“Hospitality and price cannot be beat!
So why should you stay here? You want somewhere priced very reasonably, comfortable but not over the top rooms and hospitality that is second to none. Ok first things first, This is Nid's bungalows, not some 5 star on the beach resort for 10 times the price. The location of Nid's was somewhat further from the beach than I first thought, however I can safely say this was not an issue. If anything being away from the hustle and bustle was just what I needed!! Nid herself is very polite, friendly and goes out of her way to ensure you have everything you could need during your stay.
(Again as a comparison to said 5 star resort) the rooms are basic, however the price reflects that.The beds are comfortable, very cold air con and having chooks and ducks wandering around really gives a family, relaxed, almost farm style feel. Nid and her staff would have to be the most outgoing and friendly people I have met!! Within a minute of sitting at Nid's seemingly empty bar results in a member of staff appearing, serving you a stupidly cheap beer, music comes on, nibbles and conversation commences.
One day I was walking back from town, one of the staff spots me, puts me on the back of their scooter and drives me back to the bungalows....... for free, no questions asked. We missed a shuttle around to the other side of the island to catch a ferry, we mention it to the staff, within minutes we are flying down the road in the bungalows' own transport. I cannot put a price on these moments, but this is where Nid's really does out do the rest.
What else? Free shuttle down to the beach, cheap internet, and amazing meals. If you want somewhere top notch, do not stay here, goto Ark bar, I stayed there too if you want somewhere to go where you never leave your resort and don't socialise with the staff. However if you want to truly appreciate Koh Samui hospitality and lifestyle, Nid's is your number one choice. Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends."
July 5, 2011.
“My favorite bungalow
A family owned bungalow accommodation runned by a nice women who wants you to have a wonderful stay. And she is good at it. Stayed here for a couple of days and I really enjoyed it. The bungalows were cleaned every day with the best quality (I'm honest: really close to German standards!!!) I also booked a trip to Koh Tao at the reception for a more than fair price. Waking up and getting served a good breakfast with tea or coffee is the best way to start into a day. You will get it here! A bar and pooltable to meet up with some other backpackers is also available with cheap beer and music. You can start the party at Chaweng Beach after a short walk. To sum it up: For me the best backpacker bungalow accommodation on my trip in Thailand. Stayed June 2011, traveled solo."
Ted, Nuremberg-Germany, June 2011.
"Loved the setting in the lush gardens. Food was good, be sure to ask for spicy if you like it. 5-10min walk into town, however you can get a free ride in if you ask. Cable TV and Aircon was nice."
lcdownes, Australia, June 25, 2011.
"The best hostel I have stayed in. From when we landed the staff went out of our to help us. Would highly recommend this Hostel."
Anonymous Male 25-30, Ireland, June 14, 2011.
"This place is an excellent find, they more than go out of their way to help. I lost my wallet and the assistance they gave me was just amazing. Can't recommend enough."
breesidman, Australia, May 01, 2011.
“For the price I can't have any
Having read some of the reviews on Tripadvisor I have to say I was
a bit concerned about what I would find when I arrived at Nid's
Bunglaows but I was pleasantly surprised. First of all they gave us
a complimentary transfer from the airport which was waiting for us
on arrival. When we arrived at the Bungalows Nid was very welcoming
and gave us a bottle of water and plate of fresh fruit each.
We stayed in the air conditionied rooms and for the price we paid
we couldn't go wrong. The air con was almost brand new and a lot
more effective than the air con in a lot of hotels I had previously
stayed in. Our rooms had a TV with a good selection of English
language channels, plenty of electrical sockets, a king size bed
and en suite bathrooms.
The grounds are well presented with lots of flowers and animals and
are always kept clean and tidy. The price also included a daily
breakfast of orange juice, toast and fresh fruit which was served
as and when you got up and not between specific times. We got our
beds changed, rooms cleaned and fresh towels everyday.
The location is not as bad as some reviews say,
about a ten minute walk to the beach and twenty minute walk to
Green Mango but there are plenty of taxi's and busses running
constantly for next to nothing should you not want to walk.
It is also very close to The Reggae Pub, Chaweng
Thai Boxing Stadium and a smaller strip with plenty of bars and
nightlife.The rooms have no safety deposit boxes but there
were always Nid's employees milling about at all times of the day
and night and the bungalows are locked and padlocked so I felt more
than happy to leave my belongings there while I went out.
if you're on a budget then you can't go wrong, we were on Samui for
two weeks and I have to say I didn't really see anything better
than what we had in the same price range. A pleasant place, good
value for money and somewhere I would happily stay again."
