Spread over a hillside behind the school and an easy walk to the best beach, Marina certainly has the most eye-catching bungalows around.
Standing on tall wooden stilts with large porches equipped with wooden chairs, tables and seashells, the log-cabin style bungalows have high thatch ceilings that come all the way down to form the sidewalls as well. The spacious rooms come with super-comfy king-size beds on knobby wooden frames with soft linens draped in pink mosquito nets and fans, though the generator only keeps them running from 18:00 to 23:00. While otherwise open to the elements, the tall windows have wooden bars to stop would-be thieves from climbing in, and they're draped in white cotton curtains in addition to thick silk throws for privacy. Simple cold-water bathrooms have sinks and bucket-flush toilets. Floors are composed of smooth but thin wooden planks with gaps that allow critters to wander inside -- opt for Bulone or Pansand resorts if that freaks you out. If you prefer the rustic life, these bungalows have a definite romantic quality. The dreadlocked staff members are laid back, perhaps a bit lazy, but have always been welcoming to us. Prices went up since our last visit, making the value slightly questionable compared to other options.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 1,000 baht. Notes:
Near the main beach, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (085) 078 1552
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B