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Need places to stay pn Ko Lipe and Ko Bulon

  • ovaciksarah

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    My son and I want to stay on these islands for approx 1 week each, need somewhere we can dive, snorkel etc but some night life, and not too expensive, was thinking of Pooh,s bungalows, anyone been

    #1 Posted: 26/9/2008 - 19:10

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  • tezza

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    Look, Pooh's is a kind of Lipe institution, but it is not on the beach - located on the cross-island track between Pattaya Beach and Sunrise Beach. Tends to have some cool music etc at nights though.

    Pattaya Beach, although crowded with places these days is still attractive and is real neat at night because quite a few restaurants and bars set up candle-lit tables and beach mats on the sand.
    You don't give your budget so it is hard to rec a particular place but Pattaya Song (might have changed its name - I notice TRAVELFISH has a new $3 Lipe guide which if it is as good as the PHI PHI guide is worth every cent and more and should be up to date on this stuff) has some real nice flashpacker and budget places with nice views up on the western headland, and Bundhaya or similar is a nice enough midranger. Check online TRAVELFISH reviews because there are lots of okay looking joints along here.

    Unfortunately a lot of the places elsewhere rquire walking some unlit tracks if you go out to bars/restaurants. This applies to a lot of places on Sunrise Beach - although if you stay at the the big Andaman Resort at the north end it is a shortish walk around the corner of the beach to Mountain Resort's cool Karma Bar. Mountain Resort is a real nice place in the lower-midrange/flashpacker range, one I aim to stay at some time in the future.

    Porn is a nice budget place on Sunset Beach - it's real dark walking across to Pattaya, but on my first visit to Lipe (I have a fair bit of info on both visits in the link below) guests there often walked across in a group. Porn has its own funky little bar area and we spent some good times there. These days there some variety with a neighbouring resort, a bakery just behind which is a nice place to hang and have a drink, so you don't necessarily have to walk any dark tracks. Jungle Bar is not too far, but via unlit jungle track.

    #2 Posted: 29/9/2008 - 12:30

  • tezza

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    Oops, forgot Bulon. Look, Bulon is not a place for nightlife. Seriously laid back. I think its mostly a case of having a few drinks in the resort restaurants, although there are a few dedicated restaurants over in the main village which looked like they might be good places to hang for a drink late afternoon and at night when the place is busy.
    The trouble with the main village is that there is no real nice beach there - the bays are largely rocky with small patches of sand. Viewpoint bungalows looked one of the nicer places to stay - although it is actually a bit outside the village on the track across to the good beach areas.
    At the beach, both Pansand and Bulon Resort are pretty nice, the beach is good and the snorkelling not too bad at all. I did think Bulon Resort's bungalows were a bit exxy and Pansand was a very attractive looking place with prices not too much more.
    There are some less expensive alternatives - SCHOOLHOUSE is one and has a half dozen or so neat budget bungalows in a great position adjacent the sports field and the small sub-village and only about 200m from the beach.

    #3 Posted: 29/9/2008 - 12:39

  • ovaciksarah

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    Many thanks for all the info will be a great help. As we,re in Thailand for a month and my son is a shopaholic in Bangkok want to pay not more than 1000baht per night if poss

    #4 Posted: 29/9/2008 - 13:39

  • tezza

    Joined Travelfish
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    Okay, 2 points here:
    - 1000 baht is a good limit - it should give you a choice thru flashpacker to lower midrange so some real nice places are opened up.
    - saying yer son is a shopaholic suggests he is not all that young. If he is more than mid teens perhaps the dark walking tracks on Lipe are not a probelem - I've never felt unsafe walking them alone. I was basing my above answer on a woman with a youngish kid in tow - under those circumstances you want to remove any concern.

    #5 Posted: 29/9/2008 - 14:40

  • tezza

    Joined Travelfish
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    Oh, I forgot to add, if you are real keen on Pooh's, the track between there and Pattaya is pretty busy deep into the night and should not be a problem if you want to wander over for some eats/drinks on the sand.

    #6 Posted: 29/9/2008 - 14:43

  • ovaciksarah

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    Cheers, no my son is 21 while away, he,s a diving instructor so we will want to do more diving while there, found it great on Ko Lanta last year, thanks for all your help

    #7 Posted: 29/9/2008 - 18:40

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