Banpu Koh Chang Hotel
A tropical vibe
9/11 Moo 4 White Sand Beach, Ko Chang T: (039) 551 234-7 , (081) 863 7314 F: (02) 588 4887
With a name that translates from Thai as "Crab House" (so stop your snickering kids), Banpu has frontage on both the beach and the main street, with a small but attractive beachside swimming pool and terrace restaurant.
Set in front of a small two-storey block of rooms, concrete villas are painted brown, topped with low-hanging thatched roofs and packed tightly into a lush garden. Most rooms are not huge, and a little dark, but pleasantly rustic with hardwood floors and walls, tasteful art and mosquito nets hung over comfortable beds. All rooms come with air-con, TV, fridge, safe and attractive bathroom done up with translucent green tiles. The villas are a little closer to the beach than their hotel block counterparts, though only the ones all the way at the front have sea views. There's a distinct Swiss Family Robinson vibe going on here, very tropical, with mustard yellow umbrellas to punctuate the browns, tans and greens. The beach is decent here too; just be careful when wading, as there are quite a few boulders in the shallows that sit ready to stub toes. Staff are friendly and the small resort has a cheerful mood about it.
Check rates at Banpu Koh Chang Hotel - rated 7.7/10 on Agoda.com.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: 2,000 baht, high season 3,000 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 2,500 baht, high season 3,500 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 5,000 baht, high season 6,500 baht. Notes: