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Nakhon Si Thammarat

Most of the tried-and-true budget accommodation is scattered near the train station and Rajdamnern Road -- you’ll probably want to stay here if you don’t have your own wheels. In recent years, several more modern, boutique-style spots have popped up closer to Phatthanakan Road towards the south side of town. Nakhon lacks any backpacker-oriented guesthouses of the sort that you’ll find in Krabi and Trang, but you’ll have no problem finding adequate budget rooms in some of the hotels.

Tree Home Plus
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
5 Phatthanakan Khu-Khwang Soi 80, Nakhon Si Thammarat
T: (075) 800 727

Hidden away on a quiet residential street in the southern part of town, Tree Home Plus is a luxury homestay offering outstanding rooms at very reasonable rates. It’s three kilometres from the train station and over two kilometres from Wat Phra Mahathat, so not the most convenient location. But this laidback little spot might just be worth a long walk and is a no-brainer if you have your own... Read our full review of Tree Home Plus .

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Grand Park Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1204/79 Phak Nakorn Rd, Nakhon Si Thammarat
T: (075) 317 666-75

The Grand Park Hotel is hard to miss in a central location near Rajdamnern Rd and the train station. While its design won’t knock any socks off, the 164-room business-style hotel is a fine option for flashpackers who like their creature comforts. After walking through a spacious car park, the airy lobby greets you with a doorman, high ceilings, a team of English-speaking receptionists and... Read our full review of Grand Park Hotel.

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Ligor City Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1488 Sri Prach Rd, Nakhon Si Thammarat
T: (075) 312 555

The Ligor City sprawls alongside a side street within walking distance of the train station and a Big C shopping centre. The large resort-style property falls short of being a true upscale hotel, but you could do worse if you’ve got the cash and want a comfortable room. With multiple wings in a handsome three-storey building that stretches for quite some distance behind a large car park and... Read our full review of Ligor City Hotel.

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Teeny House
Backpacker - Under 600B
12/51 Soi Seripap (just north of Neramit Rd), Nakhon Si Thammarat
T: (075) 357 156, (081) 956 4705

The closest thing to a budget guesthouse that we came across in Nakhon, the Teeny House is hard to miss thanks to its hot-pink paint job. If you don’t mind a slightly out of the way location and cutesy decor, you’ll get a clean and comfy room within walking distance of the train station. The four-storey guesthouse is run by a family that occupies part of the ground floor; just shout... Read our full review of Teeny House.

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Thai Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
1375 Rajdamnern Rd, Nakhon Si Thammarat
T: (075) 341 509

Situated down a bustling alley lined by stalls selling cheap food and clothes, the Thai Hotel doesn’t make the greatest first impression with its characterless concrete facade and dark-tinted front doors. You’ll feel a little better after stepping into the dated lobby staffed by English-speaking receptionists, and we reckon that you’ll be sold after taking the lift up to one of the... Read our full review of Thai Hotel.

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