Low-key island life
Overlooking the longest patch of beachfront of any place to stay on Ao Tadaeng, Suan Por is the first bungalow spot that you pass through after walking down here from South Ao Yai.
Bamboo, wood and concrete bungalows are jumbled alongside the sand amid a tangle of trees, vines, ropes, buffalo skulls, seashells and painted strips of driftwood. The cheapest huts are very rustic, with nothing more than a firm mattress with mosquito net and attached concrete wet bathroom, but they all come with hammocks on sea-view porches and will do the trick if you’re on a tight budget. Larger wooden bungalows with stone and concrete bases were full when we passed through, but they looked solid for the price.
An open-sided restaurant with a little book exchange also faces the sea and serves fresh coffee to plentiful tables. The women who showed us around spoke minimal English but were laid-back and welcoming. While we liked the setting at Suan Por the best of the four tiny places to stay on this beach, you’ll also find cheap bungalows and chilled-out scenes at nearby Laetawan and Mama’s.
Address: Ao Tadaeng, Ko Chang Noi
T: (093) 665 6958; (093) 618 5963;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'3.87" E, 9º49'34.18" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
400-500 baht for wooden bungalows.
|closed or n/a||300 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.
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