Tucked between a river and a charming series of narrow lanes with traditional homes, Tara Resort comes as a pleasant surprise.
It's chic, modern theme and ambience are markedly out of place in the otherwise old fashioned fishing village of Nam Khem, but if looking for a comfortable spot from which to explore the area, Tara goes above and beyond what we would expect for the prices. Concrete bungalows are funky and colourful with dark green, yellow and purple paint jobs, stained glass windows and miniature moats in front of each room with stone paths leading to large front porches. Rooms are modern and come with comfortable beds (our only complaint is that the pillows are too big), air-con, flatscreen TVs with English channels, fridges, free WiFi that works well, and small but tasteful hot water bathrooms. It's a small resort with only five bungalows and they accept guests only between the hours of 10:00 and 20:00. There's no restaurant on site so if on foot you might have to eat at a small local restaurant on the main road (about a five minute walk) or head out to the small market near the Tsunami memorial (a 15-20 minute walk away). While it may be something of a challenge to stay here unless you have your own wheels, the Tara is recommended as a great base for absorbing local fishing village life and/or as a stop over between Ko Kho Khao, Khao Lak, and Takua Pa.
Last updated on 23rd July, 2012.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 550 baht, high season 550 baht. Notes: 650 baht for a larger room. Low season negotiable
Soi Kopad, Ban Nam Khem
T: (080) 326 4450
Room rates: Under 600B