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Lub d Silom

Slick flashpacker hostel

What we say: 4 stars

Opened in 2008, Lub d Silom was one of the pioneers of Bangkok’s trendy hostel craze. While a select few of the city’s less hyped hostels offer an (at least) equal experience for less cash, Lub d’s funky atmosphere, excellent common facilities, good security and professional staff have helped it to remain one of the most popular in town. This is the hostel that so many hostels have copied.

Tried and true.

Tried and true.

Lub d’s original Silom branch is located on relatively quiet Decho Road, about 200 metres from Silom Road itself and a 10- to 15-minute stroll to Chong Nonsi or Sala Daeng BTS skytrain stations and Sam Yan or Si Lom MRT subway stations. From local-style street markets to debaucherous bars to slick cafes and a haunting Hindu temple, this is one of Bangkok’s most eclectic areas. The location makes Lub d an outstanding base for exploring the city, and the on-site tour desk offers some offbeat experiences.

With trendy decor and an industrial edge, the spacious building includes mural size maps of Bangkok painted onto polished concrete walls, plywood coverings on doors, cat-walk style walkways and abundant wall-size windows. Lub d shines when it comes to common spaces. Grab one of many seats on the streetside terrace, grab a beer or coffee in the airy cafe/bar, grab breakfast at a spacious wooden table in the lobby, or watch a movie in the minimalist “theatre” with red bean bag seats and widescreen LCD TV.

The hostel that so many hostels have copied.

The maps are actually quite accurate.

Other facilities include a free computer station with six PCs (WiFi is also free), book exchange and laundry room. The only things missing are a billiards table, rooftop garden and lift. Security is excellent — you’ll need a key-card to access the stairway and another to get it into your room. Separated by gender on each floor, modern shared bathrooms are spacious and bright with more than enough shower rooms, sinks and toilets to go around. Aside from an inevitable smelly traveller or two, the whole air-conditioned building is immaculate.

Bean bag fight!

Bean bag fight!

Numerous dorm rooms in mixed and women-only varieties come with six or eight beds for 460 baht or 10 beds for 440. For the price, you might expect extra features like personal safes, as in HQ Hostel, or privacy pods, as in Suneta, but Lub d’s dorms don’t offer anything too special. Though they’re smartly designed with fairly large lockers placed between beds, the relatively cramped confines feel even less spacious due to the fact that they’re often full.

Still, the thick mattresses with high quality linens and fuzzy blankets make the red or fluorescent green bunks perfectly comfortable, and they are equipped with private reading lamps and electrical outlets. The bunks wouldn’t be the best value if they were in a less secure hostel with fewer common areas and a more out-of-the-way location, but all things considered, they’re priced right where they should be.

Full house.

Full house.

For 1,100 baht, a reasonably spacious and very bright private double with bunk bed, small writing table and safe relies on the shared bathroom facilities. Another 600 baht bags you a top-floor corner “suite” with an inviting minimalist design to go with double bed, LCD TV and ensuite bathroom. The only strange bit is that basin sinks are located outside of the bathroom — handy if you’re keen on brushing your teeth in bed. Given the relatively steep rates for privates, we’d probably give them a pass in favour of nearby Om Yim, New Road or S1.

Overall, this veteran stalwart of Bangkok’s burgeoning hostel scene remains a great place to lie down, kick back and meet other travellers. Lub d’s newer Siam Square location has slightly more stylish dorms to go with similarly outstanding common areas. The Silom area bursts with other trendy hostels, including Saphai Pae, Take a Nap, Mile Map, Silom Art Hostel and the aforementioned HQ.

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4 Decho Rd, Bangrak.  T: (02) 634 7999 F: (02) 634 7510  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 440 baht 440 baht 10 beds. Up to 460 baht for six to eight bed dorm
Dbl air-con share b'room 1,100 baht 1,100 baht
Dbl air-con private b'room 1,700 baht 1,700 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 14th February, 2009
Last visited or updated on: 15th January, 2014

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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Lub d Silom
4 Decho Rd, Bangrak. 
T: (02) 634 7999 F: (02) 634 7510

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