I love JB Hut. I am now back for my second time after 2 years (I was here back in 2011 Christmas). In 2011 I stayed for about 3 weeks. This time I am staying for 1 month. (yes I am lucky!).
Why do I come back here when there are a multitude of other options in Koh Phangan (and specifically Haad Yao)? It is quite simply wonderful. For a number of reasons:
-Great hospitality from Bella and her family and staff. They are very friendly, helpful, efficient. Bella is very very welcoming and just wants you to be happy. She is very flexible. And she can arrange taxis, boats, buses etc.
-The bungalows are great. And cater for all budgets. I stay in the cheapest huts, and seriously they are great. Very simple, a double bed, mosquito net, bathroom (toilet & shower in same space), and a balcony with a hammock. The bungalows have great views. And I think they are quite cute in their rustic wooden-ness.
-Bella's food is delicious. She does great thai (of course) and also western stuff (but I love thai, so that's it for me all the way!).
-It is situated in Haad Yao. Haad Yao is my favourite beach on Koh Phangan. The sun sets over the water. There are little waves (perfect for swimming). It has a nice atmosphere of restaurants on the beach and great little massage huts... perfect. And not too busy. Its a perfect respite from the craziness of Haad Rin!
A few things to note:
-JB Hut is just up a hill on the main road into Haad Yao. So yes, walking back from the beach you can get a little puffy.
-Also the bungalows themselves are up a hill too. You can drive a motorbike up to them. Or walk and stretch out your calves some more!
-This beach is nowhere near the full moon party. You have to catch a taxi (and I recommend it) because motorbiking to Haad Rin is quite frankly dangerous. I think its worth staying out of Haad Rin if you want a quieter beautiful place to hang out and then go in and party. But if you want to be in the thick of it, don't stay here.
ALSO PLEASE NOTE: Bella's verbal english is great. She understands everything & is a great talker! But, she cannot understand written english. So if you email her, you won't get a response. The only way to guarantee your reservation is to call her. Ask for Bella (if she's not around, just call back when she's there - best to only speak with her).
Otherwise, you could just turn up and see if there is something available (and if not there are plenty of other places around to choose from and you could leave your stuff with Bella while you investigate - she is so nice). You can also call her when you get into the Pier and she can get someone to come pick you up.
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