Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae Updated

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MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedLazing on a sunny afternoon – the perfect isle for relaxation. Click to expand shot (may depend on your browser).

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER ’09 VISIT BUT I HAVE ADDED UPDATES FROM MY LATEST STAY IN MARCH ’13.

Ko Bulon Lae is a pocket-size in addition to attractive isle almost xxx minutes past times fast boat out from mainland Pak Bara inward the southward Andaman. Its best-know neighbours are Ko Tarutao to the southward in addition to Ko Lipe to the south-west, although they are non just close.
Bulon was put dorsum when I visited inward March 07 in addition to 1 time to a greater extent than inward early on Dec 09, but reports tell it gets pretty crowded at the peak of high flavor (Bulon has a loyal band of N Euro returnees – acre they receive got the ii principal resorts booked out at peak agency ahead). 
UPDATE MARCH 2013 – In previous months Bulon Lae had been 1 of the most visited pages on my site, therefore perchance I should receive got thought twice almost arriving un-booked. March isn’t just peak flavor but I had to search around a fair flake inward the beach expanse to uncovering a vacancy. There seemed to live plenty of spaces over inward the Panka hamlet area.

There are no existent roads, merely a few tracks of which alone the principal route betwixt the principal beach expanse in addition to the hamlet is paved. We saw no motorised vehicles of whatever kind. I was surprised past times the lack of motorcycles – 1 time a rails is paved this is unremarkably the come-on for locals to instruct one. We saw alone 1 dog. Lots of cats.

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For the sake of clarity it is easiest to split Bulon into ii areas – THE BEACH AREA inward the north-east, in addition to the PANKA VILLAGE AREA over the loma to the west. Both areas receive got travellers’ accommodation, in addition to The Beach Area also has a pocket-size hamlet expanse but I intend it’s mainly resort workers’ accommodation.

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Note I cranked upwardly the vertical exaggeration on this Google footing oblique to select out the loma dividing the beach expanse from the Panka hamlet expanse – therefore it is less high in addition to steep than this – takes abt v minutes from bottom to top, moderate slopes, alone markedly unfit people may complain.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedOriginally I couldn’t uncovering a map showing all resorts therefore I added special to Google Earth’s image. Their signal adder tends to spray the letters/labels around a bit, but they are every bit closed every bit I could instruct them to their symbols.

RESORTS: A-BULONE B-PANSAND C-MARINA D-SCHOOL E-VIEWPOINT F-SULAIDA G-CHAOLAE H-PANKA I-JIAB J-BULON HILL K-JUNGLE HUT
Note the alone paved department of rails inward 2009 was over the loma from merely due east of J-C to the hamlet entry merely due west of F. But inward 2013 it was sealed from J-C all the agency to both Panka Yai in addition to Panka Noi beaches

UPDATE – my March 2013 see saw 1 novel resort inward the hamlet expanse – SAWLEENA RESORT which is on the Mango Bay rails merely N (top) of JUNGLE HUT (K) – reckon eighteen below.

If you lot become to GOOGLE EARTH its Bulon prototype is at a much finer resolution than most of the Thai islands. You tin give notice reckon private bungalow roofs etc – half-dozen 49 N – 99 32 east.

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( 2013)This is cropped from the map Bulonhill’s Katja made. Apart from all resorts it shows the principal restaurants in addition to bars summation best snorkelling areas – Federal Reserve annotation I cropped out a snorkelling department inward the southward of Mango Bay.
1-Bulone Resort (internet)  2-Bulonhill Resort  3-Marina Resort  
4-School+School Bungalows  
5-Police  6-Pansand Resort (internet)  7-Coconut Bar  8-Viewpoint Resort  9-Rockbar  10-Panka Noi Pizza  11-Pin & Mouda’s Restaurant  12-Sao’s Chicken  13-Sue’s Bakery  14-Suleida Resort  15-Garden Restaurant  16-Jiab’s Resort  17-Naam’s Shop  18-Sawleena Resort  19-Jungle Hut 20-Dara’s Shop  21-Panka Bay Resort 

THE BEACH AREA

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The beach expanse extends from the western most bungalows of Pansand at left around past times the spit at the eastern most signal of the isle to the expanse past times Bulone Resort’s former restaurant. 
I instruct the impression from this Google footing prototype (beaches are pretty skinny) that it was taken at the peak of high tide OR after a catamenia of pretty hefty tempest erosion, which aint odd for Bulon Lae.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updated(2009 shot) The beach expanse starts hither on the eastern-most lastly few hundred meters of the N coast inward front end of BULONE RESORT in addition to and therefore turns ninety degrees non likewise far past times the lastly tree to run along the eastern coast for perchance 500 meters past times the camping ground expanse followed past times what I telephone outcry upwardly the hamlet dark-green (really the schoolhouse oval) in addition to and therefore PANSAND RESORT.

