Photo: Something a little bit different.

Pa Ka Ma Guesthouse

More inviting than most

Soi 1 North (off Ruamchit Rd), Cha-am T: (081) 986 4060 

Pa Ka Ma Guesthouse

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A step up from most of Cha-am’s cheap guesthouses in terms of atmosphere and cleanliness, Pa Ka Ma is a small family-run place on Soi 1 North just off the beach road.

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You can tell there’s something different about Pa Ka Ma after being asked to take off shoes at the Japanese-style wooden entranceway and seeing the soft lanterns, flags and fairy lights that decorate the polished concrete lobby. A young Thai couple with an adorable little one runs the place and while English can be a challenge, the vibe is calm and refreshing after dealing with the mercantile attitudes found at many Cha-am guesthouses.

Somewhat unusually finished rooms.

Somewhat unusually finished rooms. Photo: David Luekens

A small number of rooms cover the upper floors, reached by stairs and each with a fair amount of space. Soft fabrics dangling over firm double beds join slender wood-and-glass windows and perhaps light-yellow or violet hues brushed into the walls. Equipped with fridges, TVs, little tables, free WiFi and small hot-water wet bathrooms, the rooms that we checked out appeared well kept.

Pa Ka Ma is one of at least half a dozen small and cheap guesthouses on Soi 1 North, the first side lane on your left after turning north onto the beach road off Naranthip. While there is a cluster of possibly seedy massage shops at the far end of the lane, overall Soi 1 North does not have the in-your-face seediness that blights Soi Bus Station.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con private bathroom
600 baht
600 baht
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:

Where is Pa Ka Ma Guesthouse

Pa Ka Ma Guesthouse
Soi 1 North (off Ruamchit Rd), Cha-am
T: (081) 986 4060 
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º59'3.65" E, 12º47'46.63" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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