A solid choice
87 1-2 Than Charoen Rd, Trat T: (039) 530 103, (089) 224 1866
The Residang has been around since 1998, and a series of renovations have kept it towards the front of the budget pack -- though you won't find 150 baht rooms here.
The bigger rooms are large and airy, with chequered floors, soft beds, fridges, small TVs, desks, balconies overlooking the street and several windows draped in sky-blue curtains. Cheaper rooms are similarly clean; they lack the extras and have fewer windows but all come with private hot-water bathrooms. The building is an imposing four-storey concrete number, which isn't a bad thing in terms of security and noise -- just don't expect a lot of character. The German-Thai-run guesthouse has a small restaurant known for hefty sausages, and there's even an exercise bike in case you need to ride off some of those calories. Residang should do the trick for those with a tad more to spend, and a few large rooms make it a good choice for families. Nearby Noi Basar Guesthouse is another decent choice with similar rates and facilities.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 12th March, 2014.