Sweet Life Community Guesthouse is not one property but five (at least) that are scattered around the serene south side of the Old Town and managed by fluent English-speaking Ko Lanta native, Tommy. He brightened our day with one of the more welcoming, personable greetings we’ve received on an anonymous hotel inspection in quite some time.
Set across a leafy lane from Cooking With Mon’s kitchen, the main guesthouse has small brushed-concrete rooms on the ground floor and an upper floor with brighter wood-floored rooms, plus a four-bed mixed gender dorm. The priciest rooms here have private terraces, though the sea view is partially blocked by a neighbouring house. All rooms in this building have air-con that can be switched off to save 200 baht, we were told. There are no private bathrooms, with all guests sharing modern hot-water facilities found on both floors. A large communal kitchen and dining area contribute to a hostel atmosphere.
Those seeking more privacy should inquire about the other houses set on stilts nearby and managed by the same crew. Set in an old fisher house, we adored one of the two fan-cooled rooms at Muchu House for its large size, breezy interior, low price and floors that allow you to hear the sea gushing below. The sea-view hammocks are also a win.
Nearby, the cushier Wooda House has a larger bedroom with a front wall opening to a huge roofed sea-view terrace. It also boasts a living room extending to a second, lower-floor deck—all of it part of 200-square metres of space. While Wooda is great for couples, the 120-square-metre Ocean Blue House may be better for families thanks to two bedrooms and a full kitchen.
The group also rents out Mountain House surrounded by forest over on the west side of the island near Haad Phra Ae. In addition, Tommy showed us some newly built concrete air-con rooms for budget long stays near the hospital in the Old Town. You’re best off digging into Sweet Life’s excellent website and contacting directly to find out which option will suit you best.
Address: South end of Ko Lanta Old Town
T: (086) 843 6204;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º5'42.75" E, 7º31'32.87" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||300 baht||300 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
In Muchu House
|450 baht||450 baht|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||800 baht||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.
Browse hotels on Agoda
Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda.
Our top 10 places to stay in and around Ko Lanta