Travel Tips : My 18 favourite budget hotels in Thailand


After I did made a list of my 22 favourite luxury hotels some people commented that the hotels are a bit expensive. Yes indeed that was a list of not the cheapest hotels. So here I will go try to make a list of 18 of my favourite budget hotels that have a bit more friendlier price. Or the hotels are off the beaten track and many times not on any hotel list. All hotels listed here are hotels where I have stayed personally.

1. Bueang Kan - Mae Nam Kong Hotel

Mae nam Kong Hotel in Bueang Kan, North-East Thailand
The Mae Nam Kong Hotel is a very simple & cheap hotel but all of the 32 rooms are cheap, clean and have private bathroom with shower, air-conditioning and free drinking water. And the location is great, right along the boulevard along the Mekong River, within walking distance from the place to be for a sundowner along the Mekong River while overlooking Laos on the other side. The hotel has private parking and free wifi. Unfortunately the Mae Nam Kong Hotel is does not have a Facebook page, website or is listed at hotel-bookings websites. No the hotel does not have a swimming pool or restaurant and no the staff probably does not speak English. And no they do not serve a breakfast. I did stay at this hotel a few years back, so the probably lack of maintenance might have a negative effect on the room quality. If you stay here and travel by car then be warned that the parking place might get totally full and your car could be blocked by other cars. I did travel by motorbike and luckily parked my motorbike right next to the entrance of the hotel. Price tag between 300 - 500 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

2. Bangkok - Nouvo City Hotel

Nouvo City Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand
The Nouvo City Hotel is located in Chinatown of Bangkok, within walking distance from Khao San road and the Chao Phraya River. I love the location! OK it is not really budget but a great location. Of course all rooms have Private bathroom, Air-conditioning, TV, Mini bar and free drinking water. And there is free wifi. The hotel has a rooftop Swimming pool, Massage & Spa and serves a good breakfast buffet. Be aware that this hotel has 2 wings (buildings) and that the rooms of each are very different. And there are some type of rooms that have view straight to the other building. The hotel has recently been renovated. Nearby the hotel are restaurants and some small pub's. Price tag between 1.500 - 3.500 Thai baht incl. breakfast buffet.

3. Bangkok - River View Guesthouse
River View Guesthouse in Bangkok, Thailand
The River View Guesthouse used to be a real backpacker guesthouse but has been upscaled in the past years. As a matter a fact it was the first hotel I ever stayed in while in Bangkok about 20 years ago! And it is one of the accommodations that I love for the location, although it might be difficult for taxi's to find it. The River View Guesthouse is about 50m from the Chao Phraya River in a real local Bangkok neighbourhood. Of course all rooms have Private bathroom with shower, Air-conditioning, TV and free drinking water. The River View Guesthouse has a rooftop restaurant but no swimming pool. The River View Guesthouse offers free wifi and offers bicycles to explore the nearby small streets of Chinatown. Price tag between 1.000 - 1.800 Thai baht incl. breakfast.

4. Chiang Rai - Kanlaya Place
Kanlaya Place in Chiang Rai, North Thailand
The Kanlaya Place is conveniently located in the Chiang Rai center, and that is not just a nice slogan but really true. And within walking distance from restaurants, pubs, the famous Night Bazar and the famous Golden Clock Tower. Of course the hotel has no swimming pool or restaurant. All rooms are non-smoking and have Private bathroom with shower, TV, Air-conditioning, fridge and free drinking water. Kanlaya Place offers limited parking for motorbikes, laundry service and free wifi. I choose this hotel because it is conviently located in town, cheap, clean and has parking for my motorbike. And the English speaking staff is friendly! Price tag between 700 - 900 Thai baht incl. breakfast.

5. Chiang Mai - Wangburapha Grand Hotel
Wangburapha Grand Hotel in Chiang Mai, North Thailand
The Wangburapha Grand Hotel is located along the moat of the old Chiang Mai center, within walking distance from restaurants, pubs and the famous Thapae Gate. The Wangburapha Grand Hotel has Private parking, Swimming pool, Bicycle rental, Tour service, Massage service and serves a simple breakfast buffet. All rooms of Wangburapha Grand Hotel are non-smoking and of course all rooms have Private bathroom with shower, TV, Air-conditioning, Fridge and Free drinking water. I did choose this hotel because it has parking for my motorbike and because it is located in the old center. I stayed here once, but if you stay here you have to like a hard bed. As I do not like that I will not stay here anymore. But it might be a great place for you. Price tag is between 800 and 2.200 Thai baht incl. breakfast.


6. Chiang Khong (Chiang Rai) - Mekong View Hotel
Mekong View Hotel in Chiang Khong, North Thailand
The Mekong View Hotel is located right along the Mekong River on the south side of Chiang Khong riverside area. Within walking distance from everything in Chiang Khong. No Mekong View Hotel does not offer an swimming pool but they offer Private parking, Free wifi, a lovely small restaurant for breakfast buffet and a great view over the Mekong River and Laos. Of course all of the modern decorate and comfortable rooms offer Private bathroom with shower, Fridge, Air-conditioning, Private balcony and Free drinking water. Be aware that the Mekong View Hotel has 2 buildings, only 1 (the newer) is really with river view.  The Mekong View Hotel might also be known as Khong Hotel or Mae Nam Guesthouse. I have stayed here a few times and would stay here again next time in Chiang Khong. Good value for money and a good location. Price tag between 600 - 900 Thai baht incl. breakfast.

