Refreshing rooms, budget value
55 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi T: (075) 620 952
A cool mix of blues and whites welcome you to Chan Cha Lay, which remains one of Krabi’s friendliest, most comfortable and best-value guesthouses.
As if plucked from a seaside cottage, the best rooms occupy a separate building out back and are spacious, spotless and equipped with wide shutter-style windows, soft white cotton drapes, verandas overlooking a small courtyard, desks, beds on raised wooden platforms, tasteful paintings of flowers on light blue walls and partially open-air bathrooms with white sea-stone floors and rain showers. In the main building above reception and closer to the street, the smaller and more basic rooms are also awash in icy blue and get the job done with firm beds on tile floors, small desks, windows and choice of fan or air-con. These rely on clean hot-water shared bathrooms and also represent terrific value. You can save 200 baht by taking one of the better rooms and opting out of the air-con. Chan Cha Lay’s staff has been consistently cheerful and welcoming when we’ve visited, which is a big plus for such affordable accommodation. It’s an easy walk from here to downtown and the riverfront. Neighbouring Mr Clean Guesthouse is a solid alternative to Chan Cha Lay’s cheaper rooms, which are often full, while nearby Cha Guesthouse is worth a peek if you’re after something cheaper.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 800 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes:
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has evolved into a mash-up of funky bars, Western restaurants, old-school markets slinging fiery curries and the same sorts of modest shophouses found in any Thai provincial capital. Somehow these pieces fit into a fun and intriguing puzzle, all set to a backdrop of mangrove-lined rivers, longtail boats, jagged karsts and a busy patch of the Andaman Sea.