Located on the BangBao pier, at the South/SW corner of the island, which is a nearly 45 min taxi/tuktuk ride from the ferry (we paid 200baht per person for the drive down). Although there is a 7-11 where the tuk-tuks drop off, the feel of the area was authentic (returning from the beach, we passed a large warthog roaming near the pier).
At the pier's entrance, you walk ~150m past a variety of shops and restaurants, and Buddha View is on the right. The property is well-designed aesthetically, with a feel between a well-loved hostel and a boutique hotel. Waking up or winding down a day in the restaurant area was effortlessly relaxing... there are these table where the flooring has been removed so that your legs dangle freely above the sea. For me, the location was a perfect mix of isolated yet with ammenities: during the day, we walked 20 min down the road to the beach, wiled away the day swimming and sipping and eating, then returned to choose from a range of restaurants (sushi, thai seafood, western), including the Buddha View itself, where we ate twice. It is important to realize that the property is located within the bay, so the view is more akin to a lake, as you dont get that starting-to-infinity feel of the open ocean.
The staff were very friendly and accomodating. The rooms are directly next to the restaurant, and I liked the experience of waking up to see the blue water between the bedroom's floorboards. One negative was thin walls between rooms, but with the right mindset, it almost (almost) adds to the experience. Aircon, fan and hotwater all worked perfectly.
Were I to return to Koh Chang, I might opt for a beachside cottage, if available. But I dont regret staying here, and took away from it an experience that is certainly more than just another place to sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovely guesthouse with great in-house restaurant, beautifully set on the pier in the fisherman village of Bang Bao. Magnificent views and a unique atmosphere at an affordable price, luxury for all! ... more less