Thairungruang Backpackers Suratthani

Thairungruang Backpackers Suratthani, or simply the ‘Thairungruang Hotel’ as it is known locally, has been the ‘go to’ hotel since the late 1980s for backpackers passing through Surratthani on the way to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

More Than One Reason to Book this Hotel


Air-conditioned room at the Thai Rungruang Hotel

This is a budget hotel with air-conditioning and English language channels on the TV. The hotel also has a central location which makes it an excellent hotel for a short stop over before travelling onward. The main departures points in Surat Thani city for onward travel to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and other destinations in the South of Thailand are within 2 minutes walk from the hotel. The minivan service from the Airport and the bus from the Surat Thani train station all terminate very near this hotel. If you are on a budget and plan to stay a night in Surat Thani before catching the bus the next morning to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan then there are several reasons why you should head straight for the Thairungruang Hotel:

Reason to stay here #1: Cheap

It’s cheap. An air conditioned room with satellite TV (three English language film channels) and hot water in the bathroom cost 450 THB – the same price whether you walk in and book, or secure your room by booking in advance. NB: we recommend booking in advance in high season as they often get booked out.

Exterior of the Thairungruang Hotel

Reason to
stay here #2: Good Room Facilities

For the price the room is not bad. It is reasonably clean with few insects. It is an old hotel but they have made some effort at updating the rooms with, for example, free WiFi internet and flat screen TVs. One of the surprisingly good features of this hotel is the range of English language TV channels. We say suprising because this is a budget hotel with a satellite TV services you normally only find in luxury hotels in Thailand. The bed is comfortable enough and the showers in the bathroom have proper hot water at a good pressure.

Lobby at the Thairungruang Hotel

Reason to stay here #3: Near to Transport

Very central location near the two downtown bus stations, where you can catch the bus to the airport. From the Thairungruang Hotel it is a 5 minute walk to both the Phangan Tour 2000 and Plantip Travel offices, and a number of other travel agencies, where you can catch the bus to the car ferry pier to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Corridor at the Thairungruang Hotel

Reason to stay here #4: Hotel with Character

The Thairungruang Hotel has huge amounts of character. When the hotel was first built it was the largest and nicest in the city. Nowadays this is no longer the case. The Wang Tai Hotel, The Diamond Plaza  and the 100 Islands are all much grander hotels. For this reason, the hotel has moved with the times and re-branded itself as a ‘backpacker’ hotel. Nonetheless if you take the time to look around you will find remnants of a faded glory and interior decoration from 30 to 40 years ago. The central atrium of the hotel, where they serve coffee and toast in the morning, is magnificently decorated in Chinese style statues and wall hangings.

Bathroom at the Thairungruang Hotel

Book Your Stay at the Thairungruang Backpackers Suratthani

For these reasons the Thairungruang Backpackers Suratthani is Suratthani Airport Hotel‘s budget hotel of choice for anyone arriving late at Suratthani Airport and planning to travel onto Koh Samui and Koh Phangan the next day. A much more comfortable option than the normally overcrowded Night Boat.


Thairungruang Hotel from only 450 THB

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