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Thailand

Dates of travel :
If I had a penny for every time we passed through Thailand on this trip... I'd be rich! Well, by a few Baht at least. We'll have spent at least 4 months in Thailand when we return home, mainly in the months of November, January, February, and March.

Lessons learned:
Thailand is an oasis of modernity

Best food-related discovery :
Giant fried waterbugs...

Horror stories:
Dog bite, bar brawl with English hooligans, the necessity of a 4-digit ATM pin number

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Where we stayed | Rates are for a double room with private bath and fan unless noted
     

Bangkok

Suk 11 | 1/33 Sukhumvit 11
www.suk11.com
Suk 11 is a hostel, right in the heart of Bangkok: close to the skyway, shopping, and NaNa Plaza. Walking through this place is like taking an evening stroll in a small Thai Soi – the design is cozy and intriguing. Rooms are spacious and clean – some with private bath, some with shared. There is wifi access, do it yourself laundry, common areas (some with TVs), a roof deck, free breakfast, and a travel agency on site. What more could you want?
Rate: 600 Baht ($15.00 +/- U.S.)
*shared bath, AC

 

Koh Samui

Moon Bungalow | Bantai Beach
Moon Bungalow is on a quiet and rather 'hidden' beach near Maenam in the north of Koh Samui. The bungalows are tiny and have seen better days, but the price is cheap and compared to the over developed beaches of Koh Samui, this place makes a great retreat. The beachfront restaurant serves OK food and the bar will stay open until you call it a night. Its close location to the ocean makes for excellent night time swims.
Rate: 200 Baht ($5.00 +/- U.S.)

 

Chiang Mai

Hollanda Montri Guesthouse | 365 Charoenrat Rd
www.hollandamontri.com
Run by a Dutch/Thai couple, this guesthouse is outside the city center, but its location on the Mae Ping River and the comfort and views of the garden bar/restaurant make the 20-minute walk into town worth it. The rooms are decent and the staff are super friendly (and excellent Thai language teachers, too). Am and Lucas go out of their way to make your time in Chiang Mai comfortable and relaxed.
Rate: 275 Baht ($6.70 +/- U.S.)

 

Pai

Countryside Bungalows | 90/2 Moo 1 Maehee
pai_countryside@hotmail.com
Bungalows with roof decks right in the middle of a rice paddy? Yes. The countryside bungalows might be a little strange to look at, but the octagonal shaped bungalows are well appointed and comfortable. The sheets even smell of lavender! The private roof deck provides great star gazing at night and a fun place to eat breakfast in the morning. Views of the mountains and fields are excellent and the staff is very friendly.
Rate: 650 Baht ($16.25 +/- U.S.)

 

Mae Hong Son

Sawasdee Guesthouse |
The rooms are over priced and smell a little musty... but we had no other option, arriving to Mae Hong Son without a guidebook or hotel recommendation – this is the only place we could find before dark and frayed nerves completely unraveled (we were driving a car). Not recommended except in a pinch.
Rate: 450 Baht ($11.00 +/- U.S.)

 

Hat Tonsai, Krabi

Krabi Mountain View Resort |
www.krabimountainview.com
Set in a woodland behind the beach, the KMVR bungalows are decent value, although the price seems to change whenever anyone asks: 700 Baht, 850 Baht, 600 Baht were a few I heard quoted. The bungalows are spacious, clean (mostly), and the staff is friendly – waking to the sounds of monkeys and tropical birds isn't a bad way to start the day. Tonsai has no electricity between 7 am and 5 pm. KMVR offers discounts for longer stays.
Rate: 500 Baht ($12.50 +/- U.S.)

 

Koh Phi Phi, Krabi

Rimlay Bungalow | Hat Hin Khom
TEL: 01-7286887
Phi Phi is not a cheap place and while the bungalows at Rimlay are decent, they are pricey for what you get. The location on Hin Khom beach is close enough to the tourist village for a stroll and far enough away to escape the drunken crowds. If you're looking for a secluded getaway, try Long Beach instead – Hat Hin Khom is lined with restaurants and bars with nightly fire dancing shows, but overall it's a mellow vibe despite the numbers of tourists passing through the area.
Rate: 1500 Baht ($37.50 +/- U.S.) *with AC

Koh Lanta, Krabi

Kantiang Bay View Resort |
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Located in the southern region of Koh Lanta, where the beaches are more beautiful and the tourist scene is quieter, Kantiang offers a range of bungalows from bamboo and thatch to more modern constructions. Kantiang has a restaurant and beachside masseurs, and the funky-cool 'Why Not?' bar with self-styled hipsters and fire dancing at night. It is a quiet place to stay, despite the 'Why Not?' and the beach is pleasant. Listed in Lonely Planet
Rate: 1200 Baht ($30.00 +/- U.S.) *with AC

 

Koh Lipeh, Satun

Porn Resort | Sunset Beach
Porn is the only resort on Sunset Beach, the best beach on Koh Lipeh. All bungalows are built in the traditional style with wood and thatch, all have views of the sea. The beach here is quiet and somewhat secluded, enclosed by rock piles at both ends of the beach. With a coral reef just off shore, it's possible to go snorkeling from the beach. There's no electricity at Porn except between sundown and midnight (or whenever the owners go to sleep). Listed in Lonely Planet
Rate: 400 Baht ($10.00 +/- U.S.)

 

Koh Phayam, Ranong

Silver Sand Resort | Ao Yai
At the southern end of the beach, Silver Sand has nice bungalows (concrete) and a garden setting, with a nice raised platform overlooking the sea for meals or for just hanging out. The only disappointment was the restaurant, which made good food when they made food: hours and service were unreliable.
Rate: 450 Baht ($11.00 +/- U.S.)

 

Kanchanaburi

Sugar Cane One | Soi Pakistan
Located on the River Kwai, Sugar Cane One has nice bungalows built on rafts. The scenery is amazing: reeds and lillies on the river, mountains and a Chinese temple on the horizon. The restaurant is decent, and the location is close to bars, restaurants, and tour agencies – though the highlight is the spectacular location right on the river. Literally, you sleep on top of it.
Rate: 500 Baht ($12.50 +/- U.S.) *with AC

   
 
 
     
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