Photo: Pa Phru To Daeng peat swamp.


Sungai Kolok

Sungai Kolok has loads of hotels -- over 40, none of them particularly good -- you won't be writing postcards raving about the standard of accommodation here.

Genting Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
250 Asia 18 Rd
T: (073) 613 231-40

The flashest digs in town, the 8 floor Genting is the most popular with domestic tourists and tour groups. It has 235 rooms, none of which are breath-taking, but they are clean -- standard mid-range hotel fare, though it could really do with some new carpet. The hotel also has a pool, an air-con restaurant, snooker room and a karaoke bar that runs an endurance happy time from 13:00 to 01:00.... Read our full review of Genting Hotel.

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Thailiang Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
12 Charoenkhet Rd
T: (073) 611 132

For those on a budget, this competes with the Valentine Hotel for the best value budget choice in town. The rooms are clean and come with tv (Thai and Malay tv only), firm beds and the bathrooms are cold-water only with semi-functioning plumbing. Try for a room on one of the higher floors as it is on a busy street corner. The cafe on the ground floor is good and... Read our full review of Thailiang Hotel.

Valentine Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Waman Amnoey Rd
T: (073) 611 229

The Valentine has had a coat of paint on the exterior, but it looks like they ran out of cash before upgrading the rooms. Located well off Charoenkhet Rd, the Valentine is a lot quieter than the Thailiang and the old lady that runs it is real friendly, but the rooms are pretty basic fare with cold-water showers and soft... Read our full review of Valentine Hotel.

Asia Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
4-4/1 Charoenkhet Rd
T: (073) 611 101

The Asia Hotel is the first place off the rank as you walk down Charoenkhet Rd from the train station. A threadbare place, with some pretty noisy rooms, you're better off passing it by and shelling out a few more baht. The rooms are basic with cold-water showers and dinky toilets. The mattresses are very well used... Read our full review of Asia Hotel.

Savoy Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
8/2 Charoenkhet Rd
T: (073) 611 093

Primarily a short term joint, it no longer appears to except foreigners, which is a good thing as it is a dump. The cafe downstairs is ok... Read our full review of Savoy Hotel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sungai Kolok? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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