Bungalows and hotel rooms
Long running Silver Sands combines a comfortable flashpacker pricepoint with a beachfront location that is also spitting distance from the heart of the Sairee Village scene.
There are a few varieties of lodgings available, with those closest to the beach being typical beach bungalow fare in two rows running back among gardens from the beach, behind that is a more modern (though apparently eight years old) two floor building, then, on the far side of the road, running further back from the beach, there are more rooms and a small swimming pool and bar. The pool, while open for all guests, is used by the dive shop during the day, and was popular with smoking, drinking guys in the evening, so personally we'd put the pool aside and swim in the ocean.
The modern polished concrete hotel-style rooms are solid value for this area of Haad Sairee. They are large and comfortable, with sliding glass doors, chilled air-con, big TVs, good WiFi and bedside lamps. The hot water bathrooms are also large, but they have a painted concrete finish which, while it probably looked good when first built, has not aged all that well. The modern building has a large flat rooftop area which, while screaming out to be a sunset bar, is actually used as a laundrymat – you are welcome though to head up there with a cold drink and a plastic chair to enjoy the sunset view to yourself.
Despite being so close to the crazy corner of Sairee village – Chopper Bar is metres away – we found the rooms here to be pretty quiet in the evening. Staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, and if you're looking for a modern style room by the beach, Silver Sands is a good choice. The rates listed on their website are a bit higher than what we paid as a walk-in.
If full, Grand Beach next door has a couple of slightly cheaper air-con options plus a handful of wood and thatch fan-cooled bungalows which, at 700 baht, were the cheapest we saw on Haad Sairee that had an actual beach view, but the bungalows were of a considerably better standard at Silver Sands. If you're looking for a hostel, Indie Hostel is right by here and is excellent.
Address: 14/15 Moo 1 Sairee Beach
T: (077) 456 603-6; F: (077) 456 430
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'43.58" E, 10º5'57.65" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
|Superior double room||2,500 baht||2,500 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,000 baht||3,000 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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