Photo: Just another day on Mae Nam.

Moonhut Bungalows

Budget beach bungalows

67/2 Moo 1 Maenam Beach, Ko Samui T: (077) 425 247

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Moonhut Bungalows

Moonhut Bungalows is a solid budget option on a top stretch of Ko Samui's Mae Nam beach where there are no jet skis in sight and few vendors. Initial impressions may be mixed: the entrance is an archway leading to a tree-lined, sandy avenue, but a stagnant river lies to the left -- request a room away from here.

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Not a jet ski in sight!

Moonhut offers basic backpacker-type bungalows in both fan-cooled and air-con variety, positioned under large shady trees, raised off the ground, and set in the beach sand with no lawn. Air-con rooms are larger, but otherwise offer more or less the same features, including safety boxes and a wet bathroom with shower. Walking straight off the sand to your room adds to the beach holiday vibe, and each bungalow has a bowl of water placed on the balcony to rinse off sandy feet. Rooms are clean and serviced daily, and the beach sand walkways are raked and swept clean of leaves as well, unless a resident cat is asleep on the ground, in which case the cat gets raked around.

Named Moonhut after the colour of the moon?

A few bamboo salas, tables and sunbeds are set out along the beachfront and each bungalow is also equipped with a couple of plastic chairs. There's WiFi but you'll need to pay. This area is where the kite-boarders hang out as the two points of the bay offer a good breeze rounding the bends.

Peaceful air-con bungalows protected by the spirit tree outside.

The resort's own beachfront restaurant has happy hour running 17:00-19:00, when you can also take advantage of the sunset views to Ko Pha Ngan. The menu offers breakfasts priced at 50 to 120 baht and sandwiches and burgers from 95 to 195 baht. The usual selection of Thai food is also offered, albeit at slightly higher prices than one would expect in comparison to the price of the bungalows; spring rolls are 120 baht, about double that of street cafes. A pool table and book exchange add entertainment value, and massages are available on the beach.

Woudn't have minded school like this! The Old School Bar.

To find Moonhut, when coming from Nathon on the Ring Road, turn left 100 metres past the petrol station in Mae Nam and follow the Moonhut signs along a winding dirt road for a few hundred metres. Looking at the beach, a development of upmarket villas is to the right of the resort, and not much on the left.

Not a bad spot to while away time.

Moonhut Bungalows are a clean, well-priced backpacker option for Mae Nam, better maintained than Silent Bungalows, a kilometre or so to the east. However, do make sure you claim a room away from the stagnant river near the entrance. Those preferring something a little more upmarket but still easy on the budget would do well to try Hutcha's superior fan or air-con rooms.

Fan room in both senses of the word.

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Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
600 baht
650 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
1,150 baht
1,300 baht
Beachfront bungalow
1,700 baht
1,800 baht
Upto 2,050 baht depending on the view.
Family room
2,750 baht
3,000 baht
Two bedrooms
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,150 baht, high season 1,300 baht. Notes:
Room: Beachfront bungalow, low season: 1,700 baht, high season 1,800 baht. Notes: Upto 2,050 baht depending on the view.
Room: Family room, low season: 2,750 baht, high season 3,000 baht. Notes: Two bedrooms

Moonhut Bungalows
67/2 Moo 1 Maenam Beach, Ko Samui
T: (077) 425 247

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