Stayed for 3 nights in September in the Ocean Hut at the Baan Panburi Village.
After a long bumpy ride in the back of a pick-up truck we arrived at the hotel located right on the beach at the far end of Thong Nai Pan Noi. Paid 2200 THB per night for our Ocean Hut. The name says it all. This is exactly what I picture an "ocean hut" to be like. It's rustic but what it lacks in amenities and luxuries it makes up for in boatloads of charm. This humble little abode was one of the most romantic rooms I have ever stayed in. A mood much enhanced in the evenings when lighting a few candles and some incense brought out the coziness and warmth of this little cabin on the beach. The hut literally has 2 palm trees growing out of it! One by the bed and the other in the bathroom. The whole hut will literally rock back and forth in the middle of the night because of these palm trees when the breeze coming off the ocean is at it's strongest. This may deter some folks but I
found this to be part of the charm as I cozied with my gf in bed under the mosquito netting.
Of course, there is nothing like waking up to the sound of the ocean and you've got the beautiful white sand beach right at your doorstep. I'd naturally stir awake at 6AM each morning and with the gf still deep in slumber I'd step out to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee. Now this is what I call beach life!
Surprisingly, the tv in the room had some great channels. Channels such as Discovery and History, which were not available in all the other higher-end hotels during our trip to Thailand. I understand a satellite tv with 50 channels sort of defeats the purpose of a rustic beach hut but it was still nice to have when lounging about before or after an evening out. The air con and ceiling fan also worked well keeping the hut cool and circulated.
The bathroom was pleasant but a little more pressure from the shower head would have been nice and we had major mosquito problems in there. Mosquito coils helped but would make the place smoky and apparently didn't do much against the rather large cockroaches we found skirting about on our last night. I don't want to scare anyone off but one of them managed to get into my gf's make-up pouch unbeknownst to her and
jumped out when she opened the pouch back on Koh Samui at the Banana Fan Sea Resort. I heard a scream from the bathroom and rushed to the door to find gf in shock. I had to man-up and use one of the umbrellas provided in the room to dispose of the critter. I gotta tell you I absolutely hate roaches. They freak me out!
Anyway, moving on, the hotel beach-side restaurants (Star Hut?? and Beach Club) were both good and reasonably priced. Good value American breakfasts at the Star Hut. The service was minimal and staff at both reception and restaurants were not the most enthusiastic bunch but to be fair this is a small island community and I didn't really expect much from a budget resort on a secluded part of the island. Baan Panburi's location is great as the main village with 2 convenience stores are a stones throw away. Oh, and make sure you go to Tanaporn?? for a massage in the village. Forget those beach massages, this is an absolute must when visiting Thong Nai Pan Noi. The massage artists are professionally trained and know what they're doing.
However, despite all the positives, there was one big negative that could not be ignored. During the day a stench of what I can only describe as sewage waste would waft up from the small creek behind the hut when on the front porch. It was also quite unsightly to look opposite side the beach towards the rear of the hut when on the porch. So much so that I decided to move deck chairs to the beach out front of the hut to get away from the occasional stench. This actually worked out quite nice in the mornings or early evenings when the sun had died down but offered no shade during mid-day. I'd have to say our next door neighbor staying in an Ocean Wing Room had the best location on the property. Another quibble was the beach soccer game held each evening at 5pm by the local kids right outside our hut that was a distraction when trying to read a few chapters of "Zen and relaxation techniques."
All in all, the Ocean Hut itself is fantastic but Baan Panburi would have to do something about the occasional stench coming from the rear of the resort and plant alot of vegetation to block the view from the deck for me to give this place a 10.
We had the pleasure of checking out the high-end Santhiya Resort over at the other end of the beach past some rocks and the resort was in-a-word spectacular. However, for the reasonable price, it's simple charm and cozy initimacy, this little love shack by the ocean was enough to bring us back to Baan Panburi Village.
- Also Known As:
- Baan Panburi Village At Yai Beach Hotel Koh Phangan
- Baan Panburi Village At Yai Beach Hotel
- Baan Panburi Hotel
- Baan Panburi Village At Yai Beach Ko Phangan, Thailand
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Natural Thai huts located on famed Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach. Traditional Southern Accommodation with great prices and unbeatable atmosphere. ... more less
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