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First Bungalow Beach Resort
Ranked #48 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Bristol, England
Level 4 Contributor
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“Rudest woman in Thailand award!”
Reviewed 31 August 2012

We had booked a beach front bungalow through the reception of our previous hotel. When we got to First Bungalow, the woman on reception was rude to us, curtly telling us that they had no booking. When we asked to book a room, she showed us a card with prices which were MUCH higher than any we could find on the internet.

We went to the internet cafe, 100 yards away and booked a beach front bungalow at more than a third of the price the receptionist tried to get us to pay.

When we were shown our "beach front" bungalow, it did not face the beach and had a huge tree right in front of it blocking out any view or light. We went back to reception to say that we were not happy and the woman became very aggressive - shouting loudly and slamming things down on the desk. We said that we would take another room and, muttering under her breath, she threw a key onto the side.

We ended up in a beach front room (not a villa as in the pictures) - in a little terrace of rooms facing the sea. It was right at the end of the beach, dark and slightly dingy.

Each day brought a new cockroach to our room.

There was complimentary tea, coffee and water although we had to hunt down the kettle.

The beach bar serves lovely large salads.

Monkey Bar - a beach bar run by a fun loving Thai guy and his wife, is worth visiting at night. The owner dressed us up, painted us in day glo and had us dancing round. We had loads of fun here. It's not so great if you don't like Bob Marley as this was all that he played - on repeat!

Breakfast is buffet style, but they cook meat in the same frying pans as the eggs so not good if you are vegetarian.

Room Tip: Go to Monkey Bar in the evening for a fun time with the crazy owner.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

We spent 12 nights here and found the staff helpful, the pool was fantastic and it was right on the beach. Looked exactly like the website photos. Very generous breakfast included in a value for money room price. Would recommend without hesitation!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

Directly located at the southern end of Chaweng Beach. Large area contains also biuldings of rooms, large pool, resto, shops, diving school etc. Songtheaw to Central Chaweng ca. 20 Baht. Breakfast was ok. Choice of western and local. Wifi in the rooms chargeable in public areas free. When again in Samui I will not hesitate to stay there again.

Room Tip: Bungalows are spacious.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

We have just returned from 3 weeks in Samui and spent 10 days at The First Bungalow and couldn't have been more happy considering the price. We booked a beach bungalow that was only maybe 30 metres to a nice quiet part of the beach which was perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The location is far enough away from the noise of Chaweng but close enough to walk into town. The room was huge with a four poster king and double bed. The bathrooms are starting to look a bit tired but they were always clean and staff were efficient and friendly. The position of the room is quite close to the breakfast area which was also surprisingly good. If you want 5 star don't stay at this resort but if you are looking for good value with good location, this is it. We will be booking here again next year for sure.

Room Tip: We chose the beach bungalows on the Chaweng side of the breakfast area, the beach is clean and less...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

Well l must say how impressed we were with this Resort this time round, as we stayed here 2 years ago and had a couple of horrible issues that were not good, The manager at that time was not nice at all, he was just very rude to us and also to his staff,,,,but he has gone ,thank goodness and the Resort has improved immensley,so this time round our response is ..Pom La Koon :)Loved this Resort. The location is perfect, just a short walk to the city centre (about a 10 to15min walk)
The staff were very friendly,the lady that cleaned our rooms ,was just amazing,always very helpful and did a fantastic job ( her name was Jae Jae).The buffet breakfast was very good, the beaches were just amazing.. The only complaint l had was that the mattress was a bit tooooo firm, but we managed to get some sleep.... We had a fantastic time there, only wished it was longer, we spent our time there with our family members, who also loved every minute of their stay..
We will be very happy to return again, and hopefully soon :)

Room Tip: The seaside units are just fantastic.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Loved this Resort. We have stayed here before and will be back again. The location is perfect,away from the noisy main drag. Just a short walk to the centre (about a 10 to15min walk) Most of the staff were very friendly,especiall the cleaner we had (Jae jae was her name) who did an excellent job.The buffet breakfast was very good, the beaches clean. The only complaint was how hard the mattress was,but it was soon rectified and an underlay was put on the bed.. We had a wonderful time there with other family members, and I think it is the way you treat them is the way you will be treated. We would say good morning to other patrients and a lot of them didn't respond to us.Even if they couldn't speak our language , a smile would have been nice.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2012

The rooms are small though, and there are stray dogs going around the beach, as is the case around Koh Samui. One of the reception ladies was very tense and rude.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: First Bungalow Beach Resort
Address: 4/6 Moo 3, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Chaweng
#39 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — First Bungalow Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 174
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reflects from the name itself, the first bungalow type accommodation in Koh Samui and represents the true sense of homely Thai hospitality serve every guests by the owner's family who are always eager to serve you better. it can be seen today with the unique blend of the same old simple, traditional and personalized hospitality of the owner, and all the modern amenities one can dream of in an exotic far-flung island hideout like Chaweng Beach. The style of Individual bungalow is completely "Thai style Architect", just located on white sandy beach among the coconut trees and tropical gardens. Few bungalows and buildings are equally providing an exciting accommodation choice for a memorable travel menu. Our resort has created a golden memory of "Value for Price" and "First Choice", for accommodation from more than 40 years. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
First Bungalow Beach Resort Samui Hotel Koh Samui
1st Bungalow Beach Resort Samui
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First Bungalow Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng

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