Ho-hum rooms but what a view!
202 Moo 7, Rantee beach T: (092) 124 0599
These bamboo and concrete bungalows in a bit of a ramshackle setting are nothing special, but their beachfront location is hard to beat.
Formerly called Rantee Sunrise bungalows, there's a choice of fan or air-con rooms, but electricity is available only through the night from 17:30 till 08:30. Standard bungalows have double or twin beds, while family-sized bungalows have a double and single. Some showers have hot water. We were told WiFi was available for free, but with the power off we couldn't check it. The rustic open-air restaurant with swinging wooden benches is a good gathering spot, with a fair number of day-trippers passing through here during the day. Its isolation means you'll need to make a sweaty walk over the hill or pay for a boat ride (200 baht per person) to reach Ton Sai village, which could eat into your budget if you're looking to explore the island. They do, however, offer free longtail pick-up service from the pier if you book in advance. Though there's little in the way of charm here, it's certainly worth a look for those seeking a budget beach escape. Prices are high for what you get, but it's the cheapest place we found along Phi Phi's more remote east coast beaches. Even during the daytime the mosquitoes are fierce here, so be sure to pack some repellent.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 25th October, 2014.