Clustered close together under some tonsai trees just off Haad Nadan’s southern stretch, Ban Sonmanee will do the trick for backpackers after a simple “back-to-nature” experience.
A few larger cabins also make this a good option for families and groups.
The old-style bungalow joint is situated a couple of hundred metres down a dirt path from the beach. Abundant pine-like trees keep nearly all of the standalone bungalows shaded, which bodes well for afternoon catnaps in the hammocks strung to every porch. Bungalows are set up in rows behind a tiny reception area and do not have sea views. Made entirely out of flimsy bamboo apart from the thatch roofs, fan bungalows come with springy beds draped in mosquito nets that will be vital due to open-air “windows” spanning the tops of the walls -- good for air flow, bad for bugs and noise. Bungalows also have moveable fans and dark cold-water bathrooms with Western-style flush toilets; we didn’t notice a mirror in one of them.
Another 200 baht brings you up to a fully enclosed wood air-con bungalow with similar furnishings and decor (or lack of it). At the front of the property within view of the surf is a larger family air-con cabin and, larger still, a multi-bedroom cabin that sleeps six. Both of these larger rooms come with spacious front porches and we were told that the latter has a small living area -- we couldn’t look inside but it appeared to be a great option for larger families and groups.
The older, soft-spoken woman who showed us around seemed kind but spoke minimal English. She offers free WiFi and rents out motorbikes and bicycles. About a half-kilometre further up the beach, Jam Bay has a similar no-frills bungalow setup plus a beach bar with a pool table -- perhaps the better option if you’re into staying up late and listening to reggae.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||450 baht||450 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||650 baht||650 baht|
2,300 baht for cabin that sleeps six.
|1,000 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.
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