Comfy and convenient
More guesthouse than hotel, Ban Ao Thong is a comfy spot located 50 metres south of the train station and next to a terrific kopi and breakfast shop.
Chinese shrines, wooden dugong statues, traditional Thai paintings and a large model of a sailing ship are all part of the decor. Rooms with no windows are available on the ground floor, but we'd opt for the slightly more expensive upper floor editions. These are clean and equipped with tile floors, TVs, fridges, desks, WiFi and hot-water bathrooms with partitioned showers.
Beds are firm but comfy, with good-quality blankets, linens and pillows, and the family room represents good value. There's no lift, but you will find a quiet terrace out back and a string of heavy wooden tables on a front stoop, where you can tuck into complimentary Trang cake, tea and coffee in the mornings. While receptionists have always been welcoming to us, Ban Ao Thong does not offer the tourist services found at Sri Trang and PJ, among others.
The same group also runs My Friend Guesthouse, offering slightly cheaper rooms in the corner across the car park from Ban Ao Thong. My Friend was once our go-to spot in Trang, but on our most recent stay we found that prices had spiked while the quality of rooms had gone downhill.
Address: 25/28-31 Sathanee Rd, Trang
T: (075) 290 192 ; (086) 479 5466; F: (075) 290 193
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º36'18.85" E, 7º33'14.71" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Plus 40 baht for room with a window; plus 140 for twin beds.
|650 baht||650 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
|Family room||1,200 baht||1,200 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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