Friendly flashpacker option
The small Cha Inn looks more like a trendy cafe, but head upstairs after ordering your super-sized iced latte to find nicely kitted-out rooms, some with sea views and all with more style than most places.
Oversized rooms (for a shopfront set-up) are reached by broad wooden staircases with exposed steel supports—they must have totally gutted the existing building to craft this—and offer comfy beds, immaculate bathrooms and mini-daybeds, which, while arguably wasted in the rear facing rooms, are great in the seaview editions. You also get a TV, fridge and partitioned hot-water shower in the bathrooms. Cleanliness appeared well looked after.
If possible, do splurge for one of the seaview rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors opening to furnished balconies. Though they come with the same amenities (and are 400 baht cheaper), rooms at the back are a lot darker. If staying in one of these, you could hang out in a spacious common lounge on the second floor decorated with sofas and cool modern art.
The place really feels like an “inn”, with a restaurant and bar serving quality Thai food to a ground floor dining area and a few more tables with sea views on a second-floor terrace. Offering free WiFi, the staffers were friendly and quick to show us the rooms. Cha Inn also has a good location near loads of other restaurants and just south of the beach’s best stretch of sand.
Address: 274/34 Ruamchit Rd, Cha-am
T: (032) 471 879; (087) 003 1883;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º59'9.69" E, 12º48'0.27" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||900 baht||900 baht|
|Superior double room|
|1,300 baht||1,300 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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