Photo: The surf is almost up!

Phayam Lodge

Comfy and central

Ao Yai, Ko Phayam T: (086) 995 2598 (089) 685 5540

Phayam Lodge

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A go-to choice for families or anyone who likes their comforts, Phayam Lodge has large and cushy concrete villas to go with a built-in diving and water sports outfit on a central stretch of Ao Yai.

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The grounds of this popular Swedish/Thai-run resort look rather sparse, with few trees growing between concrete rooms that are either freestanding or come two to a building. Inside they’re spotless, spacious and equipped with soft beds, ceiling fans in addition to air-con, desks, safes, fridges and huge bathrooms with hot water and two types of showerheads.

Smart rooms.

Smart rooms. Photo: David Luekens

A few colourful paintings are placed on white walls that join grey tile floors and wood-and-glass windows for a minimalist style. Tables are placed on attached porches and all rooms face the sea breeze. “VIP” bungalows sleep three and a larger “beach house” comes with multiple bedrooms, making this a solid choice for families.

Electricity runs 24 hours a day and WiFi is free, though we were told it may not work beyond the airy restaurant set beside the beach. The resort rents out kayaks, surfboards and boogie-boards and hosts Phayam Divers. Rates may seem high but significant discounts are offered to guests staying four nights or more. Neighbouring Cede Resort is another higher-end option that struck us as being a little too trendy for Phayam, but it does have a small swimming pool.

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Walk-in rates at Phayam Lodge

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
closed or n/a
2,900 baht
3,500 baht in peak season
Family room
closed or n/a
3,200 baht
3,900 baht in peak. Sleeps three; the larger beach house costs from 3,900 to 4,900 baht.
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 2,900 baht. Notes: 3,500 baht in peak season
Room: Family room, low season: closed or n/a, high season 3,200 baht. Notes: 3,900 baht in peak. Sleeps three; the larger beach house costs from 3,900 to 4,900 baht.

Where is Phayam Lodge

Phayam Lodge
Ao Yai, Ko Phayam
T: (086) 995 2598 (089) 685 5540
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º23'27.76" E, 9º43'42.55" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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