Surf & Yoga Mirissa and Ahimsa Vegan Cafe

We discovered the amazing Surf & Yoga Mirissa during our second visit to Sri Lanka when we were looking for a place on the south coast to chill, get some work done, and live close to nature.  Surf & Yoga Mirissa’s property is right in the jungle just 1km down the road from Mirissa’s main beach.  The retreat features clean spacious rooms with super-comfy beds, hammocks to lounge around in all over the property, a surf shop and yoga studio, all the activities you could possibly want to do in south Sri Lanka, and the amazing Ahimsa Vegan Cafe!

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Huge room with a jungle view

There’s also breakfast and dinner available (vegan and non-vegan options) for guests, three yoga classes per day, and surf lessons available for all levels with awesome, experienced instructors.

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Surf’s up!

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The yoga instruction is also top-notch, with a variety of styles being taught and teachers who can cater to all levels!  Honestly, it’s the perfect place to jump headfirst into the yoga+surf life!

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Ahimsa Vegan Cafe, the super-cool shipping container restaurant on site, has amazing healthy plant-based offerings!  It’s open every day except Sunday from 11-3:30!  Be sure to try the signature Ahimsa Bowl – a mix of roasted veggies, salad, veggie protein, and delicious homemade peanut sauce!

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Delicious, seasonal, Ahimsa Bowl
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Tofu chickpea scramble with homemade hummus and toast!

Mirissa Surf & Yoga also strives to be as eco-friendly as possible, with composting, recycling, and regular “karma yoga” beach cleanups!  The owner, Priyal, and staff of Surf & Yoga Mirissa can guide you to all the best sites and activities in the area!  They’re a super-friendly crew of surfers who will be sure to make you feel at home in Sri Lanka!  There’s also no less than FOUR cute, friendly doggies who call this place home.  So there are lots of furry friends for those of you who miss your pets so much, like us!

 

Check out their awesome video for more of a taste of this amazing place!

Services Included:

All meals available

Fast WiFi

Air conditioning in select rooms

Fans

Book library and games

Hammocks and a slack line

Surf lessons and tours available

Yoga classes available

Laundry available

Tours available

Surf shop on-site

Massages available

 

Address: Ulugedara Villa, Galle road, Bandaramulla,, Mirissa 81740

Website: www.surfnyogamirissa.com/

Prices:  Various packages available depending on the time of year and what services you want to include.  See the packages here.

 

 

 

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The Doctor’s House in Madiha, Sri Lanka

The Doctor’s House in Madiha is a funky and fun hostel, bar, and restaurant on the shores of south Sri Lanka. The rooms retain the original aesthetics of the crumbling colonial architecture, creating a fascinating look into the past, while maintaining a comfortable space to kick it for a few days (or a week).

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Dorms at The Doctor's House
Dorms at The Doctor’s House

The dorm rooms are located in the quiet back of the property.  They have some cool antique furniture with new comfortable beds.  Our favorite part was the showers, which are open air with gardens inside and utilize spaghetti strainers to create waterfall style shower heads.

The bar features a variety of tasty cocktails and smoothies, and the restaurant utilizes a clay wood burning oven. They push out the best pizzas on the south coast and other western-style dishes, but with a Sri Lankan flair.

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The Doctor’s House Bar

The Doctor’s House also contains a newly-opened surf shop, The Box, selling boards, surf gear, and zinc sunscreen.  You can find them on Instagram at @_thebox_

The best day to check out The Doctor’s House is for their bi-weekly Saturday market. Many vendors set up in the courtyard and the beers flow along with the music from several live artists.

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The Doctor’s House Saturday Market
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Madiha Beach, Sri Lanka from the sky

The Doctor’s House in Madiha, south Sri Lanka, was one of the straight up coolest places we have ever crashed.  Everything is so artfully created, so perfectly unperfect.  Actually, its really hard to explain how cool it is, so just go there!

Services Included:

Storage lockers

Wifi

Transport booking

Restaurant on-site

Bar on site

Ayurvedic spa on site

Surf shop on site

Free water refill

Websitethedoctorshouse.lk

Email: goodtimes@thedoctorshouse.lk

Dorm Prices: $14 USD (Book on their website as they sell out fast)

Address:

87 PUJITHA NEVASA, BEACH ROAD
MADIHA, MATARA 81000
SRI LANKA

tDH is located about 500 meters from 156km mark on the Galle-Matara road.  Follow the signs for Madiha Beach or take a tuk tuk from the highway.

