Out of a few hostels that have popped up in Trang in recent years, we prefer A Local Something thanks to its artistic design, smart dorms, helpful staff and rooftop cafe in a good downtown location.
The converted shophouse greets you with turquoise trim on glass doors opening to a bright common room with a shared kitchen, long wooden table and eye-catching paintings on the light-blue walls. From here, a young woman who spoke decent English led us upstairs to check out a number of dorms, including a 10-bed mixed edition and an eight-bed room for women only.
Complimented by air-con and lockers in mint-green bureaus, some bunks are set up in length-wise rows while guests climb into others head first. Each comes with a reading lamp, electric outlet, clothes hanger and thick mattress with quality linens. Sturdy dividers separate each bunk. Guests in dorms use spacious hot-water bathrooms with old-fashioned washbasins on each floor.
You’ll also find a couple of private rooms, including a triple with bunks and an upper-floor double with interesting rounded windows, furnished balcony and shower stall in the attached bathroom. Though we liked these, the prices are high for what you get when comparing to Trang’s many hotels and guesthouses, such as Sri Trang, Chom Trang and Ban Ao Thong.
We dug the mosaic tile floors and sharp black-and-white art that pops up in all the right places. You also get free WiFi and a chill space that double as a “bistro” on the top floor; it was closed during our visit but the staffer told us it serves “many kinds of beer”.
Nokhook House is another quality hostel with larger common areas, though its location at the far eastern end of town isn’t very convenient. To reach A Local Something from the train station, walk straight east and hang a left on Kan Tang Road, and you’ll see it a few hundred metres up on the left.
Address: 88 Kan Tang Rd, Trang
T: (075) 820 088 ; (091) 043 4237;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º36'18.64" E, 7º33'22.07" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Up to 490.
|470 baht||470 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||1,430 baht||1,430 baht|
|Superior double room||1,530 baht||1,530 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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