As I'm writing, I've spent two nights here and am planning on at least two more. Booked on Agoda, my air-con room is onl 415 baht/night (plus Agoda booking fees). Brilliant deal. My bungalow is reasonably spacious and spotllessly clean. The bed is comfy, the air-con works well and wifi works reasonably well even inside the room (most of the time). The room has windows on three sides, plus a window in the door, so lots of natural light. The veranda is big, with two comfortable plastic lawn chairs, a small table and a hammock. No sea view, since it faces other bungalows across a sandy garden planted with palms, other trees and bushes. There's a lovely and fragrant frangapani right by the veranda. Hot water is also provided, not that you really need it in this climate.
The beachfront cafe is attractive and the staff are very likable, esp. the gnome-like British manager. Food is good (if underspiced -- catering to farang tastes) and reasonably priced.
The beach is a lovely curve of fine white sand between two verdant points. The bay is rather shallow, but swimmable at most tides. The reef is quite a ways offshore (150 meters) and you don't really want to walk out to it due to a plethora of urchins and sea cucumbers. But if you swim out the snorkeling is quite worthwhile -- not brilliant but worthwhile. There's quite a bit of living coral, although not an esp wide variety of kinds and colors. Same with fish -- lots of fish but a littleless variety than I'd hoped for.
The onsite French-run dive shop charges ridiculous prices for snorkel gear rental: 150 baht for mask, snorkel and fins for one hour, 300 for all day. Plus, if you;re not a French speaker, they 'd really rather not give you the time of day. Far better to walk a couple of hundred meters into the village center and go to Pirate Divers. I rented a mask and snorkel set (no fins) for 100 baht for the entire day.
All in all a brillian deal, esp. at low season prices.
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