 

 

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Bunkyard Hostel in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Bunkyard Hostel in Colombo, Sri Lanka is a place that is doing things right. With its “junkyard” up-cycled decor, the hostel is a photographer’s dream with Instagramable objects in nearly every room.  The owners and managers are extremely friendly and you can tell that they really want you to have a good time!  Trying to find the best word to describe Bunkyard was hard, but eventually I chose “FUN!” because it’s true!

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Murals everywhere!

The rooms are super clean, and we really enjoyed the thick, soft mattresses. Many hostels unfortunately skimp on the beds, leaving you tossing and turning. Bunkyard remembered that the main reason you are at their hostel is to sleep, and stocked the ‘yard with cozy beds.  There is A/C in all the rooms and the dorm beds also have reading lights and USB charging hubs.

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Night night!

The top floor’s dorms have an awesome, big patio overlooking the street.  The bottom floor features the reception area and a nice hangout space. As you walk farther into the building you walk past a small shop that sells cool board shorts, hats, yoga pants, and our favorite super-colorful, traditional Sri Lankan shirts made by Gitano (Instagram @gitanoshirts). The back of the first floor has two kitchens, one for the restaurant and a shared one for guests. There is also a refrigerator for your leftovers and hot water with free tea and coffee!!!!

Also included in your stay at Bunkyard Hostel in Colombo is free breakfast.  Free is a word you almost never hear in Sri Lanka, so this added huge value to our stay.  You get the choice of omelette or fruit + yogurt.  They have a few more options as well if you want to add on for a small price.

Bunkyard Hostel ColomboBunkyard Hostel was a breath of fresh air in the busy city of Colombo.  It was refreshing to stay someplace so funky but clean, and well managed.  The owners treated us super kindly and we wish them lots of success on their future projects.  Definitely check this place out whenever you’re headed in or out of Colombo!

Services Included:

Free breakfast

WiFi

Air conditioning

Games and books

Kombucha and soda for sale

Special breakfasts and smoothies

Homemade lunch for sale every day, occasional dinner specials

Address: 20A Guildford Cres, Colombo 00700

Website: www.bunkyardhostels.com

Prices:

6 Bed to 12 Bed Dorms (Mixed and Female Only) – 1700 Rupees – 2100 Rupees

4 Bed Family Room  – from 9300 Rupees

Double Bed Private Rooms – from 8500 Rupees

 

 

 

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Angmoh Hostel in George Town, Malaysia

Do you ever miss the good old days when Asian hostels weren’t all perfectly decked out in identical Ikea decor with the same Instagrammable cafe’s serving crap instant coffee to digital nomads?  The days when staying in hostels felt a bit more adventurous?

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I recently discovered Angmoh Hostel in George Town, Penang, and my stay there felt like a little bit of a throwback, but in a good way!  Angmoh Hostel is in an old antique shophouse right near the main downtown area of George Town, and while the facilities aren’t brand new and sparkling, the hostel makes up for it with character and heart.  I met good people and had good talks with the staff and guests!  There’s also tons of awesome hippie murals all over the inside walls!  What more could you want from a budget bed in Penang?

Check out this quick little video tour of Angmoh!

Services Included:

WiFi

Air conditioning

Games and books

Beers and waters for sale

Double-bed bunks in dorms for couples

Address: 20 Jalan Pintal Tali, 10100, Georgetown, Penang

Website: https://www.facebook.com/angmohhostel.penang/

Phone: +60 12-403 3803

Prices:

25-bed mixed dorm: 28 MYR

10-bed mixed dorm: 32 MYR

 

 

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Exploring Langkawi and Staying at Tubotel

I recently got to explore some cool parts of Malaysia as a solo female traveler, when Zach had to hurry up to Sri Lanka for work and I had a weird gap between visas.  We think it’s good to travel by ourselves sometimes!  It opens doors for lots of self-discovery and gives us a chance to miss each other.  The highlight of my trip was definitely Langkawi Island, a huge island in the northwest corner of Malaysia.  To get there, you can fly (expensive) or take a ferry from either Koh Lipe, Thailand, or Penang, Malaysia.

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Welcome to Pulau Langkawi!
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Tubotel- the best hostel in Langkawi!

