visited late November 2014
There are not too many one-resort islands these days in Thailand. Even fewer with only one budget resort. And Bu Bu is the only one I can think of with nothing else on the island - no village, roads or other activities.
These are spacious concrete walled/tiled floor bungalows which would easily house a family of 4 with extra beds. Mine was set up with twin beds - comfy. Good insect screens. Good lights but tree shade made daytime interior a bit dim before generator cut in at 1800. Quiet fan but shading from trees meant I hardly used it (note generator runs to mid-night). Big spacious cold water bathroom with western wc. Broom. Clothes storage. Needless to say, the area was very quiet at night.
It is possible to walk around the coast in about 45 minutes. Anticlockwise from the eastern end of the south beach is a tilted section of rock which ends about half-way up the eastern coast where a series of low tide only coarse sand beaches start. These end at the north-west corner past where it is more rock-hopping/ small sandy patches back to the northern end of the front beach. This circumnavigation would be difficult above half tide. Flip-flops etc are not particularly suited to the rocky areas at any time.
It is also possible to circumnavigate the island on a rainforest walking track. This takes about 25 minutes, has no challenging slopes and is not very rough underfoot. At one stage it comes down to the low-tide beach in the north-east of the island. There are another few opportunities to access the coast by side tracks.
Bu Bu has a website but I found no-one was answering the two phone numbers listed there. Even if successful I doubt I could have communicated with the owners - their English is poor and I'm hopeless in such situations. Travel agents on the busy west coast of Lanta similarly had no luck getting the numbers answered. One suggested I should go over to Old Lanta Town where they have local knowledge. So I grabbed a moto and shot across to the nearest travel agent to the pier. This worked a charm:
On departure he also phoned one of the hop-on hop-off share taxi trucks which took me across to Klong Dao in Lanta's north-west for 150b vs the 400+ for a normal taxi truck..
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