Wet flavor tempest moving ridge put on has heavily eroded the beach inward shot in addition to also at the other cease inward front end of Pansand. At highest tide at that topographic point is non likewise much sand left (this shot was taken non long after high tide), although other tide levels reckon plenty to lounge on – every bit the opening shot shows (in front end of Pansand’s eating seat cabana mid-tide). However the middle spit-school oval beach expanse on in addition to merely past times the plow of the beach has 400+ meters of skillful sand at all times. On the plow a overnice spit of sand has developed in addition to is like shooting fish in a barrel extending itself towards Tarutao from materials eroded from the other sections.
There are iii other smaller resorts inward this beach expanse – SCHOOL BUNGALOWS, MARINA RESORT AND BULON HILL. The higher upwardly is a overnice shot to expand.

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The erosion continues – this March 2013 shot shows the eating seat has gone in addition to alone 1 beachfront bungalow remains. Those ruins closest photographic tv camera were 1 time a shower block for when Bulone Resort had outside-bathroom bungalows, summation toilets for the eating seat – on my starting fourth dimension see inward 2007 I didn’t consider the block especially closed to the water.

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The 1 remaining 2013 beachside bungalow. Check those sandbags – I don’t give it a large run a hazard of surviving following November/December’s manful someone monarch tide/high winds (bigger waves) combo.
Actually Katia from Bulon Hill Bungalows told me this used to live a 3rd row bungalow in addition to I recollect from my rattling starting fourth dimension see at that topographic point were several rows along here.

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(2013 shot) This stump is the remains of an undermined tree. Notice the beach off Bulone Resort gets the depression tide blues pretty extensively, but at anywhere over one-half tide is fine for swimming. At high tide at that topographic point is non likewise much beach at all, but plenty a brusk walk around the north-east corner of the isle on the spit in addition to inward front end of the schoolhouse oval.
The bay inward the shot was pop for snorkelling. At high tide I swam out to the fringing reef which is where the H2O changes color past times the furthest someone inward shot – the coral in addition to fishies were okay but naught to write dwelling theatre to mum about.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedAround the N due east corner: inward the far distance is the spit in addition to closer the photographic tv camera (partly hidden) the schoolhouse oval section. For this 2009 shot I waited until high tide on a King Tide solar daytime (full moon). You tin give notice reckon the erosion taking identify at left with undercut trees etc. This is the northern (non-bungalow) department of Pansand’s beach expanse – at depression tide at that topographic point is a skillful xx metre broad department of sand here.
In the far distance at the corner of the isle behind those casuarina trees is the camping ground ground. 

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedThis is the same expanse a few hours later, non depression tide but an hr higher upwardly mid-tide. I was a flake unhappy almost the previous shot, thought it didn’t select out the spit evolution rattling well.
Note our remain coincided with rigid north-east winds, in addition to therefore at that topographic point are pocket-size wavelets hitting the beach. My previous see saw rattling polish conditions both Pansand in addition to Bulone Resort sides.

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I went dorsum to much the same expanse inward 2013 for a bottom of depression tide shot which shows merely how extensive the beach gets. Interestingly I thought at that topographic point was no greater or less erosion close photographic tv camera than inward 2009, although the spit itself seemed a flake less extensive.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedOne of the nicest sections of this beach depression tide is the concluding western cease terminal – that’s tezza’s 2009 PANSAND RESORT Laolieng vogue #1 bungalow on the correct closed to beach.

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The same expanse 1 time to a greater extent than proved my favourite inward March 2013. Note alone a pocket-size department of sand is left at total high tide – this is almost one-half tide. No Nov rigid winds therefore the H2O was polish in addition to delightful (very clear). The fringing reef is almost the same distance off the beach every bit at Bulone Resort – coral in addition to fishies a flake inferior.

