Sometimes when I talk to Deirdre, I think: “Jeez! How are we even together?” I know she does the same. We are very different people with different tastes. If I like something you can bet she doesn’t and vice versa. Other than money, which I guess all couples argue about, the biggest bone of contention between us when travelling is settling on a new place to stay.
Unlike non travelling couples, who need only decide on a new place to live a few times in a lifetime, we have to do it every few nights. Add a long bus journey into the mix and there is the potential for a flash point.
Prasongsook Hostel was chosen by huff as our place to stay in Ubon Ratchathani. It turned out to be the optimal stomping off distance from the bus station in the direction that promised the most light and life. Not too far that one of us would collapse from exhaustion under the weight of our baggage, but not too near that we couldn’t calm down and resume being civilised to each other.
Fortunately, along with having to be mannerly to reception, our room helped in bearing each other again. I have got a little behind with these reviews and it has been a while now since we stayed here but I recall our room here was one of the nicer ones we have had in this price range.
Thankfully, I had the wherewithal to take some pictures and a few notes and, as you can see, our 450thb room came equipped with very comfortable beds, a TV, fridge, and a little space to lay down the laptop and get a little work done if need be. Out of shot are the friendly staff, the free help yourself coffee beside reception, decent wifi, and, our one quibble, the blocked sink in the bathroom.
Though miles away down a long straight road – we stupidly walked it – from where we stayed the last time in Ubon Ratchathani (closed – one nil to Deirdre), and where I had initially wanted to be near the city’s pleasant night market, the location turned out to be quite a good one. Across the road we found a good food market, a large supermarket and, perfect for a treat before enduring a long bus journey, a McDonalds. Taxis around town are cheap (one all) for getting quickly to the night market.
Prasongsook call themselves a hostel but we thought the vibe and quality were more like a hotel. We didn’t see any other farang during our short stay and hiding down a poorly signposted alleyway and with minimal online presence they might be a little tricky to find. There is a map on their Facebook page if the clues above don’t help with finding the place.
Prasongsook Hostel, Soi Chayangkun 38, Ubon Ratchathani
Tel 088 5827083 / 045 311779