Modern flashpacker digs
The unusual "Guest Hotel" label fits the Bandahara, a family-run place offering spotless and well-equipped rooms in a three-storey concrete building that falls somewhere between guesthouse, hotel and serviced apartment.
Accessed by stairs on the second and third floors, the clean rooms come with a minimalist design that includes glossy white tile floors, white walls with tasteful floral paintings, LCD TVs, mini-fridges, WiFi, desks, soft beds with quality linens and small hot-water bathrooms with shower curtains. You also get glass doors opening to small private balconies.
Guests can grab complimentary coffee, tea and bread in the mornings, or pay 90 baht for a full breakfast set. Bandahara is also right next to Prik Thai, a good coffee shop serving Thai rice plates and baked goods.
The location on busy Satuntanee Road is a bit north of downtown; expect a kilometre walk to the night market. The entrance is set back and easy to miss, with a small blue sign that says only "Room For Rent Per Day" along the road. The woman who greeted us doesn’t speak much English but has been very welcoming on a couple of visits.
If you don’t mind a more out-of-the-way location, DD Resort is another comfy option to the south of town, while The One Boutique Hotel is a larger spot found further north up Satuntanee. Both of these are also in the flashpacker price range.
Address: 45/27 Satuntanee Rd, Satun
T: (074) 723 777-8 ; (089) 870 6291;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º4'2.44" E, 6º37'15.31" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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