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Som Chaineuk Bungalows

Pleasant rooms in a lush fruit grove

Photo of Som Chaineuk Bungalows, Thong Pha Phum. , Thong Pha Phum

What we say: 4 stars

When we last arrived at this lovely spot set back from the main road in the centre of town, a group of local women were peeling tamarind and the entire lobby was full of tamarind shells. That pretty well sums up the scene here -- cheerful and local. One of the staff member/tamarind peelers was quick to get up and show us the rooms, which are lovely and offer excellent value. The fan rooms closer to the road are simple but well kept with tile floors, plenty of windows and cold water bathrooms. Standard air-con rooms are housed in a white concrete building, and are the least attractive. If you can, spring for one of the wooden bungalows further back under the shade of rambutan, rose apple and, you guessed it, tamarind trees. These boast hardwood floors, air-con, TVs, hot water bathrooms and great verandas out front with tables for relaxing. The gregarious owner speaks a little English and also runs a floating hotel on the lake called VIP Floatel, and can arrange rafting and touring packages. Note that on the hotel's brown sign, the name is written in Thai but it does say "Hotel" in English.

    Contact details:

    Thong Pha Phum.  T: (034) 599 067, (034) 599 001 

    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Dbl fan private b'room 250 baht 250 baht
    Dbl air-con private b'room 400 baht 400 baht
    Bungalow air-con private b'room 500 baht 500 baht

    Added to Travelfish on: 29th May, 2008
    Last visited or updated on: 26th June, 2013

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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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