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Chat House

A great backpacker hideaway

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What we say: 4 stars

This is a lovely little guesthouse but not an easy one to find. When we queried the owner as to why he didn’t put up a sign or two, (after having spent an hour trying to locate it) he replied, "well we don’t get any new guests anyway – only old ones who know it already". Fair enough in a lateral sort of way but it is worth seeking out and is only really around ten minutes’ walk from the town centre. To find Chat, walk down Tri Rat Road as if you’re heading to Overbrooke Hospital and turn immediately left down the narrow, residential soi just after Wat Phra Kaew. It is tiny but cosy and friendly with a cafe, communal area to the right of a cute little garden and rooms ahead and to the left. The pleasant cafe offers simple breakfasts and dinners plus drinks, as well as having local info and maps and WiFi. (The latter can get a bit dodgy if your room is too far from reception.) There’s also a few seats around the garden. Motorbikes for rent cost 300 a day for a Dream scooter or a 250 cc Honda for 1,000 baht. Rooms are simple and somewhat on the small size but again comfortable, cosy, well maintained and clean. There’s no frills and minimal decor but it is an all round very good spot and, as we said, worth sniffing out. Since they have only a limited number of rooms, and apparently plenty of regular customers, it may be worth pre-booking for high season. Note the large fan and air-con rooms are the same but price depends upon whether you turn on the air-con.
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3/2 Soi Sangkaew, Tri Rat Rd .  T: (053) 711 481 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl fan private b'room 250 baht 250 baht 350 baht for a bigger room
Dbl air-con private b'room 450 baht 450 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 17th September, 2005
Last visited or updated on: 25th October, 2015

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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3/2 Soi Sangkaew, Tri Rat Rd . 
T: (053) 711 481

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