Where To Stay In Thailand – Top Hotels In Upper Western Gulf Coast

By | November 2, 2013

by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

CHA-AM Nana House
208/3 Ruamchit Rd 76120 Tel 0-3243-3632 Rooms 25

This cluster of bright purple buildings at the northern end of town are simple and affordable. The owner speaks good English and keeps the place spotless. The top floor suite has a private balcony with great sea views. The beach is within splashing distance. www.nanahouse.net

CHA-AM Regent Cha-am Beach Resort
849/21 Phet Kasem Rd 76120 Tel 0-3245-1240 Fax 0-3247-1492 Rooms 142

An eco-friendly and less expensive alternative to the sister property also called Regent Cha-am Beach resort, these garden chalets are suited for those who can forsake a more luxurious option. There is a spa and guests can also use all the facilities in the adjacent resort. www.regent-chaam.com

CHA-AM Dusit Thani Hua Hin
1349 Phet Kasem Rd Tel 0-3252-0009 Fax 0-3252-0296 Rooms 300

The upscale Dusit Thani Hua Hin is actually at Cha-am, not Hua Hin, but the latter’s attractions are only 10 minutes away. This stunning resort features plush rooms and balconies with sea views. There are two sublime swimming pools, a spa, and superb recreation facilities. www.dusit.com

CHA-AM Alila Cha-am
115 Moo 7, Tambol Bangkao 76120 Tel 0-3270-9555 Fax 0-3247-3190 Rooms 72

Alila Cha-am, which means surprise in Sanskrit, has a contemporary and very sophisticated atmosphere. Designed by a leading Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag, with two floors of rooms overlooking an enormous reflecting pool, the unique design elements are also reflected in the resort’s rooftop restaurant. www.alilahotels.com

CHUMPHON Chumphon Cabana Resort & Diving Center
69 Moo 8, Hat Thung Wua Laen 86000 Tel 0-7756-0246 Fax 0-7756-0247 Rooms 139

Located on a beautiful stretch of pristine white sand with crystal clear waters, this modern resort has bright standard rooms, private bungalows, and a breezy restaurant right on the beach. A specialized diving and snorkeling center offers PADI-approved diving courses and trips to the best sites. www.cabana.co.th

CHUMPHON Novotel Chumphon Beach Resort and Golf
110 Moo 4 Hat Paradonpab 86000 Tel 0-7752-9529 Fax 0-7752-9500 Rooms 86

A recent addition to the Chumphon accommodations scene, the Novotel has a modern ambience and clean rooms. The nine-hole golf courseadjacent to the property balances the recreation opportunities for those not keen on watersports. Good service and fine dining. www.novotel.com

CHUMPHON Away Tusita Resort
259/9 Moo 1 Paktako, Tung Tako 86220 Tel 0-7757-9151 Fax 0-7757-9050 Rooms 23

Now under management of Away Resorts, Away Tusita Resort is located just outside Chumphon town and comprises rooms and free-standing villas, some of which have Jacuzzis. In addition to an elegant decor, the management offers a plethora of activities such as cycling, kayaking, and fishing. www.resortchumphon.com

HUA HIN Araya Residence
15/1 Chomsin Rd 77100 Tel 0-3253-1130 Rooms 12

Centrally located, this intimate boutique hotel has an Asian Zen minimalist style about it, with teak furniture and contemporary Thai decor. The attractive rooms are comfortable with cable TV, mini-bar, and complimentary wireless Internet. The rooftop rooms have sun beds and sea views. www.araya-residence.com

116 Naresdamri Rd 77100 Tel 0-3251-1396 Fax 0-3251-4506 Rooms 12

In a resort town not known for its budget hotels, K Place is a surprising bargain with big rooms that are simple, yet spotlessly clean, all equipped with fridge and TV. It is close to the action and only a short stroll away from the beach and night bazaar.

HUA HIN Leng Hotel
113/14 Phet Kasem Rd, Soi Hua Hin 67 Tel 0-3251-3546 Fax 0-3253-2095 Rooms 12

This popular guesthouse is close to Hat Hua Hin and the lively night bazaar. Its simple homely rooms are clean and come with fridge, cable TV, and Internet. There is a good swimming pool, a decent café, and friendly staff to help with transfers and excursions. Visitors need to book ahead. www.lenghotel.com