Guest Author - Claudine Williams
Sayang Beach Bungalows in Koh Lanta, Thailand are located just a few feet from the beach. The bungalow that is closest to the beach is facing the beach and right on the sand. There are smaller fan bungalows, that are further from the beach. These are the least expensive bungalows on the property and are facing each other in the opposite direction of the beach.
In Thailand, fan bungalows are distinguished from mid-priced bungalows that are usually cooled with an air conditioner. Fan bungalows are cooled with a large fan at Sayang, perched in the ceiling of the bungalow. Visitors canít see the beach from these bungalows, but they are about five minutes away from the front door to the sand. Not all of the bungalows are facing the beach.
What are Sayang Bungalows Like in Thailand?
The fan bungalows and the mid-priced air conditioned bungalows (deluxe bungalows) are made of wood. The bungalows have electricity, a television, a canopy bed, and a wardrobe. The deluxe bungalows can easily sleep two, but larger bungalows for families are also available. Although they appear secure, and have a cozy, yet rustic look, some visitors may be put off by the wooden construction for the deluxe bungalows. It is possible to see slits of daylight through some of the wooden slabs.
The bathroom in the deluxe room is purposely rustic, decorated with large smooth rocks. Unfortunately, it is possible for pests to enter the bathroom. Two roaches were in the restroom on two different occasions, and there was pest feces on bathroom floor the first night of the stay. The management of the resort stated that the bungalows were sprayed at night. The deluxe bungalow, used for accommodation, however, was cleaned every day. The superior bungalows appeared to be better made.
Meals at Sayang Beach Bungalows
The food at Sayang was flavorful. A free breakfast, a mix of Thai food and western food is served daily. The breakfast buffet consisted of rice, boiled or scrambled eggs, fruit, mixed vegetables, and sometimes min pancakes were served.
For dinner, sometimes servers did not bring all of the dishes in the meal due to a language barrier. Although yellow rice was offered, it often was not brought with the meal. When the guest questioned the lack of yellow rice, she was told that the rice was not available. No explanation was offered until the guest inquired. In another instance, the rice simply did not make it to the table with no explanation at all. Beware, the ham and sausage may taste like the real thing, but it isnít. The resortís owners are Muslim, so pork is not served. Alcohol is not served in the resortís beachfront restaurant, but it is obtained from a bar next to the restaurant that has a different owner.
Sayang Bungalows are Near the Beach, but Pests Were a Problem
The best feature of Sayang was the location. The food in the restaurant also made the stay worthwhile. The pests in the restroom, however, put a damper on a perfectly good stay in the bungalows. Mosquitoes in the room were a nuisance. They were able to get under the mosquito net over the bed. The stay would have been almost perfect had it not been for the pests.
Prices for Sayang Beach Bungalows range from $13 per night for a fan bungalow during the low season to $142 per night for a beachfront villa during high season.