Makes a fine home base
Jom Thong gets the job done if you’re after a modern and comfortable air-con room in the centre of Mae Haad village. Staffed by a sweet Burmese woman who makes up for limited English by trying extra hard to take care of guests, the three-storey concrete guesthouse is one of the larger options in Mae Haad village.
This means that you might find a vacant room here if arriving to a busy Ko Tao without a reservation.
Rooms are accessed by narrow stairways and each come with quality linens on soft beds, free WiFi, tables, clothes racks, fridges and basic hot-water wet bathrooms. You also get a spacious private patio accessed by sliding glass doors and furnished with a couple of plastic chairs. With some luck you might score a third-floor room with direct views of the sunset over Ao Mae Haad. All rooms are doubles, available with a queen-size bed or two twin beds.
This is one of several guesthouses offering air-con rooms in Mae Haad village; neighbouring Au Aun Guesthouse has a similar setup but less-helpful staff. There’s also French-run Captain Nemo Guesthouse, which has a minimum two-night stay on well-equipped rooms for 1,250 baht that often fill up well in advance.
For something more upscale you could go for Bro and Sis Place or Ananda Villa closer to the beach. If cheaper air-con for a long stay is your aim, give N.O. Guesthouse a try up on the hill heading inland.
Address: Central Mae Haad, on the first cross road between the two main roads.
T: (090) 931 6326; (077) 456 722;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'30.44" E, 10º5'3.54" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||900 baht||1,200 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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