Holiday in Ko Bulon Lae
Did you know there are other islands quite comparable if not even more alluring in beauty and less crowded than the typical Hawaiian islands? The charming island of Ko Bulon Lae in Thailand has immaculate and spotless beaches and a wide variety of exotic and colourful flora topped off by the conservative hospitality of its locals. If you’re one of those “old school” type of vacationer who does not easily get bothered by minimalist technology (accommodations do not have TV or air conditioning, electricity comes from a generator open from 6:00-11:00 p.m., there are no banks around so cash is a must and the occasional flutter of rare butterflies are the loudest sounds there are and), then Ko Bulon Lae is that rare gem of a vacation destination you’ve been looking for. Get mesmerized and lured again and again with the uncommon calmness of the island, at its best during its peak season from November to April. But if you’re really the exclusive type, go during mid-October (low season) but be receptive to the limited open accommodation, full crew services and dining options.
On a good sunny day, an hour long boat ride from the pier of Pakbara will bring visitors right on the shorelines of Ko Bulon Lae, just a few steps away from the Bulone Resort where you can find the most exquisite white sands. After settling in at any of the numerous, hospitable and unbelievably economical lodgings available like cottages and bungalows, you may opt to site see and do your charitable and mandatory contribution to the income of Chao Lay drivers of longboats by paying a fee of 50B per person.
You can find a virgin forest and a quaint fishing village off the western part of the island. If you have money to spare, choose the high end resorts located at the southern part because their beach fronts are more pristine. For the more blasé lodgings, head towards the east side of the island or you can choose inexpensive resorts located around Panka Yai Bay.
Simplicity is emphasized in the types of activities you can do on Bulon Lae. You can take long walks along the few cemented routes scattered all over the island to observe the rubber tree groves found at the southern part or smell the sweet scent of palm oil at the eastern end where you can find hundreds of palm trees being tended to by workers. Rubber and coconut oil, besides tourism, are equally important industries on the island and a reasonable source of income for the locals. At night, when the generators are turned on, you may bask under the clear night skies or roam around the island further for a chance to meet the quirkier inhabitants of the islands, monitor lizards. Although fairly harmless if left unprovoked, bring along a torch nevertheless, just to be sure. And before you turn in for the night, it’s best to bring in your shoes, slippers or sneakers because there have been gossips of missing ones mysteriously taken from the balconies of the bungalows all throughout the island. Maybe the monitor lizards have gone fond of them, who knows? Either way though, walking barefoot for the rest of your stay in Bulon Lae doesn’t sound that bad.