Bangkok Journals

Bypassing Khaosan Road

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An October 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

Four Sons Village Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: There is more to Khaosan Road than Khaosan Road. Surrounding it are several alleys that hide a few gems; to them is dedicated this journal.

Soi Damnoen Klang Nua

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Attraction | "Soi Damnoen Klang Nua: Travel in Style"

Soi Damnoen Klang Nua Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Finding the AlleySoi Damnoen Klang Nua is one of those alleys that seem to hold the heart and soul of Bangkok. The short distance between Khaosan Road and the Ratchadamnoen Avenue is not completely solid: a narrow alley runs there parallel to both. Not surprisingly it features the same density of guesthouses, travel agencies, internet kiosks and restaurants as its better known neighbor. Reaching it is simple: there is direct access from Thanon Tanao – the street at the eastern...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2008

Sawasdee Smile Inn

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Hotel | "Sawasdee Inn"

Sawasdee Smile Inn Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Sawasdee Smile Inn seemed the correct place for searching the famous Thai smile; eager to meet it, I entered.On Thai HotelsA substantial part of the tourism industry in Thailand comes in the form of boutique hotels, small, independent establishments based on local workforce and resources. Often, they combine a travel agency, restaurant and an internet kiosk. On the other side of the spectrum are international chains specializin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2008

Sawasdee Smile Inn
35 Soi Rongmai, Chao Fa Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
877-662-6988

Mango Lagoon Palace

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Hotel

Mango Lagoon Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Mango Lagoon Place was one of the last hotels to be built in the Khaosan Road area; I followed the lengthy construction process over what was until then one of those rare unoccupied lots in the area. Then I travelled away for a while and when I returned to Bangkok, I met the most impressive hotel along Soi Rambuttri. Checking it out was unavoidable.Entering the LagoonThe Mango Lagoon Place avoided the typical design of the boutique hotels populating the area by adopting a receding entrance. The main structure is behind an open garden hosting a basic restaurant, which unlike...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2008

Mango Lagoon Palace
30, Soi Rambuttri
Bangkok
+66 2-281-4783

Soi Rambuttri

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Soi Rambuttri Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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On Soi and ThanonOne of the most important characteristic of Bangkok for the traveler willing to navigate it is its ordering into Thanon and Soi. Different models exist for the design of cities. La Paz and American cities stick to strict rectangular grids. My h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2008

Four Sons Village

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Restaurant

Four Sons Village Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Four Sons Village is one of the more attractive boutique restaurant/hotels in the Khaosan Road area and attempts to address all the travelers' needs at once. Its big restaurant dominates the access to the handsome semi-walking street in the backside of Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawiharn and offers comfortable seats on solid wooden tables and chairs. I have never stayed at the attached hotel, but the restaurant is one of the most attractive options for a casual dinner in the area.The NameFor those knowing the ...Read More

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Four Sons Village
54/1 Soi Chanasongkhram
Bangkok, Thailand
(02) 629 1477