Pansand Resort’s v Loalieng bungalows are spread to left of photographic tv camera with beach/ocean views getting progressively ameliorate – in addition to therefore at that topographic point are iv or v bigger Lide bungalows with ameliorate views again. The website shows alone ii beds inward these bigger joints, but our Laolieng wasn’t squeezy, therefore I reckon you lot could instruct some extra beds into the Lides. Certainly they had iv chairs on the balconies.
At the rattling left of shot is the most distant from the eating seat of the Libong bungalows, therefore closed to the sand it seems inward danger of existence undermined 1 king-tide/storm surge black (UPDATE – nevertheless looking much the same inward 2013). There are almost a dozen others spread along a path to the eating seat getting progressively to a greater extent than distant from the sea – but never to a greater extent than than 30m with cracking views across a overnice lawn area.
Some distance inward dorsum of these seafront places are the 2nd rowers both Lide in addition to Libong inward a overnice garden setting, most elevated on the lower slopes of the hillside, giving tree filtered sea views.
This beach had H2O upwardly to the vegetation on our King Tide (technically called Spring Tide fer all you lot pedants – got naught to practise with the season) nights – the daytime high was a flake lower, something that happens oft most places. At lowest Spring Tide (the lowest of the month) quite a lot of the reef was exposed hither – much less farther north.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updated Chez Tezza 2009 at Pansand.

Very comfortable pocket-size chalet with plenty of room. Usual flashpacker inclusions except no aircon or hot water. Serviced daily. Big softish manful someone monarch unmarried matresses pushed together. Large bath with separate basin/mirror area. Plenty of storage. Electricity roughly 1745 to 0615. Nice balcony with beach/sea views. Clothes trace at side – footing softish because of piteous drainage. Quiet – few longtails at black (or fifty-fifty during day). Neat spacious grounds, paths good lit.
Internet at reception inward the early on evening.
This bungalow much ameliorate value than the ones nosotros had at both Mountain Resort in addition to Varin on Lipe at 1200 shoulder – 1500 high flavor 09/10, despite no aircon. But nevertheless expensive compared to many non-Andaman locations.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedThis is Pansand’s separate eating seat cabana, shot from the bigger open-sided eating seat which also has snazzy views.

Food pretty overnice hither at what seemed to live typical budget prices summation perchance 10% in addition to to a greater extent than than competitive with other Bulon places nosotros ate at. Cheaper large Chang beers than elsewhere at 90baht – nosotros noticed some isle expats tended to gravitate hither inward the afternoon. Very overnice inclusive breakfasts – role a la carte du jour role buffet. Fantastic staff, best I’ve experienced inward Thailand.
Pansand has a pocket-size store, mesh in addition to tin give notice majority carry etc.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedBeachfront bungalows at BULONE RESORT 2009- this is what the website calls Seaview in addition to they certainly are, especially at high tide. In my starting fourth dimension see inward 07, they weren’t beachfront, but 2nd rowers (maybe 3rd rowers according to Katia at Bulonhill resort). Storm erosion has undercut all the former outside-bathroom beachfront bungalows inward this expanse (there is 1 left past times the bluish roofed eating seat inward the background). I took this shot from approx the seat of my former beachfront bungalow of the before trip – I reckon they receive got lost at to the lowest degree iv metres of beachfront land.

The lady running the eating seat told me a large tempest coupled with a full-moon manful someone monarch tide this past times Oct (09) undermined the eastern 3rd of the eating seat in addition to they had to rebuild it. They receive got some overnice pocket-size exterior dining cabanas at that topographic point which nearly went.
Out of frame to the correct of shot is a pocket-size headland with the Family Seaview bungalows built merely behind the rocks. These are relatively safe from erosion in addition to receive got overnice views similar to the 2nd shot on this page.

Note you lot may uncovering the beach inward ameliorate status if you lot see afterward inward high flavor – fine conditions re-establishes beaches – I noticed a build upwardly of at to the lowest degree 10cm of sand inward the iv days I was there. But the definite long-term tendency is the contrary – at that topographic point was already 1 put of concrete piers where a beachfront bungalow had gone when I starting fourth dimension visited inward 07, in addition to my neighbouring bungalow has H2O nether it at high tide.
Don’t live turned off past times the status of the beach inward the shot – 1 time the tide started to drib at that topographic point were some existent overnice patches of sand, in addition to at high tide rattling sandy overnice spit expanse is alone 300m away. Bulone Resort’s website has some shots of their beach at depression tide which await to live fairly recent.

