Determining the etymological origin of the term bungalow leads us to make it clear that it is an Anglo-Hindu word. And it is the result of “bangala”, a word from the Hindi language that means “house in the style of Bengal”, which was used by English, adapting it, until giving shape to the word that now occupies us.
Bengal must be said that it is an Indian city that has the peculiarity that its houses are built using only wood.
A bungalow is a kind of cabin or house of reduced dimensions that, in general, is oriented to tourism. It is a simple construction, with a single floor or floor, which has the basic amenities.
For example: “I have already booked a bungalow facing the sea to spend the summer holidays”, “My grandfather lives in the mountains and has a complex of bungalows”, “I think it will be cheaper for us to rent a bungalow and not go to a hotel ”.
It can be said that a bungalow is a somewhat rustic home. It is frequently built in natural tourist areas, such as a beach, a mountain range or a forest. Due to its design, the bungalow seeks practicality, lacking superfluous spaces. A tourist bungalow, regardless of the number of beds it has, usually has a kitchen / dining room and a bathroom, as well as furniture, a television and other appliances or appliances.
In a broader sense, a bungalow can be any dwelling with the aforementioned characteristics, even if it is for permanent use (that is, a fixed residence). Bungalows are common on the outskirts of certain cities in the United States, being chosen by elderly people for their retirement (especially because, by presenting all the facilities on the ground floor, they are comfortable constructions for those who have displacement problems).
On the other hand, in some regions, a house that has two floors or floors is also known as a bungalow. Defining precisely what a bungalow is, therefore, forces us to pay attention to context.
Returning to its pronunciation, in English-speaking countries they tend to stress it on the first syllable, converting the «u» into one of the sounds similar to our «a» and the «w» into a «u» (since in English said The letter is not called ‘double v’, but ‘double u’). In the rest of the world there are different versions, which generally vary by the accentuation (they make the term acute), by the pronunciation of the “u” as we would in Spanish, by the omission of the “w” or by pronounce it as a “v”.
Despite the simplicity that the bungalow represents in its original form, at present it can be a home that perfectly adjusts to all the needs of its users, especially when it is rented to tourists in beach areas, since in these cases you are looking for an experience of absolute comfort.
Taking into account the important tourist boom that the bungalow has experienced, it is common for many people to come across accommodations like him and do not know how to identify them compared to other types. Thus, for example, the main difference that exists between a wooden cabin and a bungalow is that the first has a totally open interior, it does not have any kind of layout. However, in the other construction there are separate rooms.
Regarding its use as a home in the holiday season, the bungalow is usually found in areas surrounded by nature, although well connected to urban centers and close to all basic services, such as supermarkets and restaurants. When its green environment is combined with its rustic appearance, an aspect that encourages rest, disconnection from obligations and the rhythm of the city is generated.
Although the bungalow is a very simple type of house, this does not mean that it cannot be spacious; in fact, it is designed to accommodate a minimum of two people and is usually chosen by families with children and groups of friends. With regard to prices, it is necessary to highlight that in most cases it is considerably cheaper than a hotel, although it all depends on the needs of each person; in a bungalow, for example, users are expected to cook and carry out cleaning tasks, something that does not tempt those seeking absolute peace.
Precisely the price is the main reason that many people when traveling and enjoying a vacation choose to stay in a bungalow. However, they do it for these other reasons as well:
• It gives them more independence, freedom and less control than in a hotel.
• They do not have to be subject to the breakfast, lunch or dinner schedules of the hotel establishments.
• They may feel more like they are at home.
• It does not force you to have to “put up with” other annoying customers or the noises that are generated in a hotel due to cleaning, for example.