A favourite of jazz lovers
Located within sight of the fishing pier at the northern end of Nares Damri, this chilled-out spot has one of the best atmospheres in the area thanks to the genuinely friendly Thai staff and Danish owner who plays soulful saxophone in the ground-floor lounge on most nights.
It was recently refurbished when we last visited, with the best rooms located upstairs in the main building, each with plenty of space, several windows, comfortable beds, TVs, mini-fridges, desks, elaborate Thai tapestries and modern hot-water bathrooms. An extra 300 baht bags you a bit more space and a balcony with sea view, though the standards were fine by us. Fat Cat also offers dirt-cheap fan rooms in a separate building nearby. The one that we checked out felt a bit like a jail cell with its scuffed cement walls and minimal natural light, but it is equipped with private hot-water bathroom, TV and mini-fridge, and the lone window affords a glimpse of the sea. Upstairs in this same building, the cheapest rooms are tiny and rely on a shared hot-water bathroom, but even these come with TV and fridge. If you don’t stay here, be sure to stop by for a steak and glass of wine between 19:00 and 21:00, when the live jazz keeps things smooth and romantic.
Address: 8/3 Soi Nares Damri, Hua Hin
T: (086) 206 2455;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'32.51" E, 12º34'26.77" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||250 baht||350 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||400 baht||500 baht|
|Standard double room||650 baht||850 baht|
|Superior double room||950 baht||1,150 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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