Clean and central
For those who don’t require a sea view, Castaway Guesthouse is a solid option for a budget room in the centre of Fisherman’s Village.
Run by Westerners with decades of experience on Samui along a cool guitar-strumming Thai bartender, Castaway is hidden at the end of a side lane (look for The Shack Restaurant at the corner) off the main lane running through the village. Rooms are located on the second floor of the concrete house and come with choice of fan or air-con, all with private hot-water bathroom.
We stayed in a spacious and clean room with wall-mounted fan in addition to air-con along with free and fast WiFi, fridge and a black-and-white photo of elephants hung on a teal wall above the comfortable bed. It also had a few windows overlooking the village rooftops, but at least one room does not have a window. The bathroom was spacious, with an enclosed shower stall, though the door could stand to be replaced. Tables are set in the hall and out on a shared terrace, where a fan room with tinted glass doors sits like an out-of-place bungalow.
The ground floor features a common room with comfy sofas and a TV, and a small bar with a few more tables, where cheap breakfasts are served. There’s also a garden accessed through a metal gate out the back -- it was locked when we tried to check it out. Castaway was still evolving when we passed through and we reckon that it will get better with time.
You also might check out Italian-run Samui Garden Bamboo Bungalows if you prefer an air-con bungalow for around 1,000 baht; it’s located a few hundred metres east of the village off the road to Bang Rak and has a tiny pool.
Address: Fisherman’s village, Bophut, Ko Samui
T: (085) 570 9602 ; (081) 968 5811;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'44.85" E, 9º33'35.8" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom||450 baht||550 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||550 baht||650 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||800 baht||900 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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