More together than most
Sawasdee is one of the island’s few places to stay that actually has a website and business cards along with attractive bungalows spread over neatly raked grounds.
A helpful Thai couple offers a range of clean wood-and-concrete bungalows with hammocks strung to large porches facing the beach. We checked out a smart medium-size edition made of dark-wood walls with a nifty panel that can be slid open to let in the breeze or shut to keep out the rain. These also bag you stained glass on the doors, several windows, thick mattresses on raised wood platforms and clean concrete bathrooms painted blue or crimson with bucket-flush toilets.
Smaller bungalows set further back are cheaper, while the largest bungalows are some of the better family options on the island—just be aware that children aged less than seven are not allowed to stay here.
The resort has a more sophisticated ambiance than most of Chang Noi’s bungalow joints, with several loungers placed beneath abundant umbrella trees or atop a break wall that ensures you can relax on the sand at high tide.
The kitchen serves above-average Thai food to regular tables and floor cushions set up on a loft. While we liked Sawasdee the best, neighbouring Fullmoon and German-run Ta Dang both also have bungalows that are a little more upscale than most on the island.
Address: South Ao Yai, Ko Chang Noi
T: (084) 846 5828; (086) 906 0900;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'17.28" E, 9º49'41.76" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
600 for larger bungalow.
|closed or n/a||400 baht|
|Family room||closed or n/a||800 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
Browse hotels on Agoda
Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda.
Our top 10 places to stay in and around Ko Chang Noi