A vintage vibe
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: 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
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|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|
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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