Better budget option in the area
Set right beside Bow Thong, Palm Leaf Resort is a deceptively large property running back from the beach to the road and offering a couple of reasonable options near the sand.
We were shown what they call a Deluxe Villa Room, which are set just a little back from the beach. They are set in a staggered two storey red polished concrete block with a thatch roof and bamboo detailing. The building has been built at a slight angle to the beach, so we imagine from the upstairs rooms there are some views to be had (we were shown a ground floor room).
Inside, the rooms are smart – and considerably better than we expected – with modern fittings, decorative wall details and pillows, bedside tables, plenty of space, air-con, WiFi and flat screen TV. Quite decent hot water bathrooms too. The second tier bungalows further back are a considerable drop in quality and finish, think bamboo and some creaking, but as they were all full when we visited, we were unable to get a look inside. Likewise with the beachfront bungalows which are ideally placed, but we couldn’t get a look inside.
There is some historical relationship between here and Bow Thong next door – same extended family perhaps – we’re not sure, but, if you’re set on one property or the other, be specific in your booking to make sure you’re not moved across to the other property. We found the staff here to be considerably friendlier than those at Bow Thong.
Address: 15/2 Moo 1 North Sairee Beach Ko Tao
T: (081) 644 4040; (084) 744 0933;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'36.23" E, 10º6'15.28" 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||2,000 baht|
|Superior single room||2,200 baht||2,800 baht|
|Deluxe double room||2,500 baht||3,500 baht|
|Beachfront bungalow||3,100 baht||4,500 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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