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Khao San Road

The always-thumping heart of Thailand's backpacker scene, Khao San Road runs for a mere half-kilometre from Chakrabongse Road in the west to Tanao Road in the east. Studded with traveller-oriented cafes, noisy bars and street carts selling pad Thai, fried bugs and fake degrees, this is the centre of the action.

Between Khao San Road and the river

Covering West Banglamphu from Lamphu canal in the north down to Ratchadamnoen Avenue in the south and the Chao Phraya River in the west, this section includes laid-back Phra Arthit Road along with atmospheric West Soi Rambutri and other alleys surrounding Wat Chana Songkhram. While it's less of an all-out party vibe than nearby Khao San itself, you'll still find loads of eating, drinking and meeting spots to go with countless cheap guesthouses. Think of it as Khao San lite.

  • BB House

    BB House

    Stands for "best bed"

    80 Phra Arthit Rd (entrance on Soi Chana Songkhram), Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 2411;

    Clean rooms, good-quality beds and staff who give a hoot are not so easy to find in the Khao San neighbourhood. One place that offers all of this plus a relaxing rooftop terrace and great location ... Read the full review of BB House.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • New Siam Palace View Guesthouse

    New Siam Palace View Guesthouse

    Comfy and affordable

    56 Trok Rong Mai (between Phra Pinklao Rd and the far end of Soi Rambutri), Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 4142; F: (02) 282 4443

    The newest of New Siam’s collection of good-value flashpacker haunts in the Phra Arthit Road vicinity, New Siam Palace View was unveiled in early 2015. It follows the same recipe for success as ... Read the full review of New Siam Palace View Guesthouse.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Lamphu House

    Lamphu House

    Great value, super clean

    75-77 Rambuttri Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 629 5861; F: (02) 629 5864

    Tucked down a quiet alley off a lively stretch of Soi Rambutri, Lamphu House remains a top budget choice thanks to clean rooms at reasonable rates, pleasant staff and a great location. A large tree ... Read the full review of Lamphu House.

    4 stars Under 600B 27 votes Backpacker
  • Apple Guest House

    Apple Guest House

    One of the originals

    11 Soi Kai Chae (off Phra Sumen Rd; the alley begins directly across from Fortville Guesthouse), Bangkok
    T: (02) 281 1219;

    In a charmingly dilapidated neighbourhood, Apple Guest House is a throwback to another era. It was one of a handful of the original guesthouses to open way back in the early 1980s, long before ... Read the full review of Apple Guest House.

    4 stars Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
  • Mango Lagoon Place

    Mango Lagoon Place

    Decent view, quiet atmosphere

    30 Soi Rambutri
    T: (02) 281 4783; F: (02) 281 4783 ext. 200

    Rates at Mango Lagoon dropped slightly since our last visit -- a good sign that the place could use some upgrades. The pale yellow six-storey building sits just behind an atmospheric wood-floored ... Read the full review of Mango Lagoon Place.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 6 votes Flashpacker
  • New Siam II Guest House

    New Siam II Guest House

    Oustanding value

    50 Trok Rong Mai (between Phra Arthit Rd and Soi Rambutri), Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 2795; F: (02) 629 0303

    Part of a small collection of properties run by the New Siam group, New Siam II Guesthouse is an affordable option for flashpackers and families keen on enjoying a swimming pool and excellent old ... Read the full review of New Siam II Guest House.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 35 votes Flashpacker
  • Fortville Guesthouse

    Fortville Guesthouse

    Smooth flashpacker option

    9 Phra Sumen Rd (next to Phra Sumen Fort), Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 3932; F: (02) 629 0380

    Taking its name from the nearby Phra Sumen Fort, the four-storey Fortville offers 29 rooms with a sort of medieval-modern theme, if such a thing exists. A tall doorway with crosses in the polished ... Read the full review of Fortville Guesthouse.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Rambuttri Village

    Rambuttri Village

    Decent rooms, surly staff

    95 Soi Rambutri, Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 9162; F: (02) 629 5211

    Rambuttri Village sprawls over two large buildings just back from Soi Rambutri and near the corner of Chakrabongse, within a three-minute stumble of Khao San. Apart from the excellent location, ... Read the full review of Rambuttri Village.