7. Chiang Khan (Loei) - Souk Somboon Guesthouse
Souk Smboon Guesthouse in Chiang Khan, North-East Thailand
The Souk Somboon Guesthouse is located right along the Mekong River. The Souk Somboon Guesthouse consists of 2 buildings. First the original part is an authentic teak-wooden Thai house with mostly simple rooms, some even with shared bathroom. Secondly there is the new building next to the wooden house. Here all rooms have private balcony overlooking the Mekong River. And all the rooms have Private bathroom with shower, TV, Air-conditioning and free drinking water. This newer rooms are not really budget and in the weekend or public holidays the prices of all hotels are going up a bit in Chiang Khan. And no Souk Somboon Guesthouse does not offer a swimming pool or fitness but they offer Private parking, Bicycles and a Thai style restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price tag between 500 - 1.900 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

8. Dan Sai (Loei) - Mountain Green Resort
Mountain View Resort in Dan Sai, North-East Thailand
The Mountain Green Resort is located on the outskirts of the little town Dan Sai between the mountains in Loei province. It is actually not really a resort, although it has a huge garden. The rooms are simple but all rooms have Verandah or balcony, Free wifi, Private bathroom with shower, TV and Air-conditioning. In the cool season you can even go camping here. The Mountain Green Resort has private parking and small Thai style restaurant but of course no swimming pool. This Mountain Green Resort is best reached with your own transport. It is already a few years back that I did stay here for the last time so the probably lack of maintenance could change your experience when staying here. Still I love the location of this place with a great view over Dan Sai. Price tag between 500 - 800 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

9. Lampang - Hug Lampang Boutique Hotel
Hug Lampang Boutique Hotel in Lampang, North Thailand
The Hug Lampang Boutique Hotel is located in   Lampang downtown near the famous morning market. A great location to explore the lovely old downtown of Lampang. The Hug Lampang Boutique Hotel is situated in a very nice renovated corner shophouse with a typically 1970s design on the outside but inside modern decorated with wood and concrete. And no Hug Lampang Boutique Hotel does not offer a swimming pool, restaurant or parking. But Hug Lampang Boutique Hotel offers Free wifi, Bicycles and a very nice rooftop overlooking Lampang town. All 10 rooms are non-smoking and offer Air-conditioning, Private bathroom with shower, TV, Fridge and Free drinking water. I stayed here a few times and I think very good value for money. Price tag between 600 - 800 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

10. Loei - King Hotel
King Hotel in Loei, North-East Thailand
The King Hotel is an older but nice renovated hotel with an small in-court garden and is located near the round-about in Loei city, within walking distance from the park in town, restaurants and pubs. Of course the King Hotel has no swimming pool but they offer a kind of restaurant annex coffee shop where your breakfast is served and Private parking behind the hotel. Of course all 48 rooms have TV, Air-conditioning, Private bathroom with shower, Fridge and Free drinking water. The King Hotel  is a favourite hotel for motorbike riders. I have stayed here a few times and think it is good value for money but it is not the place to stay for a few days. Price tag between 600 - 900 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

11. Nan - Nan Lanna Hotel
Nan Lanna Hotel in Nan, North Thailand
The Nan Lanna Hotel is small boutique style hotel and is located in the historical center of Nan town. A great location to explore Nan town  and within walking distance to the Wat Phumin and Nan National Museum. But no Nan Lanna Hotel does not offer a swimming pool or restaurant but they offer 10 non-smoking spacious colonial style rooms with Air-conditioning, TV, Fridge and Free drinking water. The  Nan Lanna Hotel offers Free wifi and limited parking for cars and motorbikes. Although there is no real breakfast service you can enjoy free of charge coffee or tea and a snack in the morning. The Nan Lanna Hotel is my favourite hotel in town because of the big rooms, friendly staff and of course the price. I have stayed here a few times and I think it is good value for money. Price tag between 600 - 1.000 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

12. Pua (Nan) - Pawinsin Resort
Pawinsin Resort in Pua, Nan - North Thailand
The Pawinsin Resort is a apartment style hotel and is located at the outskirts of Pua town. Pua is about 60km north of Nan town. All rooms are non-smoking and have Private balcony overlooking the valley of Pua and the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. Of course Pawinsin Resort has no swimming pool but they offer a small restaurant annex coffee shop where they serve a lovely local breakfast while you enjoy the view over the rice-fields. The Pawinsin Resort has private parking for cars and motorbikes. All rooms have Private balcony, Private bathroom withs shower, TV, Air-conditioning and Free drinking water. The Pawinsin Resort is my favourite budget hotel in Pua because of the great location. Although it is just out of town it is still within walking distance of restaurants and the 7-11. Price tag between 600 - 900 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

