In the many years I've been coming to Thailand, I am always on the lookout for a great place to stay. For me, what it boils down to is... the price and the mood I am in.
by tammyhayano on December 4, 2005
Mornings are my favorite. I wake up to the sunlight streaming in from the bamboo curtains. After my hot shower (in the immaculate bathrooms), I walk downstairs for (free) breakfast. A variety of fruits and bread are spread out on the table, and I take my plate to the garden seating. I'm usually there for an hour, reading the (free)English newpaper, watching CNN or using the (semi-free) Internet. When I'm not at the nearby markets, shopping malls, or Bumrungrad Hospital, sometimes I'll just spend a few hours reading on the balcony. The (Thai) architecture makes it an inviting place to chill out indoors or outside. Above all, the best thing about this place is that it's NOT on Khao San Road, the tourist ghetto on the westside of town. For more info, check-out www.suk11.com
by tammyhayano on February 17, 2011
It never ceases to surprise me why, WHY do people stay on Khao San Road? When I'm looking for a place to stay in Bangkok, I think of easy access (near a BTS), clean, quieter neighborhood, and great value. It's all happening at Saphaipae Hostel. The last three times I stayed there, I had a dorm room all too myself (yesss!) for under 400 baht. Since there is a 24 hour front desk staff, you never have to worry about arriving too late or too early for a walk-in room booking.The reason for all this availability is because this place is four stories with about 6 rooms per floor. If you're looking for company, there are always people in the restaurant, at the WiFi counter, playing pool, or hanging around the lobby chairs. And I love it when the extra perks are reasonably priced- 30 baht for an Americano, 20 baht to throw your clothes in the washer, 12 baht for a banana muffin. This is the most modern, comfortable hostel I've stayed at in Bangkok. If I was forced to think of any drawbacks, I would say that the rooms are a bit dark, and there isn't too much happening in the neighborhood. You'll find a 7-Eleven and a couple of cafes but it seems to be more of a business district. No worries, just hop on the BTS that is about five minutes away (Surasak), and you are good to go.
by tammyhayano on February 23, 2011
At LubD, it is easy to feel cool. The snazzy deco, awesome music playing in the lobby, the smart looking young staff... And the backpackers look clean, showered, even fashionable! The friendliness there is contagious; everyone was smiley and chatting me up in the dorm, bathrooms, patio, and internet area. LubD is in a prime location; about a minute walk from the National Stadium BTS and on a block with a 7-eleven, local restaurant, food stalls, fruit vendors, print/scan service. Just down the road is MBK, Siam Square, a night market (on the overhead passageway), Tesco Lotus, and massage. They have a good breakfast option (with real coffee) that can be enjoyed with indoor or outdoor seating. Other amenities include: laundry (40 baht/washer); free WiFi; free luggage storage (for two months!); and TV room. I also found a great place to do yoga out in the halls. The only drawback is that the dorm rooms are a bit dark and the sound of the hallway doors opening and closing can be heard at all hours. At 500 baht a dorm bed, I'm sure you can find something cheaper. However, for the location, amenities and superb (but not party) environment, this place can't be beat.
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