Nails the backpacker vibe
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.
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.
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.
Address: Ao Mook, Ko Phayam
T: (087) 895 4653;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º25'22.62" E, 9º44'7.45" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan share bathroom||350 baht||450 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||500 baht||700 baht|
|Family room||900 baht||900 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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