Not exactly cheap, but still a budget option to ge
768 Soi Panurangsri, Songvad Rd, Chinatown T: (02) 234 5429 F: (02) 237 5428
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This eight-storey guesthouse wins the prize for being Bangkok's trickiest place to find despite being easy to see from the river.
The views from the restaurant are superb; while the food is pretty standard guesthouse fare, it's a great place to relax with a beer. A renovation of all of the rooms and the restaurant was almost completed when Travelfish visited, bringing the value-for-money ratio back into the positive range. The top three floors of rooms are the best, with tasteful decoration and lovely balconies overlooking the river. River View is in a good location if you plan spending a lot of time in Chinatown or if you're keen on a river view without paying five-star prices but it's pretty out of the way otherwise. The rooms with balconies are pretty amazing, but it's debateable if the other rooms are really a good value. Still, it's peaceful. To get there, hop off at River City ferry pier — otherwise known as the Harbor/Marine Department, turn left and follow the small soi that runs off through markets. Keep going till you enter an area full of used car parts, take the third little soi on your left which has a sign pointing to the guesthouse — the sign is actually facing the opposite direction so look backwards as you pass the soi to spot it. Follow this, take a turn to the right and you're there. Alternatively, get off the MRT at Hua Lamphong and take a motorbike for around 20 baht.
Last updated on 21st December, 2011.