Friendly and affordable
Main beach central, Ko Ngai T: (095) 014 1853, (085) 043 4099
As the name suggests, Koh Hai Seafood Bungalows is a laid-back spot at the centre of the beach and presents itself as more of a restaurant but also offers some old but clean and not-so-expensive bungalows.
Fronting a lawn with plentiful flower bushes and direct sea views, the spacious concrete-and-tile bungalows are spartan with their rough cement floors and stark white walls. The one that we stayed in had a cracked electrical outlet along with cheapo furnishings and a hilarious showerhead rigged up with a clothes hanger in the large cold-water bathroom with flush toilet.
Yet these rooms do have their strong points, like high ceilings, powerful portable fans, complimentary drinking water, decent beds with mosquito nets and screened windows facing the sea breeze. You also get porches with wooden tables and a few hammocks are strung up around the property.
The place has a flexible, family-run vibe, and if you ask, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a discount during the shoulder months. While Koh Hai Seafood has no online presence, the bungalows do fill up in high season so you might want to call ahead or ask a travel agent in Trang to reserve your room. The helpful owner speaks clear English and the restaurant runs one of the most popular barbecues on the beach. The free WiFi didn’t work well for us.
If Seafood is full you could grab a similarly priced concrete bungalow at neighbouring Ko Ngai Kaimook Thong Resort, formerly Koh Ngai Villa, where the old bamboo bungalows were levelled in 2016. Otherwise your only budget options on Ngai are tents or super-basic huts at Light My Fire Society, or Koh Hai Camping, which offers larger tents for 900 baht and was really unfriendly when we last passed through.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 7th March, 2017.
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