Panka Bay Resort
Sea views for cheap
Panka Yai Bay, Ko Bulon Lae T: (081) 990 5878 , (089) 466 8957
If you're after tranquility and don't mind a lack of WiFi and power from only 18:00 to 23:00, Panka Bay's namesake resort should be just the ticket.
The small and secluded place has a string of simple white cottages with tin roofs and porches overlooking a shaded lawn that opens onto the beach. The resort shares the seafront with only a fisherman's house -- the quietude pulls you in and makes you want to relax. Simple but well-kept rooms come with soft beds raised off the floor, mosquito nets, tiny make-up desks and cold-water bathrooms with Western flush toilets and spouts with buckets in lieu of proper sinks. You'll also find a couple of tiny bamboo huts that probably should have been torn down last year; these are dusty and come with firm beds and squat toilets in dark cement bathrooms. But hey, they're cheap and have sea views. Panka Bay is a family-run spot that attracts its share of longer-term repeat guests. To get here, walk straight through Chao Le Homestay and go left when you hit the sand.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 500 baht. Notes: Up to 700 baht, 300 baht for bamboo.
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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.