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Mae Sot

The majority of Mae Sot's accommodation offerings can be found around the two parallel streets of Pasatwitee and Intharakiri.

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Backpacker - Under 600B
298 Intharakiri Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 542 648

You cant miss the DK Hotel, and that's not a bad thing as it's one of Mae Sot's better budget hotels. The rooms are enormous for the price and all have TV. There are fan and air-con rooms, but it's worth noting that while the fan rooms don't have hot water, the air-con rooms do. There's plenty of rooms, making the DK an ideal choice if you're in a group and looking to stay together. The staff... Read our full review of DK Hotel.

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No. 4 Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
736 Intharakiri Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 544 976

Tucked away down a small lane at the western end of Mae Sot is No4 Guest House -- a very long-running institution among budget travellers. No4 has served as a cheap and cheerful base for the tightest of budgeteers from which to experience this cultural crossroads of a town. The owner, Mr Oom, is a wealth of knowledge on the local area (although you may need to squeeze him a bit) and he also runs... Read our full review of No. 4 Guest House.

Pin Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
Highway 105, Mae Sot
T: (055) 534 651

On the main highway passing through town, just beside the SP Kitchen sits the Pin Guest House. It's a gorgeous wooden house containing 14 very well laid-out rooms, all with an abundance of teak furniture and large comfortable beds. There's also TV and a fridge, and all rooms come with air-con. The staff here are extremely friendly an helpful, though they don't speak a huge amount of English.... Read our full review of Pin Guesthouse.

Bai Fern Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
660 Intharakiri Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 533 343

Bai Fern is perhaps better known for its decent restaurant than its rooms, but in fact the rooms are pretty decent also. They're of average size but are well tended have new linen and are popular with the NGO crowd. There's fan or air-con rooms to choose from, and they're all well priced; unfortunately that means Bai Fern is often full so call ahead or have a back-up... Read our full review of Bai Fern Guest House.

Ban Thai Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
740 Intharakiri Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 531 590

Just fifty metres west down the road from No4 Guesthouse, Ban Thai is extremely popular with long-termers. One reason may be the pleasant communal area out front, with a bunch of tables and chairs in a garden-terrace setting. This makes for a fine place to meet other travellers or just to catch up on your reading. The rooms are basic no-frills-style, and are slightly overpriced in comparison with... Read our full review of Ban Thai Guest House.

Siam Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
185 Pasatwithee Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 531 176

The Siam Hotel is right beside Mae Sot's gem trading market so it's usually pretty busy with local traders and passing businessmen. One of the better hotels in town, the Siam has fan rooms with cold water and two different sizes of air-con rooms both with hot water, of which the cheaper room is the better deal. The downstairs lobby is beside a small cafe and restaurant -- both of which are good... Read our full review of Siam Hotel.

Lusy Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
Soi Ruam Chai, Mae Sot
T: (081) 043 7692

Set down a quiet lane in a fairly modern building, Lusy's appearance is quite enchanting. Two floors of rooms are spread around a small courtyard, with small communal decking running in front of the rooms for decent socialising. As to the rooms, it's a mystery. When we asked the old lady if we could see a room, she refused and told us there was nothing to see! So if you managed to get inside,... Read our full review of Lusy Guest House.

Pornthep Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
25 Sri Wiang Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 532 590

You can't help thinking that the Pornthep could do better. It's got arguably the best location in town, certainly if you're a businessman. There's literally hundreds of rooms and a fleet of staff yet the whole place seems like it hasn't had a makeover in decades. Rooms have TV, and some rooms have 2 double beds, but most are pretty musky. It's not as bad as the Star Inn, but it's not much better.... Read our full review of Pornthep Hotel.

Star Inn
Backpacker - Under 600B
Behind Tesco Lotus, Mae Sot
T: (055) 531 329

The Star Inn wins the award for the most atrocious excuse for a hotel in north-western Thailand. Very obviously a short time establishment, the management are surprisingly friendly and welcoming to backpackers. Unfortunately if you have even the most modest of standards then this place will fail miserably to reach them. The rooms are dingy and cell like, with old bed linens and a musky smell... Read our full review of Star Inn.

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