Stayed here in the extreame low season on Phayam (weather was great) me and my girlfriend were having a fine time trying to find places open to eat in the eve. Somebody suggested that Mr Gaos stays open all year so we dropped by and moved in for a week.
The Beach is great and we paid around 500 bht for our room which maybe a little high for off season on Phayam but bearing in mind he does stay open all year and has to run the Electric it was fine.
The food here is very good and nice prices too its my second fav place to eat on phayam. This place is packed high season with people who return year after year for the beach, Food and of course Mr Gao.
We found ourselves the only guests at the time of year (i think we were the only tourists left on the island late june) And in the eve we were invited to sit in with Mr Gao and the staff for an eve of stories and whiskey. My fav was the Penang curry made with pork and the massaman. Prices are cheap and portions if i remeber were large.
Rooms a step up from basic bungalow types, basic and comfortable facing the lovely beach at aow kow kwai.
Every morning swimming is great and for 3 days running my morning dip was extra special by the family of six or so Sea otters who would join me for my morning swim. These i think are quite rare in thailand and the local name in Meow nam meening water cat.
The staff had very limited english although this did not really pose much of a problem and they were very friendly and kept the beach and bungalows very clean.
Mr gao is well liked and respected on the island and always makes time to ask about your day and see if your stay at his place is ok. If you find any thing amiss just mention it and it will be sorted out quickly.