Whereas most of North Ao Khao Kwai’s resorts are squeezed onto narrow pieces of land, Jansom boasts a sizeable hunk of hillside with two lines of large wood bungalows all facing the sea and shaded by trees.
The bungalows are far from new, with plenty of cracks and scuffs giving them a lived-in feel. Even so, we detected no major mould and the cold-water bathrooms, with psychedelic grey-and-white patterns and the unusual addition of urinals, looked clean. Two thin but soft mattresses are stacked on raised wooden platforms draped in old mosquito nets and cooled by fans, though we were told that electricity is only switched on from 18:00 to 24:00.
Large porches with wood chairs take full advantage of the prime location, but we’d shell out the extra 200 baht for a front-row bungalow, both for the sea view and to avoid the foot traffic that passes in front of the second-row editions.
A large thatch-roofed restaurant also affords great views but there is no WiFi. The older woman who we met at reception was rather brusque at first but warmed up after a little while. This is a popular backpacker option and rooms are rented on a first come first serve basis. If it’s full, you could head north up the beach to find several other cheap bungalow joints in the vicinity of Starlight
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes:
Room: Beachfront bungalow, low season: 700 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes:
North Ao Khao Kwai, Ko Phayam
T: (083) 389 6408
(081) 968 5720
Room rates: Under 600B