Join the fun
The soft-spoken, dreadlocked owner of the aptly named Chill Out Bar & Bungalows sets the tone for Tonsai’s hippie-reggae vibes.
Live music and fire spinning often entertain the bar decked out in yellow, green and red, making this the go-to option for backpackers in the mood for a lively social scene. Ask for a bungalow way back in the woods—and bring earplugs—if not joining the party every night. The huts stand beyond the bar in two rows on a hill stretching to forest and cliffs behind.
Four-bed dorms are set in the largest bungalows with personal mozzie nets for each single bed (no bunks), though we’d splash out for a private bungalow sporting firm bed, mozzie net, hardwood floors, woven-bamboo walls and attached wet bathroom with cold water and bucket-flush toilets. The well-kept bungalows have more character than at most places in Tonsai, with coconut-wood exteriors, flags of various countries painted on doors and tall windows to prop open. Hang around here and you'll meet some characters.
Unlike some of Tonsai’s bungalow joints, this one stays open year round. We noticed that rates on Booking.com were much higher than walk-in rates.
Address: Ao Tonsai
T: (062) 943 9288; (084) 186 8138;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'59.67" E, 8º1'14.88" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||200 baht||300 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
500/700 baht for a larger bungalow
|400 baht||600 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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