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Chao Le Homestay

Great but not really a homestay

Photo of Chao Le Homestay, Panka Yai Bay, Ko Bulon Lae. , Ko Bulon Lae

What we say: 4 stars

More of a regular bungalow joint than an actual homestay programme, Chao Le Homestay has a small number of inviting wood-and-bamboo bungalows overlooking a shaded lawn just back from the bay. The property blends into the neighbouring village and is run by a local Chao Lae family who seem to effortlessly nail the laid back and warm hospitality that Bulon is known for. Sturdy and well-kept bungalows are set fairly far apart over the atmospheric grounds. Along with firm beds, clean sheets and mosquito nets, you'll find a few unexpected touches, like polished hardwood floors and tables adorned with snowy New England village scenes to contrast the tropical paradise outside. Bathrooms have terracotta brick walls along with sinks and squat toilets. Porches are also larger than you'd expect, with benches that catch a glimpse of the sea. The family staff also run one of the better restaurants on Bulon, itself decorated with red lanterns, a shark silhouette trellis and huge poster of Avril Lavigne. If the bungalows are full, Sawleeda Resort has very similar accommodation for the same price on the nearby path to Mango Bay.

    Contact details:

    Panka Yai Bay, Ko Bulon Lae.  T: (086) 290 2519 , (086) 967 0716 

    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Bungalow fan private b'room 400 baht 500 baht

    Added to Travelfish on: 30th March, 2008
    Last visited or updated on: 17th January, 2015

    Last reviewed by:
    Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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    Chao Le Homestay
    Panka Yai Bay, Ko Bulon Lae. 
    T: (086) 290 2519 , (086) 967 0716 

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