Clean modern rooms
As the road starts to rise at the northern end of Ao Chao Phao you’ll see the clearly signposted Benjamin’s Hut on your left, offering modern, smart rooms running down to the beach.
They finish at an equally smart polished concrete restaurant that overlooks the beach and is a good spot to relax through the midday heat. Both the restaurant and rooms are from the polished bare concrete school of thought and while the rooms are fairly close together, they’ve been well fitted out with wooden reclining bench seats, bamboo table settings and a hammock on the deck area to make them feel as homely as possible.
Inside the rooms is equally spartan – firm bed, polished tile floor, very clean and modern bathroom and chilled air-con. The bungalows have glass sliding doors meaning that as they are right by the walkway, passers by can see straight into the room, but there are some gardens that help give a little privacy and, as there are not that many rooms, we wouldn’t expect too much passing traffic through to the beach and restaurant anyway.
If you’ve a flashpacker budget, like the modern polished concrete style and don’t need a swimming pool, then you’ll most likely be pretty comfortable here. If you prefer a pool, consider the nearby Sunset Cove.
Address: 84/38 Moo 8 Haad Chao Phao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 286; (089) 529 3828;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'46.42" E, 9º45'57.61" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,450 baht||1,450 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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