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One of the originals, My Way was the first place we ever plonked our bags down on Ko Pha Ngan and it retains a soft spot in our heart. When we used to stay here in the early 90s a bamboo beachfront hut was something like 40 (not 400!) baht and the only other place to stay was Salad Hut. Oh how times change.
True to its roots, My Way remains budget focussed with two rows of bungalows running back from a casuarina shaded beachfront restaurant, bar and massage sala. Those closest to the beach are red brick air-con affairs, which, despite their raised verandas, will win absolutely no beauty awards. Some are free-standing, others have more than one room in the block.
Despite not being right on the beach, the brick and wooden fan-cooled bungalows further back are classic Ko Pha Ngan huts and are the better option unless you absolutely require air-con. With hammocks strung over their balconies, you'll be lucky to be able to catch a glimpse of the water, but the gardens are wild and delivers some privacy, which is good as there is quite a bit of foot traffic through here. Huts are clean, but simple and if possible ask to see a few as the bathrooms can be pretty variable.
My Way is very popular, perhaps in part because it has been around so long – but also because it is affordable and easily booked online through online travel agents – it took us three visits before they had a room free to show us. Free WiFi is available throughout the resort.
The mostly Burmese crew that keep My Way humming are friendly and do a decent job and while the food is typical Ko Pha Ngan fare, the beach bar platform, littered with axe cushions is a comfortable spot to lay about and waste an afternoon or evening.
If they're full, similar budget options on Haad Salad include Coral Beach towards the centre of the beach and Double Duke at the southern end.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 24th October, 2016.
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