There’s not too much choice in the centre of town but Parami Motel, with its cheap fan and shared bathroom deals plus some air-con options, does makes for a good back up if either of the better options -- Galaxy and Soe Brothers -- should be full. Although it looks relatively small from the outside, the hotel’s interior is ramshackle and sprawling.
Room sizes and layouts vary considerably. Some rooms have windows, some have windows onto corridors only, some rooms only have hardboard partitions, and so on, so have a look around before choosing. The interiors are simple and there’s not much in the way of deco, but they are clean enough and while we’d recommend doing away with the grotty carpets we’re not sure what’s underneath so…
Staff are helpful and the location is good. You’ll find Parami at the start of Hpa Yar Street near the corner of Thit Sar, so it’s close to the bus stops, market, supermarket, New Day Bakery and both Lucky and Khit Thit. Overall, you can do better but it’s not so bad.
Compared to Soe’s, Parami isn’t such good value for money, though it does at least have a simple restaurant on the top floor offering views, drinks and the basic included breakfast. It lacks Galaxy’s atmosphere, and the air-con rooms aren’t such a bargain either. The spacious $40 options are okay rooms, but then for that price you move into the three-star Glory or Gabbana range.
Address: Hpa Yar St, Hpa-an
T: (058) 21647-8, (092) 6063 6886; F: (058) 21648
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º38'6.83" E, 16º53'24.01" N
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Room rates: US$20 to $40
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||US$12||US$12|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||US$20||US$20|
|Standard double room||US$25||US$25|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Larger room: $40.
|Deluxe double room||US$40||US$40|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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