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28 Rachabutr Hostel

Homestay vibe with river views

28 Ratchabutr Rd, Ubon Ratchathani T: (089) 144 3789

28 Rachabutr Hostel

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The charming 28 Rachabutr Hostel is the only choice in Ubon Ratchathani if you seek a small, backpacker-friendly hostel with a homestay vibe and river views. Thankfully, it’s a good one.

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It's nice to see some smaller guesthouses in Ubon.

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Opened in 2013 and named after its address on this centrally located road, 28 Rachabutr occupies a 60-year-old house within sight of the Moon River. Owner Vanida has lived here all her life, and she was quick to show us framed photos of her parents and herself as a youngster, hung proudly from the walls. She told us that this was among the very first cement houses to be built in Ubon.

The ground-floor common room with high ceilings also features a wooden statue of Kuan Yin, antique Chinese vases and a few benches and Thai-style pillows for hanging out. Vanida is a spunky one despite her venerable age; we arrived to find her jestfully “scolding” an American guest for mispronouncing a Thai word. She also provides a homely venue for travellers to meet and research the local travel options through a set of brochures and maps.

Yes, homely is the right word.

Yes, homely is the right word.

Reached by a narrow stairway, a handful of mostly private rooms are scattered over the upper two floors. In between you’ll find small but clean shared hot-water bathroom facilities (one on each floor) to go with a Buddha shrine and dining-room table set over the original hardwood floors. Shared terraces on both of the upper floors come with tables for soaking in the Moon River views. A guest told us that the free WiFi worked fine throughout the building.

One of several places to chill.

One of several places to chill.

The cheapest options are fan-cooled dorms, available in male- or female-only and with a few thin mattresses on the floor or cot-style beds. The one that we saw on the upper floor felt steamy in the late afternoon despite its eight side-by-side windows affording broad views of the river.

Next up you have a few double fan rooms, including an interesting top-floor version with direct river views and a door that opens onto one of the shared terraces. The air-con room that we checked out was considerably larger, with a heavy wooden table and decent spring bed. All rooms come at least with a small table, moveable fan and several windows. Some have rattan floor mats or traditional Thai cushions set on classy dark-wood daybeds.

Plain and simple.

Plain and simple.

If judging by the rooms alone, the nearby Sri Isan Hotel offers slightly better value at similar air-con rates thanks to extras like TVs and private bathrooms. On the other hand, 28 Rachabut is a lot brighter, with a more intimate backpacker setting and better common spaces. This is the only place to stay in Ubon where you can relax on an open-air terrace while watching the river slide by.

Just ring the bell if you don't see anyone.

Just ring the bell if you don’t see anyone.

The hostel’s central location is another selling point — an easy walk from the night market, Thung Si Muang Park, the National Museum and several worthwhile temples. After dark, head around the corner for a beer at one of the laid-back riverside bars. Do however expect some early-morning noise from the road, where large trucks offload supplies to the adjacent wholesale market.

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Walk-in rates at 28 Rachabutr Hostel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
200 baht
200 baht
Dbl air-con share bathroom
350 baht
350 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
450 baht
450 baht
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes:

Where is 28 Rachabutr Hostel

28 Rachabutr Hostel
28 Ratchabutr Rd, Ubon Ratchathani
T: (089) 144 3789
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º51'33.15" E, 15º13'27.11" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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