Cheapest digs in town
Built along a gravel lane near a scraggly beach, Bara Guesthouse has an assortment of cheap concrete rooms draped in flowers and vines.
From the outside, the smaller fan rooms appear appealing, but interiors are dark and musty with low ceilings, rough cement walls and cave-like cold-water bathrooms with bucket-flush toilets. Roomier and not as musty, the air-con rooms represent solid value for the dirt-cheap price tags. All rooms come with little more than a firm bed, small TV, table and at least one window.
Though it was full, the yellow bungalow set closer to the water appeared to be a solid step up from the rooms found further back in the attached buildings. The guesthouse has some originality in the blue-and-yellow trim, abundant greenery and flower mosaics built into the concrete. WiFi was not available at research time and you won’t find a restaurant.
The family that runs Bara lives in a house near the main road and offers one of the only laundries in town. Service at reception can be hit or miss, but the cleaners who showed us around were welcoming. Nearby Diamond Beach Bungalows is a similar choice with cramped A-frame bungalows; it has a restaurant but is located a little further from the pier.
To reach Bara, head south down the main drag from the pier and you’ll see the faded sign on the right after a kilometre.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|250 baht||250 baht|
|Superior double room|
|350 baht||350 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||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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