Top spot on Coconut Bay
For a long time, Baan Phu Lae was the only place to stay on Ao Maipai and it remains a favourite of ours despite the formidable competition that has moved in nearby.
The first thing you notice is the idyllic beachfront, followed by young staffers patiently assisting guests. A lot of guests spend all day at the restaurant and bar, but kayak and motorbike rental are available.
Cute and clean yellow and brown concrete bungalows stand within steps of the sand and a tad further up the hill, all of them affording at least a partial sea view. Though lacking fridges and hot water, the bungalows are tastefully decorated with silk throws, wood furnishings, polished concrete floors, paintings of Thai boats, soft beds and several windows.
You’ll also find four good-value rooms in a two-floor stack closer to the top of the hill. These have air-con and large sea-view porches for the same price as second-row fan bungalows, at least on the day we passed through.
Baan Phu Lae is often full, and should that be the case, neighbouring Bamboo Bay Resort is a decent alternative. Be careful not to confuse Baan Phu Lae, which means “Mountain Sea House,” with Khong Nin’s Baan Rim Lay, or “By the Sea House”.
Address: Ao Maipai, Ko Lanta
T: (085) 474 0265 ; (075) 665 100;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º5'14.44" E, 7º28'58.89" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Up to 1,800 baht
|700 baht||900 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Up to 2,200 baht
|1,200 baht||2,000 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.
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