Cheap and clean
125/30 Saladaeng Rd, Chumphon T: (077) 511 203, (077) 511 397 F: (077) 502 699
Well-kept rooms, efficient management and an excellent location make Suriwong Hotel a go-to option if you prefer classic Thai budget hotels rather than guesthouses and hostels.
The five-floor concrete building with a big green sign and wide glass windows fronting the lobby looks more inviting than Chumphon’s other budget hotels, and it’s no fluke. Pleasant English-speaking receptionists in green uniforms explained the different room options before showing us several rooms reached by a small lift.
While dated and lacking decor, the rooms are clean and offer good quality for a low-budget hotel. They feature large windows, hard beds with clean sheets raised off orange-tile floors and basic ensuite bathrooms. Ceiling fans cool the cheapest rooms with cold-water showers, while air-con digs come with fridges and hot water. Rooms towards the back of the building are cool and relatively quiet, but some traffic noise should be expected in the front rooms. WiFi is free.
The location places you in the centre of downtown Chumphon, around the corner from the train station and across the road from Fame Restaurant and Travel Office. If you’re after a cheaper bed, Fame has very basic fan-cooled rooms on an upper floor, starting at 150 baht and relying on shared bathrooms. There’s also the Paradorn Hotel, a larger property that tries to be a little fancier with rooms starting at around 600 baht.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 320 baht, high season 320 baht. Notes: Double. Twin: 420 baht.
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 420 baht, high season 420 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 560 baht, high season 560 baht. Notes:
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