If location were everything, Laem Set Inn would have been on top. It is located far from the hassle and dirt of the main beaches on the island. Instead, it is placed perfectly on of the last few pristine beaches in Samui, where the sea is open wide, small fishing boats pass by, and the shores of distant islands are flicking at the horizon.
Another strength is the staff: friendly, cheerful, and honest. The restaurant is another high point. While the Western dishes are expectedly so-so, the Thai dishes are authentic, charming, and very spices. What a contrast to the jaded and rude people of the main beaches in Samui, who see tourists as cash cows to be swindled as often as possible.
The Inn could do better on its appearance and prices. The general feeling is that an overhaul renovation is way overdue. The rooms are rustic alright, but this is broken and that doesn’t work. The free beach equipment is free alright, but has clearly seen better days. All would have been forgivable in a hippy community, but not in a hotel that praises itself on elegance and charges the prices that Laem Set Inn demands.
Overall, a very pleasant place, but expect poor value for money. Also, bear in mind that Samui itself is not a pleasant place to visit, unless of course you enjoy being insulted, lied to, cheated, and robbed. But this is really not the Inn’s fault.
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- Also Known As:
- Laem Set Hotel Koh Samui