A great spot
Tropical Garden Bungalows are a great option for the Viewpoint area, getting the aesthetics of their wooden bungalows just right.
They’re rustic without being too shabby, spacious and overflow with that ’bungalow in the jungle’ atmosphere. Some offer views of the beach. The cheaper rooms have mattresses on the floor without bed-frames, with very good mosquito netting and bathrooms of the sunken-stonework variety. Some are rather high up on stilts, providing views of the small valley below from the balconies, which have hammocks. The more expensive rooms are at the top of the hill, right near the pool, though some mid-priced fan-cooled rooms also face onto the pool. They’re nicely done, though the floors are quite bouncy and bendy. The budget option, fan rooms with shared bathrooms, were all full during our visit. Prices aren’t exactly cheap but it’s a unique atmosphere. Its pool with a swim-up bar would be an appealing feature here, but when we visited in August 2014 the water was grotty and unswimmable. Friendly staff. Recommended. If full, try Up Hill Bungalows just past it, or Garden Inn just before it -- both are solid flashpacker choices.
Address: Up the hill at the end of the viewpoint road, Ton Sai village
T: (081) 968 1436;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º46'35.04" E, 7º44'27.96" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||400 baht||900 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||900 baht||1,100 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,400 baht||1,800 baht|
|Superior double room||1,500 baht||2,000 baht|
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.