Joe Crawley, March 10, 2011.
"Fantastic & well
The room we had was a 4 bed family ensuite for 1200 baht per night
which 3 of us shared late Feb 2011. This room was slightly larger
than the other rooms and had a TV, fridge, AC, 2 bunk beds and a
single double bed, all of which were comfortable and gave a good
nights sleep. The room and bathroom were both clean, with the
shower being your usual wall mounted removable showerhead (same as
at every place we stayed in Thailand). For the money you pay you
certainly get a very well priced and confortable place to stay, and
for us that was all we really needed.
I gave the room a 4 purely
because some of the other places were a bit nicer around the edges,
but only in terms of appearance. Outside of the bungalow was an undercover table
and chairs, and as you walk in there is a bar with a pool table,
dart board, stereo with a wide range of music. There are also a few
computers and the internet available. Nid also has a few mopeds
available for hire at 200 baht per day and helmets were included
when we hired them.
By the end of the trip we had made some friends
with other guests there and on a few nights we'd sit around in the
bar area having a few drinks, and playing music, pool and darts.
Nid and her workers were always more than happy to keep this area
open for us and even had a few drinks and a few games of pool with
us. If the distance is a worry you can also get Nid
or one of the many friendly people that work at Nid's to drive you
into town which they did on a few occasions free of charge. To get
back to Nid's you can get a moped taxi back for 100-150baht,
depending on your bargaining skills. If you do choose to walk it
will take you between 5 - 10 mins from the beach. There are some
bars and restaurants (eg Reggae Bar) on the street 5 mins from
Nid's so not everything will require a trek into the main
If you were backpacking in Koh Samui I believe there are some
slightly cheaper places that are closer to Chaweng Beach but you'd
only be talking by probably 100-200 baht per person per night. We
did also stay at a beachfront resort on Chaweng Beach on one of our
last days and paid 2600baht per night for a room that was only
marginally nicer than what we had at Nid's.
We also stayed in
Bangkok and Patong Beach (near Phuket) for a few other nights we
were in Thailand and both of these places were also more expensive
and only marginally nicer, but both did have pools. Nid did mention
while we were talking to her that she was building a pool so thats
something to look forward to.
All in all we really loved our stay here and will be staying here
again on our next visit to Samui. For those thinking of staying
here I highly recommend it."
Leigh McWhirter, March 3, 2011.
"can't believe how great it was, everything was
perfect, staff so helpfull,take care of u, cheap, clean everyday,
breakfast is included, budget accomodation but u feel like you are
in a 5 stars hotel, the best place i found all over Thailand;
Anonymous France Male 25-30 February 16,
"Liked: it's is the best place i have stayed in
in Thailand so far. stay are so friendly. give you free breakfast
and water every morning. fridges and safes in rooms. air con! very
clean. lovely gardens and private seating area outside each
bungalow. loved it! cant rate it highly enough. Disliked:
Anna Riley– With friends, January 19,
"For the 11 days I stayed at Nid's Bungalows,
each and every day I was made to feel welcome! Nid and Alan are a
brilliant couple, who both went out of their ways to make sure my
stay was comfortable, and I can ensure you it was! Always water and
fresh fruit available, no matter what time of the day, and also Nid
is a brilliant cook! Alan always advised me to the best places to
go, and even arranged an excursion for me, which turned out to be a
brilliant day. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and
although their english is limited, Alan is always around to help
out! The bungalows are perfect, basic but goes with the
authenticity of being in Thailand! The whole Land is sorrounded by
greenery and wildlife, absoloutly perfect to wake up to! Only a
5/10 minute walk to the beach, and right behind the bungalows is
the boxing stadium and a strip of bars/pubs, a good night out!
Overall I have no negative feedback... I WILL be returning to Nid's
Bungalows, made koh samui worth a visit!"
Becky Hedges, January 2, 2011.
"Dear Alun/Nid, Thank you for your hospitality
over the Christmas period, our two weeks at Nid's Bungalows were
very much enjoyed. We loved the area and the bungalows and all of
the staff were friendly and helpful at all times. Everything you
need is within a 5/10 minute walk and there are lots of good days
out to be had. Nid's cooking was lovely and we felt looked after
throughout our stay- we particularly enjoyed the bar games!!
Reigning connect 4 champion ! Thank you again for our stay and we
wish you all a very happy new year full of luck. Best wishes."
Natalie and Rebecca x, January 2,
"Dearest Nid and Alan, I stayed with you in
January of this yr with a friend of mine and also bypassed a couple
of friends there as well. I would just like to thank you for making
us feel so welcomed, the bungalows are beautiful, yet simple, with
everything you need, the welcoming with fruit and water was lovely.
