In a restored heritage house
Opened in 2012 in a thoughtfully restored French-Indochinese brick-and-cement building, the homely Baan Ing Oon filled a big void left by the closure of the old (and much loved by Travelfish) Niyana Guesthouse.
After passing through a relaxing ground floor where breakfast is served to a few wooden tables, guests take off their shoes before climbing a beautiful set of varnished wood stairs. Rooms are small and simple but clean and comfortable, with newish air-con units, firm beds with decent-quality linens, larger-than-expected wall-mounted LCD TVs, free WiFi, mini-fridges, small tables and fairly spacious wet bathrooms with hot water. Front-facing rooms have classic louvred wooden shutters opening onto small balconies perched over the street. Though the rooms aren’t as spacious as those at That Phanom Place, the building is more interesting and the location is better -- one block from the river and a five-minute stroll from the Phra That. The woman who showed us around spoke limited English but was welcoming enough. Even if you don’t stay here, do wander over for a look at the architecture, including the beautiful neighbouring building that was undergoing gradual restoration when we last passed through.
Address: 19 Phanom Phanarak Rd, That Phanom
T: (042) 540 111; (091) 129 9220;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º43'41.47" E, 16º56'21.81" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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