Long-running and popular
Located along a riverside lane just south of the bridge, Ban Thai Guesthouse has been around for decades and continues to deliver solid-value budget rooms in an old-school backpacker setting.
Set in a venerable dark-wood building, the cheapest rooms are cramped but charming with several windows draped in light cotton curtains and decent beds cooled by fans. These rely on simple shared hot-water bathrooms. At the back of the property, a handful of log bungalows are stacked close together with foliage draped over the roofs. These come with a lot more space, soft beds on tile floors, more than one mirror and small ensuite bathrooms -- not too shabby for the price.
We’ve heard good reports about Ban Thai’s restaurant, serving affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner at a roofed dining area that often fills up with travellers in the evenings. The family staff speaks minimal English but do a fine job of taking care of guests, not to mention the koi fish found in small ponds amid the well-groomed grounds. Though we’re slightly partial to TR House, Ban Thai does have better common areas.
Address: 38 Pravet Nakhon Rd, New Sukhothai
T: (055) 610 163;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'5.12" E, 17º0'27.59" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||250 baht||250 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||450 baht||450 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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