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    3 stars 600B to 1,500B 42 votes Flashpacker
  • New Merry V Guest House

    New Merry V Guest House

    Good value

    18-20 Phra Arthit Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 280 3315; F: (02) 629 1376

    If you don’t mind a complete lack of bells and whistles, New Merry V Guest House on Phra Arthit Road remains one of the Khao San area’s better budget spots despite its well-worn appearance. You ... Read the full review of New Merry V Guest House.

    3 stars Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
  • O Bangkok

    O Bangkok

    Clean and simple

    28/1 Soi Rambutri, Bangkok
    T: (02) 281 4777; F: (02) 282 4291

    Located on the bend near the back end of Soi Rambutri, O Bangkok gets it done with clean rooms that have zero character and a staff that’s about as personable as a concrete wall. If you don’t ... Read the full review of O Bangkok.

    3 stars Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
  • Merry V Guest House

    Merry V Guest House

    No frills, clean

    33 Soi Chana Songkhram (entrance on Soi Rambutri), Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 9267;

    The popular Merry V is a large and basic guesthouse representing solid value on the low budget end. The property has two buildings: the concrete block that fronts the street comes with very basic but ... Read the full review of Merry V Guest House.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Adamaz House

    Adamaz House

    Modern rooms down a hidden lane

    90 Phra Sumen Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 281 4170;

    The newish Adamaz House specializes in comfy and spotless midrange rooms down an easy-to-miss alley near Phra Sumen Fort. Stepping into the gleaming lobby with bright white floors and full wall-size ... Read the full review of Adamaz House.

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    0 Stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker

North of Khao San Road

This section covers the immediate north of Khao San Road, east of Chakrabongse Road, south of Lamphu canal and west of Wat Bovorniwet. Included here is East Soi Rambutri, which runs parallel to Khao San and has a similar atmosphere. Just beyond that lie Tani and Kraisi roads, both good choices if you're looking to be slightly removed from the action. A few of Bangkok's best hostels are found in this neighbourhood.

Samsen, National Library and beyond

Expect a 10- to 20- minute walk to Khao San Road if staying in this large area that spans everything from the north of Lamphu canal up to Thewet pier and the Dusit palaces. Picturesque old houses, low-key cafes, leafy streets and quiet nights define the area -- at least if you're away from bustling Samsen Road itself. You'll find some excellent boutique hotels along with several good-value guesthouses, a few of which have been open for decades.

  • Born Free Hostel

    Born Free Hostel

    Tremendous value

    Samsen Soi 6, Bangkok
    T: (02) 628 5718;

    Just north of Khao San Road, Born Free Hostel offers tremendous value for clean and comfortable dorms. A heightened level of hospitality and several thoughtful touches set this edgy, ... Read the full review of Born Free Hostel.

    4.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Loog Choob Homestay

    Loog Choob Homestay

    Sumptuous and soothing

    463/5-8 Luk Luang Road, Bangkok
    T: (085) 328 2475;

    Have you ever dreamed of taking an ordinary old shophouse and turning it into a plush urban pad? The family who runs Loog Choob Homestay on the fringes of Bangkok’s old city did exactly that. What ... Read the full review of Loog Choob Homestay.

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    4.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Phra Nakorn Norn Len

    Phra Nakorn Norn Len

    Just brilliant

    46 Thewet Soi 1, Krungkasem Rd, Thawet
    T: (02) 628 8188-9;

    The Phranakorn Nornlen experience takes you straight into the creative soul of Thai culture. Comfortable rooms and abundant common spaces are adorned with imaginative murals; vintage displays lend ... Read the full review of Phra Nakorn Norn Len.

