A comfortable midrange resort
For families looking for creature comforts on Haad Rin, but wanting direct beach access, the very long-running Phangan Bayshore Resort is difficult to beat.
Fronting directly onto a great slice of Haad Rin Beach, the resort offers comfortable bungalows towards the rear of the resort’s grounds and two multistorey hotel wings, running down both sides of the generously-sized swimming pool, towards the beach.
Both the bungalows and rooms are spacious and well kept – if you’re after more privacy, the bungalows are considerably more private, though a walk through reception to reach the pool and beach. There’s a fair-sized lawn area between the pool and reception that has a modest kid’s play equipment on it suitable for kids to run around on and the waters out front are calm and longtail free.
Staff are courteous, helpful and very professional – quite a contrast to the sullen mob nextdoor at Tommy. Rates are very reasonable for the standard, though, as with everywhere here, they jump up across the Full Moon Party. This is the closest of the resorty style hotels to the epicentre of the Full moon Party, so expect to catch nightly racket from the party and guests coming and going.
Do note the amusing sign behind reception – you smear dayglow body paint over the bed sheets – you’ll be paying for them! Overall if if fits your budget and you’re after a hotel-style resort, this is a solid bet. Tommy next door has similar offerings at a slightly lower price, but this is a better option in just about every regard, particularly the friendliness of the staff. Recommended.
Address: 141 Moo 6 Haad Rin
T: (077) 375 227; F: (077) 375 226
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º4'4.66" E, 9º40'36.83" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
|1,850 baht||1,850 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
|2,500 baht||2,500 baht|
|2,800 baht||2,800 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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