Simple bungalows on a hilltop
Centrally located Ban Sulaida has a small collection of bungalows overlooking the cross-island lane just up the hill from Panka Noi Bay.
The small huts come with light-pink siding and metal roofs, or woven bamboo walls with thatch roofs set further back along the shaggy hillside. Both go for the same reasonable price and come with front porches, hard beds propped off the floor with mosquito nets, fans, windows and cold-water bathrooms with small sinks and Western toilets.
Most of the bungalows are worn down, with quite a few cracks and scuffs, but the value is solid and we like the location if you don’t mind the lack of a sea view. You may want to go for a room further back to avoid having a porch within clear sight of passersby.
The place was going through changes during our last visit, replacing the old restaurant and reception area with a newly built pavilion set beside the cross-island lane. No staff was around and we had to call the owner for information, though we’d expect her and other family staffers to be more present once the new reception is completed. You may even get WiFi access too.
Address: On the cross-island lane behind Panka Noi Bay, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (063) 548 1835;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º32'15.76" E, 6º49'53.15" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||closed or n/a||600 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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