Go for the views
Phuree’s seven bungalows were built almost entirely out of bamboo atop a hill with great views over an expanse of jungle and beyond to the Andaman Sea and the sunset. While Ko Phayam has several decent inland places to stay, we liked Phuree both for the design and location.
Clustered around a garden with bamboo hammocks and walkways leading up to a small restaurant, all of the bungalows have large porches where you can soak in views to the Burmese islands and beyond. The rooms were built close together but designed so that you get some privacy, although voices carry from one room to the next.
Inside they’re equipped with quality beds, mosquito nets, portable fans and cold-water bathrooms with modern toilets and rain showerheads in addition to the usual moveable showerheads. Floors, ceilings and walls are all made of bamboo rods, with large non-screened windows opening to the same great views. The resort runs 24-hour electricity and WiFi is free; we were told that it even works inside the rooms.
Phuree Hut is located about halfway between Ao Yai and Ao Khao Kwai on the island’s most widely used lane. The closest freestanding restaurants are about a 15-minute walk to the south and the nearest beach is further still, so this place is best suited to those renting a motorbike or bicycle.
Over near the east coast, Lamai is another hilltop resort with concrete bungalows for similar rates within walking distance of the village. Other solid inland resorts with rooms in the 500 to 800 baht range include Greentawan situated across from the school near the village, and Rabbit with its large wood bungalows overlooking a pond off the lane running to southern Ao Khao Kwai.
Address: Between Ao Yai and South Ao Khao Kwai, Ko Phayam
T: (098) 671 7003;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º24'19.67" E, 9º44'10.36" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
1,200 baht in peak season
|800 baht||800 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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