Remote with ace views
There is hidden away and then there is Ling Sabai hidden away – clinging onto the cliffside around to the north of Bayview, Ling Sabai has a handful of rooms that offer some of the best cliff views of Ko Pha Ngan.
Even if you are not staying here, the clifftop monkey-themed (ling means monkey in Thai) restaurant offers spectacular sunset views and is well worth wandering to to try out. Bungalows come in big- and small- sizes and we were only able to see one of the small huts as all else were full.
To reach it we clamoured down the cliff stairs to the small hut built over the rocks with a front of glass sliding doors and an angular veranda that brought the prow of a boat to mind – encouraged by the over water appearance. The rooms was staggered (we assume due to the boulders it was built on) and it looked like the room had not been used in some time (dirt on the sheets and so on) but still, it is a uniquely positioned room that would appeal to those who are ok with a little discomfort in return for a memorable location.
Ling Sabai has some larger, more traditional bungalows built higher up on the cliff (and closer to the restaurant) which have big decks and, as with the room we were shown, glass fronts to take in the fresh seabreeze.
When we asked about air-con the friendly owner explained they felt they didn't need it as the breeze was so refreshing and we tend to agree.
We liked it here a lot – the owner was friendly, the restaurant well positioned and the bungalows solid fare for the money – but it is quite isolated. You're a ten minute walk from the main beach here (cut through Bayview) but we were told that at low tide a small beach appears that you can frolic on right at the base of the resort – it was submerged when we were there.
If you don't mind the somewhat isolated location, Ling Sabai is well worth a look. They previously ran Haad Chao Phao Bungalows on Haad Chao Phao.
Address: 56/1 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 273;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'59.88" E, 9º46'44.64" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||700 baht||700 baht|
|1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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