Tabeak Viewpoint Bungalow
This is one of those rare places with 'viewpoint' in the name that actually delivers -- it's high up on a steep hill and the 180-degree view of the ocean from the balconies goes on forever.
The rooms are much better than you might expect for the price, being well-furnished, with French doors letting on to the balconies. They offer fan-cooled or air-con rooms with private baths, some with hot showers, and a choice of twin or double beds. The name Tabeak refers to the colourful, flowering trees that surround the bungalows, without, thankfully, blocking the view. It's run by a Thai-Japanese couple -- they serve Thai and Japanese food at the restaurant on premises. Prices include WiFi and coffee or tea. Closed from May through October.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 800 baht. Notes: 1,000 baht with hot water
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 2,000 baht. Notes:
25/37 Moo 5, Ko Yao Noi Rd, Ko Yao Noi
T: (076) 597 325
(089) 590 4182
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B