Photo: Now that is a view.

Ling Sabai

Remote with ace views

56/1 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan T: (077) 349 273

Ling Sabai

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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.

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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.

Inside the boat room.

Inside the boat room. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
700 baht
700 baht
Deluxe bungalow
1,200 baht
1,200 baht
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 700 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Fan-cooled

Where is Ling Sabai

Ling Sabai
56/1 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 273
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'59.88" E, 9º46'44.64" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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