Friday, 9 March 2018

My favorite hotels in Thailand

My favorite hotels in Thailand
(Original title “Hotels to fall in love with” is a bit far fetched)

Over the last five years, ChristianPFC has spent about 200 nights in about 100 hotels in 50 provinces. Prices ranging from 200 to 900 THB per night, mostly in the 300-500 THB range.

My requirements are simple:
Aircon, fridge with cold water, hot water in shower, and a towel – how more luxurious can it get?

Sink in bathroom best in a table, so I have enough space to put my toiletries. But at a level that I can still pee into the sink. I wrote about peeing in sinks before:

Left: Baan Dok Mai bathroom. Where am I going to put my toiletries? Not hat I have that much, but I would like one flat even surface. Here every surface is convex, and if something slips down, it might land in the toilet bowl!
Right: Marina Inn bathroom. Plenty of space for my toiletries, and can easily pee into sink.
Not in picture: A bathroom elsewhere where the sink is in a table, but I have to get on my toetips and bend forward 45 degrees to pee in the sink.

Hot water in shower best by electrical water heater right above or beside the shower. In those hotels with central water heater, I waste a lot of water and time figuring out where hot water is, and waiting for it to arrive. Please no shower in bathtub or shower curtains.

Odorous stone tiles. I love the smell of stone tiles, like in Ting Tong Red Pattaya (Sunee Plaza, former Gurke Guesthouse) or in Luxury Hotel Kanchanaburi. One of the great mysteries of our world, where does the smell come from? Applies to construction sites as well.

Proximity to bus or railway station is important, as that is usually how I arrive at a place and leave a place, and a 7-Eleven and restaurants should be nearby.

Limescale on shower heads or toilet hose.

Electricity. Many hotels have a tag on the key that is used to switch on and off the electricity by putting it in a slit or hole. Thus, guests cannot leave the aircon running while out of the room.

Most places have a time switch to give you some seconds after taking out the tag, but elsewhere there is no time switch and you are alone in the dark.

Chitanan Mansion Kanchanaburi has all power plugs on time switch, even TV and fridge, which means you cannot leave batteries for charging while out of the room.

A power plug near the bed is desirable, I can lie in bed, charge my phone and use it at the same time. Some places have power plug so high on the wall that I have to leave my phone dangling from the cable.

Chitanan Mansion Kanchanaburi
(500 THB 29dec2017)

With such a wonderful atrium they can be excused for switching all power plugs (fridge and TV as well) with the key tag and having the shower in bathtub and being 1.2 km from bus station (E of bus station, and when I came by van we passed there anyway and I asked to get out at the hotel).

Lertnimitra Hotel in Chayaphum
(300 THB 16mar2015, then after renovation increased to 650 THB 9jul2017). Reported here:

Paradorn Hotel in Phrae
(300 THB including breakfast! The breakfast is basic: toast and jam, bananas, rice soup. 26mar2017, 1oct2017, 4feb2018) And in their backyard is the Seri Thai museum.

The Boss Grand Tower Hotel Khon Kaen
About 400 m walk north from railway station. Problem is a noisy exhaust fan that cannot be switched off, unless you take the key tag out, but then you can't charge your phone!

Jansome House Chiang Rai
Near Wat Chet Yot and Clock Tower.

Me Hug Phayao
Opposite bus station, 400 THB per night (xxx, 5-7feb2018).
One of the few places that have single bed rooms. And the room is indeed too small for a double bed. But nicely decorated and just right for me when I’m alone.

Shower gel and shampoo provided, that's awesome! 

P.A. Place Hotel Nakon Sawan
Green songtheo to/from railway station passes. Restaurant in the basement and 7-Eleven at main road.

Counterexample from Germany
In Europe, I don't stay in hotels or eat in restaurants for reasons of price. But when out with my parents, they pay for everything, so I get around a bit. One place we stayed in had a bottle of water with a note "Geniessen Sie dieses Getraenk fuer 4 Euro" My translation: "Enjoy this drink for 4 Euro" Enjoy? 4 Euro for 250 (?) ml of water? Are you talking out of your arse? I rather die of dehydration!

Copyright 2018 ChristianPFC


  1. great post , informative and entertaining at the same time.
    Dying from dehydration in Germany almost impossible as it's not a country exactly famous for a sunny skies so rain water should be available on short notice

  2. Thanks for another fine report.
    How many of these hotels had room safes ?

    It's interesting to compare priorities.
    I also like somewhere flat to place toiletries. However, other factors like a comfortable bed, room safe, quiet location & high cleanliness standards come first.

    1. No room safes. I don't need a safe. I didn't even pay attention if there is a safe, but let's assume there was none in any of the places, else I would have noticed.

      I never had problems with bed.

      No problems with cleanliness. Even the most basic rooms I had were clean by my standards.

      However quiet location is important. In Krabi, there was rain in the evening, and when I was checking the room I heard drops still falling outside, and with the sound of falling drops I would not have been able to sleep, so I looked for another place.

      This post slipped through as an advanced draft, publishing was intended for 9mar2018 after some further work. Now that comments have been made I will leave it and complete it later.

  3. Try peeing in the toilet you filthy
    C U Next Tuesday !


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