If you’re off to Mae Phim for a break, this quick guide to accommodation in Hat Mae phim might be useful. It’s by no means all encompassing, however it does give you an idea of what’s on offer. Bungalows, apartments, hotels and more. This beach village is popular with holidaying Thai’s, so many signs are in Thai only, we asked and this is what we got!
The main attraction is the beautiful beach as well as the numerous seafood restaurants that line it. You can stay right on the main road which runs along side Mae Phim beach. This road isn’t very busy and has several levels of accommodation. We saw several resorts booked out for coach trips, these are usually Friday – Sunday and it’s quiet during the week.
Most bungalows on the beach road cost about 1500 giving you direct access to the beach and an en suite bathroom. Toy Art resort at the east end of the bay are 1000 for a small wooden hut, Mae Phim resort next door are 1700 for a more colonial white wooden hut. Chomtalay chalet have a pool and advertise from 3500 (but we saw lower on Agoda.com). Villa Bali has good reviews and starts fro 1400. Either side of Villa bali are Thai resorts which were all full, but had bungalows for 1000 per night.
Further away from the beach the prices drop, on the main road past the petrol station were bungalows at 700 per night.
We opted for a home stay with Gunter and Noi, who have several bungalows of different sizes in their garden. I found them via airbnb and having looked around Mae Phim, I have to say we couldn’t have made a better choice!
First off, they are happy for our dog to stay, which is obviously a must for us. They have three small friendly dogs of their own, as well as 3 (soon to be 5) cats – see the two furry friends above! Harro got along with all of them and it was nice for him to have some dog buddies too. Gunter and Noi’s garden is beautiful and well kept, full of flowers and fruit trees. All day you can hear birds singing, and the only other soubds are a passing motorbike or a soi dog having a howl.
Their bungalows are all brick built with a/c and bathroom, wardrobe and comfy (not the usual rock hard, back breaking) beds. There’s parking for a car and motorcycles, and the house is gated. It’s located a little way from the beach, near the petrol station, but this was fine for us as we rented a motorbike. Motorbike hire is in the village and Gunter kindly offered to give us a lift in. However we decided to walk, which is about 25 minutes at a slow pace, you cannot rush as it’s really HOT! Like most of Thailand, the road has no pavement, but as it’s the main road it’s wide for most of the way.
There is Wifi on site, it’s a little patchy at times but fine for us. If you wanted to be constantly online then maybe bring a dongle thingy (yes, that’s a technical term right there). The village is small so there’s no coffee shop chain you can sit in all day for free wifi. Some of the beach-side restaurants have wifi, though it is patchy too!
The icing on the cake at our accommodation is THE POOL! Yes, our hosts have a lovely pool in the garden, it’s pretty new and very clean. It’s just the right size so the temperature is just perfect – not too hot and not too cold (I am cold water shy) I could float around all day! We came in low season (for westerners) so we had the place to ourselves. In fact I’m writing this post poolside; sat on a sun lounger in the shade, listening to birds chirp. All I’m missing is a cool drink with an umbrella in it (I wonder if Mr would pop to 7-11)…….
Gunter and Noi have been great hosts, letting us know where to find things and being generally lovely. They are even gave us a lift to Ban Phe when we left as they were going that way. The cost of their smallest room (double with a/c and en suite) is 623 baht a night. They do weekly and monthly rates too, just get in contact and see what’s available. (Please note the location shown is not exact as it’s their home, so please get in contact with them for full details)!