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“just the best place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Independent Bo

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Independent Bo
Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Trat
Switzerland
1 review
“just the best place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

I was travelling by my own and so lucky that i found this place!
From the first moment I had this feeling like "coming home".

Independent Bo is like a big family and there is always somebody to talk, have fun, go out for a trip around the island or just enjoy this beautiful place. I met so many very nice people there and the people living there (fiona, bo,...) will allways have a place in my heart!

All these very nice bungalows, everyone looks different than the other one, so many great painted pictures, so colourful, so very special... not possible to explain, you have to see it by your own! You easy can spend a whole day only watching the area.

I spend more than ten weeks at Independent Bo, not one minute of it was boring and if i could, i still would be there!

If you like to be with people, like to hear storys from all over the world, like to have a really good time, then this is the best place to stay i think! It`s directly on the amazing white sand beach where you can go out to party, can go out to eat very good in a lot different restaurants or have a romantic evening at the beach with a wonderfull sunset.

prices are very fair and convenience is good, i missed nothing and still hope that it`s possible to go back one day to the lovely Independent Family!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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  • Location
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Salzburg, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

I spent more than 2 weeks in the Independent Bo (planned were a couple of days). But the magic of this place just sucked me in. It was my first Thailand travel, the Independent Bo was recommended to me by friends.. so we were walking down the beautiful White Sand Beach... the moment we went further down and we saw the IB for the first time, we fell immediately in love. All these lovely colorful paintings, everywhere nice relax areas to chill. But the most compelling thing was the vibe- how the people all knew each other, hung out together, like a family. Thanks to the crew from the IB for this amazing time!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Ulyanovsk, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

love this place!!!
it took 23 hours to get there from Moscow , but i never felt sorry about it .i stayed at a huge room №9 with shower, fan , big king sized bed and a fine sea viewed terasse.but the best thing there is Family- they made my days !Fiona,Bruno ,John,Tim,Big Ed ...thank you guys so much ,i love you and miss you much .... it's an Independent syndrome ))))) once you came, you 'll be back or you'll be missing it .
sorry , don't have pool there , BUT WE GOT OCEAN :))))

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

It is sad to know that so many people downgrade this wonderful and beautiful place. In my mind it is a pearl within the masses of standard guesthouses all over South east Asia. Independent Bo's is the perfect backpacker retreat, a unique and aesthetic surrounding, lovely staff, good conversation, a beautiful beach, sunsets, plenty of hammocks and nooks to chill out, a self service bar. It is a trustworthy environment, I myself never locked the bungalow, as I felt it was not necessary. You can find both quiet and fun time here, really whatever you're after. If you're looking for fancy bungalows with fancy bathrooms you probably shouldn't be backpacking anyway. Many people, myself included, get hooked on the place-for good reasons. I would advice this place to all of my friends, and will definitely be back myself.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Carolina, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Independent Bo is one of the few hold-overs from days past when accommodation on Koh Chang was a basic and simple bungalow next to the beach. The atmosphere is what really made me stay here. Funky art and practical construction give this place an edge. I'll never forgot my time here and look forward to my next visit.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

This place is by far the worst place i have ever slept in my life. The rooms my friends and i were in were dirty, ant infested, rat infested, the doors didnt lock properly and over all completley unnacceptable by any standard of living. The location was terrible, the ascent to the room was dangerous and not well lit. I dont know what possessed us to check in here but luckily we only booked one night. I would only reccomend staying here if you enjoy sharing a bed with presumably dirty and rabid vermin. Stay away from this place at all costs. Worst night of our lives.

  • Stayed August 2012
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

Cute quirky looking place from the beach. Cool little common area/ bar.
Steep steps up to huts. Huts are basic but brightly painted and funky, and ours had a nice view over sea.
Good mosquito net over bed, lucky really as the windows dont shut. Bathroom is awful. No sink, manual flush toilet, and the shower head is about 5 inches from the naked light bulb!! No towels or toilet tissue provided. No bin provided for tissue even though its not flushable.
Owner is very opinionated, whether asked for or not, and some might say downright rude.
Laundry was all washed together, and obviously ran, which ruined a white cardigan. 20 baht was apparently knocked off the price for this, not very helpful.
Overall, the place is one of the cheapest on white beach, but it definetly shows.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Independent Bo
Address: 102/2 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang, Trat, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Trat Province > Trat
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Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Trat
Number of rooms: 247
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