I felt imediately at home even though we only got to stay a couple
of nights. The food was wonderful! Helping us book our boat trips
and taking us to the wharf was a great help!! Alan was great
helping us look up things and the both of you were wonderful to
talk to. The biggest thankyou I have is when I realised I had lost
my passport and was on a different island by then so I rung you and
you had found it and held onto it, I dont think I could have been
more relieved that it was in your hands! You have a great place and
I wish you the best with everything in the future, and I hope to be
coming through again soon. Yours Sincerely Alison McDonald Syd.
Alison McDonald, August 17,
"Good place to stay for a few days for the price. Clean and
honest. I even left a jacket there and the owner posted it straight
Fergus Miller, June 2010.
"Clean, nice staff, scooters easily available
for hire and the food is bloody good!!!!"
Daniel Iredale, March 5,
“Beautiful, friendly, clean, fun,
good value and close!! all you'd want in Samui
Greeted with friendly staff and fruit platters, staying Nid's
Bungalows made staying in Samui a treat. Easy walking distance from
the Chaweng Beach and main street, markets and nightlife.
was impeccable for 500 Baht each, three of us got air-conditioning,
clean towels ever day and room cleaning, hot water, a veranda.
Cheap internet and laundry available on site as well as traditional
home cooking Thai-styles.
For planning trips to the neighboring
islands or any activities on Samui we only had to ask and Nid would
get onto the phones and organise everything for the absolute best
The staff genuinely cared, and personally went out of their
way to ensure everything was ok. When we return to Thailand we will
definitely be returning to Nid's and recommending it to all."
Soppia, January 17, 2010.
"Nid's provided the ULTIMATE recovery from the hectic full moon party in traditional thai
bungalows. I woke up to a buddhist blessing and Nid and Alan are
great, speak english, very accomodating and will work their hardest
to get you what you need either on Ko Samui or around. Best staff
I've had in Thailand.
Nid's Food is great as well!! Slightly out of
the way but this provides some relief from beach rd, and Nid has
scooters to get around. Fully recommend to all travelers. Bring
David Shurey, January 3,
"Friendlyness of the staff, having the feeling
that you were really in Thailand."
Anonymous, January 21,
"Excellent hostel and cheap. Great place to meet people the staff
are extremely friendly and helpful and the manager was a great guy.
The best place to stay in Bangkok by a mile."
Andrew Hawley, January 18,
"Shared a cab to Chaweng with a couple from
Holland, and upon arrival at Nid's Bungalows we were once again
amazed by the helfulness, kindness and generosity of these people.
They unloaded our backpacks and carried them to our bungalow (which
by the way is AMAZING!!!!!!!).
We proceeded to lock ourselves in,
but they opened the door, brought us water and a plate of fresh
fruit and asked us what we'd like to eat!
We took a short walk to where there is a laundry, pool table, small
store, and kitchen.
And Nid had introduced herself and was already
busy making us pad thai and fried rice! She brought this to our
bungalow for us, along with ice for our fanta!!! How nice are these
people! We have decided to stay for 5 days, as there is not enough
time to dive at Ko Tao, so we will chill here for a while longer
and hopefully now have time to meet some elephants!"
Sarah Jane Burke, November 11,
"This is one of the better hostels that we have
stayed in Thailand."......."They did change the towels each day
& bedding (but not on our last day) and brought fresh fruit
& water. Just a short walk into the town & beach."
Samantha Tootell, August 15,
Excellent Staff, Excellent Location
"Nids bungalows is located very close to the main attractions. Nid
herself is very helpful and provides visitors with water and fruit
everyday. The Bungalows are roomy and aircon is available for
100baht extra -- well worth it. Rooms are cleaned and fresh linen
and towels are provided every day. You cannot beat this place on
the island in terms of value for money. Motobikes are available for
rent for only $7 a day. I highly recommend this accommodation for
budget travelers who want to choose their own kind of holiday
without wasting unnecessary money! Try Nids Bungalows, you will
never be disappointed!"
Michael Salkow, South African, August,
"This is a new hostel, it's only been open
about a month to backpackers, the lady there was so helpful with
everything we wanted. Our room was spotless everyday and fresh
fruit and water was given to us at every chance she seen us. It's a
good place to meet the locals as a lot of the workers from Chaweng
It's a little bit out of the way but still only a 5 min
walk to the beach. The bungalows were set in lovely gardens with
lovely touches like swinging chairs. Overall this was a great place
to stay and Nid went out of her way to make us happy."
Jessica Gilbert, June 21, 2008.