Decent budget value
While they’d not qualify as jungle on the National Geographic channel, the lush yet well tended gardens at Jungle Hut go a good way towards delivering a jungly by the beach feel.
The gardens also deliver a dose of privacy to the cute huts that run down from the roadside reception and restaurant area down to the beach, making this a popular spot for those who like to swing in the hammock – just not in front of the world.
Accommodation At Jungle Hut comes in a range of forms, from cheaper (and quiet old) white and brown fan-cooled bungalows through to smarter offerings, rooms in a two storey hotel block and, best of all, a couple of beachfront air-con bungalows overlooking the sand. Hammocks are strung as standard in the bungalows but not in the hotel style building.
For the size and the placement, the beachfront air-con bungalow struck us as very good value, while the others are more typical for this part of Ko Pha Ngan. If you’re in the market for the cheapest fare at Jungle Hut – the wooden fan-cooled bungalows – we’d say Haad Chao Pao Bungalows (which also has a dorm) or Seaflower are a better bet, but the air-con rooms here are solid value.
Staffing is laid back and in the restaurant most of the time, but they’re friendly. Overall this will appeal to those looking for something a step above basic backpacker standards and if they’re full neighbouring Hut Sun Bungalows has similar fare along with a bunch of other rooming options – we just preferred the feel here.
Address: Ao Chaohao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 088;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'46.83" E, 9º45'52.39" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||300 baht||400 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||500 baht||700 baht|
|Standard double room|
Air-con and in the hotel-style building
|750 baht||850 baht|
|Beachfront bungalow||1,000 baht||1,500 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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