Most of the dirt-cheap rooms in Trat's atmospheric old quarter will remind veteran travellers of the Thai guesthouses that were far more prevalent back in the 1980s and '90s. Up in the City Centre, those who prefer a more straightforward cheap hotel will find a couple of options.
Most of the guesthouses are clustered along the old quarter streets of Rhak Muang and Thana Charoen just south of the city centre. It's an easy 10-minute stroll from here to the markets. We've listed our favourites of the cheap spots, but you'll find several others and there's often very little to differentiate one from the next.
Set in a lovingly restored heritage house, Ban Jaidee captures Trat's old town spirit better than any other guesthouse. With several sofas and tables below high ceilings, off-white wooden walls and shelves displaying antique bottles, portraits of Thai monks and statues of Kuan Yin (the Chinese goddess of mercy), Ban Jaidee's lobby has the feel of a small museum. The homely atmosphere extends into... Read our full review of Ban Jaidee Guesthouse.
Those with a little more cash to flash should look no further than Rimklong, which offers good value for high quality accommodation that would easily go for 2,500 baht or more on Ko Chang. With a central old quarter location, the intimate, single-floor hotel has a handful of massive rooms decked out with a classy design that incorporates luxurious beds, tasteful European renaissance art, dark... Read our full review of Rimklong Boutique Hotel.
A newish addition to Trat's accommodation scene, Artist's Place aims to stretch the imagination. Like all art, whether it succeeds is a matter of opinion, but the effort is appreciated nonetheless. A handful of rooms are set in a small single-floor building that faces a grassy courtyard decked out with a striking Khmer-style Buddha statue, lounge pillows, orchids hanging from a “tree” made of... Read our full review of Artist's Place.
Run by a sweet and friendly older woman in an easy-to-find location, Garden Home remains one of the best of Trat's dirt-cheap guesthouses. Most rooms are set back from the main road off a corridor that feels dark and drab at first but ends up being welcome as it helps to keep the fan rooms cool. The downside is that windows face back into the corridor. Relying on shared bathrooms and with the... Read our full review of Garden Home Guesthouse.
Set in a quaint old teakwood house hidden down a tiny alley that feels more like a tunnel, James Guesthouse is more of a homestay with a few spare rooms upstairs that have been opened for guests. The four rooms are simple and cosy, with ceiling fans, woven bamboo walls, hardwood floors, several windows and shared cold-water bathrooms. A cluttered living area downstairs features a communal... Read our full review of James Guesthouse.
Set in a building made of concrete rather than thin wood and rusty tin, N.P. is a bit more spacious, cleaner and quieter than most of the competitors. Well-kept rooms have a cheerful air thanks to life-size stickers of roses and lilies on pink or light blue walls, with several windows to let in the fresh air. Firm beds with clean sheets are placed on simple steel frames, and each room comes with... Read our full review of N.P. Guesthouse.
The Residang has been around since 1998, and a series of renovations have kept it towards the front of the budget pack -- though you won't find 150 baht rooms here. The bigger rooms are large and airy, with chequered floors, soft beds, fridges, small TVs, desks, balconies overlooking the street and several windows draped in sky-blue curtains. Cheaper rooms are similarly clean; they lack the... Read our full review of Residang Residence.
A few large utilitarian hotels are found in the middle of town near the hospital and markets. While this area lacks the charm of the old quarter, it places you closer to the bus station and is suited to those who prefer large Thai-style hotels to small guesthouses.
Situated in an unexciting white concrete rectangle down a side street marked by a blue-and-white sign along the main drag, S.A. offers reasonably comfortable rooms with no semblance of character. Accessed by a lift that smells of 1987 (ah memories), the rooms come in a barrage of white, with floors, walls, beds, trim and tables lacking any hint of colour save the TVs, which are an almost-white... Read our full review of S.A. Hotel.
Set in a tall and featureless cement structure, this long-running Chinese-style hotel resembles an early '70s Communist reeducation centre, or possibly a prison, but the rooms aren't half bad. Reasonably clean fan rooms feature small TVs broadcasting in Thai, soft beds and squat toilets with cold showers. Air-con rooms are a little more modern with more luxurious facilities, like a towel and... Read our full review of Trad Hotel.