Bamboo Guesthouse

Bamboo Guesthouse

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Better known for the ideally placed sunset bar and restaurant (even if you are not staying here do swing by for at least one sunset), Bamboo Guesthouse also has three rooms hidden away below the restaurant by the water’s edge.

Travelfish says:
The views from the upstairs cafe are not shabby. : Stuart McDonald.
The views from the upstairs cafe are not shabby. Photo: Stuart McDonald

One is a large wooden bungalow, the other two concrete blocks. For a budget traveller comfortable with a wooden shack and a very basic cold water bathroom, we thought the wooden bungalow was pretty appealing (though we wouldn’t bother with the other rooms). The price, at 100,000 rupiah, was also good value.

The bungalow has a wood and rattan structure, lino floor and a very very old mosquito net—think a budget 1990s Thai bungalow on the lake and you’ll have the right idea. For budgeteers only.

Just the one backpacker shack on offer. : Stuart McDonald.
Just the one backpacker shack on offer. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The real attraction here though are the terrific views from the upstairs cafe and restaurant. Plenty of comfortable seating, including a very tempting daybed, make this a great spot to idle away a day or enjoy the sunset from.

Contact details for Bamboo Guesthouse

Address: North coast of Tuk-Tuk.
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º51'2.26" E, 2º40'38.22" N
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room 100,000 rupiah 100,000 rupiah

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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