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Independent Bo
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Trat
Reviewed 4 September 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, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 August 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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5  Thank cactusjack267
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Reviewed 4 April 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, travelled with friends
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1  Thank KGM26
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

Cool layout outside and cheap prices, but that's about it. The room and bathroom are tiny, the sheets/pillows had mold/mildew on them, fan didnt work, and the room was full of smoke from the bar right outside the window.

Much better off staying at one of the nicer/friendlier places next door and stopping by Bo's during the day for a beer and to check out the interesting patio/seating areas.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

You have to walk along the beach from the 7-11 at whitesands to get to Bo's and you can't miss it - there are brightly painted huts stuck on to the beach and the rocks. You can guess what it is going to be like as soon as you see it so don't go in if you are expecting luxury! Rooms are basic with fans and beds with mosquito nets and attached bathrooms with manual flush toilets and cold water showers. In general, the further up into the jungle you go, the cheaper (starting at around 300 Bhat / £7) and therefore, more basic the rooms become but if you are too close to the sea then the noise from the bar will keep you awake. If your room is high up in the jungle, it can be quite a climb and therefore may be difficult if not impossible for people with mobility issues. You can't book, just have to take your chances and it was pretty much full the whole time we were there. Turn up around 10am and you are more likely to secure a room. The people who run it and stay there are friendly and a bit mad and will happily stay up all night partying every night but obviously you can get as involved as you like, just make sure you don't upset the owner by not at least being civil! The setting on the beach is idyllic compared with the horrible tourist bit at the other end of the beach and the atmosphere is relaxed and chilled. Open your mind and you will love it! There is also a Bo's in Trat which is even cheaper and is very nice and a good option if you are spending the night there.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank sleeplessUk
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

This place does not take bookings, you just walk in. The rooms are all separate bungalows which go up the hill. The bungalow has a separate bathroom which has a cold water shower and toilet, no sink. There is no flyscreen provided on the windows but a mosquito net covers the bed. I found the bed to be really comfortable and did not need to use the fan at night. You can hear the waves from ocean at night. There is a beach right outside the door that is suitable for swimming and a few beach swings.

The bungalow has a little balcony complete with hammock and double bed. There are cupboards in the room to store your stuff. Two powerpoints for charging up your equipment. There is no wifi available, but I used my iphone to tether my laptop too and it was easy to do and worked fine.

The Irish manager speaks excellent english (as you would expect) and is very chatty, which is especially great if you are a solo traveller. So no language barrier. So if you want to find out more about Thailand's people and where to go and what to see, you can. Very easy to meet fellow travellers here. There is no loud music at night which is great!!!!

The price for low season was 250 bht, a bargain.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank twobigfeets
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Reviewed 10 February 2011

Very nice bungalows, amazing sunset views, nice service, nice people, good ambiance, cheap, simple but honest. (Don't expect hotel service for that price...)

  • Stayed: January 2011
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2  Thank coconuthailand
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Address: 102/2 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang, Trat, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Trat
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Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Trat
Number of rooms: 247
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