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Fulay Guesthouse, Hua Hin or Fu-Lay Guesthouse,
Hua Hin, Thailand - Review
Fulay Guesthouse, 110/1 Naretdamri Rad, Hua Hin,Thailand
We stayed at the Fu-Lay Guesthouse, opposite the Fulay Hotel, Hua Hin in January and into February 2008 for five weeks, after visiting their website whilst stopping at an out of town hotel at Khoa Ta Kiab. After an inspection visit we booked in for a month to obtain a discount.
We found Fulay Guesthouse to be a friendly place, full of character, built on a jetty that juts out over the water of the Gulf of Siam. I'ts what our grown-up daughters would call "shabby chic" and you can't compare Fulay with a hotel, no matter how many 'stars' they have. Fulay is unique in that it is a guesthouse with rooms from the most basic to the little 'Lana' style bungalow at the top end of the price scale. You can be as posh as you like at Fulay!
During our stay the prices were between 350 and 1,800 THB room only but Fulay do a really good breakfast menu at a reasonable price for both guests and passing trade. There is a Mini-Mart right opposite for other essentials too.
Because there were varying standards, styles and prices of rooms, from the most expensive cute little air conditioned en-suite lana styled bungalow close to the end of the jetty with a private veranda overlooking the sea to fairly cheap basic cell style fan rooms at the bottom end of the scale, with plenty of other options in between strung out along the jetty, it is best to either email or at least phone a booking as early as possible as the cheaper rooms tend to fill up quite quickly and long stayers who have been to Fulay before do book (by email for a written confirmation) weeks ahead for the better, more pricy rooms.
The rooms on the approaches to the end of the jetty each had a table and a couple of chairs opposite as well as a seat and table on a small shaded veranda.
The 'sun deck', part of which is pictured below and left, overlooks the Gulf of Siam. You can see the Hua Hin rocks about 500m out to the right (south) and the fishing jetty about 1km to the left (north). At very low tides there is sand in front of the jetty, the nearest access to which is about 200m away.
The North-East Passat wind blows from the south west and must be the cleanest air on earth as between you and the North American western seaboard it only passes over the forests and mountains of Cambodia and south east Asia.
We stayed in, what we worked out to be, the third best room in the Fulay Guesthouse, but not the best position on the face of it but actually quite well positioned. A large en-suite with hot water power shower. Being an end room we had no passing footfall, so we treated the veranda passageway as a private balcony where we sat and had our breakfast each morning, for which a table and chairs were provided. The room was a large air-conditioned double with big fridge, TV and plenty of wardrobe and shelving. The owner even put in an additional table and stool inside so I could work on my computer, as we were staying in excess of a month.
The communal areas included: a breakfast and lunch cafe in the reception area, a three station internet cafe with paperback exchange library and international telephone desk, a bandstand shaped table and bench area big enough for a group of ten to sit around, a sunken 'well' sun deck, two sun 'shelters', a massage area and two sea view sun decks.
You can hear the sound of the sea for much of the day throughout the guesthouse, especially when the tide is in.
There is little noise in Fu Lay from the road or neighbouring guest houses and restaurants.
Fulay Guesthouse is about 250m from the Hilton Hotel end of Hua Hin Town Beach and about 800m from the historic Railway Hotel (Sofitel) and a great traditional 'afternoon tea'
Tel: 032 513145