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Sawatdee Guest House

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Photo of Sawatdee Guest House, 71 Sri Ayutthaya Rd Soi 16, Bangkok. , Khao San Road

What we say: 3.5 stars

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, the owner has stuck to her original recipe of dirt-cheap rooms and an unpretentious atmosphere that feels how staying in a local's home should feel. Clambering up and down the steep stairs is like visiting a museum dedicated to early backpacking in Thailand. An old-school water cooler, now used to shelve Buddhas and icons, lies dusty and forgotten in the corridor. Room 1 boasts a fascinating black-and-white picture that appears to show early backpackers, circa the 1950s, bedding down in a shared dorm. These little quirks and the friendly staff somehow combine to give this place a peculiar charm. Equipped with cheap mattresses on old bedframes and a choice of private or shared cold-water baths, the rooms are small and extremely basic but reasonably well kept. Sawatdee remains solid backpacker value for those who appreciate old-style guesthouses to hostels that usually charge more for dorms than you'll pay here for a private room.

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Contact details:

71 Sri Ayutthaya Rd Soi 16, Bangkok.  T: (02) 281 0757, (02) 282 5349 

What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Sgl fan share b'room 250 baht 250 baht
Dbl fan share b'room 300 baht 300 baht
Sgl fan private b'room 350 baht 350 baht
Dbl fan private b'room 400 baht 400 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 6th March, 2005
Last visited or updated on: 15th 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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Sawatdee Guest House
71 Sri Ayutthaya Rd Soi 16, Bangkok. 
T: (02) 281 0757, (02) 282 5349 

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