Photo: A Khon Kaen storefront.


Khon Kaen

With precious few exceptions, Khon Kaen’s accommodation scene is defined by mediocrity. Stacks of stuffy older hotels like the Kosa and D’Ma join a bunch of similarly uninspiring serviced apartment joints with names like B2 and SF Biz. After seeking out good value in strategic locations, we’ve listed some of the more interesting options.

Supanniga Home
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
130/9 Potisarn Rd, Khon Kaen
T: (089) 944 4880

The award-winning Supanniga Home is right up there with some of the finest design accommodation in Thailand. Spread out amid low-hanging trees and picnic tables in a soothing corner of eastern Khon Kaen that borders on the rural, three elegant villas are each individually designed for style-conscious luxury travellers. Relying on a mix of natural stone, rattan, bamboo, different shades of wood,... Read our full review of Supanniga Home.

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Glacier Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
141 Prachasamran Rd, Khon Kaen
T: (043) 334 999

One of Khon Kaen’s newer upscale hotels, the Glacier welcomes you with trickling water features leading into an airy lobby with all-white walls, huge glass-windows and blue-cushioned sofas that look something like spacecraft escape pods. The Jetsons meets Superman’s icy hideout theme might be a bit much for some, but we appreciate the effort to be different. The cool colour scheme continues... Read our full review of Glacier Hotel.

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Hotel La Villa
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
116/104-106 Chata Phadung Rd, Khon Kaen
T: (043) 336 433

Before you read any further, be aware that Hotel La Villa is located fairly far on the east side of the city and is not within easy walking distance of downtown. It is however very handy if you’re in Khon Kaen to pick up a visa at the Vietnamese consulate, which is a two-minute hop up the street. It’s also worth considering if you have your wheels, as the atmosphere is relaxing and the small... Read our full review of Hotel La Villa.

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Khon Kaen Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
42/2 Pimpasut Rd, Khon Kaen
T: (043) 333 222

Don’t judge the long-running Khon Kaen Hotel by its featureless white concrete facade -- it underwent a major renovation in recent years and is now one of the city’s sleeker hotels on the inside. For the price, the revamped rooms are far better than many similar options, like the nearby Piman Garden, and they represent great value in the flashpacker range. Accessed by a shiny lift, the rooms... Read our full review of Khon Kaen Hotel.

Roma Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
50/2 Klang Mueang Rd, Khon Kaen
T: (043) 334 045

Gucci or Ferrari certainly did not design the curiously named Roma, and nor does its claim of “boutique style” ring even the slightest bit true. Even so, the large and long-running hotel continues to sell fairly solid rooms for 500 baht or less. After taking a small lift upstairs, we noticed fresh light-blue paint in the halls and later a staff member told us that the rooms are gradually... Read our full review of Roma Hotel.

Saen Samran Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
55-59 Klang Mueang Rd, Khon Kaen
T: (043) 239 611

Occupying an old-school white wooden building towards the northern end of Klang Mueang, the Saen Samran is quite possibly the longest running hotel in Khon Kaen. It’s a backpacker favourite thanks to dirt-cheap rooms with high ceilings, a few windows, moveable fans, thin mattresses on beds raised off the heavily scuffed wood floors and basic cold-bathrooms with Western-style toilets. An extra... Read our full review of Saen Samran Hotel.

Sawasdee Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
177-179 Na Mueang Rd, Khon Kaen
T: (043) 221 600

Easy to miss amid the gold and fabric shops on bustling Na Mueang Rd, Sawasdee Hotel’s prime advantage is its central location around the corner from the fresh market and a five-minute walk to Soi Kosa. If you want to be swept up in the fast-paced energy of Khon Kaen, then this is where you want to be. The hotel itself is a somewhat drab affair with a white concrete exterior and small lobby... Read our full review of Sawasdee Hotel.

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