Centrally located guesthouse
The long-running Umphang House remains a solid choice if you’d prefer a smaller guesthouse in the heart of town.
We’d skip the 250-baht standard rooms in the cracked concrete building that opens onto a sparsely decorated dining and common room, and instead head across the gravel driveway to one of the wood-and-bamboo detached rooms with porches. These have several screened windows, firm beds with old linens, mosquito nets, TVs and basic hot-water wet bathrooms. Rooms at the back of the small property bag you a little more space and privacy. One benefit of the small grounds is that the free WiFi works inside the rooms, or so we were told.
The soft-spoken man who runs the place speaks good English, offering a range of trekking, rafting and elephant programs. We arrived to find a pair of Karen staffers who didn’t speak English; they immediately called the owner, who showed up in two minutes. This is also the only place offering motorbike rental that we came across in Umphang.
If you’d prefer an air-con room in “downtown” Umphang, the nearby K&K Guesthouse offers basic rooms in a three-floor concrete building on Sukhumwattana Road. K&K’s owners don’t offer tours and English is not a strong suit, but the rooms are well suited for a long stay.
Address: Sukhumwattana Soi 4, Umphang
T: (089) 568 5278 ; (055) 561 511;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º51'39.25" E, 16º1'12.19" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||250 baht||250 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
400 baht for a larger bungalow
|300 baht||300 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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