    4.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 2 votes Midrange
  • Sam Sen Sam Place

    Sam Sen Sam Place

    Affordable boutique guesthouse

    46 Samsen Soi 3, Bangkok
    T: (02) 628 7067; F: (02) 628 7887

    Named after the leafy side street where it's located, Sam Sen Sam Place was one of the first Khao San area guesthouses to go with a classic Thai-style boutique design that's very well done well. The ... Read the full review of Sam Sen Sam Place.

    4.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 9 votes Flashpacker
  • Baan Manusarn Bed and Breakfast

    Baan Manusarn Bed and Breakfast

    Deservedly excellent reputation

    8/11 Krung Kasem Rd (just east of Thewet express boat pier), Bangkok
    T: (02) 281 2976;

    Quiet location, immaculate accommodation, exceptional service, classy decor and intimate atmosphere: that’s Baan Manusarn‘s simple recipe for success. From the friendly greeting to homely common ... Read the full review of Baan Manusarn Bed and Breakfast.

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    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Bewel Hostel

    Bewel Hostel

    Clean and friendly

    316 Samsen Soi 4, Bangkok
    T: (02) 628 6218;

    Bewel Hostel is one of the cleanest and friendliest choices in an area where hostels are popping up faster than flowers in the rainy season. From the bubble-gum pink facade to the giant windows and ... Read the full review of Bewel Hostel.

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    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Phiman Riverview Guesthouse

    Phiman Riverview Guesthouse

    Basic digs, Chao Phraya views

    Near Rama VIII pier, Samsen Soi 5, Bangkok
    T: (087) 597 0609;

    Hidden in a back-alley location near Khao San Road, Phiman Riverview Guesthouse is a good choice for artsy backpackers looking to meet and chill. In a city where most riverside rooms are reserved ... Read the full review of Phiman Riverview Guesthouse .

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    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Samsen Skyline Hostel

    Samsen Skyline Hostel

    Unpretentious good value

    64 Samsen Road (between Soi 2 and Soi 4), Bangkok
    T: (087) 502 0520, (091) 031 2310;

    Located a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road, Samsen Skyline Hostel aims for friendliness over trendiness and value over style. You won’t find glossy entertainment rooms or uniformed staff at ... Read the full review of Samsen Skyline Hostel.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Khaosan Immjai Hostel

    Khaosan Immjai Hostel

    Bright, clean and comfy

    240 Samsen Soi 1, Bangkok
    T: (026) 293 088;

    A handful of hostels have emerged in the Khao San Road area to challenge the old presumption that cheap dorms must be filled with cockroaches and cranky staffs. One such game-changer is Khaosan ... Read the full review of Khaosan Immjai Hostel.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Korbua House

    Korbua House

    Clean and canalside

    Phra Sumen Road (next to Khlong Lamphu), Bangkok
    T: 022) 800 388;

    Year-old Korbua House is one of a few midrange hotels to have recently materialised in Bangkok’s Samsen area, just north of Khao San Road. Tucked beside Khlong Lamphu canal, the hotel offers fully ... Read the full review of Korbua House.

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    4 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Lamphu Tree House

    Lamphu Tree House

    Worth seeking out

    155 Wanchat Bridge, Phrachathipatai Rd (near corner of Phra Sumen Rd), Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 0991-2 ; F: (02) 282 0993

    One of the more reliable midrange hotels in the general Khao San Road vicinity, Lamphu Tree House balances comfort and professionalism with an old-style Thai elegance that draws on golden teakwood ... Read the full review of Lamphu Tree House.

    4 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Baan Chantra

    Baan Chantra

    Well-done bed and breakfast

    120 Samsen Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 628 6988;

    Set in a restored Thai house (the original building was built in 1936) Baan Chantra offers a classy and intimate place to stay a 15-minute walk north of Khao San Road. Lovingly decorated and fitted ... Read the full review of Baan Chantra.

