Paya Street T: (058) 21 647 F: (058) 21 648
Tucked away down a side street by the market Parami's location is a major plus and the rooms are pretty good too.
This is more of an up-market guesthouse than hotel really – but don't let the dingy lobby put you off – rooms are clean and the upper floors have great views over Hpa-an. Staff are friendly and helpful though they're not yet as used to foreign visitors as some of the other hotels in town. There's a small café upstairs selling drinks and serving breakfasts which is included in the room price though breakfast isn't anything to write home about and it may be more fun to hit a tea shop in the local market instead? Prices are surprisingly reasonable, ranging from $25 standard to $40 deluxe, which explains why it's a popular spot and indeed, a word of warning, when we visited in low season, (May), it was full. Spacious deluxe rooms are located on the top floor with great views though be careful with the standard rooms since some come without windows and they are a lot smaller. All rooms come with air-con and hot shower. Due to Parami's popularity and lack of competition prices may well increase in the near future. Unfortunately they have neither e-mail nor website so if you're trying to reserve a room you'll have to attempt to call them.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 12th June, 2014.