One of the first flashpacker-style spots to open in Trat, Rimklong Boutique Hotel remains a fine choice featuring cushy rooms, a relaxing cafe and a location that places you slap bang in the old town centre.
Designers took an old wooden house and held on to the second floor’s heritage veneer while repurposing the entire ground floor with concrete and brick opening to floor-to-ceiling windows around the cafe. The result is a sleek, modern ambiance that does not clash with the classic look of the old town.
The rooms we’ve checked out have all been on the ground floor, each with a private entrance off an open-air corridor lined by potted trees beside the street. They’re spacious and immaculately kept, with a classy, modern design including stools set around brushed concrete counters and quality mattresses and linens placed on heavy wood frames.
You also get a fridge, flatscreen TV, WiFi and decorations such as Khmer-style Buddha heads and colourful prints jazzing up white walls. The attached wet bathrooms with slate walls are notably small, however, and the rooms have only small windows that most guests keep covered in curtains for privacy, resulting in minimal natural light.
Even if you’re not staying here, the attached cafe makes for a welcome respite while exploring the old town—grab an espresso or fresh juice in the air-con or settle in outside on a table by the street. Staffers who most recently showed us around were on the timid side, though we met the owner on a previous visit and he seemed like a helpful host.
As for location, Rimklong sits at a corner with Rhak Muang Road on one side and a narrower lane bisecting on the other—we walked past it incidentally several times. While there is some traffic on Rhak Muang, the thick walls keep the noise to a low hum, at most, inside the rooms. The name means “beside the canal” but the Bang Phra Canal actually flows another block south of the property.
If you’d prefer to be right by the canal and don’t mind a five-minute walk from the old town, Baanrimnam Resort is another flashpacker spot that’s worth keeping in mind. Also in the old town is the Trat 101 Hotel boasting sleek rooms of its own in the same price range, though we weren’t fans of the block-like concrete building that clashes with the old-town architecture.
Address: 194 Rhak Muang Rd, Trat
T: (039) 523 388 ; (081) 861 7181;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º30'46.18" E, 12º14'31.28" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,100 baht||1,100 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,300 baht||1,300 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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