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Zanom Sunrise Beach Resort

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Photo of Zanom Sunrise Beach Resort, Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe. , Ko Lipe

What we say: 3.5 stars

Run by a youthful team of Thais known for their attentive service, Zanom Sunrise hadn't changed much since our last visit, at least on the surface. The relaxing beachfront restaurant still has floor cushions and lofts spread amid wooden platforms with high ceilings, and the wooden rooms still stretch behind reception in a mix of attached single-floor buildings and standalone bungalows. All of them still have porches with hammocks and benches, though only a few afford sea views. Inside they're rather dark and sparsely decorated but comfortable, well kept and equipped with TVs, with cold water in the fan rooms and hot in air-con editions. The air-con rooms also bag you mini-fridges to go with wall-to-wall carpeting and desks. So what has changed? Major price jumps have placed Zanom Sunrise's more basic rooms at questionable value. While this is a general trend across Lipe, it's worth mentioning that the resort's website listed the rooms we peeped at 300 baht cheaper than what we were quoted as walk-ins (they seem to have offered us the mid-December to February rate in November). This perhaps displays a greedy outlook that's causing basic rooms to go for substantially more than what they're worth -- and in some cases double what they went for a couple of years ago. Even so, Zanom Sunrise remains a decent option when taken in the context of a beach and island that have swung heavily upmarket.

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Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe.  T: (089) 656 2767, (080) 540 8594 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Deluxe- Double 2,000 baht 3,500 baht Peak 4,000 baht
Bungalow fan private b'room 750 baht 1,200 baht Peak 1,500 baht
Bungalow air-con private b'room 1,500 baht 3,000 baht Peak 3,500 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 30th December, 2011
Last visited or updated on: 12th December, 2014

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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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Zanom Sunrise Beach Resort
Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe. 
T: (089) 656 2767, (080) 540 8594

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