If you are looking a serene slice of heaven- this is it. SalaCoco is a beautiful beach bungalow behind the main house and we absolutely loved it. We spent most of the time either on our private verandah or in the sea front sala. We are a family of four, with 8 year old twins who loved the beach, the sea, the house and enjoyed walking the dog with our fabulous host. You get the entire house to yourself and the kitchen is fully equipped. The home is pristine and is cleaned everyday. We enjoyed the 6 km walk on the practically empty beach. Our children enjoyed collecting sea shells and the cold coconuts provided by our amazing hosts. Nothing prepared me for the 5 star breakfasts we received everyday: quiches, omelettes, real coffee, homemade jams and fresh tropical fruit. There is a handy restaurant and pool next door if you really want it- but we enjoyed using the kitchen and our hosts even did the shopping for us- fresh seafood in abundance! As a writer, I appreciated having this location to progress my work. The only hard part is leaving!
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Khun Id has a marvellously isolated hideaway by the beach in Ban Thang Sai. His guest bungalow is finely furnished, clean and with well appointed bathrooms. There is a rustic air to the decor, with several examples of refurbished rural furniture and traditional wooden fixtures. Clean, comfortable and pleasing to the eye. For luxury, one has to wait for K. Id's efforts in the kitchen as he is an imaginative and accomplished cook with an eye for detail. He takes the cuisine of the metropolis and applies it to locally available seafood and market produce to cook up a lobster bisque or a crab salad that are to die for. Meals at Salacoco are a central feature of the day and one has to experience K. Id's cooking at least once. There are several local alternatives in nearby Ban Khrut which is a ten minute motorcycle ride, twenty on the bicycles available, away further up the beach.
Ahh, the beach. Overlooked by the stunning Wat Thang Sai, which, if you're lucky enough to be visiting on one of the three Buddhist holidays or a royal birthday is lit up at night and from it's high vantage point on Thang Sai moutain seems to float above the beach like a bright jewel in the night sky. During the day the beach is almost deserted for a kilometre either side of Salacoco. There are a couple of resorts north of it, occasionally occupied, the busiest being BayView which is a full kilometre away. The beach isn't pristine, few are in the Gulf of Thailand, but the sand is clean and K. Id makes sure that the strip in front of his land is kept clean. The lack of other holiday makes and the isolation is the best thing about the beach though, one might as well have it all to oneself, whether walking, beachcombing, swimming or sunbathing.
As a long weekend getaway from the Big Mango, Salacoco is the perfect beach retreat.