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Southern Fried Rice
Ranked #2 of 67 Kata Beach B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed here in February 2013. It was a great little guest house and it was very clean. It was a little difficult for us to find at first but once we did it was in a great location. Terje, the owner, was very-friendly. The food was very good. The lady who was cooking was from Nepal and my husband says that she made the best massaman curry in all of Thailand (although it is not on the menu). If we are ever in Kata Beach again we will stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

I stayed at this guesthouse twice - in December 2012 and November-December 2011.
The location is just perfect - 5 min walk from Kata, very close to Karon. Next to a great Thai SPA.
Terje, the owner, is very helpful and will accomodate all of your needs - he's a source for all the information you may need - tours, shopping, doctors, taxi and so on. He can also get you good deals on tours.
Staying there feels like coming to a big family reunion - you can easily become friends with other tourists from all over the world, spend some quality time chatting or playing pool or chess, learn something new and so on. Breakfasts and dinners are bonding moments.

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing the little street ( or facing mountain)
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Booked three nights on Phuket in this guesthouse online while spending a month in Thailand. Terje, the owner, was super-friendly and nice. He helped us with booking a boat trip to islands and with renting a motorbike. Our room (number 6) was clean and cosy. The wi-fi internet was included in the price and the connection was fast. The breakfast was also included — it was delicious and on time. Even when we were leaving at 5am, they cooked the breakfast and make it take-away an evening before. Kata beach is at 3-4 minutes walk.
Everything on that stay went off smoothly and we are very pleased with our choice. Thanks to the Southern Fried Rice team!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

Tucked in a quiet, clean lane a block off the main road through Kata beach, Southern Fried Rice is a wonderful escape from the noise and crowds, yet convenient to to everything Kata has to offer. The rooms are huge (we had room 7), clean and airy (aircon also included). Host Terry is friendly, helpful and able to negotiate excellent rates for cabs, cars and other attractions. The money he can save you will almost make your stay here free.

The guesthouse restaurant is actually one of the better places to eat in town, serving up authentic Thai dishes (thankfully, not westernized). Do try their signature dish, Southern Fried Rice.

Warning: do not try to beat Peter at chess; the man is a grandmaster.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for room 7.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 December 2012 via mobile

Booked online in July due to the amount of positive comments on TA. When we arrived in November we were disappointed to find a large construction site immediately behind the hotel. Building work started bang on 8am - there was no let up from the noise or dust.

We had stupidly pre-paid in full as we thought Kata would be very busy so we put up and shut up and made the most of our stay.

We were initially put in Room 4 which looked out on to the construction site - we had to keep the curtains closed at all times as the builders were literally outside our window! The room had sliding patio doors and a balcony but we couldn't use it because of the noise and dust. After a couple of days Terje, the owner, moved us to Room 5 at the front of the hotel - this room was much quieter.

The hotel itself is a little tired and the pictures on the website show the hotel in its 'newer' days. The bedrooms were spacious and clean - the mattresses were comfortable for Asia and there were mattress protectors on the bed, which was a great touch. The towels were also good by Asian standards. However, in Room 5, when it rained, water came through the bedroom window, the air con unit leaked down the wall and on to the floor and there were cracks on the walls in both of the rooms we stayed in. Continental breakfast was included in the price - it was okay but nothing special.

Laundry was brilliant - our clothes came back fresh smelling and ironed - great plus.

The staff were lovely and Terje, the owner was friendly and helpful.

Would I stay here again - unfortunately not. Kata has a wide choice of places to stay and we'd shop around next time.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

We booked online after reading reviews and deciding what we were looking for - clean, cheap, safe rooms close to Kata Beach- could be found at SFR Guesthouse. After some initial confusion with our booking - which the owner Terje sorted out and found us an alternative bed in a neighboring guesthouse for the night after a complimentary meal - we settled in to the SFR guesthouse the following night. The rooms were clean with typical firm matresses found in all Asian hotels & accommodation. The rooms at the front of the guesthouse were light and airy and I slept well without being disturbed by street or bar noises. We were not disappointed by the location - an easy 5 minute stroll to the beach and an easy stroll in either direction to a range of restaurants and shops yet set back off the main road so away from the motor bike and tuk-tuk traffic. The staff were friendly and accommodating and we ate at the restaurant several times during our 10 day stay and enjoyed every meal. When we decided to extend our stay, Terje accommodated our request although this required some juggling of rooms and spending 2 nights on a rather uncomfortable futon sofa bed. Having travelled extensively throughout Asia over the past 20 years, SFR guesthouse is typical of a more memorable guesthouse experience. Would I stay here again? Absolutely! I loved the quirkiness, charm and intimacy of the small guesthouse and it's characters.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front were light and airy and away from any construction underway on neighboring blocks...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

I booked this place due the overwhelming great reviews, and was disappointed soon after I arrived. The owner greeted us (I was traveling with a friend) and could not remember our reservation. I had to show him the confirmation email I had received from him. No big deal. He did not have the room that we had discussed, but did have another room. Okay, no big deal. He took us to the room and there was a large crack that allowed outside weather and bugs freely into the room.

I was very disappointed in the service and how the staff felt this was a perfectly acceptable room to allow guest to stay in without repairing or attempting to cover the rather large crack.

I say for the price, you can find several other hotels in the area (which is a great location) with far superior rooms, which is what my friend and I ended up doing.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: 100 / 14 - 15 Kata Road | Kata Night Bazaar, Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Phuket > Karon > Kata Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in Kata Beach
Price Range: £11 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Southern Fried Rice 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Southern Fried Rice is a recently established guesthouse situated at Kata Beach, the most beautiful beach on Thailand's idyllic Phuket Island. Moments from the beach, and featuring spacious, clean, comfortable rooms, modern en-suite bathrooms, outstanding Thai and international cuisine, free wi-fi high speed internet and many more attractions, Southern Fried Rice is the ideal hostel from which to explore Phuket. We have PC stations in our property and it is Free of Charge as well. There is a top quality pool table, 42' plasma TV screen with surround sound and a computerized sound system with all your favourite music. For intellectual stimulation we are hosting the Phuket Chess Club, with frequent blitz tournaments and we are planning regular Thai language lessons. There is access to Kata Day Spa, and a great variety of nightlife available within walking distance of the guesthouse. We also hire out motorcycles for the more adventurous to range out over Thailand's biggest island. ... more   less 
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