Bulon’s comfiest bungalows
Opened in 1992 and still run by the same family of native islanders, Bulone Resort is the largest, best-equipped and most comfortable resort on Ko Bulon Lae.
The resort’s evolution continued in recent years with the addition of large solar panels that provide 24-hour electricity in addition to the environmental benefits. Most of the clean freestanding and fully enclosed bungalows now have air-con and you’ll find several room types added at different periods in the resort’s lifetime. They all face a terrific beach shaded by coconut and casuarina trees.
The cheapest “garden row” air-con bungalows are spacious and outfitted with sliding doors, quality linens on beds raised off hardwood floors, shiny fake wood-panel walls, tables, clothes-drying racks and cold-water showers in large bathrooms with proper sinks and flush toilets. Though set back from the beach, these do get you partial sea views from the large wooden decks -- or you could pay more for an identical room with unobstructed view.
For the same price you could grab a larger and newer wooden bungalow cooled by fan, or shell out another 1,000 baht for one of the newest air-con bungalows set alongside the beach at a far corner of the property. At the resort’s opposite end you’ll find similarly spacious “hilltop” bungalows built over Laem Son, a rocky outcrop that separates this beach from Ao Panka Noi. All rooms have several windows and lots of space, though extras like fridge and TV are lacking.
Bulone Resort has long been a favourite of families, mostly Europeans and Scandinavians, and multiple extra beds can be added to any room. Rates include a buffet breakfast in the spacious seaside pavilion, which also has one of Bulon’s only fresh coffee shops. You’ll also find a massage sala, free WiFi, travel office and minimart. We’ve always found the staffers and managers to be very polite and helpful, and this is one of the few places on Bulon accepting reservations by email.
If these rooms are too pricey you could consider nearby Bulone Hill Resort, which has simpler fan bungalows tucked on the hill directly behind Bulone Resort. There’s also Pansand Resort at the other end of the beach, which has family-size fan bungalows with all-night electricity, but also a staff that has been consistently unhelpful and unfriendly on our visits.
Rates at Bulone Resort drop by 1,000 baht in the shoulder months, and as walk-ins we were offered these lower rates in early March despite the resort’s website stating that high season ends April 1. The resort closes from May 1 to September 30.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 17th April, 2017.
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