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The beach in addition to H2O at one-half tide 2013.

Bulone also has what they telephone outcry upwardly Seaview Second Line bungalows – these are similar to the ones inward shot but are mainly ranged around the perimeter of the spacious grounds – non likewise many receive got sea views.
I also stayed inward 1 of these inland “seaviews” inward 07 – it was a big, create clean spacious labor but I was a niggling disappointed inward that it didn’t receive got inclusions similar towels in addition to lavatory newspaper (sure to live available at nowadays – contest is hot), the grounds were non all that tidy or good lit (very orderly now) in addition to the cost seemed agency high (but I’m used to high Andaman prices these days). Last fourth dimension I checked the websites, price-wise Bulone’s bungalows were a flake cheaper than Pansand’s but didn’t include breakfast – lite eaters would air current upwardly roughly equal inward total cost, heavy brekka fang-merchants similar me cease upwardly ahead at Pansand.
I practise intend Pansand’s grounds in addition to eating seat are to a greater extent than attractive, the staff ameliorate in addition to the expanse a flake ameliorate protected from the blustery north-easterlies which blew for role of our remain inward 2009 (November in addition to Dec tin give notice live rattling windy inward the Andaman). Beaches are almost equal, swimming/snorkelling a flake nicer at Bulone in addition to the view/outlook at Bulone a flake better. Bulone had 24 hr electicity which Pansand lacked at to the lowest degree inward 2009. Check your Trip Advisor etc for updates. There is a pocket-size store at both and p.c.  internet is available. Katja from Bulonhill Resort told me Bulone’s booking desk is to a greater extent than reliable than at Pansand – it certainly worked good for me. Overall I slightly favour Pansand but it is close. Others may intend the opposite.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedBulone’s 2009 eating seat inward background had slightly dearer prices for food, in addition to large Changs were 120. Lady Tezza was rapt inward their huge cups of tea therefore nosotros spent a fair flake of fourth dimension there. Service is okay, but non bright similar Pansand. Bulone’s bigger Seaside Family bungalows are behind the rocks inward dorsum of camera.

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(2013 shot) Whoa! Foreground is remains of former restaurant, pump background the rebuilt job. Not every bit atmospheric every bit the former seafront place, but less probable to disappear 1 stormy night. The edifice to its left is the pocket-size store/internet/reception.

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(2013 shot) Bulone Resort has partly compensated for the loss of the seafront bungalows with these novel rather overnice looking identify unit of measurement sized joints. The few outside-bathroom bungalows no longer exist. There seems fewer bungalows than previously but the size of these novel places suggests perchance non fewer beds. 



MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedThese are the overnice bungalows of MARINA RESORT spaced upwardly the lower hillside 1 time the paved rails starts to climb the loma from the beach expanse over to Panka Village.
Nearest beach at Bulone’s former eating seat perchance iii minutes away – spit expanse 10. Fan with bathroom, they instruct skillful user reviews on travelfish etc – going for 600 without brekka early on Dec09. The attractive eating seat with lots of sitting mats etc is on the other side of the rails in addition to drew a skillful crowd from other resorts – has quirky in addition to attentive service, but irksome delivery of nutrient the 2 times nosotros ate there. Maybe popularity has got ahead of kitchen capacity.

UPDATE 2013 – I called inward at Marina on arrival. The older lady inward reception didn’t fifty-fifty await upwardly from her majority every bit she waved me away with “NO HAVE!” when I asked almost a vacancy. Cute concern plan: doesn’t seem to receive got into concern human relationship visitors who volition provide to the isle frequently, people who similar to swallow inward diverse restaurants during their visit, permit lonely snippetty mesh tattle-tales.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedSCHOOL BUNGALOWS are located mid-way betwixt Pansand in addition to Bulone in addition to are lined downwards the southern side of what I telephone outcry upwardly the “village green” expanse which contains a soccer field, a basketball game area, a law bungalow in addition to the schoolhouse itself.
There were also a pocket-size store in addition to a pop eats articulation inward 07, but at that topographic point was no sign of these inward afterward visits. iv bungalow restaurants are inside v minutes. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 skillful department of the beach is less than 100m behind the lastly bungalow inward shot.
Fan with bath at 350 inward early on Dec09. This identify is pop – fully occupied inward March 07 in addition to thirteen but with several vacancies early on Dec 09 which was to a greater extent than shoulder.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedA lot of people lady friend BULONHILL because it is tucked upwardly a narrow lane to the correct amongst the southern leave of absence to Bulone Resort.
Most of the bungalows make upwardly the loma side past times side to Marina’s restaurant. There is a diverseness of fan with bath bungalows hither from 350 to 700 (2009) in addition to the High German daughter who owns it with her Thai hubby said they are thinking of renting out their rattling overnice theatre come upwardly high flavor too. Funky looking 2 flat eating seat is on the lower slope. These people were busy finishing a novel bungalow early on Dec09 in addition to planned to opened upwardly inward a few weeks.

