Although luxury apartment blocks now threaten to monopolise seafront accommodation, there are still some mid-range options close to to the water. And if it's true budget rooms you need, a few wooden rooms are available by the water's edge.
Staff dressed in long silk uniforms greet guests and set the tone for this calm, clean spot. Be sure to ask for the rooms that come with a sea view and balcony as these offer superb views, especially in the evening. Each room has air-con, a TV, clean white linen on soft beds, and free internet access. Although many guests are foreign, the staff occasionally struggle to understand English, so go... Read our full review of Seaview Hotel.
Good budget guesthouses in Sri Racha are as hard to find as chilli-free som tam. The Sriwichai, however, is great value. Its wooden-slated rooms are spacious but somewhat dark, and come with squat toilets and cold showers, although a few have western-style toilets. The real deal-clincher is outside, as the rooms have large balconies looking out over the water, making for a scenic place to hang... Read our full review of Sriwichai Hotel.
For true wallet-watchers, these are the cheapest rooms in town. Siriwatana sits on stilts over the sea, a collection of modest one-storey rooms that have seen better days. Still, the welcome is cheery and the views are good. The rooms are a reasonable size but the decor, beds and squat toilets are as old as some of the staff. If you want more space, the top-priced 300B room sleeps four. From the... Read our full review of Siriwatana Hotel.
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