First of all - to get to the 'resort' you need to cross the walkbridge over the river/canal - DO NOT be put off by the look of the backside of the establishment - its just the way people do they work there and you have the chance to see the backsides of other restaurants and households. Go straight to the restaurant and order cocoshake and roll down on the beach... Its the stay work every penny.
We stayed there for 5 nights at rate of 360 Baht/per night. For that price we got nice and clean bungalow right on the beach. Be aware that conditions on the bungalow are basic but nice, clean and neat (no hot water in the shower but bed is comfy, mosquito net as new, bungalow looks new, well built and maintained properly). From what we found out, this was quite new establishment so infrastructure is still not ruined and everything does what it says on the tin. For that small price you get the location you could only dream of in Lamai. Its maybe 10-15min beach walk from the centre but therefore is quiet and really enjoyable.
Now comes the best bit - restaurant. The food there was the best we had on our 3 weeks trip, coctails are most delicious. And the prices are from the bottom scale! Restaurants porch overlooks beach and sunrise - eating there a meal early in the morning or at night when full moon - its a real tropical, holiday, experience. Only downside is staff - they don't look too spontanious but they do their job well and overall are friendly - just give them a chance! :)
What we didnt like? Staff could do more with some smile and learn bit more english to get those meals orders right ;) We had a snake in our bungalow - but hey, its Thailand and it happens there - room service got rid of it for us in 15 min by catching it in the bag. Apart from that - best value for money in Lamai.
Beach is beautifull and neigbours are high rated resorts. Lamai itself offers you everything. If you are a biker, like us, there are good places to rent a proper motorcycle at fantastic prices - we definitely recommend one - run by a chap from Milton Keynes! :)
Overall - if we ever come back on Koh Samui - New Hut Bungalows will be the place where we stay or at least pop in for a meal!
Please note - didn't expect any luxuries in bungalows. We just wanted to try how is it to spend few nights in a charming bungalow on the beach and it worked 100%. As far as I remember they gave it good review in Lonely Planet guide - and I put my signature down as well.
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