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Southern Fried Rice
Ranked #2 of 65 Kata Beach B&B and Inns
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

If wifi/internet is important to you as well as comfort, convenient and great value, this is the place for you. We have been to many other accommodations around the same area and by far this place has the fastest internet.

It's good to know the Owner is always around and is a great man who really cares about your stay. He also does scooter hire at a very good rate.

They have a restaurant downstairs where you can play chess and pool, and computers with internet upstairs.

We had room 4 at the very top level. Very spacious with a balcony, wifi, a/c, fan, minibar, tv, desk, towels, safe, hot shower.

It can be noisy in the hallway depending on the travellers but that's about it.

Overall, we would stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

We booked 3 nights here but ended up staying 4 as part of our 2 week trip coming down from Bangkok. The owner arranged private taxi collection for us saving us money on the non metered, inflated Phuket taxi prices. We opted for a room with no balcony being as we felt we would be out most of the time and only use the room for sleeping. It was big and comfortable as were the other rooms. The restaurant downstairs was probably the best value in town as, as a resident you get 15% off and you get a basic breakfast for free although for 50 Baht you get eggs, bacon etc.

The owner Terje (Norwegian) was incredibly friendly and helpful and seemed to run the place very efficiently. We also rented a moped for 250 Baht from him, making a trip to the Big Buddha cheap and fun.

The beach is a good 10+ minutes walk down some slightly grubby path but was lovely.

It's easy to say 'everyone book this' but if you have the funds and want to make the most of your short break you may find you miss having a pool to jump in to or the beach a little closer, which is something we looked for in our next couple of stops (not in Kata)...

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

I think Kata beach caters to a certain crowd. Not too exclusive, not too backpacker like. So for the traveller that wants to escape the craziness of Patong, but not be too isolated from amenities, then Southern Fried Rice embodies that character also.

LOCATION: It is outstanding in its convenience for many things. First on the list is how close it is to the beaches. Kata beach is about a 5 minute walk if you go though the canal shortcut. If you don't, then you can go around the north end (10 mins) or the south loop around Club Med (20-25 mins). Karon is 20 minutes away. The other option is to walk to Kata Noi (south of Kata), and that takes about 30 minutes. Second convenience is the shopping for any last minute needs: Shoes, flip flops, sunglasses, bathing suits, clothes, hats and about 10 different pharmacies right around the corner. Third is Kata Day Spa, which is 10 paces away. Service is great and the place is an absolute zen. Hour long massages for 400 baht. What a dream.

SERVICE: Terje is a character, talkative and with good intentions. He tries hard to get the best deals for his customers. He is almost always around from open to close, so it's easy to find him. The food at SFR (named after their trademark dish - Southern Fried Rice) is excellent. Food is discounted 15%, so you can choose an American breakfast for 50 baht, or add a little for a delicious rice soup! The two dinners we ate here were our best ones in Phuket! Note of warning, if you want some of the seafood fare, perhaps give them a heads up so they can buy it from the markets! Word of note, the payment is upfront by bank wire.

ROOMS: SFR is tucked away behind the Kata Night Bazaar, which dampens the noise from the main roads. We rented rooms 2 (big standard) and 3 (standard) which were found on the second floor, near the trio of public computers. We were never bothered by noise. The rooms were airy and spacious with high ceilings. Huge windows, but no view. There was a safe deposit box in the closet, which was handy. The bathrooms are functional and clean, but prepared to get water splashing around. We saw a few tiny ants on occasion, but it didn't bother us at all.

We had a great stay here. If you like what you are reading, then I strongly recommend booking a stay at SFR!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Our family stayed here in Feb 2012 for one week and we had a wonderful stay. First off, the guesthouse is in a very good location. It is set off the main street where you can escape some of the traffic and noise, but still be close to everything. It is about a 5 minute walk to Kata Beach and about a 10-15 min walk to Karon Beach. There are also many restaurants and shops in the area, so it is very convenient. The restaurant at the guesthouse had decent food at reasonable prices. There is also a night market just around the corner. The room we stayed in was very large and clean and had a sofa and a balcony that overlooked Club Med across the street.

But, the best thing about this guesthouse is the friendly owner and staff. The owner was fantastic. He helped us plan and book our day trips at a fraction of the cost and did everything to make our visit great. We traveled with three younger children and they really made us feel at home. I fully recommend this place if you are looking to stay in the Kata/Karon area.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights in romm 4. I really liked the place. Clean nice room, clean bathroom, great shower, a balcony.. to hot for me ;) Comfy beds and that is rare in Thailand ;)
The owner was very helpfull and friendly and the staff was kind, helping me when a needed. It was a lot of stairs, but for me, no problems. Free wifi (no working webcam at the time)
They had a Great breakfast. Close to the beach with a short walk.
I would go here again if I went to Kata Beach.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

SFR is located a short walk from the beach and from the main restaurants of Kata Beach. Terje, the owner, is the most chilled and relaxed hotel owner I have met. The price of the rooms covers continental breakfast and free wifi, which makes the airconditioned rooms good value.

Room Tip: Room 5 is nice and spacious
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

We found this hotel through Trip Advisor and i would like to thank all visitors who wrote the reviews. The hotel is really nice. Close to everything: just 300 m to the beach and next to the local market, so, you can easily buy fruits or fried fish there. The rooms are exactly the same as on the photos: big, clean and cosy. And what was very important for us - this is the quiet part of the street. At the same time all nice bars and restaurants with loud music are around the corner. The owner helped us to get the tickets for the direct boat from Phuket to Koh Lanta with a very good price. We definitely advise this hotel to those who would like to stay at Kata beach.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 100 / 14 - 15 Kata Road | Kata Night Bazaar, Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Location: 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 65 B&Bs / Inns in Kata Beach
Price Range: $15 - $53 (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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