Fantastic traveller atmosphere
62/1 Moo 2, Haad Khlong Khong, Ko Lanta T: (089) 471 5014
In keeping with its low-key approach, Sonya doesn't reach out and grab you from its location behind some trees along the main road.
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The guesthouse's main building occupies an old wooden house that's attractive enough to photograph for its own sake. Chilled out jazz and beats set the mood in the open-air lounge on the ground floor, where travellers play cards or kick back with a book in one of the hammocks. The place has accommodation for everyone from the lowest budget backpacker up to flashpackers seeking a quiet and comfy night's sleep. Relying on shared bathroom facilities and fans, a mixed dorm is set in an atmospheric second-floor room with high ceilings and mosquito nets draped over soft mattresses that are spaced well apart on a raised wooden platform. Lamps and outlets are shared in the dorm, but a cheap and spacious neighbouring private room has a queen-size bed to go with its own fan and outlets. A walk into the backyard brings you to a cluster of clean and modern fan and air-con concrete bungalows with large hot-water bathrooms, wide windows and comfy beds, but no other extras apart from hammocks on the porch. The young nose-ringed receptionist and other Chuck Taylor donning staff members are laid back and helpful. An on-site restaurant does quality breakfasts, brownies, fresh coffee and Thai food, and the inviting Bulan Cafe is right across the street. It's an easy three-minute walk to the beach. Add 50 baht for dorms and up to 600 for air-con rooms in December and January.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 150 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:
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