Travellers looking for great food and intriguing culture have some fine accommodation options in Chanthaburi town to choose from. If you're looking to lie back and relax, head to the family-friendly beach towns of Laem Singh and Chao Lao.
Chanthaburi has surprisingly few places to stay, but thankfully it does boast a solid budget guesthouse and classy midrange hotel, both located right in town.
Wrapping around the entire corner of Benchamarachuthis and Saritditet Roads near the old town and King Taksin shrine, Kasemsarn is a sharp and stylish spot with a classic ambience. Fronted by an invitingly airy lobby/cafe and a professional staff at reception, the recently renovated rooms live up to the hotel's first impression. A few sizes are available, but each are spacious and spotless with... Read our full review of Kasemsarn Hotel.
A new arrival on the scene, Rachan is a solid choice on the west side of the river that's set in the same complex as Chatuchak Market and Robinson shopping centre. It's a 10-minute walk to the old town from here but plenty of good eating and shopping options surround the hotel. With white tile floors, white walls, clean, modern hot water bathrooms, air-con, free WiFi and TVs, these rooms are well... Read our full review of Rachan Residence.
Located directly next to a busy bridge that's a short walk from the old town, gem market and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, River Guest House is Chanthaburi's tried and true budget champ. Rooms come in a few sizes, the cheapest of which are tiny boxes with a bed, fan, no window and a single shared cold water bathroom. For 100 baht more, you get a lot more space, TV, private cold... Read our full review of River Guest House.
Located just west of the river across from the old town, KP Grand is not only Chanthaburi's largest hotel but also its tallest building. If looking for extras, this is your place -- a cavernous lobby, swimming pool, sauna, Thai massage, fitness centre, karaoke bar, conference room, restaurant, coffee shop and an army of bell hops are all available to guests staying in one of the hotel's 202... Read our full review of KP Grand Hotel.
Located a few kilometres to the north of town, Wang Phla is an interesting Thai-style resort that features a great seafood restaurant and several cottages built directly over a pond filled with many different kinds of fish. It's mainly geared to Thai clientele, so it's probably not the best choice unless you speak a little Thai, and the somewhat remote location makes it necessary to have your own... Read our full review of Wang Phla Resort.
The aging Muangchan Hotel is nothing short of an eyesore from the outside, but its budget rooms are relatively well-kept. Typical of old-school Thai hotels like this one, fan rooms are basic with old tile floors and springy beds. Air-con rooms offer TVs and hot water showers and are significantly more inviting. Located along busy Benchamarachuthis Road near the corner of Khwang Road, the hotel... Read our full review of Muangchan Hotel.
Laem Singh's beach isn't as good as Chao Lao's 20 kilometres to the west, but it's a low-key spot to enjoy this charming little fishing village's slow pace of life.
Set in a great location across the street from the beach and a short walk to the village, Siri is the kind of place that makes you want to stick around for longer than planned. More of a guesthouse than a hotel, all rooms come with air-con and those in the main building are bright, modern and airy with big windows and white cotton drapes, sky blue tile floors, comfortable beds, fridges, tiny TVs,... Read our full review of Siri Hotel.
Centrally located along Laem Singh beach and next to the village's seaside park, Natural Beach Resort offers clean and comfortable villas for those with more to spend. The white villas are clustered close together and are lacking in character, but they are spacious, spotless and bright with shiny white tile floors, flatscreen TVs, fridges, free WiFi, modern bathrooms, comfy beds, plenty of... Read our full review of Laemsing Natural Beach Resort.
A steadily increasing number of resorts and restaurants in all budgets have popped up in the Chao Lao area over the last 10 years, and the area is swiftly becoming a bonafied tourist destination for both Thais and foreigners.
Set in a tropical garden a stone's throw from the beach, Baan Imm Sook offers several types of wood cottages with loads of style and character. Cottages are set in a relatively secluded locale surrounded by trees and plants, and each have high arched ceilings, stained glass windows, unique interior paint jobs with colour combinations like light blue and dark brown and comfortable beds draped in... Read our full review of Baan Imm Sook .
One of a string of small budget spots offering 500 baht bungalows across the road from the bigger and pricier beachfront resorts, Baan Nam is run by a friendly Swedish-Thai couple whose hospitality puts them slightly above other similar options. Rooms are set in relatively new Thai-style cottages (two attached rooms to one building) and come with air-con, simple hot water bathrooms and TVs. Beds... Read our full review of Baan Nam Resort.
Smile Beach is a well put together resort offering smart villas at a great beachfront locale. Spacious standards with tile floors and lovely polished concrete bathrooms with ceramic sinks are set a short walk back from the beach but still catch the ocean breeze, and these offer solid value. The superior bags you more space and a closer proximity to the beach, but the gorgeous beachfront wooden... Read our full review of Smile Beach Boutique Resort.
Chao Lao's largest resort, Tosang Beach Hotel, is set in a great location right on the beach and features a large swimming pool, restaurant, spa and conference room. More geared to foreigners than Chao Lao's other resorts, it's a lively spot that's a safe bet for those expecting a full-scale beach resort experience. Standard rooms (although the resort prefers to call them â€˜superiors') are... Read our full review of Chaolao Tosang Beach Hotel.
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