Miao

was running the legendary Miao Guesthouse in Chumphon at the night market for 15 years. Miao Guesthouse was the first backpacker hostel in the city. Her organising talent leaves no wish to be desired. 3 years ago, she moved to Thung Wua Laen Beach 15km from Chumphon, where she now offers the best budget accommodation for backpackers.

The Thung Wua Laen Beach, also called "Cabana Beach", is a quiet beach in a 3 km bay. The beach is peaceful and abandoned during the week and on weekends mainly Thai-tourists travel here for picnicking. There are numerous resorts and restaurants with fresh seafood as well as three beach bars with live music at the weekends. Several shops offer kiteboarding, snorkeling and diving courses. The Sunday market starting in the afternoon in the neighboring village Saphli is a weekly market, small, original with it's eating and shopping attractions.