Another guesthouse reaching two extremes, though less exaggerated than the Buakaew, with lake view rooms not as great but the viewless rooms not such a rip off.
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Arunothai has a prime location in the centre of Chai Kwam Road, directly opposite the lake. While clearly a very popular spot, it didn’t seem very accommodating, even in mid week during low season, and we reckon there’s a big dose of resting on laurels here with the whole place having a slightly tatty around the edges feel to it. A couple of promising looking new spots were under construction close by and maybe that’ll wake them up a bit. Their best rooms are still good; large with great lake views and though they do lack balconies, they come with WiFi, air-con, en-suite bathrooms and free, albeit simple, breakfasts. Prices for these rooms compare very favourably price-wise with Buakaew but when you see what you can get for less money at Win we don’t see any point in their rooms without views. The ground floor has a good coffee shop with fine lake views from their terrace. Conclusion; if you can grab a front room with view for 800 baht ok, otherwise forget it.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes: 800 baht with a view
Chai Kwan Rd
T: (054) 485 844
(099) 291 9916
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B