Category: Places to stay


Tack found this place on the internet (Baan Kang Muang)and we really loved our stay at this place.  Usually beach side or beach front hotels are quite pricey in Hua Hin but this place was a real gem and although not right on the beach it was only a 50 meter walk away.  Rooms had plenty of character and were well equipped with cable tv, air con and fridge. Rooms were spotlessly clean with big comfortable beds.

Although not right in town Baan Kang Muangit was further  south towards Khao Takiap which we liked as the beach was less crowded down this way.  Songtaews passed every 10 minutes or so for the 10 minute ride into Hua Hin. Normally we would just hire a motorbike but with Pinky with us we do not want to take her on the busy roads so the frequent songtaew service was dead useful.

If you are ever staying a night in Nan then Phai Lueng Guesthouse is worth seeking out. We found this place by chance as we were riding around Nan looking for a place to stay  and this place turned out to be a real gem of a guesthouse.  The building is a refurbished teak house and everything looked quite new, there was a chioce of either fan or air con rooms, I plugged for a fan room at 250 baht an night which was a real bargain.  The room was real clean with crisp white bed linen and soft pillows, there was also a modern attached bathroom with hot water and cable TV in the room. The Staff were friendly and there was a small restaurant out front which served some real good food.

On our trip around the Mae Hong Son loop we stayed at this place “The Riverside Guest House” This place is about 15km out of the town of Mae Hong Son so you are probably going to need your own transport to make a stay here practical. The guest house is situated by the river just outside the small village of Huai Khan. There are about 3 -4  wooden bungalows. Things seemed quiet here and we had to call the owners by telephone once we arrived from a telephone number posted on the bamboo reception building as there was nobody there. I guessed we were the first guests they had had for a good few days. We were charged 400 Baht for a large spacious bungalow with 3 separate beds and they put on a barbeque for us in the evening. This place  is worthy of seeking out if you are looking for a friendly budget place to stay in the Mae Hong Son area.

During our visit to  Koh Chang we stayed at Noren Resort. This is a relatively new place run by a friendly Swedish guy. As it was low season we didn’t make a pre booking but just hired a motorbike in White Sand Beach and drove down the island until we found something which suited. As usual we ideally needed internet so we could both keep on top of our work, anyway Noren Resort suited our budget and needs (as well as having wifi) and as it was low season we got a good discount on the room. Noren Resort had 18 new comfortable bungalows, with aircon, cable TV and fridge. The resort also had its own pool. The nearest beach was Klong Prao which was about 200-300 meters away so easily walkable but it was useful having a motorbike so we could get around to some of the other beaches on the island. We liked our stay here and will be  back.

Li Lu hotel Pai

This time in Pai we tried somewhere new. I kind of like the riverside bamboo bungalows which are basic but still quite comfortable and their riverside setting is a winner, but as we came into town we saw that a new hotel had opened they were advertising a rate of 700 baht with buffet breakfast and free wifi internet as I still had a couple of hours of online work everyday this seemed like an excellent deal especially when a riverside bamboo bungalow would have cost us 350-400 baht without breakfast then on top of that I would have the hassle of getting to an internet café daily. We stayed a couple of nights at Li Lu Hotel and were very comfortable. Small boutique style rooms with cable TV kettle free tea and coffee the room even had aircon which I never really feel the need of in Pai but could come in handy on a warmer night. I liked this place a lot for a comfortable place to stay and although I guess 700 Baht is a low season price I am sure me and Tack will be back.

While in Hua Hin we stayed at a hotel called G house which was kind of nice. We pre arranged (and pre paid) for their transfer service from Hualumpong Train Station in Bangkok to their hotel in Hua Hin as we wanted to make things easy. Anyway they managed to mess this up and no one was at the station to meet us. After a few calls to the hotel they finally managed to find a car to collect us which wasn’t much good as there were seven of us and luggage! In the end we arranged our own transport. This wasn’t a great first impression of G House Hua Hin. Anyway G House was a nice place to stay the place was brand new and well run with very friendly and helpful staff. It was quite a way from the beach but they had a free taxi service into town and to the beach at set times. Outside of these times the charge was 100 baht each way which wasn’t bad considering there were seven of us. They had a reliable free wifi service which was one of the reasons we chose the place as I still had a bit of work to catch up on. Our room was just by a wifi access point so the wifi signial was excellent but I could see they had the whole hotel well covered. I have stayed in so many places which advertised wifi and the coverage or reliability has so often been crappy, but no complaints at G house.