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Villa Cha-Cha

Good flashpacker value, with pool

What we say: 4 stars

One of the best among several upmarket guesthouses near Khao San Road, Villa Cha-Cha is well-suited to flashpackers seeking a comfortable room and a swimming pool. With entrances both on Soi Rambutri and Tani Road, the top selling point is a huge expanse of common space, soothing and fairly quiet, within an easy stumble of the action.

Look, trees!

Look, trees!

Tucked between rows of shophouses on either side, Villa Cha-Cha hardly looks like anything from the street. A walk inside reveals a small swimming pool, large restaurant set around an old-style stilted wood house, several trees and lounges with day beds, funky fish paintings and traditional Thai statuary. Some have complained that the pool receives minimal sunlight, and the restaurant does toned-down Thai for Westerners.

We do like those fish.

We do like those fish.

After a brief exchange with a welcoming receptionist, we were swiftly ushered into a lift to check out rooms in the main multi-storey building. The drab, red-carpeted hallway lent the impression that rooms haven’t received the same loving attention as common spaces. We noticed that doors to the rooms, opened by only regular keys through locks on the doorknobs, seemed a bit wobbly.

Though perhaps overly cheery in terms of decor, the superior corner room (or “junior queen” as they call it) left us with a better feeling than the hallway. Clean and spacious, the room’s soft blue carpet was accented by a mix of lime green, white and dark-wood walls, with wide windows overlooking the pool. Though larger and also with a day bed facing the LCD TV, desk, fridge and tea kettle, another corner room was considerably darker. Only the priciest rooms come with safes.

We felt this

We felt this “Junior Queen” room was better than a pricier “Junior King.”

Much smaller and with windows facing a sad-looking concrete wall, the economy room that we browsed had older grey carpet along with a smaller bathroom, though its attractive sea-green tiles matched those in the deluxe rooms. Some travellers have complained of mustiness, but this room smelled fine and seemed well-kept. It was also equipped with fridge, TV and air-con as standard.

While the value would have been questionable five years ago, today Villa Cha-Cha’s rooms are priced right about where we’d expect. You could save some cash by staying across the street at Pannee House or Thai Cozy House, both still in the flashpacker range, but then you lose the swimming pool and terrific common space. On the other hand, many have complained about Villa Cha-Cha’s policy of charging a 2,000 baht deposit, and its long list of rules will make some uneasy.

Gotta love an urban swimming pool.

Gotta love an urban swimming pool.

On Soi Rambutri, Sleep Within offers similarly priced rooms that are far more cramped, while D&D on Khao San proper bags you a swimming pool with views and slightly smaller rooms that are also clean and comfy. Head a bit further north to the Samsen Road vicinity for better value at some of the more intimate options. If you do go for Villa Cha-Cha, we feel that a splurge to one of the superior rooms is worth it.


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Contact details:

36 Tani Rd, Bangkok.  T: (02) 280 1025 F: (02) 280 1024  
Email them at: rsvn@villachacha.com
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 950 baht 950 baht
Superior - Double 1,400 baht 1,600 baht
Deluxe- Double 2,200 baht 2,200 baht Junior Queen; 1,600/Junior King: 1,900
Family room 2,900 baht 2,900 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 10th February, 2009
Last visited or updated on: 9th October, 2014

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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Villa Cha-Cha
36 Tani Rd, Bangkok. 
T: (02) 280 1025 F: (02) 280 1024  
rsvn@villachacha.com
http://www.villachacha.com

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Heaven!
By lynneb, 22 February 2012
5.0  stars

Very very good : )
By Becca, 01 August 2010
5.0  stars

Tranquility amongst the Chaos
By Roey77, 16 October 2009
4.0  stars

All accommodation in Khao San Road

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