A kind, gentle and sincere local man who lost most of his family in the 2004 Tsunami, Amnat speaks good English and generously opens his house to anyone who wants to stay with him.
He stopped advertising the two brick bungalows that The Mercy Foundation helped him build after the tsunami, but if you can find him he is still usually available, and this could be a wonderfully memorable cultural homestay experience. Amnat will truly offer everything he can to guests. He'll show you around in his car or prepare a delicious southern Thai meal for you, and he will humbly accept how ever much money his guests feel he deserves for what he provides them. He's well respected amongst locals in the area and is known to take in people who are down on their luck and have nowhere else to go. He lets guests stay in a spare room in his house or one of the bungalows out back, and in any case expect basic accommodation with cold water bath and fan. The house looks no different than any other local house along Phet Kasem Rd, a short walk from Bang Sak beach. There are a few signs that say Gasoline, laundry, and Taxi, but at time of writing there was really nothing to suggest this is a guesthouse. If heading north from Khao Lak, Amnat's is the house just before the blue Bungalows sign at Nanta Guesthouse. Amnat has a couple part-time jobs these days so if he's not around just wait or give him a call.
Last updated on 23rd July, 2012.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes: Our suggestion, if meals included, else 350 baht a good start