Sleek dorms and privates
Set on the east side of the river within walking distance of the old town and gem market, Chernchan is a clean, stylish and modern hostel offering cushy dorms and private rooms for flashpackers.
Spiralling wooden stairs lead through four floors in a building that received a major renovation before opening in 2017. A single mixed gender dorm has six bunks, each with soft linens and blankets on thick mattresses to go with personal reading lamps and electrical plugs. Bunks were installed lengthwise, like in a train berth, and do not have privacy curtains. Proper stairs access upper bunks so guests don’t have to climb a ladder, as in most dorms. Two clean hot-water bathrooms are provided within the dorm.
All other rooms are privates with ensuite bathrooms and these are available in a few sizes—most come with double or queen mattresses but we checked out one room sporting a couple of dorm-style bunks, and another with a pair of single mattresses laid out on a raised wooden platform. The cheapest private rooms come with minimal space but, apart from extra room and tiny balconies, pricier digs bag you no additional amenities.
Tiny desk, WiFi, flatscreen TV, breakfast and bathrooms jazzed up by patterned tile floors come standard with all private rooms. The bathrooms we inspected had a narrow floor plan with shower set in a corner, a design that ensures you won’t spray the toilet along with your body. Water pouring out through slits in the walls, rather than proper faucets, make the brushed-concrete sinks unusual.
Rooms have some style thanks to framed drawings and world maps hung from walls painted white and a dark shade of green. Framed photos of Chanthaburi line hallways that lead to common lounges outfitted with floor cushions, sofas, guitars, flatscreen TVs, books and several types of globes. Hardwood floors, exposed bricks and stained glass round out the tasteful look.
Staffers offer bicycles for free and motorbikes for rent, and we appreciated the laid-back yet helpful demeanour of the pair who showed us around. Guests can also chill with a beer or coffee in a ground-floor common room, and the setting stays quiet thanks to a side street location.
Within a few hundred metres you’ll find a bridge that leads straight to the gem market on Si Chan Road. From there it’s another half-kilometre to the old town and fresh market area. Closer to the hostel are some hole-in-the-wall food spots including a vegetarian joint and a Vietnamese-style breakfast spot. Chatuchak Market and the Robinson shopping centre are less than a kilometre to the south.
Chernchan is one of a few hostels to have arrived in Chanthaburi in recent years. A half-kilometre further south (and so farther from the old town) sits Bedgasm, a similarly sleek spot with privacy curtains in dorms that come in mixed and women-only for higher prices than Chernchan. On the north side of the river, Traveller Hostel is a smaller and simpler option with bunks a bit less cash.
Address: 43/11-13 Trirat Rd, Chanthaburi
T: (065) 573 8841;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º6'59.8" E, 12º36'15.68" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||450 baht||450 baht|
|Standard double room||1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
|Superior double room||1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,500 baht||1,500 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.
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