In all of our travels, one thing Anthony and I have never done is stay at an AirBnB! We usually stay in hostels due to their value and because it’s easy to meet people, however, after having so many friends rave about AirBnB we decided to finally give it a go on this trip. Luckily for me Anthony lives for finding a good deal, and this endeavor was no exception. A detailed write up of this particular play will be coming soon, but, long story short, we ended up booking a week at Mumu House on the Sea in Old Town, Koh Lanta. It was an incredible first experience and we have officially jumped on the AirBnB train.
We made our way to Koh Lanta after spending a few days in the port town of Krabi, and we were both very ready to relax and enjoy the island life. After the sweatiest two hour ferry ride of my life, we were greeted at the pier by Bert, the taxi driver our hosts had sent to pick us up. In Thailand when someone refers to a taxi you never know if it’s going to be a tuk tuk or an actual car, and after the horrible ferry I was dreading spending any time in the heat. Luckily, Bert had a lovely Honda complete with a very strong air conditioner and I was thankfully spared the rays of the Thai sun. He threw both our backpacks in the trunk and we were off to Old Town!
When we arrived at Mumu House our hosts, Mon and Maayan, were there waiting to greet us and show us around our new home for the next seven days. Mumu House is actually one of three bungalows that make up the MuChu House which is the name of the entire complex of bungalows run by Mon and Maayan. As soon as Maayan took us upstairs to Mumu, I knew we were in for a special week. It was the coziest island nook with views that took my breath away. The whole room was open air, but somehow still felt private, and the ocean breeze carried in the gentle sound of the waves along with it. The bungalow was simple, yet spacious, and had this perfect rustic charm. There was even a hammock stretched across the view overlooking the ocean which is where I ended up spending the better part of my week. Maayan showed us around the rest of the complex which included a small outdoor kitchen as well as a shared deck stretching out into the water with two more hammocks for even more relaxation. We were officially in island heaven.
Over the next seven days we fell in love with Koh Lanta, and particularly with Old Town. The whole island is a wonderful relaxed paradise, but Old Town has a truly authentic feel to it. While the more touristy aspects of Koh Lanta are located across the island from Mumu, Old Town is a true neighborhood and your really get a feel for how the locals live. The whole of Krabi Province is Muslim, and one of my favorite things about staying in Old Town was hearing the call to prayer throughout the day. The melodic voice projected throughout the streets accompanied with the gentle lapping of the waves against the sand was just as spiritual as it was relaxing. Even when this was happening just before sunrise it still managed to be soothing. The local kids were constantly splashing and digging for crabs underneath all of the sand-worn homes, and the abundance of friendly cats roaming the streets added to the quaint charm. We spent so much time at the local restaurants (the food in Old Town is incredible) that we really started to feel like part of the neighborhood. The beach side of Koh Lanta is wonderful, but Old Town just holds so much magic.
In addition to loving our bungalow, we also absolutely loved our hosts. Mon and Maayan were so friendly and infectious right from the beginning it was impossible not to feel immediately connected to Koh Lanta. The two of them are both incredibly laid back and friendly, but also meticulous about making sure their guests have a perfect experience. They were very accessible and always answered our questions promptly, and of course as soon as we arrived Maayan whipped out a Koh Lanta pocket guide and noted what each beach was good for, where to go for hiking, the best restaurants (all in Old Town), and plenty of other great tips for our stay. They checked in on us everyday either via text or in person, but they were never invasive or over the top. By the time we left we genuinely felt as though we had known them for years, and assured them we would be back. They were perfect hosts, and their affection for Koh Lanta really rubbed off on us because two days before we were supposed to leave we decided to stay another week!
All in all we loved our first AirBnB experience, and while we still love hostels, I’m so glad we chose to stay at Mumu during our first week on Koh Lanta. We still made connections with all of the other guests and had plenty of time to socialize, while also getting lots of privacy, and we stayed in a wonderful neighborhood we normally wouldn’t have considered because there are no hostels in Old Town. AirBnB opened up our options and I’m so happy we had a chance to experience it on what is truly an amazing Island. It might have been a little far from all of the touristy spots, but we never felt like we were missing out. It was just that nice.
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