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Exploring Ko Bulon Lae on foot

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Home to sea gypsies, monitor lizards, longtail boats, rubber trees, white-bellied eagles, ocean treasures, butterflies, quiet bays, beautiful beaches and thick jungle where terrestrial spirits are said to whisper in the sea breeze, Ko Bulon Lae is a magical place. All it takes is a stroll to be enchanted.





Starting near the island’s southern coast near Pansand Resort, mosey through a field where coconut trees and tropical chestnut flowers serve as picture frames for the Andaman Sea. Nearby, a little bungalow might just be the most adorable police station in the world.

School Beach. Just awful. Photo taken in or around Exploring Ko Bulon Lae on foot, Ko Bulon Lae, Thailand by David Luekens.

School Beach. Just awful. Photo: David Luekens

Highlighting islander priorities, the largest and best patch of beachfront is backed by Bulon’s modest school. This is the only island we know of where teachers rent out a few simple bungalows overlooking the sea and a breezy soccer pitch near the rundown basketball court. It may sound like an odd arrangement, but like most things on Bulon, it all fits together when you see it.

Keep strolling uphill past Marina Resort and Coconut Bar and you’ll then descend to a village filled with flower bushes, chickens, goats and colourful sarongs hung out to dry. Here you could chat with some islanders over fresh-cut mango or watermelon at a little shop, or pop into Su’s Corner for a fresh cinnamon roll. Cut right and you’ll end up at low-key Panka Noi Bay.

Panka Yai Bay. Photo taken in or around Exploring Ko Bulon Lae on foot, Ko Bulon Lae, Thailand by David Luekens.

Panka Yai Bay. Photo: David Luekens

Keep straight to Bulon’s north coast to arrive at Panka Yai Bay, a soothing strip of grainy sand with clear water flowing over a sheet of offshore rocks at high tide. Wander to the far western corner to find opaque sea glass, driftwood, shells and chunks of blue and orange coral that the ocean deposits on the shore. If you’re here late in the day, stroll along the eastern rocks to find a ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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