We bumped into the quirky Kai Guesthouse after searching for a hostel that had closed and found it to be a charming option for budget travellers who appreciate more of a homestay-type experience.
Offering only a few private air-con rooms and a small mixed dorm, all rooms rely on a shared cold-water bathroom set downstairs behind the little convenience store that fronts the street. The room we saw was decked out in mother-of-pearl antiques, Chinese lanterns and a firm double mattress on a four-poster frame. Also with several windows and a portable fan in addition to air-con, this was one of the more memorable rooms we’d seen in a while.
A couple of rooms connect and would be good for families, though you’d have to walk through one room to reach the other on the way to the bathroom. The dorm is very basic, with little more than a few beds and electrical outlets. The smiley owner seemed content to rent out a room when he can without going for online bookings. Though WiFi is available, Kai has zero presence on the web.
Marked by a red-and-white sign on the footpath, the guesthouse has a good location and you could swing by to check it out along with the nearby Aree Hostel and Dee Hostel before you decide.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||200 baht||200 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||300 baht||300 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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