Decent rooms, great scene
Horizon’s laid-back air lets you know that you have arrived in the serene south of Ko Lanta, and this bar-restaurant-guesthouse remains a go-to beachfront option for cheap rooms with a lively, built-in social scene.
The life of the property is a ground-floor bar and restaurant that extends right up to the beach, with plenty of hammocks, floor cushions, guitars and board games scattered in between. It has a hipster vibe but staffers are welcoming to all, with an upbeat, “let’s have a good time” attitude that makes up for their occasional forgetfulness. Live music is a regular feature in high season and noise from the bar does carry into rooms—consider bringing earplugs.
Relying on shared bathrooms with hot water and ceramic basin sinks, the cramped budget rooms each come with a window and fan mounted directly above a comfortable bed inside a two-storey wooden guesthouse. Some larger rooms in this building have air-con and ensuite bathrooms, though we’re partial to the concrete bungalows with fridge, TV and glass doors opening to beachfront terraces.
Only stay here if you’re up for the same sort of mellow island life as the bartender, who whips up good cocktails when not asleep in his shack above the bar. The gang includes both Thais and foreigners, and it can be hard to tell guests apart from staff. One staffer has dreadlocks as thick as Bob Marley’s. The bar is quite popular with divers, long stayers and beach walkers.
Another good option in Khlong Nin with a social scene, albeit a quieter one, is British-run Roundhouse, although the high-season value is not the greatest. A cheaper option is The Hut, located across the road from Roundhouse and offering a small collection of simple bamboo huts with cold-water bathrooms in the 300-500 baht range, even in high season.
Address: Haad Khlong Nin, Ko Lanta
T: (087) 626 4493 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º2'55.35" E, 7º32'16.66" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom||500 baht||500 baht|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||800 baht||800 baht|
|Superior double room|
Up to 1,800 baht
|1,300 baht||1,300 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Up to 2,500 baht
|1,800 baht||1,800 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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