Photo: A quiet moment in Ngao national park.

Accommodation

Ranong

Due to a consistent influx of travellers over the last decade, Ranong has seen steady additions of new hotels, guesthouses, and resorts each year, and the town now offers a very solid mix of accommodation to choose from in all price ranges. The selection has become so good that we no longer see the need to list the crumbling old hotels that were once Ranong's only options, but don't fret if that old institutional style Chinese-Thai hotel is what you're after — a few of them remain on Ruangrat Rd. Ruangrat is also where you'll find a range of newer options, including some surprisingly quiet and cheap bungalows, and a brand new boutique hotel that gets big points for style. The rest of Ranong's accommodation choices are near the bus station and Rahsawarin hot springs, and although these are a hike from downtown there are some tranquil riverside rooms to be found here. It's also worth mentioning that if you want some serious peace and quiet, the accommodation options at Ngao National Park and Porn Rang hot springs are highly recommended.


The b Ranong Trend Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
295/2 Ruangrat Rd
T: (077) 823 111

The b is proof that Ranong's accommodation scene has come a long way over the years. The colourful urban atmosphere of this medium sized hip boutique hotel would fit perfectly in Bangkok's trendy Silom or Thong Lo areas, and it's easily Ranong's top choice for flashpackers seeking comfort and style. Each room is decorated with a single colour scheme with the colour varying from room to room. All... Read our full review of The b Ranong Trend Hotel.

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Dahla House
Backpacker - Under 600B
323/5 Ruangrat Rd
T: (077) 812 959

The pleasant pink, white and mint green themed wood cabins of Dahla House are set back a good distance from Ruangrat Rd next to Sophon's Hideaway restaurant and down a gradual hill that's filled with flowers, including the dahla flower. While some rooms have air-con and others fans, all are adequately sized and include fridge, TV, white tile floors, large and simple hot water bathrooms, and big... Read our full review of Dahla House.

Palmy Home
Backpacker - Under 600B
32/29 Kamlang Sap Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 811 005

Directly across from Rattanarangsan Palace and one block from the city centre, Palmy Home is arguably Ranong's top budget choice. Set back from the road on two floors facing a shady (or palmy is it?) hill side, all rooms are tidy and simply furnished with firm but comfortable beds, cable TVs, small tables and chairs, and one small window. They sport a clean light blue and white theme with shiny... Read our full review of Palmy Home.

Rattana's Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
127/7 Moo1, Phet Kasem Rd
T: (081) 606 7094

Set on a lush hillside just past Thansila Resort and a half km from the hot springs, Rattana's offers enormous rooms fully equipped with one queen or two twin beds, air-con, hot water showers, fridge, TV, desk with plug in internet connection, couch with coffee table, and large front porch with a table big enough for four to share a meal. Some rooms also have a balcony out back, and doors are... Read our full review of Rattana's Resort.

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Tinidee Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
41/144 Tamuang Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 834 112

The Tinidee actually occupies two separate buildings — the first is a grand, up-scale hotel while the other next door is a still comfortable option for those on a budget, and considering those staying in the cheaper building can use the impressive swimming pool, gym, and multi-sectioned hot tub for free, the cheaper rooms are solid value for the money. While all rooms come with air-con, TV,... Read our full review of Tinidee Hotel.

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Baan Bunga Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
39 moo 2 Hat Sompen Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 833 144

Directly across the street from Rim Than Resort is Baan Bunga, and the two offer very similar amenities, atmosphere and prices. Although Baan Bunga lacks the riverside setting of Rim Than, it occupies an equally pleasant hillside area that's surrounded by lush tropical flowers and trees. The stone walkways and pagoda style buildings are reminiscent of a Korean monastery. Inside the longhouse... Read our full review of Baan Bunga Resort.

Loong Poj Boutique Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
225 Ruangrat Rd, Ranong

Loong Poj is easy to find at the corner of Kamlang Sap and Ruangrat Rd, and what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in style. The owner is an interesting young artist and musician, so the communal guitars and unique décor of the lobby come as no surprise. Rooms are similarly decorated with stylish colour schemes and dark hard wood floors. Some of the walls even feature well done murals of old... Read our full review of Loong Poj Boutique Hostel.

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Rim Than Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
29 moo 2 Hat Sompen Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 833 792

Less than five minutes past the hot springs, the Rim Than offers cheap but well equipped rooms in a relaxed, family run setting right next to the river. The mint green, white tile floored wood bungalows come with air-con, small and simple hot water bathrooms, fridge, TV, desk, and small front porches. Although there are a couple larger rooms that sleep up to four, most rooms are on the small... Read our full review of Rim Than Resort .

Thansila Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
129/2 Soi Thara, Phetkasem Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 823 405

Perched over a babbling stream down a shady and quiet soi off Phet Kasem Rd that's a ten minute walk to both the bus station and hot springs, Thansila's stylish, romantic setting make it an especially good option for couples willing to spend a little extra for ambience. Standard rooms are large and tastefully decorated with polished concrete floors, stone walls, dark hardwood furnishings, and... Read our full review of Thansila Resort.

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Kiwi Orchid Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
Next to Ranong's bus station, Phetkasem Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 832 812

The Kiwi Orchid's name seems to suggest it's in a picturesque, tropical environment, but actually it sits right behind the Ranong bus station. The place has something of a youth hostel vibe with a basic restaurant that's good for chatting with other travellers, an internet café, and an on-site travel company that helps with island trips and motrbike rentals. Fan rooms are very basic and on the... Read our full review of Kiwi Orchid Guest House.

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Suta House Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ruangrat Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 832 707-8

The bungalows at Suta House are set a good distance off Ruangrat Rd, so while they're close to Ranong's nightlife area they stay quiet at night. With front porches featuring tables and chairs, the bungalows are generally pleasant and each are decorated in a blue sky and clouds theme with light blue and white interiors. All come with simple but adequate hot water bathrooms, fridges and tiny TVs,... Read our full review of Suta House Bungalows.




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