Cute and friendly flashpacker rooms
Bottle Beach, Ko Pha Ngan T: (085) 429 4995, (089) 954 9164
Smile Bungalows provide great value for money, tucked in an alcove at the west end of Bottle beach and climbing their way up a hill.
The quaint bungalows are made of wood, and interiors are roomy and clean, with a big bed raised on a platform in a style typical of higher-end resorts. A mosquito net hangs above. The mattress is a bit springy, but being able to look out the glass sliding doors, over your private patio, to a lovely seaview that's only partially-bloacked by trees, makes up for it. A set of stairs adjacent to the bed leads to the bathroom downstairs. Concrete and wood, with rocks implanted into the wall as decoration, the bathroom has a funky, cave-like feel and is clean and spacious, though amenities are basic. The on-site restaurant is laidback but good, with items including a club sandwich with perfectly-cooked and seasoned chicken (150 baht) and delicious strawberry-coconut shakes for 70 baht.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes: 550 baht for a larger bungalow
Room: Family room, low season: 650 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes: Sleeps four
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes: Fan cooled