Samui Pier Resort is located in the heart of Bang Rak beside the Petcherat Pier, and offers a variety of rooms from budgetish to more comfortable in a beachside lawn setting.
They have a lot of things going on here: travel agent, hotel, restaurant and motorcycle hire business. They make an effort to attract passing foot traffic in to spend some time relaxing in their well-appointed restaurant. For the location, there is plenty of free space and the gardens are dotted with salas, deckchairs, recliners and rattan scoop hammocks with shade from palms and a scattering of frangipanis.
A small freeform swimming pool is a bit small for a place with this many rooms and quite exposed under the sun, but there is also plenty of good beach out front; we'd be inclined to take a walk down to the west for a bit to get away from the boat piers.
Rooms are furnished in a neat, modern style using white bedding and dark-wood furniture with splashes of colour in artwork, cushions, throws and wallpaper. Firm mattresses with a top sheet and a throw are standard, along with a table setting and bedside lamps, and the more expensive rooms have plenty of glass to let the light stream in. All rooms offer air-con, WiFi, minibar and TV. Choose between twin or king size beds, and there are also two-bedroom family suites.
Their more budget orientated rooms are towards the rear of the resort, and, for the money, are a reasonable deal for Bang Rak. Staff are professional and helpful and were quick to make some useful suggestions on more budget places to stay at when we said we were looking for something more affordable. Restaurant staff are also friendly and chatty.
The location is excellent if you're wanting to stay in the heart of town and be close to one of the piers, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. If you're looking for something flasher, consider Secret Garden, or if something a bit more budget, Kinnaree (near Secret Garden) has affordable though extremely tightly packed in air-con rooms on the beach, and again a very good staff.
Address: 30/5 Moo 4 Bang Rak
T: (077) 417 337; (081) 978 9085; F: (077) 962 249
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'23.85" E, 9º33'29.45" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|1,000 baht||1,200 baht|
|Superior double room||1,300 baht||2,000 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,500 baht||2,200 baht|
|Beachfront bungalow||1,900 baht||2,800 baht|
|Family room||2,500 baht||3,600 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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