Away from the party
Blue Sky remains our preferred bungalow joint in Haad Phra Ae’s northern backpacker village thanks to the sturdy huts and a position that’s further removed from the bars than similar options.
Set in two rows on either side of a sandy path that leads straight to the beach, stilted fan bungalows have high ceilings, woven bamboo walls, hardwood floors, comfy beds with good linens and mozzie nets, and basic cold-water bathrooms. You also get a doorstep waterspout to keep sand out of the hammock.
The bungalows are a tad better than others we’ve checked out amid the clutch of small bungalow joints in the village, beating the smaller hexagon-shaped huts at nearby Somewhere Else by more than a hair. While that place and the Funky Fish both have large and lively bars and restaurants, Blue Sky is mainly a bungalow spot tucked behind a small beach bar with a billiards table.
Blue Sky also has a few air-con rooms with hot water set in a longhouse to go with some newer, utilitarian concrete rooms set closest to the beach. Somewhere Else would be our second choice in this vicinity, but you could also head inland to cheaper places like Ozone and Whalecome, or go for one of the Funky Fish’s dark, damp and dirt-cheap concrete huts.
Address: Northern Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 871 ; (095) 429 5756;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º1'45.53" E, 7º37'1.3" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||closed or n/a||700 baht|
|Standard double room||closed or n/a||1,200 baht|
|Superior double room||closed or n/a||1,500 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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