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First Bungalow Beach Resort
Ranked #50 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Melbourne, Australia
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“Right next to dirty swamp”
Reviewed 23 October 2012

For the price i think it is a bit of a rip off. I hadn't stayed on Koh Samui before but had researched into what i thought was a decent area. We stayed in a garden villa. it was ok. Lots of mosquitos though. Ok view of the sea. Right next to the morning fisherman who weren't particularly friendly. I guess they were there before this hotel was built, i don't think they like it being there. Don't blame them.

Honestly, the restaurant where they serve breakfast every day was right next to a swamp, oh the smell.. it was foul. Like a sewer. With multiple rabid stray cats begging for food at breakfast. The staff didn't bother to cover any of the food, so it had a lot of flies on it. I mean, how hard is it to cover the bread with a towel/lid. Same for the fruit. Oh the fruit. Why do people not cover it in these places? We had an issue with our tv and internet connection (wifi is chargeable... with stupid unreliable codes to put in all the time..sigh) and so they offered us a beach villa. Lovely! We went and looked at two and they were awful. Not villas at all. The pictures are so deceptive.
They are like concrete changing rooms and right next to a neighbour with adjoining walls.

The food was average, the drinks expensive.
The beach was ok but not a patch on a European beach. Honestly. Overrated.
I loved the hassling touts each day trying to sell garbage and i loved the roaming rabid dogs.

In terms of Chaweng, don't bother. It's loud, ugly, smelly. The road smells like sewers. This hotel is at the very very far end, a very long walk to the main bit. Not that that is worth going to.
We hired a jeep and drove the whole island so we got a real idea of the island and didn't think much of it at all. Overdeveloped with absolutely no care of the surroundings. Concrete jungle.

This hotel was expensive for what it was, about $700 for the week + extras.
And that was on a deal. It was even more normally.

Don't bother. And i wouldn't bother with Koh Samui either.

Room Tip: We had the seaside villa, can't remember the room number, but nicer than the beachfront. The ho...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

we stayed in this hotel for 7 nights, we had reserved a double room near the pool area, we were told they didnt have any rooms left in the pool area so they gave us the choice of a twin bedroom or a 3 bedroom (one big bed and one small) we got the 3 bed near a construction area that the last days woke us up. Breakfast was nice lots of fruit so we enjoyed it. It wasn't very near to the nice part of chaweng but we rented bikes so it wasnt a problem. After 5 nights i was convinced that even though i sprayed myself with insect repellent every night i was being eaten by mosquitoes. The room didn't seem dirty even though we noticed the floor wasnt very clean after they fixed the room. When we left the hotel and came back home a friend looked at my arms and legs and told me those definitely were not mosquitoe bites, but bed bugs. I had a check up that confirmed it and had to sterilize my suitcase my clothes and everything i had in the hotel. My doctor friend told me it was surely at the hotel because it was proof of many nights of feisting. I'm discusted, of course if i had knowned i would have asked for a new room but didn't know. Even without this discusting incident i hated the hotel, personel was very rude, couldnt bother to look up to you when you asked for anything because the internet was quite interesting.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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1 Thank hchevrolet
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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:
#40 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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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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