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Accommodation

Umphang

Umphang offers several good-value guesthouses and small resorts. Many are located along the hillsides to the east and west but you’ll never have to walk farther than a kilometre to reach the town centre. For the most part rooms are similarly rustic from one place to the next; a few beetles and geckos should be expected. Only a few spots offer air-con, as the mountain air is usually cool enough for sleeping comfortably with a window open.


Garden Huts
Backpacker - Under 600B
8/1 Moo 6 (Highway 1090), Umphang
T: (087) 073 7509

Set astride the narrow Umphang River on a patch of land filled with rambutan and mango trees, Garden Huts is a charming little resort with well-kept rooms, within easy walking distance of town but far enough removed to be in the midst of nature. Our favourite rooms come in a pair of dark-wood structures towards the rear of the grounds, each with a firm king-size bed, TV, two fans, table and a... Read our full review of Garden Huts.

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Tu Ka Su Cottage
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
40 Moo 6 (Highway 1090), Umphang
T: (055) 561 295

Stretching along a hillside filled with avocado, mango and jasmine trees on the western edge of town, Tu Ka Su Cottage boasts the most comfortable rooms that we came across in Umphang. Constructed from a mix of logs, wood planks, bamboo, cement, bricks and fake-wood siding, each of the many rooms look slightly different from the next. Some come two or three to a building while most are... Read our full review of Tu Ka Su Cottage.

Comesing Homestay
Backpacker - Under 600B
126 Moo 1 (access from the end of Prawatpriwan Soi 5), Umphang
T: (081) 813 9742

The simple yet charming Comesing Homestay is a good option for travellers who prefer more intimate, family-run accommodation. The main building has three very straightforward rooms with up to six hard single mattresses laid out on the floor, cooled by fans and guarded by mosquito nets. Three similar rooms are situated in a neighbouring structure with thin bamboo walls -- expect a few critters... Read our full review of Comesing Homestay.

Phu Doi Campsite and Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
Prawatpriwan Soi 5, Umphang
T: (055) 561 049

With a large sign posted off the main drag running into town from the north, Phu Doi Campsite and Resort is the most obvious place to stay after arriving from Mae Sot, and it’s a decent option if you don’t feel like looking around too much. The fairly large and efficient resort (they even have a reception booth!) offers a bunch of rooms spread over several log cabins off a side lane to... Read our full review of Phu Doi Campsite and Resort.

Trekker Hill
Backpacker - Under 600B
Prawatpriwan Soi 2, Umphang
T: (055) 561 090

The Trekker Hill is another laid-back option for backpackers, with a handful of rooms in a rustic wood bungalows perched on a hill extending from the east side of town. The A-frame bungalows come with fans, mosquito nets and basic hot-water wet bathrooms -- they were full when we last passed through but from the outside they appeared to be well suited to nature lovers. Travellers on tight... Read our full review of Trekker Hill.

Umphang House
Backpacker - Under 600B
Sukhumwattana Soi 4, Umphang
T: (089) 568 5278

The long-running Umphang House remains a solid choice if you’d prefer a smaller guesthouse in the heart of town. We’d skip the 250-baht standard rooms in the cracked concrete building that opens onto a sparsely decorated dining and common room, and instead head across the gravel driveway to one of the wood-and-bamboo detached rooms with porches. These have several screened windows, firm beds... Read our full review of Umphang House.

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