Koh Lanta Travel Guide

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The SriLanta Hotel Has Basic Bungalows, But Not on the Beach

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  Site Where: Klongnin, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand
January 7, 2009 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter's roving correspondent Claire Duffett will be reviewing several beach hotels that she visited during her trip through Thailand. Got questions or suggestions? Send them to us and we'll have Claire answer them for you.

Here was our impression of SriLanta: Meh (see uninspiring photo to the right). The third Koh Lanta-based hotel we visited is nice enough, but its multitude of competitors overshadows this high-end boutique hotel.

Because it retains the intimate bungalow feel of its backpacker-oriented neighbors while offering the same amenities of the ostentatious resorts on the island, the hotel falls into the same category as La Laanta and Nice ‘n Easy. But La Laanta is the nicest and Nice ‘n Easy is the cheapest of the three. Sri Lanta’s most basic bungalows cost 6,200 Baht per night, or about $180, and really, they’re nothing special. Frankly, we couldn’t see how they justify the price when you can forfeit the A/C and stay at equally charming hotels closer to the pier for about $15 per night.

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Hiding Away at Lanta's La Laanta

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  Site Where: Bamboo Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand
January 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter's roving correspondent Claire Duffett will be reviewing several beach hotels that she visited during her trip through Thailand. Got questions or suggestions? Send them to us and we'll have Claire answer them for you.

La Laanta Hideaway Resort embodies its middle name. Getting there requires traversing narrow, pothole-covered dirt paths, then descending down a “road” that more resembles a vertical climbing wall than anything intended for vehicular travel. The trouble of getting there makes it a true hideaway.

Located on Bamboo Beach, Koh Lanta’s southernmost beach, it is also the closest hotel to the island’s national park, making it perhaps the most isolated. The island’s mountains serve as a backdrop. Each of the hotel's 20 villas, all angled toward the beach, has a hand-painted mural on one wall. The whole place is very hip. When we visited, most guests were European families with fathers who enjoy wearing Speedos and children who enjoy wearing only their birthday suits.

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Takin' it Nice 'n Easy on Koh Lanta

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  Site Where: Klong Khong Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand
January 5, 2009 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter's roving correspondent Claire Duffett will be reviewing several beach hotels that she visited during her trip through Thailand. Got questions or suggestions? Send them to us and we'll have Claire answer them for you.

At first we were skeptical about a boutique hotel named after a brand of do-it-yourself hair dye, but Nice n' Easy, set along Klong Khong Beach on the island of Koh Lanta, delivers a lot more customer satisfaction than a brassy new hairdo.

The place has a mod, art-deco feel that reminded us of the cartoonish, other-wordly house where the Dodo family lived in one of our favorite childhood (ok, adulthood, too) movies: “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird.”

A round, white cabana curves around the ocean-side swimming pool. The eight bungalows tucked behind tall palms farther away from the beach are made of Teak, a strong, dark wood that also takes ages to grow and is usually banned in new construction. Each bungalow has hot water and air-conditioning, which are rare amenities in this backpacker-heavy section of the island.

Several other bohemian, chill-out bungalows line the same stretch of beach, but Nice n' Easy stands out to passerbys as the most upscale resort in the area, while still maintaining the intimate, laid-back feel as its competitors.

Nice n' Easy also owns a wider stretch of land, so the beach in front of the property is virtually empty on any given day, and the forested area around it protects bungalows from the sounds of revelers enjoying an extra bottle or two of Singha.

Room rates here begin at 1,500 Baht or $43 in the peak season which is Jan. 16 through April 30.

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Anti-View: Ants Swarm The Crumb

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  Site Where: 172 Moo 3, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand, 81150
February 22, 2007 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

Lanta Long Beach Resort

Ko Lanta is an island in the Andaman Sea, off Krabi. A laid back, beach filled island with amazing sunsets, friendly folks, and many Swedes & Norwegians. No doubt Long Beach Resort on Phra Ae Beach offers some of the greatest sunset views on earth, but be prepared, the views inside the Bali-style bathrooms can look like this. Of course, beachfront huts are only THB 1300, and offer gorgeous sunset views from the beach. Give a little get a little, right?

[Photo: escavetta]