Funky by the sea
Formerly known as Gu Bay Resort, Elephant Bay has successfully shed the property’s old lacklustre reputation by creating an artistic, laid-back vibe that extends into few types of flashpacker rooms.
We were pleasantly surprised to find new life at this old resort sporting a well-positioned swimming pool along the rocky coast in central Bailan. A common lounge with a bar, restaurant, billiards, darts board, foosball and funky palette of colours occupies a large wooden pavilion with a high roof. We arrived to find tattooed European hipsters kicking back on the attached deck.
Available with fan or air-con, most of the 26 rooms occupy one of the two concrete motel-style attached buildings set on either side of a lawn that slopes down to a shore lined with trees and hammocks. The cramped budget rooms come with mosquito nets placed over firm mattresses propped on wooden boards off the floor, as well as hot-water wet bathrooms and perhaps a painting on the white walls, but nothing else apart from the clothes rack and free WiFi.
Also in the attached buildings, standard air-con editions are only slightly larger but with flatscreen TVs and imaginative murals in blue, red, turquoise, black and yellow. The same goes for the bungalows with ivy reaching over exterior walls and stonework in the porches—our favourite rooms on the property. All rooms have a utilitarian design, but with some pizazz.
Just up the lane from Elephant Bay is Green Cottage, a long-running spot featuring bright-green air-con bungalows with dated appliances and sea-view porches, for around 1,200 baht in high season. Neighbouring Lantalay Seafood also has some cheaper bungalows set up in a row near the sea.
Address: Ao Bailan, Ko Chang
T: (098) 836 3693 ; (097) 156 9960;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º17'51.56" E, 11º59'26.32" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|640 baht||800 baht|
|Superior double room|
|990 baht||1,350 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,400 baht||1,700 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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