From start to finish our Lanta experience was perfect. The owner, Susanna, organised a lift from the airport and helped immensely when our luggage got lost. She managed to arrange for it to be delivered to our door the next morning and lent us clothes to get us through the first day. Totally uncalled for and just a small example of the Thai friendliness we experienced in Lanta Old Town. We stayed in Lychee (and I think we have Coconut for our next stay), I've been in both and they're very similar. The interior of Lychee is a little nicer, much bigger and probably more accommodating if there's more than 2 of you staying. Coconut has a nicer deck area. The bedroom in Coconut is upstairs on a mezzanine, a little further away from the lapping waves in Lychee, so it's really a personal choice there. Both houses have internet connection, which was perfect for the week we stayed. There's a good video on YouTube giving a tour of Lychee (it's called "Lanta Pole House Tour - Lychee House, Koh Lanta Old Town" and it was posted by Married2Travel).
Neither house offer swimming facilities, at least it's not recommended... but the beach is only a 15min drive away, so grab a tuk tuk or rent a bike for your stay. You'll probably find yourself quite comfortable relaxing on the deck anyway. There's a nice little restaurant down the street, owned by Patu. Go out the front door and take a left. Walk as far as you can and you're there. It's only about 3 or 4 minutes walk. He has good food and it's a really nice spot to relax in the afternoon, maybe play some backgammon.
Lanta Old Town is very remote with little to no nightlife. It lends itself well to a rise-and-fall-with-the-sun type lifestyle. You'll be well rewarded for this regime, the sunrise is the epitome of paradise and there's very little street light at night. So come sunset (at around 7pm in November when we were there) there's plenty of opportunity for stargazing.
If you're looking for a relaxing break, away from tourists and full moon parties, Lanta Pole Houses is it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All villas feature a private oceanfront deck providing you with a stunning panoramic view of the archipelago from the deck and the interior of the villa. Western bathroom with hot water, High speed wireless internet, Air-con sleeping room, Fully equipped western-style kitchen including range, fridge and everything you need to cook your own meals. The villas are located on Ko Lanta's East Coast in the charming seaside fishing village of Ban Sri Raya, also known as Lanta Old Town.We can arrange a private longtail boat to pick you up from your own back deck! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lanta Pole Houses Hotel Ko Lanta