Top 5: Favourite hotel experiences in Asia (part 1)

Sang Arun bungalows – the one on the far left was ours
A hotel is not always the focal point of a trip for me. I prefer to focus on absorbing the city/town/island/beach I’m visiting and all it has to offer. A luxurious or boutique hotel room is an added bonus, but if it’s really good it can become a holiday highlight.
On other occasions, accommodation serves as exactly that Рsomewhere clean and comfortable to rest your head while travelling (or in the case of my backpacking days Рsomewhere cheap but well-located). Sometimes these crashpads can be hidden gems, offering an amazing view or surroundings despite their basic facilities.
Over the next few days I’ll be posting my top 5 favourite accommodation experiences in Asia, from the luxurious to the cheap and cheerful (in no particular order), starting with:

Sang Arun Bungalows – White Sands Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand

I’m not sure if these bungalows are still there or not, but we stayed at Sang Arun for a memorable 10 days or so back in October, 2003. These basic beach huts had a mattress and mosquito net inside and a little balcony at the front with some wicker chairs. It was right on the sand with an uninterrupted view of a wide expanse of clear, calm ocean. The sea was literally a couple of metres from our doorstep so we could wake up in the morning and wade out into the water – it was the kind of blissful beach experience people pay thousands of dollars for in the Maldives or Bora Bora, but for around $7 a night. Beach bar Tiger Den was a few bungalows along, and at sunset they’d set up cushion strewn mats on the sand for happy hour cocktails (and evil Thai whiskey buckets). Before this sojourn I didn’t really think of myself as a beach person, but became easily seduced by island life on this trip.

2 Responses

  1. jen laceda December 16, 2008 / 1:30 pm

    I love authentic beach bungalows (although I would also love to one day stay at one of those over-water bungalows in the Maldives)…yeah! it reminds me of my backing days…pre-baby, pre-9-to-5 job!

  2. Anonymous May 19, 2009 / 6:56 am

    Best place I’ve been to was “The Seahorse Resort” in Mui Ne. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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