Stilted dorms, artistic style
The cosy dorms at Peacock Hostel pull in backpackers who want to stay steps away from Ko Lanta’s main ferry and diving piers, be it for a night on the way out or as a cheap base for the duration of their time on the island.
Cooled by a sea breeze along with several fans, a large mixed gender dorm features privacy curtain, reading lamp, electrical outlet, soft tie-dye linens, firm mattress and silk blanket in each bunk. This room has two-dozen bunks, with an additional four in an air-con room. All guests also get a locker and use cold-water bathrooms.
Up front by the pavement, the attached coffee shop is done up in wooden furniture and art hand painted by a brother of the kind and laid-back, yet attentive, owner, Mr Kin. Driftwood and flip-flop art hangs alongside buoys, hammocks, guitars and vintage objects in this old wooden fisher’s house.
At the rear (or the front if you’re on a boat) is a large common deck with floor cushions, a bar and foosball table. Almost the entire property stands on stilts above the edge of the sea, which splashes underfoot when the tide comes in. Expect to hear boat traffic, especially in mornings and afternoons.
Address: Baan Saladan (50 m west of the pier), Ko Lanta
T: (081) 894 7354;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º2'26.51" E, 7º38'55.09" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||200 baht||250 baht|
|Dorm air-con||300 baht||350 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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