Budget digs near the train station
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Located steps away from Hualamphong Station, The Train Guesthouse should work for backpackers in need of a cheap place to crash before or after a journey by train.
The old-style guesthouse’s “deluxe” rooms are overpriced but the bare-bones editions with shared bathrooms aren’t bad for the price.
Situated on the upper floors of this not-so-attractive metal-fronted building, the basic fan-cooled “eco rooms” and “standard” rooms with air-con are little more than cramped boxes with double beds or bunk beds, windows and small sinks attached to blank white walls. Mattresses are thin but linens appeared fresh and the rooms looked well kept. Expect considerable street noise if you opt for a fan room. Budget rooms rely on basic shared bathrooms with two toilets and two hot-water showers for each floor. The Train also has larger rooms with air-con, TVs, fridges, firm beds, generic art and narrow hot-water bathrooms on the ground floor. Though not unreasonable if you want the bells and whistles, some of these don’t have windows and are priced a couple of hundred baht higher than what we think they’re worth.
The guesthouse offers transport bookings, a small cafe and free WiFi. The owner is friendlier than you might expect for a dirt-cheap guesthouse next to the train station. The neighbouring Sri Hualamphong Hotel has ancient private fan rooms for just 250 baht, but the guy who greeted us there was downright surly and declined to show us a room.
To get here from Hualamphong Station, take a left (east) out of the station’s front gate and hang a left (north) on the first road that you’ll see. The Train Guesthouse (the largest sign says “Train Inn”) will be a couple of hundred metres up on the right. The location is reasonably convenient to Chinatown and within steps of Hualamphong MRT Subway Station as well as the long-distance trains, but otherwise Rong Muang Road has a dodgy feel with plenty of travel agents and tuk tuk drivers looking to take advantage of unprepared travellers.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 17th April, 2016.