Funky treehouse hostel
“Is it a vagabond village? A beached pirate ship?” These were some of our thoughts as we approached Chill Out House, whose overgrown vines hide cheap rooms, dorms and a bar where bohemians enter a vortex of creativity, or drunkenness, or both. Basically it’s a big shack.
The fact that it has succeeded on an island so stacked with budget accommodation is a testament to the scene, perpetuated by staffers who keep things fun and laid-back. Guests swing in hammocks, strum guitars, lounge on floor cushions and socialise on the bar swings. Be careful about smoking, as the natural materials are not exactly fire resistant.
The four private rooms and three dorms are spartan, with little more than fans, mozzie nets, thin mattresses and plenty of gaps in the walls. All use shared cold-water facilities. “The Loft” dorm has only thin mattresses on the floor and is set directly above the bar. Instead you might go for the classic six-bunk setup in the “Reggae Dorm” on the ground floor, or better yet, climb up to the “Monkey Dorm” to sleep with a breeze at the building’s highest point.
Also check out the nearby and similarly low low-budget Wildflowers Hostel before deciding which suits you best. If you prefer an air-con dorm with a modern design on the main drag, check out Non La Mer or Hub of Joys.
Address: Northern Haad Phra Ae
T: (082) 183 2258;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º1'51.71" E, 7º37'2.78" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled|
Up to 200 baht
|closed or n/a||160 baht|
|Sgl fan share bathroom|
Up to 300 baht
|closed or n/a||260 baht|
|Dbl fan share bathroom|
Up to 400 baht
|closed or n/a||360 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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