UPDATE – I ended upwardly at Bulonhill inward March 2013. It was fairly heavily booked in addition to I had to receive got a 1000baht bungalow starting fourth dimension black in addition to a 400 after that.

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Bulonhill 1000baht bungalow – spacious, plain, airy, fairly latterly constructed identify inward leafy garden setting, theatre double bed, skillful net, skillful bath with bucket even out western toilet, basin, bidet, towels. Clean, quiet. G seems a flake high until you lot compare with other pop Andaman islands.

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400 bungalow. You receive got to await hard to uncovering a bungalow with bath closed to the beach on pop Andaman islands at this price. The identify was nearing the cease of its life in addition to had a 5% fore-aft contestation which wasn’t noticeable inward the bed (the sparse mattress was genuinely to a greater extent than comfortable than the okay 1 inward the G labor in addition to the fitted mozzie mesh was a beauty), had merely plenty room for 2 people in addition to their gear. The bath was to a greater extent than basic – no basin, bum gun or lavatory newspaper in addition to the lavatory was squat. Bungalow non every bit acre with a few candles, rhythm out  sculptures etc. I liked it.

I thoroughly enjoyed my remain at Bulonhill. Katia (Katja) gave me the most detailed in addition to informative introductory bungalow in addition to isle briefing I’ve had inward dozens of dissimilar bungalow visits in addition to was a full general mine of information. Her isle map was far to a greater extent than informative than those I’ve been given previous trips at Bulone Resort and Pansand.
The atmospheric eating seat had prices perchance 20-40% higher than the average at budget bungalows – almost the same this see every bit at Pansand in addition to a flake lower than Bulone Resort. I avoided Marina’s eating seat this trip because I was nevertheless sulking almost existence burned past times the former lady. Bulonhill’s servings were large in addition to the nutrient rattling nice.


THE CAMPING AREA
This is inward the casuarina tree expanse behind the sand spit on the corner of the beach area. Beach camping ground is pop with immature Thais in addition to on my March 07 trip almost a dozen tents were pitched over 1 weekend. But inward 2009, 2 days of which coincided with the King’s Birthday Holiday Weekend I was surprised to reckon no campers. It may receive got something to practise with nearest Bulone Resort hard-arse human activity of closing its closest-to-beach outside-bathroom on the starting fourth dimension weekend I advert above. However if you lot are a camper, Thai law makes it possible to campsite on ANY beach – in addition to I’d live offering Bulone or 1 of the other resorts a pocket-size total to utilization their bathrooms. If you lot used their eating seat they may non desire a payment for the bathroom.

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The campers were dorsum inward March 2013 – mainly Thai identify unit of measurement groups although at that topographic point was 1 immature Brit family. The bloke told me they instruct H2O from a good beside the nearby schoolhouse oval in addition to utilization the lavatory block behind the schoolhouse house.

Frequent visitors may receive got  noticed an older brownish every bit a berry western dude inward a g-string sunning on the spit or hanging inward his artfully decorated solar daytime shelter close the camping ground area. This is Thomas from the southward of French Republic who has spent the coldest half-dozen months of his dwelling theatre area’s twelvemonth on Bulon for quite some time. Apparently he has an inexpensive bungalow over inward the village.

