Great pool, simple rooms
Bangrak Beach Club is the best of a clutch of more traditional beach bungalow set-ups, intermingled with private villa rentals, towards the western reaches of Bang Rak and will appeal to those looking for a beachside chalet that doesn’t cost the earth.
Managed by a friendly and very chatty Thai man, who seemed to be one of the few on site with English skills, Bangrak Beach Club has a clutch of pale blue and bright blue coloured bungalows with white details running through the garden between the roadside plus a good-sized swimming pool. The Beach Club in this place’s name refers to them actually wanting it to be a beach club (non-guests can use the pool for a small fee) and the manager spent quite a stretch talking up the sound system but was vague on how often the club thing happens – we prefer it without it, anyway.
Lodgings are clean, with white linens, TV, safe, WiFi and hot-water bathrooms. The decks have plastic chairs rather than hammocks, but you’ll more likely be spending your time by the pool than on your deck. The pool here is pretty tempting, of a good size, overlooks the beach and backs onto a large bar and restaurant area.
Bangrak Beach Club only has a handful of rooms, but for the money, this is a pretty decent deal for being right on the beach in a standalone bungalow. If they’re full, a little further down the beach you’ll find Dome Lay and Boardroom Bungalows, both of which have a few rooms but no pool.
Address: 23/2 Moo 4 Bang Rak, Ko Samui
T: (077) 425 330; (081) 498 9272;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'11.75" E, 9º33'26.9" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|1,500 baht||2,200 baht|
|Superior double room|
|2,300 baht||3,000 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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