Simple and friendly
Set midway along the northern stretch of Sairee Beach, O-Chai is typical of the older-style beach front accommodation and will do at a pinch.
The white concrete and blue-roofed bungalows run back from the beach in a mixed palm grove and while those closest to the beach are right on it, they don’t face onto it, rather side on. Why bungalow owners don’t build these style of huts staggered and at least partially facing the water always seems to be a bit of a home goal to us. You will still get a water view – just not the one you could have had.
Construction style aside, the concrete rooms all have wooden detailed decks with matching wooden chairs, though no hammocks. But what does swing the deal is some rooms have a double and a single bed – ideal for small families or travelling threesomes. Aside from that there is just a table and chairs and a wet, hot water bathroom with a western-style toilet. Rooms come in both fan-cooled (wooden) and air-con (concrete) varieties.
Away from the bungalows, the beach out front is great and the sunsets (as with most of Sairee) are great from here. There is also a small beach bar where you can grab a cold drink and enjoy the light show.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||800 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,200 baht||1,200 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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