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Homestays in Batu Bute village

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Batu Bute village, Ko Libong

Homestays in Batu Bute village

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Amid the east-coast village of Batu Bute (pronounced ba-too-boo-tay) and its stilted houses overlooking a calm bay, two modest homestays offer travellers a chance to be immersed in Ko Libong’s traditional Muslim fishing lifestyle. If you don’t require a beachfront location and are happy with simple accommodation, consider settling into the village.


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Steaming crabs at Jannai.

Steaming crabs at Jannai.

Libong Mondip Homestay
Owned by an older couple who also sell dry goods and fruit out of a small shop, Mondip Homestay has a few small but charming wooden bungalows that stand on stilts over the water, and are accessed by raised cement footpaths. Benches on private back porches allow you to watch the longtail boats as they putter off into the sunrise.

That's Mondip's owner peeking in.

That’s Mondip’s owner peeking in.

Interiors come with double mattresses placed on hardwood floors, mosquito nets, fans, tiny TVs, a few swing-open windows and private cold-water bathrooms with regular shower heads. Costing 400 baht a night for two guests or 200 baht for one, Mondip is best suited to solo travellers and couples, or anyone who prefers a private bath. T: (081) 397 1982

An outside look at one of Mondip's bungalows.

An outside look at one of Mondip’s bungalows.

Libong Jannai Homestay
We arrived at Jannai Homestay to find the resident family steaming crabs over an open fire pit. The house seemed to be a meeting point for locals, including imams from the neighbouring mosque. Built of logs and wood boards in the back of the house, rooms are situated on either side of a spacious open-sided common room with views over the bay.

Jannai's family room.

Jannai’s family room.

A large room accommodates four and costs 500 baht, while a pair of smaller rooms go for 300 baht and sleep two. Expect simple mattresses on the floor, several windows, fans and TVs that probably don’t get English channels. One of the shared bathrooms has a Western toilet, the other a squat, and guests bathe the old-fashioned way, by ladling water from a cauldron. T: (081) 541 4915

View to the dugong watchtower from Jannai's common room.

View to the dugong watchtower from Jannai’s common room.

While food is not included in the price at either homestay, guests can pay extra for home-cooked meals. Owners at both can speak a little English. No motorbike or bicycle rental is available, but you can take a sidecar motorbike taxi to rent some wheels from one of the west-coast resorts. Alternately, rent a motorbike as soon as you arrive at the pier in Baan Maphao and ride here on your own.

A low-tide view of Batu Bute.

A low-tide view of Batu Bute.

The easiest way to get here is to tell a taxi driver the name of either homestay when you arrive at the pier (if you happen to find him, Mr Mut from Phattalung is a kind and helpful driver).

If coming on your own, head straight into Maphao village from the pier, then take a left and ride south for a few kilometres, keeping an eye to the left for the side lane to the village. After turning onto this lane, go briefly straight, then right at the crossroads, and Mondip will be on your immediate left, with Jannai just after it. Mondip’s sign is only in Thai; Jannai’s says “Libong Homestay” in English.

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Walk-in rates at Homestays in Batu Bute village

Type of room
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Sgl fan private bathroom
200 baht
200 baht
Mondip
Dbl fan share bathroom
300 baht
300 baht
Jannai Homestay
Dbl fan private bathroom
400 baht
400 baht
Mondip
Quad fan share bathroom
500 baht
500 baht
Jannai Homestay
Room: Sgl fan private bathroom, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes: Mondip
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes: Jannai Homestay
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes: Mondip
Room: Quad fan share bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes: Jannai Homestay

Where is Homestays in Batu Bute village

Homestays in Batu Bute village
Batu Bute village, Ko Libong

Coordinates (for GPS): 99º23'46.24" E, 7º13'39.67" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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