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Sabai Sabai

Nails the backpacker vibe

Ao Mook, Ko Phayam T: (087) 895 4653

Sabai Sabai

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The Thai term Sabai Sabai translates roughly as “really relaxed,” a fitting name for this mellow bungalow spot set in a quiet corner of the east coast.

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The cool British owner offers bungalows made of wood, thatch and bamboo, punctuated by orchids, seashells and hammocks. They’re each a little different: the cheapest little huts have mosquito nets over mattresses on the floor, cooled by fans and and relying on shared cold-water bathrooms with bucket-flush toilets.

Simple shaded bungalows.

Simple shaded bungalows. Photo: David Luekens

A “treehouse” bungalow is a little larger, featuring a coconut tree with a trunk that grows straight through the attached bathroom. A few larger wood bungalows are built along the sand and sleep up to four people, with two bedrooms in at least one of them. The mini-resort nails a laid-back backpacker atmosphere that includes floor cushions and a large book exchange in a roofed lounge along with a restaurant and beach bar. WiFi is free and electricity runs all night.

The beach stretching south from Sabai Sabai has no development and a private feel. The 10-minute walk north to the village takes you past the swanky Blue Sky Resort and several seafood restaurants. Sabai Sabai is a small spot drawing lots of repeat long-term guests; reserving in advance is recommended. Expect rates to jump a bit during peak season.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan share bathroom
350 baht
450 baht
Bungalow fan private bathroom
500 baht
700 baht
Family room
900 baht
900 baht
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 900 baht, high season 900 baht. Notes:

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Where is Sabai Sabai

Sabai Sabai
Ao Mook, Ko Phayam
T: (087) 895 4653
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º25'22.62" E, 9º44'7.45" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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