Photo: Solid bungalows.

Starlight Resort

More style than most

North Ao Khao Kwai, Ko Phayam T: (081) 978 5301 (089) 922 5301 

Starlight Resort

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A short stairway runs from a great stretch of beach up to Starlight Resort, offering brick or bamboo bungalows with more style than most.

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The priciest bungalows face a shaded hilltop lawn culminating at a wood deck with sea-view loungers and tables near a restaurant with a book exchange and reception desk. Made of woven bamboo with high metal roofs, most of these have sea views from hammocks on porches built within view of the restaurant.

Relax by the sea.

Relax by the sea. Photo: David Luekens

Within, queen beds are draped in good-quality mosquito nets suspended above wooden floors with clothes-drying racks. Rotating fans were smartly installed beneath the mosquito netting so that you get unobstructed airflow. Bathrooms sport brick walls, tile floors, basin sinks, wide mirrors, modern toilets and cold-water showers set under sun windows.

Walk further back through the grounds to find cheaper brick-and-tile bungalows set up facing one another across a walkway. These have similar amenities to the bamboo versions but come with glass doors and are fully enclosed, representing good value for those who don’t like the thought of critters creeping inside.

Starlight is an American/Thai-managed resort with some Burmese cooks in a kitchen that we’ve heard delivers tasty food. The free WiFi works only in the restaurant. The swimming directly in front of the resort is excellent no matter the tide. If looking for something more basic in this vicinity, check out nearby Sunset, Goldkey or Banana.

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Walk-in rates at Starlight Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
500 baht
700 baht
For a brick bungalow; up to 800/1,000 baht for sea-view bamboo.
Family room
800 baht
1,000 baht
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes: For a brick bungalow; up to 800/1,000 baht for sea-view bamboo.
Room: Family room, low season: 800 baht, high season 1,000 baht. Notes:

Where is Starlight Resort

Starlight Resort
North Ao Khao Kwai, Ko Phayam
T: (081) 978 5301 (089) 922 5301 
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º24'38.28" E, 9º45'42.08" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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