Photo: Great beach outside long-running Bulone Resort.

Bulone Resort

Bulon’s comfiest bungalows

Main beach, Ko Bulon Lae T: (081) 897 9084 (086) 960 0468

Bulone Resort

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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.

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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.

Some of the newer bungalows at Bulone Resort.

Some of the newer bungalows at Bulone Resort. Photo: David Luekens

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.

The comfiest bungalows on the island.

The comfiest bungalows on the island. Photo: David Luekens

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.

Another of the Bulone offerings.

Another of the Bulone offerings. Photo: David Luekens

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.

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Walk-in rates at Bulone Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
closed or n/a
3,000 baht
Plus 1,000 for beachfront.
Bungalow fan private bathroom
closed or n/a
3,000 baht
Deluxe bungalow
closed or n/a
4,000 baht
A few different room types available in this range.
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 3,000 baht. Notes: Plus 1,000 for beachfront.
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 3,000 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: closed or n/a, high season 4,000 baht. Notes: A few different room types available in this range.

Where is Bulone Resort

Bulone Resort
Main beach, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (081) 897 9084 (086) 960 0468
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º32'31.3" E, 6º49'55.66" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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