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Long a backpacker favorite Joy Bungalow is the best-known resort on the island and I think it could be argued that they are the best-known bungalow operation in all of Southern Thailand, if not the entire country. Everybody has heard of Joy. This was a wild place when it was the first resort built on KJum way back in 1990 and was the only game in town until New Bungalow moved in next door in 1993. Built under towering casuarina palm trees the whole area has a very pastoral setting.  If you just want to relax and work on your tan, beauteous Andaman Beach is right there.


They have a total of 44 bungalows (9 were destroyed by the Tsunami, now rebuilt) of different shapes and sizes and expense. Most have a porch and a private bathroom with cold-water shower and toilet. All are equipped with mosquito nets. Only a few of the huts have electricity. The bungalows have been upgraded the past few years, but you can still find a few toiletless/showerless cheapies on the edge of the jungle in the back.


The restaurant has been dishing out good food for a long time and offers Thai delicacies and some Western food. This is a rustic, shady place with a nice view of the beach.






Joy Tours offer the usual boat trips to the neighboring islands. Laundry services and  international phone calls are available, assuming you're one of only ten people in the whole of Thailand who doesn't have a cell phone with a calling card.


Photo credit: I and T

The tsunami wiped out the entire front row of bungalows that were built on the dunes by the beach. The restaurant was damaged slightly, but since repaired. The famous bright orange "Joy Bungalows" sign on the beach dunes was washed away. Kn. Bao has since replaced that symbol of JB with a new one. The legend continues.


Joy Bungalow tsunami pictures




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Telephone - 01 891 4645/01 464 6153    

  07 561 8199
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Snail mail - PO Box 31

  Krabi, Thailand  81130  
  Official website - Joy Bungalow