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New Hut

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A little north of central Lamai T: (081) 476 1343(077) 230 437

New Hut

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Despite the name, New Hut has been around forever and a day, and set more or less in the middle of Lamai Beach, still sets the benchmark for uber basic, absolute beachfront backpacker shacks.

Brightly coloured, we think it had just had a fresh coat of primary colours applied as the huts were positively luminescent, which helps to convey a fun, beachside feel – but there is no hiding the grungy interiors and take our word for it, you'll be spending as little time as humanly possible inside the rooms.

Plenty of colours.

Plenty of colours. Photo: Stuart McDonald

They come in two main configurations: the glowingly coloured A-frames and more typical (but equally brightly coloured) beach bungalows. The A-frames have shared bathroom facilities a short walk away and are probably some of the tiniest bungalows we've seen -- even R2D2 would find these to be a tight fit – but hey what do you expect for 300 baht right on the beach?

The larger rooms are, well, larger but only moderately so, have attached bathroom and have both air-con and two rotating ceiling fans – we reckon you'll be needing all three. Much more spacious than any of the rooms is the brightly decorated beachside restaurant, which is between the A-frames and the bungalows. Food is good and affordable, the drinks list is long and the staff, once they warmed up, were quite friendly and helpful. When the right crowd is staying, New Hut can be a fun place to stay and socialise, and is a good choice for single travellers.

Not all the bungalows are tiny.

Not all the bungalows are tiny. Photo: Stuart McDonald

New Hut is reached via (yes, you guessed it) a brightly painted bridge that crosses over a very festy canal that empties into the sea near here – expect mosquitoes. Also, thanks to this canal, you're best to walk down the beach a bit before having a swim. For budgeteers who don't mind close confines to save a few baht but want to be right on the beach, New Hut is a solid option. There are a few budgetish options to the east of here, including Sukkasem Bungalows and Samui Harmony, but this is the most backpackery place along this strip and we do like the restaurant here.

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Walk-in rates at New Hut

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan share bathroom
300 baht
300 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
600 baht
600 baht
Deluxe bungalow
1,000 baht
1,000 baht
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,000 baht. Notes:

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Where is New Hut

New Hut
A little north of central Lamai
T: (081) 476 1343(077) 230 437
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'12.46" E, 9º28'15" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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