Sea views for cheap
Panka Yai Bay, Ko Bulon Lae T: (081) 990 5878 , (089) 466 8957
If you're after tranquility and don't mind a lack of WiFi and power from only 18:00 to 23:00, Panka Bay's namesake resort should be just the ticket.
The small and secluded place has a string of simple white cottages with tin roofs and porches overlooking a shaded lawn that opens onto the beach. The resort shares the seafront with only a fisherman's house -- the quietude pulls you in and makes you want to relax. Simple but well-kept rooms come with soft beds raised off the floor, mosquito nets, tiny make-up desks and cold-water bathrooms with Western flush toilets and spouts with buckets in lieu of proper sinks. You'll also find a couple of tiny bamboo huts that probably should have been torn down last year; these are dusty and come with firm beds and squat toilets in dark cement bathrooms. But hey, they're cheap and have sea views. Panka Bay is a family-run spot that attracts its share of longer-term repeat guests. To get here, walk straight through Chao Le Homestay and go left when you hit the sand.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 17th January, 2015.