathrooms on top of the hill, the new owner revamped some of the original bare-bones wood and bamboo huts. On our last visit, several of these were being occupied by the same old dreadlocked, tattooed gang of backpackers who probably stayed here years ago. At time of writing, much of what made up the old Treehouse was still in a decrepit state, with shards of wood and filthy mattresses hanging off some of the long-abandoned structures. The beach was also sadly filled with piles of trash that had been washed in from the sea and ignored by the resort's new owner. Rising in horrific fashion from the top of the hill, an unexpected block of characterless air-con rooms had just been finished. These will apparently have TVs and fridges, but it strikes us as a misguided notion for a place that has always relied on backpackers who would be quite happy just sleeping on beaches and bathing in streams. If that sounds like you, Haad Wai Shak is where it's at.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes: No fan
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,500 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes: