Natural beachfront cabanas
Bann Chon Le opened in 2016 and we were pleased to see the natural-style cabanas set at the centre of a beach that previously hosted only a couple of boring upscale resorts.
Apart from a few coconut trees, salas and the reception/cafe area sporting ocean-themed murals, the property consists of a spacious lawn stretching to a picket fence with a door accessing the beach. There’s plenty of breathing room, the outlook is terrific and guests can dip into a narrow pool rimmed by cushioned loungers.
Aside from the thatch roofs, glass windows and a bit of tile in the large hot-water bathrooms, the cabanas were entirely built of bamboo. Inside you get a ceiling vaulted high enough to juggle cats plus air-con, fan, flatscreen TV, fridge, WiFi, coffee/tea facilities, bathrobes and large safe. Mosquito nets drape over soft mattresses set on raised platforms, and you’ll want to use them since critters can get in through open sections at the top of bathroom walls. You also get chairs and benches on roofed porches. The rooms were built close together so we’d expect sound to carry between them. There’s no discount for second-row rooms, so do request a front-row edition for the sea view.
A little further up the same road, Khlong Muang Beach Apartment has cushy tile-and-concrete rooms that are also solid and a bit cheaper than Bann Chom Le’s digs.
Address: Khlong Muang beach, Ao Nang.
T: (075) 810 303;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º45'29.83" E, 8º2'56.68" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,350 baht||3,500 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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