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On Langkawi I got to stay at Tubotel near Cenang Beach which was a joy!  Super friendly, amazing facilities, and the rooms are all inside cool giant recycled construction tubes!  The tubes make for a chilled-out, cozy little nest with a sea view!  Check out my Langkawi vlog below for a tour of Tubotel, Cenang Beach, and some other cool places I checked out!

I had a lot of time to chill out and work from Tubotel’s amazing patio and it was great to take it easy and catch up on some projects!  The best day in Langkawi, though, was the day I conquered my fears of scooter driving and rode all over the island!  Vroom vroom!  I drove like a Grandma and let everyone pass me to avoid accidents but I definitely started feeling cool and confident midway through the day.  Scooters. are. great!  Just be careful!  I checked out the Upsidow House and then rode all across the island through some beautiful jungle and fun hilly roads then stopped for some nachos at Fuel Dock Langkawi.

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Dancing on the ceiling at Upsidow House

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Tasty nachos after a lot of hot scooter driving!

I had a plan to check out the Durian Waterfall on the north side of the island but thanks to being a newbie at scooter riding and navigation I got lost a few times and ran out of time and energy before I made it there.  That’s okay, because I definitely want to come back to Langkawi with Zach next time!  And time spent chilling on the beach is never time wasted!

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Dreamy rice fields with water buffalo grazing

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On Cenang Beach you can find tons of water sports to enjoy

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Enjoying a delicious coconut affogato with banana bread, from one of the little coffee stands right on the beach!
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New friends ending the night at Tubotel!

Tubotel Services Included:

WiFi

Free breakfast – the menu changes every day and always has several options!

Air-conditioning in all tubes and dorms

Pizza oven serving at night!

Movies, games, and books!

Bike rental available

Free maps

Address: Kuala Cenang, 07000 Pantai Cenang, Malaysia

Emailalexsigi@yahoo.com

Website: www.tubotel.com

Phone: +60 14-240 7022

Prices:

Garden View Tube: 188 MYR

Sea View Tube: 268 MYR

4-person dorm: 88 MYR

Female dorm: 45 MYR

Male dorm: 50 MYR

Economy 12-bed dorm: 30 MYR

 

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The Floating Market in Damnoen Saduak – Bangkok Day Trips

The Floating Market in Damnoen Saduak is one of the most famous floating markets remaining in Thailand.  Vendors on boats float down canals selling everything from coconut ice cream to elaborate noodle dishes. The town where the market happens is an easy day trip from Bangkok, but we would recommend arriving the night before and going to the market in the early morning before the hordes of tour buses arrive.  Here is a short video from our trip.

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Stay Samed Coffee & Bed in Koh Samet, Thailand

Stay Samed Coffee & Bed in Ko Samet, Thailand is a beautiful new boutique hostel on the island, located down a quiet side street less than 10 minutes walk from Sai Kaew Beach and Na Don Pier.  Stay Samed let’s you relax in peace while being moments away from the party strip and the amazing ocean! 
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All rooms in Stay Samed come with air conditioning, and the beds are some of the most comfortable we have ever come across in any hostel dorms.  The private rooms are very spacious and come with LCD televisions and their own private bathrooms.

Stay Samed Ko SametThe dorm rooms have a maximum of 8 beds.  Each bed has its own privacy curtain, electrical outlet, and reading light.  Each dorm also has it’s own bathroom and shower.  The showers have soap and shampoo dispensers and the front desk gives you a towel at check-in.

Stay Samed Ko SametThe street front Stay Samed Cafe features western favorites such as chicken and waffles and the Stay Bowl- an invigorating breakfast bowl of yogurt, granola, fruit and superfoods!  There are also a large selection of coffees, sodas, and beers to quench everyone’s thirst.  They serve breakfast all day so don’t worry about sleeping in! The staff is super friendly and they probably speak better English than you.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions or have them help you with booking tours!  Here’s our video tour and some fun moments on the beach!

 

Services:

Fast Wifi

Security Lockers

Hot Showers

Tour and Boat Booking

Cafe and Bar

English Speaking Staff

Free Maps

Prices:

8 Bed Mixed Dorm: from ฿500

6 Bed Mixed Dorm: from ฿525

Private Room: From ฿1200

Rates vary seasonally.

Contact:

Phone: 095 523 2515

Email: staysamed@gmail.com

Address: Sai Kaew Beach
Ban Koh Samet, Rayong, Thailand 21160

Facebook.com/staysamed

Instagram.com/staysamed

 

 

 

 

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