Oh the views
Ao June Juea, Ko Tao T: (077) 456 283, (081) 273 0779
This aptly named spot has a handful of simple dark-wood bungalows peppered over a steep hill behind quiet Ao June Juea.
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Look no further if you’re after tremendous views for cheap in a secluded corner of the island.
Most of the old-style bungalows are set high up on the wooded hillside that backs the beach; you’ll have to huff it up some stairs to score the best views. All rooms come with metal roofs, fans, basic cold-water bathrooms, mosquito nets over beds that are only slightly softer than the hardwood floors, a couple of windows and porches. Some appeared to be more rundown than others, but at such budget prices with such a lovely location it is hard to complain.
Most bungalows are tiny, though groups can go for a larger concrete room. Sunset has its own little private beach that sees far fewer day trippers passing through than Haad Sai Nuan. Snorkelling equipment and kayaks can be rented. The scruffy guy who holds down the beach bar shack is as laid-back as you’d expect.
Neighbouring PD Resort’s bungalows are larger and flasher than those at Sunset. As solo travellers we’d have trouble shelling out an extra 900 baht for a bungalow that also come with fan, but PD is perhaps a better option for families.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:
Location map for Sunset Bungalows