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Tavee Guest House

Quiet and delivers on comfort

What we say: 3.5 stars

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 same family, but Tavee’s soothing common areas, quality rooms and reasonable rates make it the standout.

Just down a lovely little lane.

Tucked down a lovely little lane.

At first glance, the narrow alley with laundry hung out to dry and old red-and-white sign lends the impression that this is a tiny, family-run guesthouse. While it is operated by the large family that has a monopoly on the area’s guesthouse scene, Tavee is deceptively large, covering two wooden houses with generous common areas placed amid the open-air spaces between them.

Wander beyond the inviting restaurant/reception area and you’ll pass through a few different chill spaces with aquariums, goldfish ponds, fountains, lanterns, Buddha images and huge ceramic vases that collectively give the place an elegant Indochinese feel. The largest common room features a long couch stretching right up to a lush tropical garden.

Fine spot to beat the rain or sun.

Fine spot to beat the rain or sun.

Available with fan or air-con, Tavee’s clean and fairly spacious guestrooms offer better value than any of the neighbours. The cheapest fan numbers come with hardwood floors and windows that face a wall (at least in the one we saw), but they should be adequate for budget travellers. Shared bathroom facilities are located in two different places and come with stylish ceramic basin sinks and ample hot water showers.

A bit more cash bags you a larger air-con room with woven bamboo and Thai-style wood panel walls, ensuite bathroom and firm bed on chunky log frame. Family rooms are also available with fold-out sofas. Doubles come with choice of one large bed or two single frames. While the area itself is quiet, you might want to bring earplugs due to the thin walls.

A peak in the air-con double.

A peak in the air-con double.

With free WiFi and a handful of tables where it’s easy to meet other travellers, the cosy restaurant is reported to serve reasonably good Thai staples. Small lockers are available for keeping valuables safe when you go out. Not overly friendly or unfriendly, we found staff to be straightforward and polite. A handful of signs inform guests of the house rules, perhaps making the place seem a tad nit-picky. Like its neighbours, Tavee still relies almost entirely on the walk-in trade, though reservations by email are accepted.

Located near the river and within spitting distance of Sawatdee Guesthouse, Sri-Ayutthaya Guesthouse and Shanti Lodge, Tavee is a five-minute stroll from Thewet express boat pier and a 20-minute walk north of Khao San Road. With a few massive old banyan trees and lots of century-old wood houses, the immediate area was one of the first in Bangkok to cater specifically to backpackers.

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83 Sri-Ayutthaya Rd Soi 14, Bangkok.  T: T: (02) 280 1447, (02) 282 5983 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl air-con private b'room 700 baht 700 baht Up to 750 baht
Sgl fan share b'room 350 baht 350 baht
Dbl fan share b'room 400 baht 400 baht Up to 500 baht
Triple fan share b'room 700 baht 700 baht Up to 800 baht
Triple air-con private b'room 1,050 baht 1,050 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 21st July, 2003
Last visited or updated on: 26th June, 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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Tavee Guest House
83 Sri-Ayutthaya Rd Soi 14, Bangkok. 
T: T: (02) 280 1447, (02) 282 5983

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