If you are a backpacker in transit to the islands, don’t look any further than On’s Living Room and Guesthouse (14/22 Burivanich Rd). This is the only dorm-style option in town with clean beds and 6-bed air-con dormitory offering a lamp and an electric plug for each bunk. Shared bathrooms are nice and clean and hot shower is provided, too. The dorm can be just a bit noisy at night, as there is a bar downstairs which opens till late.
The adjoining historical building (where the restaurant is) has beautifully decorated double rooms with extremely comfortable beds, an air-con, Lcd Tv and WI-FI. Bathrooms are shared, as well, and with only few rooms using them they are modern, big and spotless. The staff are very friendly and they will help you with all the information you might need.
Bicycle, bike and car rentals are available and if this is not enough, On’s is located in the most convenient area of Satun, right close to the Mosque and in front of the Saturday night market. A bunk bed comes at THB250 and a double room at THB600.
Close to central night market you will find Ang Yee's Guesthouse and Art Café (21 / 23 Tirasatit, email@example.com), a chilled out, bohemian guesthouse that offers spacious and well decorated air-con and fan rooms. The shared bathrooms are also furnished in style and the garden in the back is a perfect place to while away a couple of relaxing hours in the company of friendly house cats. The owner of the place is a passionate rock climber and is always ready to share a story or two with you, and the Rastafarian bartender at the bar is always extra friendly with the customers.
If you’re travelling all by yourself and you’re not on an extra tight budget, this is the place to go to find somebody to talk to and to share a couple of drinks with. Free Wi-Fi is available all around the property, a pool table can be found at the bar and if you need to rent a car or a motorbike they have them, too. Rooms’ rates start at THB400.
For something a bit more upscale you can head to The Gleam Resort (61 Sathityuttitham Rd, firstname.lastname@example.org). It’s a bit of a walk from the city centre (roughly 15 minutes), but they offer complementary bicycles for the guests to use. A few individual bungalows are scattered around a peaceful garden away from the road. Rooms are quite simple but nicely furnished with wood decorations, beds are huge and comfy, and attention to details seems to be a must for the owner. A mini-fridge and a coffee maker are provided in every bungalow, each with an air-con, WI-FI and a beautiful veranda to chill out at sunset.
In the garden you will find a small but nice, and always deserted, pool which is the best way to cool down after a hot day of sightseeing in Satun.
The restaurant on site offers simple but tasty Thai dishes during the day and a good Western or Thai breakfast (not included in the room rate though). The staff don’t speak English, or very little at the best, but they’ll try anyway to help you and make you feel welcome. Rates starts at THB1300 but check the major booking sites on-line for promotions if you’re planning to stay there. They usually offer considerable discounts when you book in advance.