A great backpacker hideaway
Chat is a lovely little guesthouse and though with a very tucked away location and not easy to find it is well worth seeking out.
When we queried the owner as to why they didn’t put up a sign or two, (after having spent an hour trying to locate it) they replied, "well we don’t get any new guests anyway—only old ones who know it already"—at least the signs for their in-house restaurant, Barrab, are more prominent and easier to follow. To find it, walk down Tri Rat Road as if you’re heading to Overbrook Hospital and turn immediately left down the narrow, residential soi just after Wat Phra Kaew. It’s on the right.
Chat is tiny but cosy and friendly, with reception, restaurant and cafe areas to the right of a cute little garden and rooms ahead and to the left. The reception provides plenty of local info, maps and bicycle and motorbike hire (300 baht a day for an automatic scooter or a 250 cc Honda for 1,000 baht) while they’ve converted a former simple guesthouse cafe into something of a culinary hotspot with the establishment of the Barrab Restaurant.
An old wooden house at the rear of the yard contains shared bathroom options while a single-storey row hidden among the vegetation to the left provides en-suite rooms in either fan or air-con flavours. Interiors are simple and somewhat on the small size—particularly the shared bathroom versions—but comfortable, well-maintained and clean. There’s no frills and minimal decor but it is an all-round very good spot in a cute setting and, as we said, and bearing in mind the price, well worth sniffing out.
Since they have only a limited number of rooms and apparently plenty of regular customers, it may be worth pre-booking for high season. Note the large fan and air-con rooms are the same but price depends upon whether you turn on the air-con.
Address: 3/2 Soi Sangkaew, Trirat Rd
T: (053) 711 481; (082) 032 4662;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'39.07" E, 19º54'44.61" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom||250 baht||250 baht|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
490 baht for a larger room
|380 baht||380 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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