Between a homestay and guesthouse
Weera Rd (the street next to the post office), Phrae T: (081) 764 8447
Wacky was the word that sprung to mind when we visited one of the few old town accommodation options, Priwan Home Stay.
It is a one-woman operation, run by ex-English teacher Priwan. We had to return three times before we found her -- so some patience is required if she’s out at the market or having coffee with her mates. It is definitely the best budget bet around though, and conveniently located down Weera Road, to the side of the post office in the centre of the old town. An old two-storey teak building houses the rooms while opposite the entrance is a kind of health food cafe with tables and chairs set out under trees in the garden. Priwan’s English is very good and she certainly likes to practise it -- being short of time we confess to having told her we were French and spoke no English or we’d have never got away! She’s certainly helpful and friendly though, so this is another ‘staying at your granny’s’ type spot. It feels somewhere between a homestay and guesthouse.
As with the overall guesthouse, rooms are eclectic, with mix-and-match furniture and varying amenities depending on which room you get. However, for the price of 150 baht a night or 250 for a double, Priwan is unique in providing an inexpensive, guesthouse-style place to stay within the city walls. Rooms are basic, with fans and shared bathroom, but the beds are comfortable enough -- they even have mozzy nets -- and shared bathroom facilities were well maintained. Conveniently, a motorbike is available for 200 baht per day and bicycles are free for guests.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 24th February, 2016.