Panida Goodwill Resort Loei
Panida Goodwill Resort Loei is a small but pleasant guesthouse in a village called Nong Hin, about 40km south of Loei town in Northern Thailand.
The area is a little remote, set in a mountain range close to several spectacular National Parks, including Phu Pa Poh, Phu Kradeung, Phu Rua, and Phu Luang.
We didn’t book in advance or call ahead, but found it through a Google Maps link.
It’s tucked down a back street about 800 meters from the center of the village but was easy to find.
We arrived about 10am; two members of staff were doing various jobs and one quickly gave us her attention.
She showed us two rooms, a double at 650 baht a night, and a twin at 600 baht a night. They were almost identical apart from the bedding.
The rooms were part of a combined row of about 6 attached rooms, which you can see in the video. They were fairly basic but comfortable, immaculately clean, and had all you need for a short stay.
ln The Room
The ensuite bathroom had a toilet, shower with an adjustable water heater, soap, shampoo, and vanity mirror. When using the shower the whole bathroom floor gets wet so be prepared for that.
A drying rack was by the bathroom door, and two rather thin towels were artfully placed on each bed. We’d recommend bringing your own towel with you as their towels are much too thin and slow to dry.
The room itself was spacious and appeared to be around 25sqm, although l didn’t measure it.
There was a flatscreen TV which had a clear picture and seemed to be linked to one of the iptv services, but we didn’t watch it.
In house WiFi was free and pretty fast, which resulted in painless web surfing!
The bed was quite comfortable and covered by a thick quilt (it gets quite chilly in the winter up here). One pillow and a cushion were included. l always take my own pillow when travelling for some extra comfort!
There were no bedside cabinets but a vinyl sofa was provided, along with a vanity unit with under storage for bags etc.
What was lacking was a cupboard; clothes had to be hung on a flimsy rack which couldn’t hold very much, and looked likely to fall if you hung too much up!
One of the staff bought in a kettle, cups, and some packets of tea and coffee. One free bottle of water was in the otherwise empty fridge.
Finally, a quiet wall mounted air conditioner did a good job of keeping the room at a comfortable temperature.
Bear in mind that we are talking about a 600 baht a night guesthouse kind of in the middle of nowhere.
There is offstreet parking for about 5-6 cars. As the street outside is pitch black at night, and on a slope, being able to park off street gives some peace of mind.
They also have a small semi-serious parking zone for Big Bikes, as the owner of the guesthouse has two of his own.
There’s a small but quite pretty garden where you could relax over a coffee or beer, with an eclectic collection of fun nicknacks scattered around too.
We saw a small gym in an adjoining building; we’re not sure if guests can use it or if it’s part of the owner’s house. You can always ask the helpful staff.
Eating and Drinking
By the entrance is a small open air and covered eating area where breakfast and other meals are served.
A basic breakfast is included in the price of the room. It’s DIY. There’s a loaf of bread, a two slice toaster, plenty of butter and jam, and three-in-one instant coffee (surprisingly the taste wasn’t too bad!), or tea bags.
The staff will prepare eggs, sausages, congee etc on request but at an extra charge.
For other meals there is a short menu of Thai dishes with a couple of steak dishes as an extra.
Soft drinks and beers are on sale too. We were told that Panida Goodwill is a popular drop in spot during weekend evenings.
The staff we dealt with were friendly, and fairly efficient. We mentioned a door defect we saw in a another room and they called a handyman to fix it within minutes.
They were helpful with local information and happy to cook something to order, but they also were attentive without being pushy.
We only stayed here for one night when it was pretty quiet. I am not sure if there were any other guests staying at the time we were there.
Despite my little criticisms of the room, overall l was very happy and think it was great value for money.
If you’re exploring the mountains and national parks south of Loei town, and you have your own transport, its a comfortable and fun spot to crash out for a couple or more nights if you’re on a budget.
Getting there: Street address is 368 Moo 5, Nong Hin, Loei province. Take Highway 201 from Loei going south until getting to Nong Hin village. You need to turn right into Highway 3029 and after about 800 meters turn right. Google Maps will get you there!
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