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Adjacent the camping ground expanse inward the woods behind the spit is a portion where resort visitors were pitching their hammocks. There must receive got been xx contented dudes swinging away over the extended area. I receive got never carried a hammock (I move existent light) but I felt this was an ideal way/spot to pass some time



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PANKA BAY VILLAGE AREA
This is on the key N coast in addition to stretches betwixt 2 bays Panka Noi in addition to Panka Yai. There are half-dozen bungalow resorts inward this area (7 inward 2013) with a pretty impressive capacity – perchance 100 units – although it looked similar alone 5% were inward utilization inward early on Dec09 – perchance double inward 2013. This would live the identify to await when the isle is heavily booked at peak peak.
It takes 10 minutes non likewise tough walk of the paved rails over the loma from its start close Marina Resort to the start of the village. The starting fourth dimension identify you lot come upwardly to after the communication towers at the top of the loma is a rather funky fine art store which also doubles every bit a bar. Further downwards close the entrance of VIEWPOINT RESORT is a medium size store in addition to information place. One of the starting fourth dimension places inward the hamlet proper is a pocket-size bakery – the lady (Sue) who owns this unremarkably does a goodies run over to the beach expanse with a lot of overnice materials for sale each afternoon. There are a disclose of other places to swallow inward the hamlet away from the bungalow restaurants, mainly skillful value joints for locals in addition to visitors.

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Menu at Pin in addition to Mouda’s Restaurant – considerably less expensive than over at the beach – but non Jungle Hut (see below).

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedVIEW POINT RESORT is the starting fourth dimension accommodation you lot accomplish shortly after the descent into the hamlet starts in addition to is 1 of the nicer places to remain on the that side.
Built on a steep, heavily landscaped hillside sloping from the principal rails downwards to Panka Noi Bay, most bungalows receive got some sort of view. There is quite a make of bungalows hither in addition to they showed me a existent overnice attached bath labor for 300 dorsum inward 07, considerably less than the beachside places were asking.
UPDATE 2013-  a daughter on my departing boat told me she had a skillful bungalow a fair agency upwardly from the beach hither for 500baht.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedView Point has a pleasant beachfront eating seat inward front end of the department of sand inward the background. Swimming is okay inward the top one-half of the tide but you lot tin give notice reckon at total depression tide at that topographic point is a lot of stone in addition to coral exposed. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 leisurely stroll to the nicest beach expanse betwixt Bulone Resort in addition to Pansand would receive got fifteen minutes max.
The other hamlet bay, Panka Yai is similar – a sandy strip but rocky at depression tide.

SULEIDA RESORT is similar a shot past times View Point on the principal rails downwards to the hamlet – but on the inland side (View Point now has a handful of bungalows on this side too). Very neat looking travellers’ type bungalows.

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Some Suleida bungalows

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedThis is Panka Yai beach at high tide inward front end of PANKA BAY RESORT, a pretty overnice looking identify had quite a few bungalows rattling similar inward appearance to Chez Tezza at Pansand pictured higher on this page.

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Some Panka Bay bungalows behind the beach.

You demand to walk for almost v minutes through the hamlet to accomplish Panka Yai – a niggling before you lot striking the beach you lot volition go past times through some other bungalow outfit CHAOLAE RESORT (2013 – at nowadays calling itself Chao Lae Homestay) which looked to a greater extent than budget backpacker inward style.

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Some Chao Lae bungalows 2013. Note a reader Man Bucet found tents hither when the residue of the isle was booked out inward Feb 2011. I wonder if Man got every bit far every bit Jungle Hut on the Mango Bay track?

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedThe other beach on the isle is at Mango Bay.
This is on the southward coast in addition to is a non likewise distant but hard rock-hop around the headland from Pansand, but is easier to accomplish on a path from Panka Village – receive got whatever plow heading left every bit you lot walk thru the hamlet towards Panka Yai in addition to you lot volition striking the rails (in 2013 I found the principal rails was rattling good signposted from hamlet central). It takes perchance 10 minutes thru a condom plantation to accomplish the beach.
The principal activity hither is a pocket-size bunch of fishermen’s huts where the rails hits the beach. There is a funky looking beach bar out of frame to left of photographic tv camera which looked to receive got been closed for some fourth dimension (but may live waiting for peak season) – in addition to a identify with a few bungalows higher to this looking over the bay thru the jungle which had a some long-term type travellers hanging around inward 07, seemed to at nowadays live locals’ accommodation.

