Location, location, location
Like the nearby Lamai Wanta, Lamai Inn 99 Bungalows’ primary selling point is its location, smack bang on a great and central stretch of Lamai Beach.
This is a large property with a veritable suburb of bungalows running back from the the off-beach side of a small lane which runs parallel to the beach.
Aside from anything else, what this means is that the vast majority of bungalows have no sea view. There are a few on the beach side of the road, but they’re quite pricey and you’d get into a modern resort for a similar spend, so if you do opt for here, go for one of the garden options.
There is a swimming pool on site but it too is on the off-beach side of the road, on an elevated platform at the northern end of the garden. Rooms are tightly packed in and dated but clean – think old boxy TVs, frumpy curtains and a throw across the bed, but the room we were shown was clean and looked to be well looked after. We’d say the garden villas are probably the best shot here as both the beachfront rooms and the cheapest standards are a bit overpriced for what they are.
The resort has a restaurant overlooking the beach and a small selection of playground equipment for the kids. The beach out front is excellent – devoid of deckchairs but with some trees delivering shade. Near here you’ll find the ironically named "Rich Inn" which offers dirt cheap rooms for 400 baht a night, but they’re pretty ordinary. If you’d prefer a more modern "resorty" hotel in the same area, consider the Weekender. While we’d lean towards Lamai Wanta as our first pick, this is a decent back-up option. We were quoted walk-in rates here that were a little higher than those listed on their website.
Address: 109/11, Moo 3, Lamai Beach
T: (077) 424 212; (077) 601 646; F: (077) 424 211
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º2'44.18" E, 9º27'50.27" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,185 baht||1,737 baht|
|Superior double room||1,335 baht||2,480 baht|
|Deluxe double room||2,240 baht||3,200 baht|
|Family room||2,975 baht||4,900 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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