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Reviewed September 5, 2012

After a stay on the close-by island, Kho Phayam, i went to the Kiwi-Orchid as a cheap stopover right at the busstation, before continueing to Khao Sok. Yet the very friendly family who operate this guesthouse and the charismatic city Ranong with its beatiful surroundings made of the planned stopover a stay of several days.

For me as budget-traveler who also wanted to get an idea about the lifes of the local people the Kiwi-Orchid was a real lucky strike. The simple but clean rooms were equipped with a thick, comfortable mattress and fresh bethclothes, vent, little table and chair and access to a quick wireless network. The rooms have only windows to the floor and no TV and are thus merely sleeping-rooms, rather than living-rooms. But for 250 Baht only, they are exactly what i looked after. In the cosy restaurant on the ground floor i daily checked out another one of the delicious Thai foods for prices you will find in the far north only. While Jay, the owner of the Kiwi Orchid, was not only able to inform me about the surroundings in detail but also offered me to join her to several events from the local people.

And so, for example, i was part of the dedication of a newly grown Mangrove Forrest or visited people in the northern mountains who were preparing homestays between thick forrests, beautiful plantations and rocky cliffs, which resulted in further contacts and even some lessons into the Thai language - not that i'm speaking fluent Thai now, but the friendly meetings were it worth alone.

So finally i got a lot of entertainment, some adventure and met a lot of nice people, all this for little bucks, and thus a big thank you to Jay, her family and friends, and a recommendation to anyone passing Ranong on their travels.

Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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3  Thank Mario T
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Due to our travel plans we needed to stay a night in Ranong near the bus station. This place was suggested to us as it is in a sidestreet just next to the bus station....
PROS - we loved Ranong town, it is a really nice real thai (non-touristy) town with a really good vibe, the food at Kiwi Orchid was delicious, the owner/host spoke great English and was one of the most helpful and genuine people we have met in all our thai travels. She went way out of her way to make sure that our travel plans for the next day were well organised. The surrounding area to the guesthouse had nice shops, foodstalls etc, accommodation is cheap.
CONS - the rooms here are basic and a little tatty, no ensuite bathroom, cold showers, area is a little bit noisy due to proximity to bus station.
Overall the PROS far outweighed the CONS for us - we felt comfortable, welcome and cared for.
This is definitely an area of Thailand we will be back to one day.

Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank ANDYCHEF
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

Stayed because of the visa run.

Pros:
Close to bus station
Free wifi
Good, cheap food
Very friendly and helpful staff
Clean but small rooms
Cheap!

Cons:
Smelly common area - cats
Noisy
High fee for visa money - 500b/$10usd

Don't stay here for more than a night! Bring your own $10 bill for the visa run but otherwise ok. 250b/night for a fan double.

Date of stay: January 2012
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2  Thank annarpo
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

Although the people there were nice, and the food was okay, There were too many of ants in the room. When the fan was turned on, it lifted up the lino on the floor and make quite a noise.
There was no ensuite bathroom, it was a shared one. The upstairs seating area was old and tired. The paint work on the outside was falling off and the downstairs toilet was dirt, broken with no light.

Overall, it is cheap, and it is good for food and information about visa runs and tourist sites, but the negatives outweigh the positives.

(Was there in 2006 - scroll down doesn't let me put anyother date - altohugh passed by recently and from the outside it looks the same)

Date of stay: July 2011
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Thank wanderingbedu
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

Even though Ranong might lack the sights on itself, it'd deserve more credit once you explore it. Nonetheless is serves mainly as a port on to pha nga's coast all the way to Phuket. This coast has some beautiful gems that remain to be explored by the conventional tourist.

Whatever the reason for passing by ranong may be, be sure to pass by the Kiwi Orchid. For me, continuing on the next morning, the location provided great convenience right next to the bus terminal but only a short walk from town centre and hot spring. The owner proved extremely friendly and hospitable helping us with tickets and other arrangements to spend the afternoon very pleasantly.

She showed great care for the freshness of ingredients of her food and more notably her coffee. The quiet seating out front seeing this border town fuzz and buzz in the afternoon was a surprising highlight of my trip.

Date of stay: December 2011
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2  Thank Samuel_j2
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