Old-school Chinese-Thai hotel
There’s no doubt that the Damrong is a relic of the 1960s, but it surprised us with reasonably well-kept private rooms for the same price as a dorm at nearby Tid Tarad Hostel.
The quirky, garage-like lobby features some old lawn chairs, Chinese lanterns hanging next to a few random beach toys, a little display of potato chips and toiletries for sale, and reverently framed photos of several Thai kings on the faded mint-green walls. Clearly the place caters mainly to Thais on a budget. The air-con room that we checked out wasn’t bad for the price, with bonuses like a proper Western toilet, little table and daily cleaning. All rooms come with TVs, though only the air-con editions get you hot-water showers. It’s a fairly large hotel with four different room sizes to choose from. Go with one towards the back of the building to avoid the heavy traffic noise from the busy intersection that fronts the place. Enough English is spoken to rent out a room, but don’t expect anything more than that from the staff.
Address: Phetkasem Rd (near the corner of Chomsin Rd, aka Soi Hua Hin 70)
T: (032) 511 574; (083) 716 1371;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'21.92" E, 12º34'21.98" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
400 baht for a larger room
|300 baht||300 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
600 baht for a larger room
|500 baht||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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