Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Old-school backpacker joint

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Creative types will appreciate the poetic words and funky works of art painted on hunks of driftwood at Sanctuary, a venerable old backpacker joint tucked away towards the far southern end of Haad Phra Ae.

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Words to live by. : David Luekens.
Words to live by. Photo: David Luekens

Sanctuary was among the very first places to open bungalows on Haad Phra Ae and it’s surprising how little the scene has changed. Chilled-out staffers sling cocktails, serve terrific massaman curry and show bungalows to walk-in backpackers—and don’t be surprised if you see them perform all of these tasks in the span of five minutes.

Sanctuary is best suited to those looking to slow down and take it easy. Bring an instrument. Note that things can get rather smoky at the bar, where it smelled strongly of skunk although there were no skunks around, if you get our drift.

A social little beach bar. : David Luekens.
A social little beach bar. Photo: David Luekens

Rooms are sort of an afterthought to the scene, but they’re not too shabby. Made of wood and woven bamboo, they all have hammocks on the porches to go with dark interiors cooled by fans and sporting soft beds, mosquito nets and cold-water showers in roofless garden bathrooms. You’ll also find larger fan bungalows and one air-con edition on the beachfront.

Contact details for Sanctuary

Address: Southern Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (081) 891 3055;  
Email: sanctuary_93@yahoo.com
Web: http://sanctuarykohlanta.com/
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º2'7.73" E, 7º35'58.03" N
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Room rates: Under 600B

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Bungalow fan private bathroom
Add 200 baht for a larger bungalow
500 baht 750 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom 900 baht 1,150 baht

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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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