    4 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Chillax Resort

    Chillax Resort

    Luxury near Khao San

    274 Samsen Soi 2, Bangkok
    T: (02) 629 4400; F: (02) 629 5499

    Part of an increasing upmarket trend in the Khao San area, Chillax is a low-rise luxury hotel that's impossible to miss on the otherwise sleepy Samsen Soi 2. The sleek white building opens into an ... Read the full review of Chillax Resort.

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    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Roofview Place

    Roofview Place

    Clean rooms, great service

    90/1 Samsen Soi 6, Bangkok
    T: (02) 280 1272; F: (02) 281 6704

    Located all the way at the end of Samsen Soi 6 in a fairly quiet spot, the nondescript Roofview Place is a good choice if you seek a clean and functional room with great service. Decor is lacking ... Read the full review of Roofview Place.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Sivarin Guest House

    Sivarin Guest House

    Charming budget spot

    11/1 Samsen Soi 3, Bangkok
    T: (02) 628 5659;

    Tucked towards the end of Samsen Soi 3 in a leafy area near the river and a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road, the Sivarin is a charming little spot with clean rooms and a helpful owner. The ... Read the full review of Sivarin Guest House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Baan Tepa Boutique House

    Baan Tepa Boutique House

    A lovely vintage-style boutique hotel

    245/1, Soi 9, Sri Ayutthaya Road, Bangkok
    T: (02) 281 4332, (086) 868 0685;

    It’s not so often that we come across a “boutique” hotel that warrants the term, but Baan Tepa Boutique House in the low key historical district of Dusit gets it just right. With eight ... Read the full review of Baan Tepa Boutique House.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Diamond House

    Diamond House

    Up-market guesthouse

    4 Samsen Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 629 4008; F: (02) 629 4009

    Well-situated just over Lamphu canal and with friendly and helpful staff, the Diamond House is a good choice for flashpackers who want to be close to the Khao San action without being right in the ... Read the full review of Diamond House.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Sawatdee Guest House

    Sawatdee Guest House

    The original!

    71 Sri Ayutthaya Rd Soi 16, Bangkok
    T: (02) 281 0757;

    Established way back in 1980, the still-very-much-alive Sawatdee is a relic of the early days of backpacking in Thailand. Rather than go boutique or attempt to transform into something more modern, ... Read the full review of Sawatdee Guest House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Tavee Guest House

    Tavee Guest House

    Quiet and delivers on comfort

    83 Sri-Ayutthaya Rd Soi 14, Bangkok
    T: T: (02) 280 1447;

    Hidden down a leafy alleyway, Tavee Guest House is our favourite among four long-running guesthouses clustered behind National Library in the low-key Thewet area. Each are owned by members of the ... Read the full review of Tavee Guest House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
  • Sri-Ayutthaya Guest House

    Sri-Ayutthaya Guest House

    Cosy traditional Thai design

    23/11 Sri Ayutthaya Rd Soi 14, Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 5942;

    Another longstanding National Library area guesthouse run by the same family who own Tavee, Shanti and Sawatdee (older brother, sister, younger brother, respectively), the Sri-Ayutthaya has a ... Read the full review of Sri-Ayutthaya Guest House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
  • Shanti Lodge

    Shanti Lodge

    Long-running stalwart

    37 Sri Ayutthaya Soi 16 (behind National Library), Bangkok
    T: (02) 281 2497;

    The longstanding Shanti Lodge was among the first Bangkok guesthouses to go “cool” with lattes, Vivaldi, vegetarian food and no smoking back in the ’80s. It remains popular with earthy-crunchy ... Read the full review of Shanti Lodge.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 11 votes Backpacker

Riverfront

Direct river views will require a 10- to 20-minute walk to Khao San Road but will also put one of the Chao Phraya express boat piers within easy reach.

Democracy Monument

A 10-minute walk east of Khao San Road, the Democracy Monument area around Ratchadamnoen Khlang Road hosts some interesting flashpacker to midrange accommodation. The area makes a great base for sightseeing but is sometimes the focal point for political demonstrations; you might check the news before booking.



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