Moonhut Bungalow, Maenam Beach

Before I pick a particular hostel or resort, I search the web and pore through every review I can find. Moonhut has its fair share of positives and negatives, but I find that its pluses outweighs its minuses. And that’s why I decided to try my luck with Moonhut Bungalow in Maename Beach in Ko Samui.

I must admit, my first impression on Moonhut wasn’t good: the road was unpaved, and there’s a number of big potholes all around. The restaurant was nothing out of the ordinary, the beach is blah (then again, after Boracay, everything is blah), and landscaping is non-existent.

When I got to my standard bungalow, however, I was pleased. First off, the “hut” wasn’t made of natural materials. I love nature and all, but when it comes to lodgings, I prefer concrete, wood and steel. It’s made to look like a hut and also stand on stilts.

There’s a mini balcony at the front, with two chairs with cushions, a small side table and a rope line where you can hang your clothes to dry. Upon opening the front door, you see a neatly made bed, a couple of towels and a tacky wall decor. Right ahead is a couple of shelves where you can put your stuff, and above it, a rod where there hang a couple of coat hangers.

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There is a door to the right, opening into the toilet & bath. It’s clean, fairly big, have natural light and did I say clean? A clean bathroom with natural light gets a plus everytime.

Another plus are the screens on the windows. With these, you can leave your windows open to let in the sea breeze without letting in a couple hundred insects and bugs.

Oh, if you’re afraid, allergic or have something against dogs, don’t stay here. They have a very friendly brood of 3 very active dogs. You can expect them to trot over to you when you lounge at the beach or at the restaurant.

The restaurant serves pretty decent food, nothing really out of the ordinary. Though do try their vegetable fried rice, it’s very good. Service is pretty good; the staff are very accomodating and the owner is always puttering around checking and fixing whatever needs to be fixed.

As for the beach…well, it was nothing special. However, if you’re only going to sunbathe, this is good as any other beach. Maenam is also a “family” beach — meaning no loud parties and lots of kiddies around. If it’s pristine white sand, clear blue waters, wild parties ’til dawn you’re after, you’re better off in other beaches around Ko Samui.

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All in all, I was satisfied with Moonhuts. Should I find myself back at Samui, I’ll definitely stay there! (and maybe this time, I won’t miss the boat to Ko Pha Ngan)

So let’s review:

The plus:

  • Good atmosphere, not too loud in the evenings
  • Bungalows are sturdy, clean and well maintained
  • Clean, spacious toilet with natural light
  • Screens on the window to keep out insects and bugs while letting the sea breeze in
  • Cute furry dogs
  • Great value at THB450 (THB400 during low season) per room for a standard bungalow that’s good for 2 persons

The minus:

  • No pathway. If you’re in a standard bungalow, like I was, you’d have to trod through the sand to get to the restaurant, the beach or just out of the resort.
  • The beach is blah, the water is not clear.

Moonhut Bungalows
67/2 Moo 1, Maenam Beach,
Koh Samui, 84330
Phone : +66 (0) 77 425 247

Book now or see current rates

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 9 Comments
  1. bchai says:

    Ah, I wouldn’t mind the furry dogs; they look cute in your picture. Hopefully, they don’t bite.

    Sounds like the moonhut’s a decent place to stay—probably fits my budget! However, I might mind the water not being clear. That’d be a minus, for sure!

  2. bchai says:

    I like the new look of this site!!! :)

  3. nina says:

    Thanks! ^_^ I just realized that the old layout doesn’t load properly on IE -_-;

    Anyway, I didn’t stay long in Moonhuts anyway, so the water condition really didn’t affect me. The best beach, they said, is Chaweng, which is also the most crowded, commercialized and the party center of the island. And thus, I ended up in Maenam hehe.

  4. bchai says:

    Any chance you’ll head to Chaweng, next time? The pictures you take on your travels are awesome…!

    …especially the ones w/ FOOD.

    Heh heh…I don’t use IE, so I never knew how the other layout looked like on it. Still, I prefer this new look.

  5. nina says:

    Isn’t it lovely? I don’t even want to change the header image with one of my own pictures.

    I’m definitely going back to Ko Samui. Not sure if I’ll stay in Chaweng, but this time I’ll make sure I go there! (and to Hin Ta and Hin Yai Hehehehe

  6. ron says:

    Ooh, looks like I made a lucky choice with Ko Phangan instead of Ko Samui.

    The room cost me 200B, and the beach was perfect. Say, PEx backpackers should do some sort of trip, I propose.

  7. nina says:

    Actually, they said that the beach is better at Chaweng. I chose Maenam over it because Maenam’s quieter (Chaweng’s the party capital, ala Boracay, I think). You went to Haad Rin, right? I only transited in Haad Rin on the way to Thong Nai Pan Noi from Samui. Were you there for the Full Moon?

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