Popular backpacker hangout
Occupying an old two-storey wood house in the heart of the old town, Noom’s Guesthouse is the go-to spot for many backpackers.
Most rooms are set on the upper floor of the main building and rely on shared hot-water bathrooms with rain showerheads situated on the ground floor; they’re spiffy but you might have to queue up for a shower in the morning. Walk up the lumpy hardwood stairs and under low-hanging beams and you’ll reach a small central common room set between no more than half a dozen rooms with choice of fan or air-con.
The cheapest rooms are cramped but clean and charming, with soft white drapes over screened windows, stained green and orange glass along upper walls and even some Thai-style woodcarvings accenting the cream walls. These come with free WiFi, TVs, moveable fans and handmade quilts on decent mattresses.
We also checked out a spacious triple air-con room with windows overlooking the street -- at 500 baht it’s a bargain for groups of three. Noom also offers a couple of rooms with air-con and ensuite bathrooms situated out back facing a garden with private entrances, but these were full when we last passed through.
In fact, all of Noom’s rooms often fill up so it’s a good idea to contact ahead of time. If you’re out of luck, you could pop across the street to one of the few rooms rented out at Matini Restaurant or settle on the nearby Nett or Sri Indra. Even if you don’t stay at Noom’s, do pop in for a meal and drinks at the excellent backpacker-style cafe, where all sorts of info on Lopburi is posted. Noom’s also arranges tours and rents out motorbikes and rock climbing equipment.
Address: 15-17 Phaya Kamjad Rd, Lopburi
T: (036) 427 693, (091) 041 811;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º36'49.84" E, 14º48'1.57" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom||300 baht||300 baht|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||400 baht||400 baht|
|Triple air-con share bathroom||500 baht||500 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.