Under new ownership as of 2014, Karoon is our pick out of the mostly old, rundown guesthouses that are essentially small piers with thin walls and roofs over the sea.
These spots are able to sell crummy budget rooms thanks to their sea-view decks and the novelty of staying in a room with the surf bubbling beneath the floorboards. Karoon is a slight step up from the competition thanks to better-kept rooms set in a long wooden building that stretches far out over the water, with a large but sparsely furnished deck at its end. Rooms come with choice of fan or air-con, and all of them are equipped with small TV, screened windows, a single power outlet, small bathroom and soft bed with worn sheets. The wooden floors have some cracks between the boards; sleeping here during high tide will feel similar to being on a wooden boat minus the seasickness. The fan rooms are tiny and located further back towards land, so we’d spring for a significantly larger air-con edition. Staff were friendly enough but not overly enthusiastic to show us around. Nearby Fulay Guesthouse is comparable but with slightly pricier air-con rooms, and Bird Guesthouse has not-so-inviting rooms but a better atmosphere if you’re looking to socialise with other travellers. Sirima Guesthouse is best avoided.
Address: 80 Soi Nares Damri, Hua Hin
T: (032) 530 737;
Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||500 baht||500 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Upto 700 baht.
|600 baht||600 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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