Old-school budget spot
The small, long-running Blue Bayou Bungalows and restaurant continues to attract budget travellers even as large-scale hotels have been built nearby along this eastern stretch of Haad Noppharat Thara’s beach road.
Maybe it was the warm greetings offered by the family owners each morning, or the namesake Linda Ronstadt song that kept looping through our heads as we dozed off, but we didn’t want to leave after spending several nights waiting out a weather system here during our last visit to the area.
Clustered around a small garden behind the restaurant, the concrete bungalows come with chairs on the porches, blue-tile floors and choice of fan or air-con. Some scuffmarks on the walls are inevitable and the boxy TVs, cheap makeup desks and pleather loveseats have all seen better days, but we slept great on the soft bed and the free WiFi, hot-water shower and fridge all worked well. Cleaners also do a thorough job each day. We found that walk-in rates were lower than if booking online.
Cashew Nut Bungalows is a similar choice just off the beach road on Noppharat Thara Soi 13, next to Laughing Gecko. We like Blue Bayou a little better because of the restaurant—the food is outstanding. That’s one reason why, “I’m going back someday, come what may…”
Address: 79 Noppharat Thara Rd, Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 637 558;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º48'46.14" E, 8º2'29.24" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||500 baht||600 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||600 baht||1,200 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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