While luxury resorts like those of Khao Lak and Phuket are not to be found in Phang Nga town, there are a handful of solid budget options to choose from, most of which are situated just south of the bus station on or just off Phet Kasem Rd. None of the places we checked would reveal high/low season rates, but it is certainly worth asking for a discount if you're visiting during the rainy months.
Baan Phangnga presents itself as more of a cafe than a guesthouse, but the rooms upstairs are among the best Phang Nga has to offer, and still at a reasonable price. Rooms have something of a boutique feel with polished chandeliers, polished concrete floors with each room's painted a different colour, tiny retro TVs in bright colours, and funky tables with modern hand painted abstract flower... Read our full review of Baan Phangnga.
Found at the base of a hill down a small side lane off Phetkasem Rd, Home Phang Nga is a quiet spot with a modern design and shaded garden area. Its six rooms are set in two houses and all have air-con, bathrooms with hot showers, twin beds that can be pushed together, fridges and TVs. The larger building has a “jungle” room on the ground floor – so called for the hillside boulders jutting... Read our full review of Home Phang Nga Guesthouse.
These budget bungalows run by a Thai-Dutch couple are set in a rubber plantation just north of town on the way to Sa Nang Manora Waterfall. Manora’s five rooms are set up in three different clusters: one bungalow houses two larger rooms with a choice of air-con or fan, while another has two smaller fan rooms plus a cosy library room between them. Tucked away in the far corner is a deluxe... Read our full review of Manora Garden Bed & Breakfast.
The Muang Thong doesn't look too inviting from outside, but once inside it has a pleasant and cheerful atmosphere. Mr. Hassim, the owner and manager, was busy with a group of other guests when we arrived, but offered a warm welcome once he was free. The lobby is simple but bright with green tile floors, and rooms upstairs are similarly cheerful. They also offer excellent value with each spacious... Read our full review of Muang Thong Hotel.
This long-running family hotel in the centre of town has been significantly upgraded with the younger generation now in charge of management. Formerly described as having a “haunted” feel in an earlier review, we can now say the atmosphere here is positively cheerful, with a colourful retro-style lobby and friendly English-speaking staff. Enter the hotel through its freshly painted green... Read our full review of Thawesuk Hotel.
Just across from Baan Phangnga, centrally located Phang-nga Guesthouse offers a wide range of rooms in a casual yet professional setting. This vivid orange four-storey building is easy to spot from the road. The cheapest fan rooms are very small with no windows, so it’s worth paying a fraction more for the larger fan rooms if you can spare the budget. The guesthouse is broken into different... Read our full review of Phang-Nga Guest House.
Situated smack in the middle of town in a building that's shared with a 7-Eleven, the Rattanapong's primary selling points are its location and dirt cheap prices. The lobby, which doubles as a car park, has an old, cavernous feel with large white pillars, but it's not quite as bad as it sounds; there are a couple of plain tables providing ambience. With two or three generations of folk hanging... Read our full review of Rattanapong Hotel.
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.