Resort-style Aung Thitsar feels just slightly past its prime, offering rooms in a couple of single-storey blocks on the edge of a car-park plus a few individual chalets set in a garden.
Locally it seems better known for its popular in-house restaurant than its rooms, and in the latter respect has been overshadowed by flashy new 2 Lakes Resort down the road.
They seemed surprised to see a foreigner turning up but the helpful owner spoke good English and was more than happy to show us around. The newer rooms are clean and comfortable, though with a garden setting it’s a shame there’s no actual view of the garden -- the small balconies out front look over the car park. The chalets are larger with verandas looking over the garden but are correspondingly more expensive. Both types of rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, air-con and comfortable beds and are clean and well maintained.
The spacious restaurant is open all day including to serve the included breakfasts and evening drinks.
It wouldn’t take much to tart up the garden and chalets and turn Aung Thitsar into a decent little resort but it’s a chicken and egg situation -- they’d need to see a few foreign tourists turning up at their door to make it worthwhile.
Room rates were on the vague side; maybe because they weren’t used to quoting foreign prices or maybe because they were keen to fill up a room for whatever price, so expect the below to be approximate. Location is a serious drawback if you don’t have your own transport. Hpa-an local buses will drop or pick-up right outside though so if you do fancy upgrading from a guesthouse then give them a call and see what they’re offering.
Address: Thaton-Hpa-an Main Rd (3.5km from town), Thaton
T: (094) 981 5297, (097) 8888 8034, (099) 7215 5358;
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º23'28.97" E, 16º54'35.93" N
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Room rates: US$20 to $40
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$25||US$25|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||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.