An older Thai man with white hair and a calm disposition made us want to stick around at Green Peace – and the well-kept bungalows facing the sea are good choices for a quiet night’s sleep in a strategic location.
In some ways Green Peace lacks the character of neighbouring Golden Beach, with straightforward white concrete bungalows set close together in a couple of rows and very few trees to mix things up. But that’s not to say that the place isn’t interesting – have a yarn with the staff and you may learn about Pha Ngan’s rapid transformation over the past four decades. After dark we found a few guests relaxing in the restaurant and listening to the waves rather than electronic music.
The cheapest bungalows are set up over the sand and come with firm beds on log frames off blue tile floors, wall-mounted fans, free WiFi, clean wet bathrooms with hot-water showers and front porches with wood benches or hammocks. The second row features larger air-con bungalows with fridges, TVs, fake-wood panel walls and tinted glass doors accessing the porches. These face the backs of the front-row bungalows.
There’s also a motel-style row of concrete rooms painted green that appear to be used mainly during Full Moon Party time. Both of the rooms we checked out were far cleaner than your average fan bungalow on Ko Pha Ngan, and the concrete design ensures that few unwelcome guests can slither inside.
The location makes it easy enough to hit Haad Rin or Baan Tai by motorbike or pick-up truck taxi before returning to the peace and quiet at Green Peace.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 900 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Add 300 baht for a triple
Baan Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 436
(081) 632 5439
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B