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Cactus Bungalow, Bophut Beach

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
175/7 Moo 1
Bophut Beach
Bophut , Koh Samui
Thailand 84320
Tel: 66 77 245 565's insider take:

The reception desk is on the beach—just past the pool table—at Cactus Bungalow, an easygoing and easy-on-the-wallet property along Bophut Beach on Koh Samui's north shore. All 14 bungalows are simple but spotless, with comfortable platform beds made up with cheerful local textiles, enough closet space to unpack for quite a while, and cable television. Cobalt-tiled bathrooms are spick-and-span, with an open shower and a generous countertop. Rooms with powerful air conditioning are closer to the sea, but the swankiest pad sits on the sand, facing the water: It's well worth the slight premium (about $40) to wake up to the sound of the rolling waves. What sets this waterfront inn apart from its many nondescript neighbors is the excellent food, including Koh Samui's best pizza, fired up in the wood-burning oven by Guillaume, a perennially tan Frenchman who emerges from the surf to perform his mealtime duties.

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