A better than expected chalet
When you book something online they always give the best photo impression of the property, as i found out last year to my dismay, because it did not live up to expectations. However, this year, despite as 12,000 baht cost for 4 nights (£240ish) and I suspect price hiked for foreigners coming through booking.com, the accommodation was beyond expections and you could argue worthy of the price tag. i suppose you get what you pay for, last year's was less than £100, and was pretty rubbish.
This was a two room chalet with a main area, bathroom and separate room with 2 double beds. the main area had 2 double beds, so 8 people could comfortably sleep. The beds were okay as far as comfort, although my back has problems from failed surgery etc.
Outside is a covered table and chair area, and a shared pool with smaller "baby" pool attached. The whitehouse resort appears to have 4-5 chalets and ours was number 4, although around us were other accommodation we determined they were owned separately. At the back, around a small pond, someone was developing more accommodation.
The beach was not far, but involved walking across the road and small area of derelict ground, which we did not do in favour of driving further down (not more than 5 minutes) to where there were restaurants, etc.
One of our day trips we chose to go 30 minutes to Chao Lao beach, last year's destination, because the beach was much more enjoyable, open, but above all cleaner. Our lunch was at the Tao Sang Beach Hotel resturant Sea Thru which is next to the beach void of people save the odd motorbike ice cream seller.
On another day we drove a whole 9 minutes to Laem Sing Ocean World, again some where we went last year but this year with a whole different set of family members! Ocean world (see separate review) was ok, but never forget as a tourist they want your money!
The owner was extremely attentive and we used that to our advantage by borrowing plates and an ice bucket and using the nephew for shop visits, although some westerners might think the owner was too in your face! I am used to the interaction and let it go as normal Thai behaviour, which is always well-meaning. For example, she would be patrolling up and down and occasionally when we returned in the car would come running to see who it was and if we were ok. Being with two Thai ladies helped with translation as the owner did not speak any English.
The town is small and some things you'll need to go look for, such as a 7-11 (Seven), and a petrol station. We discovered a small shop for buying booze and supplies, right near the harbour (we didn't investigate).
All in all, this was very very good and worth 4 days of peace and quiet. We had driven 560 km to get there, and the return trip was just as bad. If you want to enjoy the area, you may need a vehicle although some of the reviews mention lifts from the owner to the restaurant, some of whom deliver take out orders but dont expect quick and dont be surprised if delivered on crockery with cutlery!
ครอบครัว - 8 พ.ค. 2016