Creature comforts and more
Opened in 2006, Buffalo Bay Vacation Club was one of the first places on Phayam to offer air-con, WiFi and 24-hour power—and it’s still a fine choice for families or anyone who appreciates their creature comforts.
Spread over white-sandy grounds with trees, all of the fully enclosed beige concrete bungalows come with tile floors and tinted-glass doors fronting porches with wood chairs. While small and lacking character, the cheapest rooms at the back of the property come with soft beds, fans, cold-water bathrooms with Western-style facilities and even fridges.
Family bungalows that sleep four, and deluxe bungalows set closer to the beach, come with air-con, satellite TVs and DVD players along with hot-water showers. A large generator chugs away at the back of the property; a low rumbling can be heard from the porches of the cheapest bungalows but we didn’t notice it once inside. The resort was once considered overpriced but the value was superb when we last stopped in.
While it was launched as a semi-private beach club with members returning to the same rooms each year, the resort was open to walk-in guests and listed on booking sites as of late 2016. We appreciated a warm welcome at reception, which doubles as a large beachfront restaurant serving good Western food. The resort owns its own boats and arranges day trips for fishing and snorkeling. Guests can also rent surfboards and kayaks, explore the book exchange or get a Thai massage. Buffalo Bay aims to be family-friendly and smoking is prohibited.
We weren’t given a clear answer on rates beyond the day when we stopped in, but expect them to spike from mid-December through February. Comfort seekers might also consider Phayam Lodge over on Ao Yai, or Blue Sky on the east coast.
Address: South Ao Khao Kwai, Ko Phayam
T: (081) 961 0375;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º24'4.76" E, 9º44'33.26" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Up to 800 and 1,200 baht for larger bungalow closer to beach.
|closed or n/a||500 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||closed or n/a||2,000 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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