Low-key beachside spot
Pine Bungalow is an easily overlooked budget spot which pops up amid fields of cows and coconut trees as you head away from Khlong Muang on a dead-end road with no traffic save the occasional royal motorcade.
It fronts its own private section of Ao Siew, the pretty beach that stretches just beyond Khlong Muang beach’s southern headland, a little more than a kilometre from Khlong Muang village. There’s little else right around here apart from Rastafari Bar and a holiday home of Thai princess Sirindhorn set atop a hill at the end of the cape.
Pieced together from coconut wood, cement, brick and metal, the small bungalows are set close together down a leafy hill that ends at the beachfront with several hammocks and tables. Small but bright interiors sport white-tile floors, butterfly stencils on white walls, small tables, portable fans or air-con, hot-water bathrooms and heavy glass doors. Beds are soft, if a little lopsided, and attached terraces large enough for a few friends to hang out on.
Some bungalows were built for families while others stand a few steps from the sand and afford sea views from bed. The laidback staff offer free WiFi, a restaurant, kayak/motorbike rental, rides to Ao Nang for 100 baht and even a basketball hoop set up next to a banyan tree.
Address: Ao Siew
T: (075) 644 332; (081) 893 5479;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º45'50.93" E, 8º2'29.75" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Plus 100-200 baht for sea view.
|400 baht||500 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Plus 200 bht for sea view.
|600 baht||800 baht|
|Family room||800 baht||1,500 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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