Our go-to spot in Satun
Slap bang in the centre of Satun, On’s Living Room is a welcoming guesthouse, hostel, restaurant, bar and travel agency devoted to making foreign guests feel comfortable in this non-touristy city.
The establishment operates out of a pair of restored heritage buildings just down the street from Mambang Mosque and the night market. In the main property you’ll find spacious private rooms above the popular restaurant, while the bar and dorms occupy a second location across the street.
On the upper floors reached by stairs, the best rooms have large wooden shutter doors topped with stained glass and opening to views of the street. Glass doors close over the shutters, keeping the cool air in and the noise out while solving the problem of open cracks in the louvered wood. You also get LCD TV, desk or table, WiFi, air-con and queen-size spring bed. The rooms we’ve stayed in have been immaculately kept and we’ve always slept well.
Guests staying in a couple of private rooms on each floor use modern shared bathrooms with hot-water showers at the far end of the halls, and a fridge in each hallway is also shared. There’s a private double room with a bunk bed at the back as well, though a ventilation window between it and the bathroom could result in some unsavoury sounds and smells. Across the road, a six-bed mixed air-con dorm comes with lamps and electric outlets provided in each bunk.
A Satun native, On speaks excellent English and offers bicycle and motorbike rental along with accurate info on the area. As of 2017 she was splitting her time between Satun and a bar that she’s managing at Blue Tribes Resort on Ko Lipe, an expansion that she told us was necessary given a decline in business resulting from the restrictions on border runs. On’s staff in Satun is also helpful, though most of them don’t speak English as well.
Even if you don’t stay here, do stop by to relax on one of the atmospheric terraces with a Thai or Western meal and perhaps some conversation with On and some of Satun’s expat teachers who often hang around.
Address: 14/22 Burivanich Rd, Satun
T: (081) 097 9783 ; (074) 311 805;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'54.54" E, 6º36'49.84" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||250 baht||250 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||650 baht||650 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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