Legit small resort
The efforts put in by management and staff at Lanta Castaway become obvious from the moment you step under the frangipani trees in the impeccably groomed grounds.
The narrow property extends to the beach following a footpath with tan concrete villas and duplexes standing close together on either side. They’re all thoughtfully decorated with Andaman Sea photos and traditional Thai handicrafts alongside wood furnishings, rattan carpets on tile floors and ceilings fans up above—those are in addition to the air-con in all rooms. You also get a TV, large hot-water bathroom, fridge, kettle and wood chairs on the porches.
Every room we’ve inspected has been spotless and spacious, but if you get the chance, go for the lone 39-square-metre “Beachcomber Bungalow” with a wraparound sofa placed beside a wide sea-view window beside the beach. Families can go for a freestanding room with two double beds, or take both rooms in a duplex.
The resort mature, understated vibe extends to a beach bar and Beachcomber Restaurant, whose excellent Mexican food draws patrons from across the island. While there’s no pool, you can book snorkel and dive trips at on-site Relax and Dive.
If Castaway is full, another good choice in the lower midrange bracket is Sayang Beach Resort up at the northern end of Haad Phra Ae, which also has a helpful staff along with clean, comfortable concrete bungalows that are suitable for families.
Address: Southern Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 851 ; (075) 684 790;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º2'8.92" E, 7º35'59.66" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Up to 4,000 baht
|1,800 baht||2,600 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Up to 4,800 baht
|2,100 baht||3,200 baht|
Up to 6,700 baht
|2,900 baht||4,600 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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