Great common area
Look past the cramped entranceway that smells like dogs and roast duck and you’ll find that Boonsiri Guesthouse opens into a huge common terrace next to a bunch of spacious rooms.
The long-running guesthouse remains a solid option despite the many newer properties that have popped up in recent years. Rooms are dated but reasonably well-kept and spacious, with springy beds perched over wood floors, desks, TVs, free WiFi and basic hot-water wet bathrooms. Air-con or ceiling fan is available. The rooms are accessed by stairs and hallways next to an open-sided common terrace with a checkered floor, potted trees, sofas, tables and views of rusty metal roofs -- bring a couple of beers and a deck of cards and you’ll be all set.
The cramped entrance along Jomsudasadej doubles as a noodle shop selling roast duck until it runs out by late afternoon. This part can be a turnoff, as it smells like the gentle golden retriever and two other dogs that live here, but keep in mind that the whole guesthouse area is separate before you judge. The elderly owner is friendly, if a bit brusque, and she rents out bicycles for a little less than the competition.
Boonsiri is located directly across from Phimai Paradise House, so you could have a look at both before deciding. You might also consider the cheap and cramped rooms at the tiny Khru Pom Guesthouse and Pornslip Guesthouse, both located down an alley next to a 7-eleven across from the historical park on Anantajinda. If you prefer an old budget hotel, head south down to Haruethairome Road and try the Phimai Hotel.
Address: 228 Chomsudasadet Rd, Phimai
T: (044) 471 159 ; (089) 424 9942;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º29'41.84" E, 15º13'5.48" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||500 baht||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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