Bansonmanee Homestay on Na Dan Beach, Khanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat should really be called Bansonmanee Bungalows since that is where you will be sleeping when you come to visit.
Initially, I booked a fan room (bungalow) for 450 baht per night for the 3 weeks of my metal detecting holiday. Getting to Bansonmanee Homestay was easy.
I flew from Khon Kaen to Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport) on Thai AirAsia and then, after a couple hours in the airport, got my connecting flight with Nok Air. Nok Air has a fly/drive package to Na Dan Beach in Khanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, making it easy to get to.
Once I landed at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, I went to the Nok Air booth and checked in for the van ride. About 1 hour and 15 minutes later, I was at Khanom Golden Beach Hotel. I was the only one of 5 passengers to get off here.
I called Bansonmanee Homestay and was picked up by Khun Mook about 2 minutes later as the Homestay is about 2 kilometers from the Khanom Golden Beach Hotel.
Checked in and all was fine. Room is basic, but comfortable with a bed, hot water, mosquito net, hot water pot, two bottles of water, soap, and instant coffee (3 in 1).
When my wife found out that I was in a fan room, she asked me to see if I could upgrade to an A/C bungalow. I talked with the boss, Khun Por, and she had a bungalow with A/C, refrigerator, and TV for 200 baht more per night. I took it.
There was only one small issue. The room was booked for one night in the middle of my stay so I had to go back to the fan room for one night. No big deal.
There was another bungalow for 600 baht, but no refrigertator and two bigger, concrete bungalows for 800 baht per night. A couple of Family rooms are also available but I don’t know the price.
Along with your bungalow, there is a community kitchen area if you want to cook your own meals. Pots, pans, plates, glasses, etc are all there as is a refrigerator.
Bansonmanee Homestay is right on the beach road and about 50 meters from Na Dan Beach. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance and a few small mini-marts.
If you want to go to other restaurants, Bansonmanee Homestay has bicycles available for use for free. The one I used came in handy daily as I rode it to the far ends of the beach (Na Dan Beach is about 10 kilometers (6 milies) long. I also rode it to restaurants and to the 7-11 that is about 4 kilometers away.
I was treated like family and even taken to the nearby Saturday Walking Street market by Khun Mook.
Amenities are readily available and Bansonmanee Homestay provides two bottles of water, toilet tissue, and instant coffee that you can make in your room with your hot water pot, daily. Two clean towels are provided and will be changed whenever you want. I personally don’t see the need to change towels daily – wastes energy, water, and adds to the pollution.
Free WiFi is also provided and during my three weeks at Bansonmanee Homestay, the connection was down for all of about 5 minutes when a construction crew had to cut the power off.
Fishing and boat tours can be arranged and depending on the season, you can go looking for pink dolphins.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay spending my days metal detecting, swimming, surfing the internet, and eating lots of good food.
Bansonmanee Homestay is quietest during weekdays and can get a bit noisy on Friday and Saturday night with weekend partiers enjoying themselves. Most likely, you will be invited to join in.
Bansonmanee Homestay is the ideal place to stay if you want to enjoy the beach, spend time with your family and not worry about being disturbed by beach vendors, or if you just want peace and quiet. Come to Bansonmanee Homestay where you will feel just like one of the family.
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