Spacious rooms down a quiet lane
Set down a low-key lane and a five-minute walk from the pier, Happy House’s split-level building in colours resembling chocolate and strawberry ice cream would be our first choice for a night in Pakbara.
Decked out in a pink theme that you may find charming or tacky, the spacious rooms have firm beds, TVs, tables, chairs and basic private bathrooms with either squat or Western bucket-flush toilets. Air-con rooms come with hot water but it’s cold water in the fan editions. While a few scuffs should be expected, the rooms that we saw appeared clean.
The cheapest fan rooms in the back of the building are cramped and not so inviting, but the larger fan and air-con editions represent solid value. These open on to a shared balcony with some potted flowers overlooking the narrow lane down below. There’s no on-site restaurant but WiFi is free and the owners sell fresh fruit and snacks out of a shophouse across the lane—head over there if you don’t find the friendly owner at reception.
To get here, walk across the street from the pier, head south and look for the signs pointing east down a side road; the hotel is marked by another sign pointing down a narrower lane around 100 metres in.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom||250 baht||250 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||390 baht||390 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||490 baht||490 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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