Downtown Ranong has a decent spread of hotels, guesthouses and hostels. Nature enthusiasts could also consider a bungalow or tent down in Ngao Waterfall National Park. The guesthouses out by Raksawarin Hot Springs had gone down hill as of late 2016, with the once-great Thansila Resort coming under new management that renamed it Andaman Talaythai Boutique Hotel—it’s still probably the best option out that way, though we wouldn’t highly recommend it.
If you don’t mind a bit of a walk up to the nightlife area, Casa Theresa offers huge two-room apartments for around the price of much smaller rooms at many of Ranong’s hotels. The guesthouse is set down a side lane and arriving at night feels like being dropped off at a dark warehouse. Wander down the driveway and you’ll find a deceptively large property that feels cheerful by the light... Read our full review of Casa Theresa.
Set in a beautifully restored Sino-European row house at a location that couldn’t be more central, Luang Poj Boutique Hostel embodies the feel of Ranong’s Old Market area and wins big points for style, but loses some for value. Wide open-air windows front the reception desk on a ground floor outfitted with Chinese vases, ukuleles, old photos of Ranong and several places to sit and dig... Read our full review of Luang Poj Boutique Hostel.
Family-owned Madinah Hostel opened in 2016 and quickly became a strong option for their clean private rooms and dorms on the cheap. Set on the ground floor of a large converted shophouse painted blue and white, the common room was full of young travellers when we stopped in to receive a very warm welcome from a family that has clearly put a lot of thought and effort into the place. They offer... Read our full review of Madinah Hostel.
Located directly across from Rattanarangsan Palace, Palmy Home is our top suggestion for budget travellers looking to make the most out of a small amount of money. Rooms in the classic backpacker guesthouse stretch back from the road and stay quiet after dark. We first checked out an air-con room with cement walls painted powder blue along with a high ceiling and several screened windows.... Read our full review of Palmy Home.
The B rises in a flurry of polished concrete and primary colours near the centre of the nightlife strip on Rueangrat. It has some weak points but remains a solid option for flashpackers in the heart of town. Featuring bright red and acid-green sloped plastic furniture and black-and-white framed photos on polished concrete walls, the industrial-chic design is over-the-top trendy. A typical... Read our full review of The B Trend Hotel.
Tinidee has two separate buildings: the seven-floor hotel is a midrange place while the inn next door is a simpler option for those on a budget and considering those staying in the cheaper building can freely use the pool, gym and multi-sectioned Jacuzzi for free, the low-end rooms are solid value. The main building greets you with a security booth, a large car park, an imposing portico and... Read our full review of Tinidee Hotel.
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