Set in a beautifully restored Sino-European row house at a location that couldn’t be more central, Luang Poj Boutique Hostel embodies the feel of Ranong’s Old Market area and wins big points for style, but loses some for value.
Wide open-air windows front the reception desk on a ground floor outfitted with Chinese vases, ukuleles, old photos of Ranong and several places to sit and dig into the provided travel info or the free WiFi. Along with ambiance, location is a big selling point. From here you can walk five minutes in any of three directions: north to many of the best bars and restaurants; east to Rattanarangsan Palace; and south to the Municipal Market and songthaew stand.
On the upper floor accessed by stairs, small private rooms (no dorms here) are set on either side of a hall with more of the vintage decor. With nothing but firm beds over hardwood floors, a bit of artwork and mirrors, lamps, hooks and electrical outlets, the rooms are perhaps overpriced considering that most do not have windows. All are air-conditioned except for a couple at the front, which have fans instead of air-con to go with windows overlooking the street.
All guests use shared bathrooms with basin sinks and partially open-air showers on the second floor. While these are clean and spiffy, you’ll find only a few sinks, toilets and showers so you may have to wait. Noise could be another issue due to the creaky old building and proximity to the busy road. We’ve had mixed experiences with staff: always polite, sometimes helpful and welcoming, other times standoffish or absent altogether.
If style isn’t important, you’ll get more bang for your baht at nearby Palmy Home
or Dahla House.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes: Same price for fan room with window.