Classic old-town spot
Exceptionally friendly staff and artistically decorated rooms make the quaint Basar Guesthouse stand out from similar options in Trat old town.
The wooden heritage house greets you with a cafe jazzed up by original wooden shutters, a vintage poster of Marilyn Monroe and flags sporting Chinese proverbs about filling the soul with love, grace and harmony. Fresh coffee, smoothies and Thai food that we’ve heard good things about are served to tables in a garden set off to the side—a good place to meet others.
You’ll find only a few rooms on the upper floor and they hit with more style than most in this price range. Batik curtains hang over windows with shutters that can be propped open; Northern Thai-style banners brighten up dark-wood walls; and attached bathrooms come with ceramic basin sinks and hot-water showers. The rooms we peeked into appeared immaculate.
All rooms come with silk blankets on comfortable mattresses to go with free WiFi, portable fans and mosquito nets that allow you to keep those windows open. While the cheaper rooms are barely large enough to swing a cat, there is one larger room sporting brushed concrete walls and a desk.
Thin walls are the only disadvantage for most rooms—do keep other guests in mind before blasting Nine Inch Nails at 2:00 in the morning. The guesthouse is set close to the road and traffic noise is audible in the rooms, but Thana Charoen is hardly a bustling thoroughfare.
What we like most about Basar are the staffers who go out of their way to make guests feel at home while offering bicycles and advice for exploring the area. They perpetuate a laid-back vibe and lack the mercantile attitudes found at some of Trat’s larger guesthouses, like Pop and Sangjun.
Basar’s rooms sometimes fill up and if this is the case, you could head over to Orchid Guesthouse, Yotin Guesthouse or N.P. Guesthouse, all of which are similarly small and cheap spots situated a short walk west of Basar. Otherwise you could check out Garden Home, James or Ban Jaidee, all offering slightly cheaper digs with shared bathrooms.
Address: 87 Thana Charoen Rd, Trat
T: (086) 707 4688;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º30'46.09" E, 12º14'27.42" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Up to 600 baht
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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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