Cushy rooms beside a pond
Stroll across the bridge from the City Pillar Shrine in downtown Surat and you’ll find a far more relaxing atmosphere on the north side of the Tapi River.
Within sight of the river is the Sabye d Resort, offering some of the best-value rooms that we saw in Surat.
Fronted by a large sign and tiny office behind a few noodle stalls, the Sabye d doesn’t look like much from the road. Head further back down a corridor decorated with tasteful photos of Southern Thai life and you begin to notice the peace and quiet that eludes the downtown hotels. Standard air-con rooms are set in a single-floor motel-style building that stretches for some distance back from the office and is accessed by a partially open-air hallway. These are sleek and spacious, with polished concrete floors, loveseats, mini-fridges, LCD TVs, desks, free WiFi and modern wet bathrooms with hot water. While the cheaper rooms are very good, we’d shell out the extra 60 baht for a larger air-con deluxe room fronted by a bamboo-roof entrance further back. The extra cash bags you more space and a private terrace beside a little pond that comes complete with a rowboat.
The yellow-clad staff members speak basic English and can help with ferry bookings and info on the city. Though some travellers will be put off by the slightly out-of-the-way location, staying here does have its advantages -- the atmospheric Ko Lamphu Park is a three-minute walk away and several good riverside seafood restaurants, including the Crossroads, are just around the corner. The mini-resort also has a car park.
Address: 37/2 Bang Baimai Rd (just across the bridge from downtown), Surat Thani
T: (077) 285 262 ; (091) 820 6400;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º19'8.64" E, 9º8'30.76" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||490 baht||490 baht|
|Deluxe double room||550 baht||550 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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