In all of our visits to Long Beach, P.A.N. is the one place that we’ve always found completely open with the restaurant serving food, free WiFi available and family staffers ready to help.
That alone gives it an advantage, but we also like the setting towards the western end of the beach affording views across the bay to the cliffs of Ao Nang and beyond. Lounge chairs, swings and kayaks set beneath the shade of casuarina trees help you to make the most of the vista. Staff rent out motorbikes and can arrange taxis for when you need a break from the seclusion.
The wood-and-concrete bungalows stand in two rows facing a central lawn, though every one of the roofed porches bag you a partial sea view from benches, chairs and hammocks (yes, all three on every porch). Decorated with Northern Thai art, bungalows come in two sizes—the cheapest are cramped—with hardwood floors, comfy beds, wall-mounted fans and small cold-water bathrooms that show some grime. Some bathrooms have strings of seashells hung from the ceiling in place of proper doors.
If these are too rustic, check out nearby Long Beach Villas, which also has simple fan huts to go with better-equipped air-con rooms that fetch considerably more cash than P.A.N.
Address: Long Beach, Western Noppharat Thara
T: (089) 866 4373; (089) 724 2806;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º46'59.62" E, 8º2'39.38" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
799/900 baht for a larger bungalow
|500 baht||700 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||900 baht||900 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||900 baht||1,200 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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