i have looked at all the accomodation on the site and other sites in this area, but they all seem to have big problems like ghastly food, loud noise of cleanliness. does anybody have any other place that is about thb1500 and clean and lovely and not jammed up at christmas.the place needs to have a website so i can see what i am paying for.
#1 annacmyk has been a member since 24/2/2009. Posts: 2
There are no places in Sangkhlaburi that are NOT jammed up at Christmas. This town is a major destination for Thais on weekends and holidays, particularly from Bangkok. The town will be packed, guaranteed.
We went once for New Years thinking it would be quiet. WRONG! The place was overrun.
- P Guest House offered us a tent for B200, paid up front, wedged in a row of other tents full of Thai students. All the bungalows were gone, and the holiday rate was around B800. On weekdays they cost around B250. There were tents all over the grounds, right down to the edge of the lake. It was packed out completely with young Thai university students, professionals, and families, all ready and anxious to bring in the western new year. Anything for a party! They arrive in buses, pick-ups, on motorbikes, and in cars ... all full.
The place had a great view of the lake, though, and a nice main building. I wasn't too fussy on the food we had, but there was free coffee and Ovaltine!
- Ponpailin was priced beyond comprehension ... and was full.
- Ponnatee Resort offered us a windowless closet of a room beneath the stairs for B500. We politely declined.
- Burmese Inn ... they had one room left in the old wooden longhouse for B100. The place was hardly posh, but it was quiet and we had a spectacular view from the balcony. Towels and toilet paper were provided, as well as bottles of water. The restaurant food (Burmese) was great and an excellent spot to wait out the hot hours of mid-afternoon. The grounds were well taken care of and tidy. Bathrooms were okay. For B100, it was great.
To P Guest House's credit, when we told them that we found a room at the Burmese Inn, they refunded our money and gave us bottles of water. Very classy.
For what it's worth, staying with large groups of holidaying Thais can be a real experience. You'll be welcomed with open arms, invited to partake in their eating and boozing, singing, and just having fun. Peace and quiet is not the sort of thing most Thais look for, especially during holidays. Nope ... it's one big happy family ... happy happy happy ... and they never allow anyone to sit idly by watching. They always offer an invitation to their good time ... which often will go well into the night and wee hours.
One more thing. If you're feeling really adventurous, you can rent a boathouse on the lake. When we were there a couple of years ago the cost was B1600. They sleep 4-6 comfortably, but we saw groups of 12 and more on some of them.
You buy your own food, go down to the area where they are docked beneath the bridge, and get someone to tow you out. You are towed back in the next day. You get to pick any spot on the lake, and there are some incredibly scenic areas. You'll get all the peace and quiet that you can handle.