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New since 2009 – this floating pier which seems to receive got boosted line-fishing activities in addition to serves every bit a stone oil conditions facility for incoming isle supplies. No sign of the beach bar inward 2013.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedAbout one-half agency along the rails to Mango Bay is JUNGLE HUT with 2 rows of traditional backpacker vogue bungalows.
This neat looking identify looked create novel inward 07 but was closed inward March – I was dismayed that perchance it had gone broke. But locals assured me that it has been operating when things instruct busier in addition to sure plenty it was a going concern inward my afterward visits. That garden inward 2013 was starting to await similar a existent jungle. Has an attractive opened upwardly eating seat side past times side the track. You would live looking at v minutes to the beach at Mango Bay which is okay but non footing shaking, perchance fifteen to xx to the spit area.

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Most islolated it may be, but value at Jungle Hut is outstanding. Large huts with bath 400, pocket-size with bath 200 inward 2013 in addition to the pretty daughter running the articulation told me she does non vary this throughout the season. Restaurant prices were some of the lowest Andaman isle asks I’ve seen inward recent years – mains 50-80 baht, large beers 70-80. Had some pretty contented looking travellers hanging about.

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Not likewise far on the hamlet side of Jungle Hut is the novel to me Salweena Resort. Only a few bungalows but they await pretty neat. I didn’t instruct a cost but Jungle Hut is sure to maintain things competitive.

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedBack where the rails from Mango Bay hits the outskirts of the hamlet nosotros talked to a overnice local lady inward 2009 who had iii create novel bungalows inward a spacious area. No guests every bit yet, but looking forrad to high season. Asking 350 – tel 085 0772769 – JIAB BUNGALOW. Not a bad niggling store hither too.

GETTING THERE
From the Mainland – the nearest pier is at Pak Bara. Most websites present 1 speedboat service (about xxx minutes) each agency (400 per rider Dec09 – but I paid 350 inward 2013 thru Bulone Resort’s trip desk although Pansand’s website is showing 450. The speedboat meets isle longtails inward a sheltered cove close the Bat Cave – the longtails accuse 50 baht to the beach.
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 daughter on the isle told me she arrived at Pak Bara likewise belatedly for the speedboat in addition to chartered a longtail for 350 baht – 2013.This seems remarkably reasonable seeing Phi Phi longtails desire 200baht for a unmarried someone charter from Ton Sai to Long Beach – less than a quarter the distance.

The former irksome ferryfrom Pak Bara to Bulon Lae no longer runs.

See my Ko Lipe page on details of getting to in addition to from Pak Bara from elsewhere on the mainnland. btw the busy concern expanse side past times side the novel pier in addition to rider terminal has a large make of services including ATMs which cannot live found on Bulon Lae (or Lipe – although certainly that is merely a thing of time).

From Ko Lipe  – 600 per rider Dec09 (same 2013) – perchance 45 minutes if the sea isn’t rough.

From Ko Lanta-Ngai-Muk – both PBS in addition to Bundhaya are running speedboats to/from Lipe which telephone outcry upwardly inward at Bulon.

The higher upwardly is the province of affairs inward 2013 but Andaman isle carry arrangements are ever fluid therefore banking concern check Google before your trip. Bulone Resort and Pansand websites tend to maintain upwardly to date.

BE CAREFUL ON SPEEDBOATS!
It’s a skillful thought to waterproof baggage (I receive got a large 50+ liter sparse plastic bin liner purse I chuck everything into in addition to and therefore materials into my move bag) – our boat Lipe to Bulon Lae inward early on Dec 2009 striking such choppy seas that everything including me, crouched behind the elevated driver’s chair for cover, got soaking wet. If you lot are susceptible to seasickness receive got some motion sickness tablets in addition to await at the horizon.
DO NOT sit down out the front end especially if you lot are susceptible to dorsum injury (a daughter on our provide journeying to Langkawi that calendar month wound her dorsum on a cruel bump striking at speed inward lighter chop in addition to had to live wheelchaired off to infirmary on arrival).

MOST OF THIS PAGE WAS WRITTEN AFTER MY DECEMBER  Best Thai Beaches : Ko Bulon Lae updatedLeaving Bulone for Lipe.

here which
might assist people thinking of visiting. There are afterward reports from straydog in addition to John Bassett too.

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so.

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If you lot see Bulon Lae you lot mightiness also live interested inward nearby:

KO LIPE

KO ADANG

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