Photo: Swing time on Ko Yao Yai.

Thiwson Beach Resort

Awesome sunrise views

58/2 Moo 4, Ko Yao Yai Rd, Ko Yao Yai T: (081) 9567582 (081) 7374420

Thiwson Beach Resort

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Thiwson Beach Resort is a family-oriented bungalow resort set on the beachfront on Ko Yao Yai’s scenic northeastern shores. Once a more basic budget choice for travellers, Thiwson has moved upmarket in recent years, but it still delivers excellent value and, of course, the same awesome sunrise sea views.

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The family deluxe bungalows offer plenty of space for those with kids in tow.

The family deluxe bungalows offer plenty of space for those with kids in tow.

Four bungalow styles are on offer here. On the beachfront are the deluxe sea view bungalows, some for families with two connected bedrooms, and some detached bungalows, all with air-con, open-air bathrooms and large wooden verandas. Along the next row back are five superior bungalows, also with air-con, while five fan bungalows sit just behind them. Up the hill across the road in a more jungly setting are two air-con deluxe hilltop bungalows.

Except for one of the superior bungalows, which is in concrete with tiled floors, all the bungalows have a back-to-nature feel in polished wood, with wooden beds and balcony furniture.

A beach hut with added air-con comfort: superior bungalow.

A beach hut with added air-con comfort: superior bungalow.

Rates for the individual bungalows range from 1,200 baht to 3,200 baht from November through April and drop down to 800 baht to 1,600 baht the rest of the year, while the family deluxe rooms are 3,500 baht in low season and 6,000 baht in high season.

Though breakfast is not included, we found Thiwson to provide a lot of thoughtful extras in the price, including juice and a cold refreshing towel on arrival, WiFi, hot-water shower, two fresh bottles of water daily, a mini-fridge, satellite TV, sets of beach, bath and hand towels, screens on the windows and sliding doors, a good-sized wardrobe, a water urn at the steps for washing your feet before entering, and a broom. Though there’s daily cleaning, the broom was handy for keeping the floors free of sandy footprints.

Cool spot to escape to after a hard day at the beach.

Cool spot to escape to after a hard day at the beach.

Thiwson’s seaview pool and jacuzzi with wooden decking and a scattering of sun beds is a great spot to gaze out at the Phang Nga Bay karsts and contemplate the changing colours of the sea and sky, and it stays shady through much of the day. The surrounding tropical gardens are lovely and well tended.

At the open-air restaurant under a vaulted thatch-roof sala, prices on the menu (by Ko Yao Yai standards) are reasonable, mostly Thai dishes in the 100 to 150 baht range. The dishes we tried were good, especially the tasty laab kai, though you’ll need to ask if you want them spicy. A couple of kayaks are set on the sands for guest use and the reception staff can help arrange transport and tours. Motorbikes are available for rent for 350 baht a day. As a family-run resort, the atmosphere here is low-key and friendly – granny might come out to greet you occasionally.

Singhas and sea views served up at the bar.

Singhas and sea views served up at the bar.

Thiwson is one of only two resorts on this long stretch of sand in Chong Lad bay. The other is the Better View, another bungalow resort that’s a bit swankier. The land in between them appears to be getting prepped for development (February 2014), so if noise is a problem you might want to check upon booking if building is yet underway there. Chong Lad village is the nearest “town”, about two kilometres to the north, where you’ll find an ATM and a few local food shops.

Though its rates have moved up from its days as a backpacker hideaway, Thiwson remains a great value spot at the mid-range price level. Families and couples especially seeking some peaceful and relaxing beach time will have a ball here.

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Walk-in rates at Thiwson Beach Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
800 baht
1,200 baht
Fan bungalow
Superior double room
1,100 baht
1,900 baht
Aircon bungalow
Deluxe double room
1,600 baht
3,200 baht
Seaview (Hilltop: 1,100 low, 2,000 high)
Family room
3,500 baht
6,000 baht
Room: Standard double room, low season: 800 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Fan bungalow
Room: Superior double room, low season: 1,100 baht, high season 1,900 baht. Notes: Aircon bungalow
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 1,600 baht, high season 3,200 baht. Notes: Seaview (Hilltop: 1,100 low, 2,000 high)
Room: Family room, low season: 3,500 baht, high season 6,000 baht. Notes:

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Where is Thiwson Beach Resort

Thiwson Beach Resort
58/2 Moo 4, Ko Yao Yai Rd, Ko Yao Yai
T: (081) 9567582 (081) 7374420
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º35'50.17" E, 8º3'17.21" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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