Sabai Sabai

Sabai Sabai

Nails the backpacker vibe

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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.

Travelfish says:

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. : David Luekens.
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.

Contact details for Sabai Sabai

Address: Ao Mook, Ko Phayam
T: (087) 895 4653;  
Email: Sabaisabai_thailand@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.sabai-bungalows.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º25'22.62" E, 9º44'7.45" N
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Room rates: Under 600B

Room rates

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

Reviewed by

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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