Baan Manali is a relaxing small resort with smart bungalows and a beach with a private feel in the far southern corner of Ao Nai Wok.
Most rooms come in the form of large, freestanding bungalows with concrete walls, thatch roofs, hardwood floors and wide glass windows overlooking spacious wood balconies, all with at least partial sea views from chairs and good-quality hammocks. Beds are cushy; large brushed concrete bathrooms have partitioned showers and bamboo towel racks; and a second sink and fridge are installed in a separate nook. You also get a safe, WiFi and touches of traditional Thai fabrics, but no TV.
Deluxe rooms set in a two-storey building at the back of the property are equally comfortable and have much larger terraces with sofas in addition to the hammocks. These afford views over the thatch roofs and coconut trees to the ocean, where fishermen putter around in longtail boats.
Along with a beachside restaurant, bar and small sea-view swimming pool, Baan Manali hosts a watersports company called SL2K Adventure that specialises in windsurfing and SUP. Staffers have good attitudes and the vibe is ideal if you’re looking for a comfy and mellow beachfront resort within walking distance of the restaurants and markets found in Thong Sala town.
If Baan Manali is a bit too pricey but you like the style, the nearby Mangrove Villa has similarly plush concrete bungalows and a small pool on a smaller property set just off the beach.
Address: 210/20 Moo 1, Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 917 ; (083) 390 3125; F: (077) 377 918
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º58'58.86" E, 9º42'57.24" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Plus around 700 baht for beachfront bungalow.
|1,800 baht||2,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||2,300 baht||3,300 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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