Non-pretentious traveller clubhouse
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Offering a change of pace from Haad Khlong Dao's mostly big and bland midrange resorts, the Asylum is an intimate budget spot run by the very friendly and laidback Michael and May, who hail from Northwest USA and Thailand respectively.
They ran a coffee shop with the same name down in Long Beach for years before moving to Khlong Dao for the 2013/'14 season. The place has a communal vibe and shared hot water bathroom facilities, with a small collection of private rooms and mixed dorms in a longhouse wooden building. The accommodation is simple, with fan, comfortable bed on raised platform and a few windows. Each dorm bed comes with its own electrical outlet, mosquito net and reading lamp. But it's the atmosphere rather than the accommodation that makes the Asylum special. Set right on the sand, the relaxing restaurant/bar serves outstanding coffee to go with homemade burritos, fast internet and good vibes. Guests become more like friends real quick, and the place seems to anchor a little community of artists and musicians. Some interesting wall murals had already been finished during our visit, and we were told that an "art collective" gallery/studio (or something to that effect) may take shape for 2015. Even if you don't stay here, it's worth stopping by for the great food and atmosphere. Recommended.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 24th October, 2014.