The original Phimai Paradise property has implemented drastic upgrades in recent years, adding a swimming pool, restaurant and lobby to go with rooms that still represent some of the best value in town.
After starting out in the mid 2000s as the Paradise Apartment, which served both travellers and long-term residents, the modern four-storey building has officially become a hotel. Accessed by stairs, rooms are still clean, spacious and well-equipped with air-con, TVs, fridges, desks, balconies, firm beds over tile floors and good-size bathrooms with hot-water showers set in nooks with curtains. Only one window and minimal decor means that most rooms are on the dark side, though the priciest rooms bag you some decorative stained glass windows.
WiFi and breakfast are included in the rates, and enthusiastic English-speaking receptionists offer bicycle rental, free shared computers and a car park. While not huge, the pool is rimmed by loungers and will do the trick after a day of exploring. The night market and historical park are both a three-minute walk away, and the excellent Rabieng Mai restaurant is right across the street.
The burgeoning “Phimai Paradise group” also offers dorms and private rooms at Phimai Paradise House, set in an attractive wood house across from the historical park. If you have a vehicle and don’t mind staying in the not-so-charming new part of town, the old Phimai Inn has a much bigger pool along with lower-quality rooms at similar rates.
Address: 100 Samairujee Rd, Phimai
T: (044) 287 565 ; (044) 471 575;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º29'45.22" E, 15º13'13.24" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
500 baht for slightly larger room.
|450 baht||450 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
700 baht for larger room.
|600 baht||600 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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