We stayed in Phetchaburi to break up a journey from north to south. If we ever come this way again, we won't be stopping, either in the town or at this, and i use the term in it's loosest sense, hotel. Not unless I'm being held at gunpoint. Stop for one night however ,we did. Our initial impressions of the place were good. After a great lunch in the excellent cafe, we were shown a room on the ground floor of this teak framed house.
Walking into the accommodation block, we were greeted by 2 settees, both of which were badly ripped open, one appearing to have been slashed several times. 3 bathrooms formed the left hand side of the lobby space.
I should explain at this stage, that we weren't expecting much. At under 300 baht, the rooms were cheap and if I'm being honest, we're more flashpacker than backpackers these days. However, I can honestly say that I've visited several murder scenes, 4 prisons and a Belarussian sewage works (In a professional capacity) that had more ambience than the room were were allocated. Charmless would overstate the drab, dirty looking (Though it smelt ok) bedding thrown over mattresses so thin I could feel every wire in the bed frame. There wasn't a window. The walls and ceiling were heavily stained. A large hole appeared at head height in the wall looking directly into or from the 'bathroom'. I've used the quotation marks deliberately. The burgundy toilet bowl and weedy looking shower competed for space with a large vine growing through the wall.
Everywhere else was full and the bus station had no benches, so stay put we had to. I lasted approx 25 minutes in the windowless room while the roar, and trust me i mean 'ROAR' of traffic outside continued without stopping through the night. I ended up sat in the alleyway outside the rooms where I watched as a man tried to break in to the building at around 3am.
At this point, I should point out that the rooms are off a central lobby space which is open until 7pm after which time the steel barred access gate is locked. This is in a wooden framed house. SERIOUSLY; If you do intend to brave it here, keep your key handy, it's the only thing that could prevent you from burning to death if the place catches fire. It's an overused and somewhat dramatic expression "There's no escape". In this case it's entirely justified.
I almost wept with joy as the bus pulled away from the kerb on the way out. No. Seriously.
- Also Known As:
- Rabieng Rimnum Thailand/Phetchaburi