Photo: Fish anyone?


Thong Pha Phum

Given that it's such a small town, Thong Pha Phum has more pleasant accommodation options than you'd expect, ranging from budget fan rooms to comfortable suites. But be ready to use that phrasebook as not much English is spoken around here.

Som Chaineuk Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Thong Pha Phum
T: (034) 599 067

When we last arrived at this lovely spot set back from the main road in the centre of town, a group of local women were peeling tamarind and the entire lobby was full of tamarind shells. That pretty well sums up the scene here -- cheerful and local. One of the staff member/tamarind peelers was quick to get up and show us the rooms, which are lovely and offer excellent value. The fan rooms closer... Read our full review of Som Chaineuk Bungalows.

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Baan Thong Yok  (CJ Resort)
Backpacker - Under 600B
Near the bus station, Thong Pha Phum
T: (034) 599 088

Despite its location near the bus stop to the south of town, Baan Thong Yok is tucked along the river and feels like a rural retreat. Its large wooden cabins are scattered throughout a gravel car park, under the shade of a canopy of giant trees. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with TVs, huge beds, and covered outdoor decks for lounging. Rooms are open and airy, and bathrooms are spotless.... Read our full review of Baan Thong Yok (CJ Resort).

S Boonyong Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Near the minibus station, Thetsaban Sailak Rd,Thong Pha Phum
T: (034) 599 441

Though S Boonyang prominently features two quirky A-frame wooden cabins, most of its rooms are in drab concrete bungalows and an uninspiring three-storey building. Scattered around an unlandscaped hillside of sunburnt grass, the fading pastel bungalows give the look of a motel that was abandoned in the '60s. The editions in the main building are similarly past their prime. Rooms are decent sized... Read our full review of S Boonyong Hotel .

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