13. Phayao - Huanpak Jumjai Homestay
Huanpak Jumja Homestay in Phayao, North Thailand
The Huanpak Jumjai Homestay is a lovely family-run place with only 10 rooms in 2 free-standing shophouse buildings about 50m from the famous lake of Phayao (Kwan Phayao). All the rooms of Huanpak Jumjai Homestay are clean and spacious but at least our bathroom was a bit small. Rooms at the front-side upstairs have private balcony. The rooms downstairs do basically not have a window. All rooms of Huanpak Jumjai Homestay are non-smoking and have Private bathroom with shower, TV, Air-conditioning and Free drinking water. Of course Huanpak Jumjai Homestay has no swimming pool or restaurant but they offer Free bicycles to explore town and there is limited parking for motorbikes. Staff is friendly but only speaks Thai. Good value for money and a good place to stay for 1 night in Phayao while exploring the little town and enjoy the lake-side restaurants in the evening. I have stayed here only once but I would stay here again next time. Price tag between 600 - 1.000 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

14. Phitsanulok - Ayara Grand Palace Hotel
Ayara Grand Palace Hotel in Phitsanulok, Thailand
This Ayara Grand Palace Hotel is an modern hotel in Phitsanulok city center, about 400m from the railway station. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a big bathroom. Of course all 70 rooms of Ayara Grand Palace Hotel have Private Bathroom with shower, TV, Air-conditioning, Fridge and Free drinking water. The Ayara Grand Palace Hotel offer an Swimming pool, Restaurant, Free wifi, Laundry service, Airport transfer, Massage & Spa and Private parking. The staff is friendly and speaks Thai and English. I did choose this hotel for the convenient location and price. I did stay here only once but I would stay here again when in Phitsanulok. Price tag between 700 - 1.000 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

15. Phetchabun - Burapa Hotel
Burapa Hotel in Phetchabun, North Thailand
The Burapa Hotel is an somewhat older hotel in Phetchabun town but not within walking distance of the city center with restaurants. The Burapa Hotel has two buildings, the main building is the best one. The rooms are basic and old fashioned but cheap and clean. All rooms of the Burapa Hotel have Private bathroom, Air-conditioning, TV and Free drinking water. The Burapa Hotel serves a simple breakfast at their coffee shop. In the basement of the hotel is a nightclub and the hotel has private parking. I have stayed here a few times a few years ago and due to the probably lack of maintenance your experience at this hotel could vary from mine. The Burapa Hotel is a favourite hotel for motorbike riders because of the private parking. Price tag between 600 - 1.000 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

16. Sukhothai - Sabaidee House
Sabaidee House in Sukhothai, North Thailand
The Sabaidee House is a lovely guesthouse on the outskirts of new Sukhothai city and in between the rice-fields. Sabaidee House has 14 rooms in a huge tropical garden. The rooms vary from very simple (bit older) rooms with fan to nice bungalows with air-conditioning next to their small swimming pool. Sabaidee House offers Free wifi, Tours, Bicycle rental, Private parking, Laundry service and a restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The English speaking staff is friendly and service minded. I did stay here only once but I would stay here again next time in Sukhothai. Be aware that Sabaidee House is about 400m from the main road. Price tag from 500 - 1.000 Thai baht incl. breakfast.

17. Uttaradit - The Light House Resort
The Lighthouse Resort in Uttaradit, North Thailand
The Light House Resort has small bungalows in a big garden and is located in Uttaradit town. All bungalows have Private bathroom, TV, Air-conditioning, Private balcony, Fridge and Free drinking water. Some rooms even have a small kind of living room with an TV and also a TV in the bedroom. Of course The Light House Resort does not have a swimming pool or restaurant. But The Light House Resort offers Free wifi and Private parking. Be aware that The Light House Resort is located in a local community and that there are no restaurants or shops nearby. The only Thai speaking staff is friendly but consists of only 1 person at the entrance. I have stayed here a few times and it is my favourite hotel in Uttaradit for a stop-over. Price tag between 500 - 800 Thai  baht excl. breakfast.

18. Udon Thani - Kavinburi Green Hotel
Kavinburi Hotel in Udon Thani, North-East Thailand
The Kavinburi Green Hotel is an environmentally friendly hotel and is located in Udon Thani city center, within walking distance from the train station, shopping malls, restaurants and bars. I like this hotel because of the convenient location, the fact that they really invested in reducing energy and the lovely rooftop swimming pool with pool bar. Of course all rooms of Kavinburi Green Hotel are comfortable, modern decorated and have Private bathroom with shower, Air-conditioning, Mini bar, TV and Free drinking water. The staff speaks Thai, English, Laos and French. The Kavinburi Green Hotel offers Private parking, Fitness, Free wifi and Airport transfer. I have stayed here only once but I would stay here again when in Udon Thani. Price tag between 900 - 1.600 Thai baht excl. breakfast.

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