Nice rooms, no Shamu
One of several guesthouses stuffed into a stumpy side lane off the main drag near the beach, Sea World has clean, well-equipped rooms with plenty of space and even a sea view from the upper-floor editions.
You do pay a bit more for the creature comforts and the rates get a little out of hand at peak times, but the value is solid if you catch it in the shoulder- or low-season months. The Thai owner is a pleasure to chat with, offering a little cafe on the ground floor and free WiFi throughout.
All rooms come with some English channels on large flatscreens plus larger-than-average fridges, safes and firm beds raised off blue-tile floors. Hot-water bathrooms have small tiled partitions between showers and sinks. The best part is the shared balcony—do huff it up the extra flight of stairs, if possible, to get that sea view. Sea World’s rooms also have wall-mounted fans and the owner seemed open to charging less if taking away the air-con remote.
If you’re looking for cheaper, neighbouring Jinda Guesthouse and J Mansion remain decent choices for 600 to 1,200 baht in high season. You’ll find dozens of other budget guesthouses, many of them quite decent, all up and down the main drag through Ao Nang—Popeye, Goodwill and The Nine are all worth a mention.
Address: 247/10-11 Ao Nang Rd
T: (075) 637 388; (075) 695 045;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'22.56" E, 8º1'56.58" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||400 baht||1,000 baht|
|Superior double room||800 baht||1,500 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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