Main beach, Ko Bulon Lae T: (081) 897 9084 , (086) 960 0468
The island's original resort has evolved a lot over the years, literally dismantling and rebuilding its various structures in accordance with erosion and low-season storm surges that have occasionally claimed entire bungalows.
Today it's a hotch potch of new and old standalone bungalows and villas overlooking a gorgeous stretch of the main beach. Some of the newer rooms are built over rocks that separate this beach from Panka Noi Bay. The family-run resort had installed a small wind turbine since our last visit, ensuring that this is the only option on Bulon for 24-hour power. That's great, but we feel their decision to install air-con units in nearly all rooms was unfortunate. The few remaining fan bungalows now fetch 3,000 baht from mid December through March -- quite pricey despite the large decks, clean appearance and spacious interiors. All rooms have several windows, hardwood floors, quality beds and bathrooms, and the newest wood cottages look very sharp. Nearly all rooms also afford direct sea views and are designed to accommodate families. A buffet breakfast and WiFi are included in all rates. Despite the recent spike in prices, the resort still fills up with mostly Scandinavian and mainland European families in high season, so advanced reservations are a good idea. The resort offers a minimart, massage, coffee shop and boat tours and bookings, so you're likely to use it for something even if not staying here. Knock 1,000 baht off the rates listed here in November and April.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 3 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: closed or n/a, high season 3,500 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 4,000 baht. Notes:
Location map for Bulone Resort
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Kicking a football in the sea breeze, school kids laugh on their beachside field. Local sea gypsies smile at backpackers and families who lounge outside their simple bungalows. Flowers and butterflies abound. Away from the over-development and other problems found on more popular Thai islands, Ko Bulon Lae
quietly preserves its rural tranquility.