A sea-view breakfast table
Set on a flower-studded hill that affords guests a lovely sea view, Freedom Estate opened in 2004 and has kept its place as one of our top flashpacker picks on Ko Lanta ever since the first time we saw it.
Three brick duplexes are set between forest and a rubber grove, facing the hill that a resident gardener deserves a metal for keeping up so beautifully. We adore the porches with divider walls for privacy and roundtables and chairs for having breakfast with a sea view. Guests make it a point to come back to their rooms for sunset.
Full kitchens in each room go beyond the usual microwave and kettle to include food processor, blender, coffee maker, two different kinds of toasters, propane stove and large fridge with ice trays. Frozen margaritas anyone? You also get a bunch of pots, pans, dishes and kitchen utensils—stop by Lanta Mart up in Saladan for fresh ingredients and you could cook up a storm.
Each room also has air-con, fan, safe, TV with loads of English channels, DVD player, WiFi that worked great for us, a second table for dining or working and comfortable queen bed backed by a calming forest scene papered to the wall. Windows are screened to allow a breeze in without the mozzies, and the air-con in our room really cranked. Tiled hot-water bathrooms are small and basic, the only thing that’s not so fabulous about these rooms.
A personable Swiss/Thai couple run the place out of their house set a little further up the hill. To reach the southern end of Haad Phra Ae you’ll take a 10-minute stroll that passes a bunch of good restaurants and bars on the main drag, including Cozy and Patty’s Secret Garden.
Address: 157 Moo 2 (off inland side of main drag), Southern Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 258 ; (085) 476 1154;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º2'18.67" E, 7º35'56.56" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,100 baht||1,600 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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