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Maya Buri

Ghost Road, Bang Rak (from Route 4170 turn at the 7-eleven, opposite Dae Tong Resort and Seafood restaurant — this is the short cut joining Bang Rak to Chaweng) T: (077) 484 656

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Maya Buri

Although not on the beachfront, Maya Buri Boutique Resort is a good flashpacker option on Ko Samui that’s centrally located for those with hired scooters. A big pool as well as good rates more than make up for the location.

This will do nicely, thank you.

This will do nicely, thank you.

Although it’s not the most scenic location, you can’t knock it as a central point to most of the popular areas. This road leads to Chaweng, as well as to the Ring Road near Big C shopping centre, and Bang Rak (Big Buddha) beach. Rooms are set in well-maintained gardens, many facing the large pool. This is a quiet residential area for locals and expats, with many small sois leading off the Ghost Road.

Although a relatively busy thoroughfare, there’s only noise from the reception area and Mushroom Restaurant, which serves reasonably priced breakfasts, Thai favourites and Chinese and Western dishes. There’s an adjoining bar if you don’t feel like venturing out, but along this road you won’t be short of cafes, bars and streetside vendors.

Who needs the beach.

Who needs the beach.

Rooms all have air-con, fridges and cable TV as well as ensuite bathrooms with hot showers — rooms are serviced daily, too.

There are several room types, but the two lower categories are worth mentioning, as they are spacious and well equipped for the price. Studio rooms range between 750 and 950 baht per night, and standards are from 1,000 to 1,200. If you’re prepared to splash out a little extra for more space, the slightly bigger deluxe rooms are 1,200 to 1,400 per night. The reception staff were happy to negotiate a better price for longer stays.

And that's the cheap room. Not too shabby.

And that’s the cheap room. Not too shabby.

Rooms are bright and breezy, with pale yellow walls and screed floors. WiFi is free, and the resort offers a laundry service, car and scooter rental as well as the standard tour desk services. There’s a small onsite spa too.

There's much room at the Mushroom Restaurant.

There’s much room at the Mushroom Restaurant.

If you’re feeling energetic, the Samui Tennis Club is down this road, as is Yato Fitness and also 99 Sports Club, offering badminton, a swimming pool, foosball, pool (snooker), karaoke and a fitness centre.

Maya Buri isn’t on the main songthaew routes as they tend to stick to the ring and loop roads, but all in all, if you don’t mind being away from the beach and have hired a scooter or a jeep, Maya Buri is a solid flashpacker option.

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Last updated on 24th March, 2015.

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Maya Buri
Ghost Road, Bang Rak (from Route 4170 turn at the 7-eleven, opposite Dae Tong Resort and Seafood restaurant — this is the short cut joining Bang Rak to Chaweng)
T: (077) 484 656

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