Small and charming
Easily overlooked online and while cruising Samui’s north coast, By Beach Resort is a small and charming spot with cheap bungalows and, you guessed it, a location fronting Bang Po Beach.
Made of wood, brick and woven bamboo, two rows of acid-green or light-blue bungalows face either side of a banyan tree that reaches over a central lawn. The cheapest rooms come two to a building, each with a couple of chairs on a private porch. Sporting comfortable queen beds, hot-water wet bathrooms and floor cushions, these are small but solid for the price.
A little extra cash grabs you a larger freestanding bungalow, set closer to the beach, with similar furnishings plus a clothes rack in an out-of-place changing room. Air-con rooms come with fridges but are otherwise similar to the larger fan editions. Murals of trees on interior walls and reaching plants in miniature ceramic fruit and animal vases hung from porches give the rooms a personal touch. We also found them well kept, and WiFi is free.
You only get the slightest glimpse of the sea from the porches, but several loungers are set up alongside lanterns and kayaks on a beautiful stretch of beach with a restaurant, bar and oversized swing hung from a coconut tree. There’s also a chill-out room with a computer terminal, book exchange, guitar and TV with pyramid cushions on the floor.
Be prepared to rent a bicycle or motorbike, or rely on pricey taxis if you want to head elsewhere for dinner, as there’s little within walking distance of By Beach. The resort sits at the end of an easily missed lane off the ring road towards the Mae Nam end of Bang Po Beach. Staffers were notably friendly and quick to show us rooms, though we noticed that rates were a bit cheaper online.
Address: 12/2 Moo 5, Bang Po, Ko Samui
T: (081) 959 5155 ; (086) 598 0334;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'41.96" E, 9º34'48.18" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||550 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||650 baht||900 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,000 baht||1,300 baht|
|Family room||2,200 baht||2,600 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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