Cheap and family run
Behind Haad Farang, Ko Muk T: (087) 885 7582,
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If you prefer a family-run spot and don't mind a rustic bungalow, pop into rag-tag Mayow Bungalows located just behind Charlie and across from Rubber Tree.
The half-dozen huts sit clustered around a lawn of four-leaf clovers (we kid you not). They're made almost entirely of knobby wooden planks and come with springy beds, mosquito nets, fans and large bathrooms with bucket-flush toilets, cold-water showers and spouts in lieu of sinks. Cleanliness is not the strong suit here, but hey, the rooms are close to the beach and about half of what you'll pay for similarly equipped options at the other bungalow operations.
The reggae-loving owner, Mayow, is a native of Trang who make guests feel welcome without even trying. We arrived to find him and the family staff, including a sweet 80-year-old granny, huddled around a TV watching a tense muay Thai match. After being invited (or perhaps instructed) to grab a seat we almost forgot why we stopped by in the first place.
The gang also runs one of the island’s best Thai restaurants along with Dugong Family Travel, which is a reliable source for boat tours and tickets to other islands. Mong Bar on Haad Farang is also associated with Mayow. Do have a chat with these cats even if you don’t stay at the bungalows—they’re some of the more interesting personalities on the island.
If you like the sound of Mayow and don’t mind staying further inland, Bamboo Bungalows is another reggae-inspired place with similarly basic huts for a little cheaper.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 15th March, 2017.
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