Known as a fishing village, Koh Lanta Old Town presents a laidback and charming environment where the main livelihood of the community lies in fishing. The men of the house take their long tail boats out every morning to fish for the day then come back in the afternoon and sell their catch right on their front porch. They stay in houses on stilts right on the water. Through Airbnb, you can rent one of these overwater bungalows and watch how these families go about their days from your back deck. Muchu house is an authentic fisherman bungalow with a beautiful deck overlooking the Old Town Pier and neighboring islands.
Accommodations at Muchu House
Muchu house has three rooms for rent. The best one, Chuchu, has a deck out front with beautiful views of watching the sunrise from your bed. The other two rooms, Zulu and Mumu, are in the back and have partial views, but the front deck is open for anyone to use. There is an outdoor kitchen with refrigerator and stove, which is fueled by a propane tank for you to use. Each room has a private bathroom with hot water for the shower. The bungalow floor is made of wooden planks where you can hear the waves crash underneath you at night. The queen size bed is Thai-Style, with a mosquito net to keep the bugs out at night should you choose to keep the deck door open during the night.
Cost of the rooms and location of the bungalow
Located right at the end of the main street in Old Town, you are walking distance to the center of town. Each of the three rooms ranges from 15.00 USD to 30.00 USD a night, with the front room, Chuchu, being the most expensive. The owners also have a manual motorbike you can rent, or there are automatic bikes in town for slightly more. If you go in low season or stay for longer than three weeks, you can negotiate your rate with the owners through the Airbnb website.
What to see and do in Old Town
This town is only a couple streets long and is walkable from end to end. There are many things to do such as renting a longtail boat to tour the islands, shopping, and plenty of seafood restaurants to choose from. There’s a market every Sunday in the middle of town that has vendors selling fruits, vegetables and fresh fish. Pick up some fresh goods at the market and cook a Sunday night meal in and eat it on the deck watching the sunset.
See how the locals live
When you rent one of these houses on stilts, you get a first-hand experience of how the locals live. You’ll witness children playing on the street, walk by a gang of ducks that are at the house next door, and your neighbors will all smile and say hello. The best part is you will wake up to amazing colorful sunrises every morning.
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