You'll find Seaboard towards the southern reaches of Haad Yao where they offer some very smart, renovated midrange concrete chalets along with some older, more affordable backpacker focussed bungalows.
The older huts are pretty typical fare for Ko Pha Ngan – wood faced, with small square wood-shuttered windows and a wooden deck out front with a hammock strung and waiting along with a couple of plastic chairs. Inside they're fan cooled, with mattresses on a raised platform, a simple bathrooms and not much else, but, for the money – and the proximity to the beach (which is terrific around here) – these are good value.
Better value though are the considerably more expensive concrete chalets which, with plenty of windows are bright and airy inside and have plenty enough space inside to swing a cat. Bedding is simple, but furnished with a flourish and facilities include TV, WiFi, air-con throughout, minibar and hot water bathrooms. Decks are of a good size as well. We'd imagine these are popular with families.
While we didn't try it, the attached restaurant gets good reports for Italian fare on offer and we liked the look of the place. Staff were helpful and friendly, despite being a bit run off their feet when we wandered through they patiently answered our questions.
Overall, we liked the feel of Seaboard and certainly preferred it to nearby Sandy Bay – be sure to check online for competitive rates. If you'd prefer to be elevated with a bit of a view over the beach, consider High Life or Bounty – both of which are located on Haad Yao's southern headland.
Address: 53/1 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 157; F: (077) 349 159
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'54.33" E, 9º46'26.77" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
|Superior double room||1,800 baht||1,800 baht|
|Deluxe double room||2,800 baht||2,800 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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