Refreshing rooms, budget value
A cool mix of blues and whites welcome you to Chan Cha Lay, which remains one of Krabi’s friendliest, most comfortable and best-value guesthouses.
As if plucked from a seaside cottage, the best rooms occupy a separate building out back and are spacious, spotless and equipped with wide shutter-style windows, soft white cotton drapes, verandas overlooking a small courtyard, desks, beds on raised wooden platforms, tasteful paintings of flowers on light blue walls and partially open-air bathrooms with white sea-stone floors and rain showers. In the main building above reception and closer to the street, the smaller and more basic rooms are also awash in icy blue and get the job done with firm beds on tile floors, small desks, windows and choice of fan or air-con. These rely on clean hot-water shared bathrooms and also represent terrific value. You can save 200 baht by taking one of the better rooms and opting out of the air-con. Chan Cha Lay’s staff has been consistently cheerful and welcoming when we’ve visited, which is a big plus for such affordable accommodation. It’s an easy walk from here to downtown and the riverfront. Neighbouring Mr Clean Guesthouse is a solid alternative to Chan Cha Lay’s cheaper rooms, which are often full, while nearby Cha Guesthouse is worth a peek if you’re after something cheaper.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 30th April, 2015.