Where To Stay In Thailand – Top Hotels In Eastern Seaboard

By | July 19, 2013

by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

CHANTHABURI River Guest House
3/5–8 Sri Chan Rd 22000 Tel 0-3932-8211 Rooms 29

This friendly guesthouse is conveniently located next to the Chanthaburi River and the gem district. There is a choice of fan-cooled or air-conditioned rooms and the former are situated at the back of the building which is more quiet. There is Internet and the owner is a good source of local information.

CHANTHABURI Kasemsarn Hotel
98/1 Benchamarachutit Rd 22000 Tel 0-3931-1100 Fax 0-393-4456 Rooms 60

Recently renovated, the two-story Kasemsarn Hotel now presents itself as a chic but affordable boutique hotel.
Located just north of the city center, it represents the best mid-range option in town. A decent restaurant serves Thai and Western food. Guests can also make use of the massage facilities. www.kasemsarnhotel.com

35/200–201 Trirat Rd 22000 Tel 0-3932-3201 Fax 0-3932-3214 Rooms 202

This spacious and swanky hotel is located to the south of town. Rooms are carpeted and well-equipped, with satellite TV and mini-bars. Facilities include a big pool, fitness center, sauna, and massage service. The 18th floor has a restaurant serving creative European cuisine, and a karaoke bar. www.kpgrandhotel.com

KO CHANG Pom’s Bungalows
Hat Kai Bae 23120 Tel 08-9251-9233 Rooms 52

What began 15 years ago as a bunch of simple bamboo huts, has improved greatly. However, Pom’s Bungalows still retains a backpackers’ ambience and rates. The restaurant is the best on Hat Kai Bae and barbeques and bonfires are regular events. The staff is alert and informal and can organize snorkeling trips to nearby offshore islands.

KO CHANG Funky Hut Resort
Ao Dan Khao 23170 Tel 0-3958-6177 Rooms 7

Located on the east coast of Ao Dan Khao, this family-run place is great for those who want a quieter holiday than that offered on the booming west coast. Other plus points include a freshwater pool and a thatched rooftop restaurant serving food that is famous throughout the island. www.funkyhut-thailand.com

KO CHANG Ko Chang Lagoon Resort
Hat Sai Khao 23170 Tel 0-3955-1201 Fax 0-3955-1203 Rooms 165

Located in the middle of Hat Sai Khao, this two-story mid-range resort has attractive landscaped gardens and a range of well-equipped rooms. Some are in the main building, while others are in detached bungalows on the seafront. There are barbeques on the beach every evening. www.kochanglagoonresort.com

KO CHANG Orchid Resort
Ao Bai Lan 23170 Tel 0-3955-8137 Rooms 45

This resort is reminiscent of Ko Chang from bygone days. Bungalowsmade of natural materials are set in a garden with a pool. As the name implies, the grounds have been planted with an incredible variety of orchids. There is one restaurant serving quality Thai and continental fare. www.kohchangorchid.com

KO CHANG Siam Beach Resort
Hat Tha Nam 23170 Tel 0-8702-65515 Fax 0-2417-1948 Rooms 72

Located at the northern end of Hat Tha Nam, the southernmost beach on the west coast, this place has comfortable air-conditioned bungalowsscattered over a hillside, plus some newer air-conditioned rooms with balconies on the beach. The resort is surrounded by nice trees providing shade. www.siambeachresort.in.th

KO CHANG White Sand Beach Resort
Hat Sai Khao 23170 Tel 08-1863-7737 Rooms 99

Hat Sai Khao is the island’s longest and most beautiful sandy stretch, but it gets rather crowded near the southern end. This resort, located further north on the beach, offers a quiet getaway. It has a range of rooms, some with air-conditioning and others with fan – most have sea views. www.whitesandbeachresort.info

KO CHANG Aana Resort and Spa
Hat Khlong Phrao 23170 Tel 0-3955-1539 Fax 0-3955-1540 Rooms 71

Aana Resort and Spa is not directly located on the beach, rather guests have to kayak along the Khlong Phrao River to the coast. Less beach-oriented than other places, the Aana’s emphasis is on spa treatments, a riverside pool, and a natural ambience. Many rooms have their own Jacuzzis. www.aanaresort.com