North Ao Yai, Ko Chang Noi T: (084) 339 5224
With a lively restaurant overlooking a fine stretch of beach, Sunset offers large wood and bamboo bungalows built into a hill covered in dense rubber trees and palms.
The Thai owners run a tight ship, with an actual logo on the business card and a big red sign along the beach, while maintaining a low-key vibe that many travellers return for each year. Mostly built of dark wood with metal roofs and with a few made of woven bamboo, the bungalows come with soft beds draped in mosquito nets and attached cold-water bathrooms. They’re well kept with some chairs on the attached porches.
Each bungalow is spread reasonably far apart from the next and shared hammocks are strung between the trees. The setting lends a sense of seclusion despite the convenient location. Sunset is popular with artists; wander to the back of the grounds to see a couple of concrete bungalows done up with beautiful Thailand-inspired murals.
The restaurant doubles as a lounge featuring one of the island’s largest book exchanges, though many of the titles are in French or German. Sunset has a loyal clientele that tends to be more hipster than most of the folks who stay at the larger Cashew Resort down the beach. Next door, Eden is a smaller bungalow joint drawing a similar crowd.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 11th January, 2017.
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