Surat’s downtown accommodation comes almost exclusively in the form of mid-size hotels offering solid value in the budget to flashpacker range. Surprising for a city with such a prime place on the tourism map, there are no good backpacker-oriented guesthouses or hostels in town at research time in late 2015.
If you have your own wheels and need a place to sleep before a morning ferry ride to the islands, consider skipping the city and staying at a seaside resort closer to the piers in Don Sak; we’ve heard that Lam-Tong Resort and Wanghin Bungalows are reasonable choices in the 500 to 1,000 baht range.
We’re not so sure that this area constitutes a “central business district,” but nevertheless the CBD Hotel enjoys an excellent location in the heart of Surat. The fairly large flashpacker-style hotel delivers good value on spacious rooms with plenty of in-room amenities. Accessed by a lift from a glossy lobby, the cheapest rooms come with soft beds, lots of space and nearly wall-size... Read our full review of CBD Hotel.
Located a stone’s throw from the riverfront and night market, the 55-room My Place at Surat is a backpacker favourite with clean, reasonably priced rooms and friendly service. Look no further if you’re on a tight budget. Rooms come in a few different styles that will satisfy bare-bones budget travellers and backpackers who can afford to spend a bit more for creature comforts. Up on the fourth... Read our full review of My Place at Surat.
Papangkorn House is more of a serviced apartment style hotel that’s especially well suited to light sleepers, thanks to the quiet location down a residential side street. Though a bit further from the riverfront than My Place or CBD Hotel, the Papangkorn is only a 10-minute walk from the downtown bus stations and night market. A personable owner and spotless rooms sweeten the deal. Set on... Read our full review of Papangkorn House.
Stroll across the bridge from the City Pillar Shrine in downtown Surat and you’ll find a far more relaxing atmosphere on the north side of the Tapi River. Within sight of the river is the Sabye d Resort, offering some of the best-value rooms that we saw in Surat. Fronted by a large sign and tiny office behind a few noodle stalls, the Sabye d doesn’t look like much from the road. Head... Read our full review of Sabye d Resort.