A relaxed atmosphere permeates Pavilion despite its location at the centre of the beach, making it a fine choice for anyone who prefers "cheap resort" to "bungalow joint".
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It's a long-running spot with two rows of light yellow concrete villas (or "pavilions" are they?) stretching back along a well-manicured garden from the beachside restaurant and swimming pool. It's a fair walk to the rooms all the way in back, which are almost out to the main road. While lacking character apart from a few stencils of birds on the walls, all of the rooms are spacious, clean and very comfy, with sky-blue tlle floors and soft beds. Fan rooms come with fridges and offer good value, though we were told that they may all be switched to air-con in the future. Air-con editions also bag you a TV, and all rooms come with good-size roofed terraces overlooking the garden. An on-site travel agent offers tours, ticketing, money exchange and internet facilities. Pavilion attracts a mixed bag of walk-ins and online-bookers, so it's best to at least email or call ahead to reserve a room. Prices spike by another 200 to 500 baht in late December and January.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 700 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes: Rates get higher as you get closer to the beach