Simple and affordable
Offering simple fan and air-con rooms in the 1,000 to 2,000 baht range, Seaside is one of a few small bungalow spots that have been operating on central Pattaya Beach for more than a decade.
Set in two rows just off the beach and beyond a view of the sea, the bungalows stand in the shade of abundant trees and consist of wood frames, woven bamboo walls and metal roofs. They show some wear on the faded wood porches plastic chairs, but appeared to be in decent shape where it counts. Inside fan bungalows you get a firm bed with mosquito net raised off hardwood floors along with several windows that oddly tilt diagonally, with some narrow bars to keep out potential intruders. Dolphin shower curtains, rather than proper doors, access the hot-water wet bathrooms.
Further back you’ll find a few concrete air-con rooms, which are similar to fan editions but with bathroom doors; these also come with fans and are some of the cheapest air-con options on the island. The woman who showed us around spoke clear English and was patient when we stopped by at a busy time, but WiFi is patchy at best.
Seaside offers boat tours but does not have a restaurant, which isn’t a problem given that Family Song’s popular beachfront eatery is located directly in front of Seaside’s bungalows. Both Family Song and nearby Moonlight also offer simple bungalows in the same price range and this trio combines to accommodate quite a few of the backpackers staying on Pattaya Beach. There’s also neighbouring Greenview Resort offering larger bamboo bungalows, some with sea views, for more cash -- we like its tree-lined grounds but reception could be friendlier.
Rather than following a pre-determined plan, rates seem to spike or fall depending on how busy the island is at a given time. We found that walk-in rates were cheaper than online.
Address: Central Pattaya Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (094) 804 3165;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º18'10.84" E, 6º29'13.14" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||800 baht||1,200 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,400 baht||1,800 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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