The charming Woodland Lodge occupies a serene beachfront locale with no other resorts or development on either side for quite a distance.
More functional than your average beach huts, the bungalows are situated well apart from one another throughout a shady property. You get a partial sea view from the porch and lots of flowers and birdsong all around. Built of wood, bamboo and concrete, the bungalows have many screened windows to go with hardwood floors, soft beds on bamboo frames, mozzie nets, fans and clean cold-water bathrooms with flush toilets. They even have desks.
Larger bungalows come with extra single beds and are a good deal for families. Solo budget travellers can take a cramped room in a small longhouse with shared bathroom at the back of the property, though we’d probably look for a cheap freestanding bungalow before going that route.
Laid out along the beach with tables and private salas, the attached Fighting Fish Bar and Restaurant serves some of the tastiest Thai and Western food on the island. We’ve not met the British and Thai owners on either of our most recent visits, but the woman who served us at the restaurant last time was one of the friendlier people we met on an overall very friendly island.
Address: Andaman Beach, Ko Jum
T: (081) 893 5330;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º58'36.33" E, 7º47'50.97" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Up to 1,100 baht
|600 baht||700 baht|
Up to 1,400 baht
|900 baht||1,000 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.
Our top 10 places to stay in and around Ko Jum