Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

thailand lodging information

This is a quick post for people who may be searching for information on places to stay in Thailand–I have noticed some people finding our blog through searches (the best one was the ‘how to keep eels as pets’ who found the eel man post).  

Bangkok–Shanti Lodge.  Off the beaten path but near a water express taxi stand and an interesting little market.  Small room with shower for 350 baht with fan.  Clean place with nice staff.  I would recommend eating on the street and not at the lodge. 

Koh Jum or Koh Jam–New Bungalows.  Very small room, pretty barebones with mosquito net and shower for 200 baht-no fan.  Electricity from about 6pm to 10pm.  You can stay in a bigger room for up to about 600 baht.  The food here was pretty exceptional especially the banana shakes, banana pancakes, and anything with glass noodles.  The staff was very friendly.

Koh Phi Phi-Harmony House or Harmony Lodge–Frankly Phi Phi is a mess right now with all the construction.  Lots of crappy rooms are being thrown up quickly and everything is incredibly expensive.  This guest house seemed like a good deal when our other room fell through (& was in lonely planet).  Unfortunately there were bedbugs there that chewed us to pieces so I don’t recommend it.  Room was cheap by Phi Phi standards (800 baht) with fan.  Too bad because the staff was very friendly. FYI-I doubt you can find a room anywhere for less than 800 baht.

Koh Lanta-Lanta Palm Beach Bungalow-This place has a wide range of rooms.  We stayed in an older bungalow in a very large room with mosquito net/shower/fan for 600 baht.  These rooms also have a porch and are about 50 yards from the beach.  Definitely recommended (so far after three nights). 

Hope that helps any travelers.  We were traveling from Jan 7th-Jan 28th which was getting close to the end of peak season.


January 23, 2007 - Posted by | Travel


  1. Hey Greg & Francie!

    We wanted to let you know that we are in Chiang Mai and that we are staying the Smile House! Thnx for the advice! We thus have left the beaches behind and are travelling in the nortern part of Thailand right now. We have already seen Kanchanaburi and arrived today in Chiang Mai! Till now we are really enjoying our stay. As you blog informs, you are also doing fine! Nice to read your stories! Take care & enjoy!

    All the best,
    Nico & Ilse.

    Comment by Nico & Ilse | January 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. We are very glad you like it! Don’t forget that the Sunday market is really worth going to! Especially since it is sunday. Don’t forget that Pai to the North of Chiang Mai is pretty awesome.

    Comment by Greg Martinez | January 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi Greg, I am just wondering if you were at Rantee Beach on the 8th January, my sister died that day on the beach, supposedly she drowned according to official Thai verdict, but she was snorkelling in water she could stand up in, her husband and 16 year old daughter were with her, she was unable to be resusitatied at phi phi hospital, if you were there I would (need)like to know anything you could tell me. You could reply to my email address if you can, with thanks Cheryl

    Comment by Cheryl Lord | May 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. I am sorry to hear that Cheryl. What a horrible experience to have to endure. We were not on the beach at that time. We did not arrive in Koh Phi Phi until Feb 1 or later (actually, now that I look back we were there earlier but not on Jan 8th–we only flew into Thailand on Jan 8th and it took us a while to get to Phi Phi). We didn’t hear anything about this while we were there.

    I only really know that you can snorkel in shallow waters or you can go deeper into the ocean easily.

    Again, sorry to hear about your loss.

    Comment by Greg Martinez | May 19, 2007 | Reply

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