Photo: The handsome facade of Trang's Hotel 23.

Hotel 23 (Jing Jing Hotel)

A vintage vibe

Corner of Phra Ram VI Rd and Phra Ram VI Soi 3, Trang T: (075) 218 077 

Hotel 23 (Jing Jing Hotel)

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Set in a handsome heritage building just down the road from the train station, Hotel 23 captures Trang’s old-school charm in a handful of refurbished rooms opening to a long wraparound balcony.

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In recent years this early 20th-century building received a fresh coat of white paint with dark-green trim that befits the elegant design. Doubling as a coffee shop, the small reception area still features the hotel’s original sign crafted at least five decades ago along with a vintage announcement board proclaiming that “suitable identifications” must be shown at check-in.

Old-school charm extends to the rooms.

Old-school charm extends to the rooms. Photo: David Luekens

Stairs take you up to a few rooms occupying only a small slice of this large building. They come with brushed cement floors, high ceilings, walls painted pink or yellow, small TVs and ceiling fans placed above firm beds. The cheapest rely on shared toilets but do have hot-water showers within the rooms, with small sinks in view of the beds. You also get some cartoonish art and direct balcony access, with an extra 100 baht bagging you a fully private bathroom.

The priciest air-con rooms come with sky-blue walls in a good-size bedroom that can be closed off from an attached private space with the bathroom and a bench -- the whole "suite" comes in at around 50 square metres and offers great value. WiFi is free but walls are thin and traffic noise should be expected in the morning.

The shower is convenient to bed ...

The shower is convenient to bed ... Photo: David Luekens

A cheerful younger man who speaks limited English was running reception on our most recent visit, and he told us that the hotel uses two different names. Online it’s “Jing Jing Hotel,” but rooms could not be booked online at research time and this name did not appear any place at the actual property, where “Hotel 23” marked all signage.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan share bathroom
300 baht
300 baht
Dbl fan private bathroom
400 baht
400 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
500 baht
500 baht
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes:

Where is Hotel 23 (Jing Jing Hotel)

Hotel 23 (Jing Jing Hotel)
Corner of Phra Ram VI Rd and Phra Ram VI Soi 3, Trang
T: (075) 218 077 
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º36'25.14" E, 7º33'19.76" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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