Central location and a pool
Centrally located near several other guesthouses and traveller-oriented restaurants, Pai Sukhothai Resort has plain but comfortable rooms to go with a small swimming pool.
Set in a two-floor hotel-style building, the standard rooms have barely enough space to squeeze in soft double beds over the white-tile floors -- these are clean and air-conditioned but rely on shared hot-water bathrooms. You’ll find much larger rooms with ensuite bathrooms at Blue House and other places, but Pai has the cheapest rooms in Sukhothai that also get you a swimming pool.
Offering way more space and extras like LCD TVs, fridges, private terraces and ensuite bathrooms with ceramic basin sinks adorned with traditional Thai-style scenes, the pricier “bungalow” rooms offer solid flashpacker value. All of the concrete rooms are stacked close together and have minimal windows -- this isn’t the most charming accommodation in Sukhothai.
The roofed pool is small but will be most welcome after a day of cycling around the ruins. Serving fresh coffee and some cocktails along with basic Western breakfasts and Thai dishes, an inviting cafe fronts the property. We found the staff disorganised and not too much English is spoken. Rates may jump by 50 to 300 baht at peak times of year.
Address: 3 Pravet Nakhon Rd, New Sukhothai
T: (080) 898 8848;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º48'57.39" E, 17º0'28.46" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||500 baht||500 baht|
|Triple air-con share bathroom||900 baht||900 baht|
|Superior double room||1,000 baht||1,000 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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