Biggest on the island
North Ao Yai, Ko Chang Noi T: (084) 538 5385,
(081) 485 6002
The largest and one of the longest running resorts on the island, Cashew has a bunch of concrete and wood bungalows facing a great stretch of North Ao Yai.
Popular and well equipped, Cashew draws quite a few long-stayers who plant flower gardens, string up awnings, paint murals and otherwise turn their bungalows into second homes. The friendly Thai owner was willing to show us as many available bungalows as we wanted—and it pays to check out a few before settling in, as mustiness and mould is a problem in some rooms.
We suggest the simpler-looking but fresher-smelling wooden bungalows with several windows, metal roofs, firm beds with mosquito nets and large, clean tiled bathrooms with flush toilets. A couple of chairs are placed on porches and many guests bring their own hammocks. All bungalows face the sea but we’d pay the extra 100 baht for a front-row room if you don’t want staffers and other guests walking within a couple of feet of your porch. Some rubber trees stand in back and tonsai trees tower beside the beach, but otherwise the grounds are sparse.
Cashew has one of the largest restaurants on Ko Chang Noi and the staffers do a solid job with both the food and service. In addition, they offer WiFi for two baht per minute along with Thai massage, currency exchange and cash advances on credit cards. An Aladdin Dive Safari office is located at Cashew though it’s not always staffed.
Up in the far northern corner of Ao Yai, Long Beach Bungalows is a fairly large German-style resort that’s also worth a look if you like the sound of Cashew. There’s also Little Italy, a tiny and very laid-back Italian/Thai-run spot with a few two-floor bungalows located down the lane running behind Cashew; it’s a fine option if you prefer more of a homestay vibe.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 12th January, 2017.