Cheap rooms in a quiet spot
The fan and air-con bungalows at Cozy Cove present some of the better budget value on Lipe -- if you don’t mind a sleepy staff and lack of a restaurant.
Woven bamboo bungalows with low thatch roofs are set fairly far apart facing the sea on a few terraced sections of grass, each accessed by its own walkway. These are spartan -- with firm mattresses on the floor under mosquito nets, portable fans and cold-water cement bathrooms with bucket-flush toilets -- but they’re better than Varin Village’s bungalows for lower prices. Also lacking decoration are the air-con rooms set in a few concrete buildings closer to the beach. These come with hot water, TVs and cheapo furniture but also tiled terraces with tables affording sea views. While most air-con rooms are in freestanding bungalows, there’s one two-floor building boasting better views from the second-floor room.
The value is solid for walk-ins but prices are higher if booking online. We were told that WiFi is available, don’t expect it to work beyond the tiny reception desk and shop beside the entrance. While not unfriendly, the family staffers speak minimal English and can sometimes be hard to track down. The scene here is very quiet and it’s a 15-minute stroll down to Walking Street.
Address: East end of Sunset Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (089) 463 5868 ; (085) 079 7665;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º18'14.15" E, 6º29'35.54" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||600 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Up to 1,800/2,200 for superior air-con room.
|1,500 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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