Step off the pier at M'Pai Bei village and enter into the charming French-managed Sunset Bungalows with views straight out to sea from any of their wooden bungalows, or the bar and restaurant with its 270-degree view on the sea.
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Tucked into the trees with sunset, set back from a winding, sandy path, this place is designed for a peaceful stay. The eight widely spaced bungalows are made from different coloured woods and orientated for the best sunset views over a rocky beach; the bungalows furthest away from the restaurant have the best view, curving slightly round the corner. Each comes with a hammock, table and chairs on the balcony, a firm bed on a high platform, fan, mosquito net (some with holes) and a clean wet bathroom with a large shower – though water can be intermittent on the island so there's also a bucket. The plastic tiled roofs keep out more insects and rain than the normal thatch.
A large, round restaurant on site is surrounded by the sea and serves up Asian and Western food with some French influence; we ate well. Hop in the hammocks strung up just beside the restaurant or take a pew at one of the many tables to enjoy the breeze and spectacular sea views. Electricity only in the evening. Given the setting, this is the best bungalow option in the village.
Sunset Bungalows is also the office for the Speed Ferry.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: US$20, high season US$25. Notes: $35 for a bigger bungalow