New Siam II Guest House
What we say:
Part of a small collection of properties run by the New Siam group, New Siam II Guesthouse is an affordable option for flashpackers and families keen on enjoying a swimming pool and excellent old city location. Though older rooms are showing some wear, the value is still among the best of any hotel in this part in Bangkok.
New Siam II covers two large five-storey concrete structures, with the “front building” built in more recent times than the original. Newer rooms cost only slightly more than the well-worn older editions, so you might request the front building. Despite the guesthouse name, we’d classify the large property firmly in the hotel category.
All rooms are equipped with creature comforts that betray the under 1,000 baht rates, including air-con, TVs, mini-fridges, electronic safes, small balconies and shower curtains in the bathrooms. Ceiling fans are also provided in all rooms; you can save 100 baht by requesting the air-con and hot water to be switched off.
While the above might sound fabulous, keep in mind that this is not the lap of luxury. Beds in the older rooms can be uncomfortably firm; appliances, desks and other furnishings have seen better days; the white-tile floors are utilitarian; bathrooms are small and you’ll find some visible scuff marks on the walls. The traditional Thai decor seems to have been thrown in as an afterthought.
Even so, at these rates, you simply won’t find other Khao San area establishments with swimming pools and rooms that are this spacious and well-equipped. The only exception is the newest of the New Siam sister properties — more on that below. New Siam II sets itself apart by offering large hotel style accommodation at prices that even some backpackers can afford.
The ground-floor swimming pool is within diving distance of a large restaurant serving baguettes along with standard Thai dishes and beer. Non-guests can use the pool for 200 baht per day, but even guests have to pay 30 baht a day for WiFi — not a huge sum though it still makes us cringe. The staff members who showed us around were quite pleasant and spoke good English.
New Siam II’s location is hard to argue with, especially if you appreciate a quiet night’s sleep. It spans almost the entire length of a narrow alley with a few trees providing some atmosphere. Phra Arthit Road and its numerous cafes and bars is around one corner, Soi Rambutri and its colourful traveller scene around the other. A Chao Phraya Express Boat pier is a three-minute walk away, while Khao San Road and various attractions can be reached in 10 to 20 minutes.
The original New Siam Guesthouse has cheaper, more rundown rooms on nearby Soi Chana Songkhram. Across Phra Arthit Road is the pricier New Siam Riverside and its river views, while the smaller/newer New Siam III Guesthouse has similarly equipped rooms without the pool on Soi Rambutri. The pick of the bunch just might be New Siam Palace View, which is brand new as of early 2015 and also has a swimming pool to go with modern rooms, some with Grand Palace views, for the same rates as New Siam II.
Compared to other local hotel groups, like the dismal Sawasdee and overpriced Dang Derm, New Siam sets the standard for straightforward, good-value flashpacker accommodation in the Khao San area. Confused about which of their properties is best for you? More details can be found, and bookings made, on the blanket New Siam website.
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Contact details:50 Trok Rong Mai (between Phra Arthit Rd and Soi Rambutri), Bangkok. T: (02) 282 2795 , (02) 629 0101 F: (02) 629 0303
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||790 baht||840 baht||Plus 50 baht for newer building.|
|Dbl fan private b'room||740 baht||740 baht|
|Triple air-con private b'room||1,170 baht||1,245 baht||Up to 1,365/1,440 for larger room.|
|Superior - Double||840 baht||890 baht||Plus 100 baht for newer building.|
Added to Travelfish on: 21st July, 2003
Last visited or updated on: 8th February, 2015
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Rated 4 out of 5
Based on 35 ratings and 35 reviews
New Siam II Guest House
We were glad we chose this guesthouse on the internet when we saw others in the area. The room did have a smell which was caused by no natural air. We booked with air-con, but really only needed the fan. The air-con was noisy. The toilet is a western flush, but paper goes in the bin! Great food. Staff work very long hours here, so not overly engaging or friendly, but do give reasonable service. The food is very good here. There is cheaper around but so far, not as good as the food here. Good lap pool, but only opening at 9am for me is a negative as I like an early morning swim. This is placed in a quieter area, but easy to get to the busier areas by foot. Great air-con internet room (there are cheaper around if you look around.)
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by danceswithrose (Total published reviews: 4) on
bit expensive, but OK
Stayed here three months ago on arrival in Thailand. Payed 860 baht for a double room with air-con, private bathroom and TV. bit too much for what you get. We had to wait more then two hours before the room was ready (although we booked ahead), they didn't mind keeping us waiting. We took the time to try out all the different Thai beers :P Room was pretty clean, but we did see cockroaches running around in the stairway. We didn't use the pool because it smelled too much like chlorine. Restaurant was OK and their staff was friendly.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by Thijs (Total published reviews: 18) on
We stayed at New Siam II three times as we travelled around Thailand and hit Bangkok several times. The large rooms were clean, the staff were friendly and the food was pretty good. The large-ish pool was divine after a hot day in Bangkok. It also has three coin-operated internet terminals which were very handy. It's a couple of minutes walk to Soi Rambuttri and Kho San Road. Definitely recommended.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by jules78 (Total published reviews: 11) on
It looks a tiny bit more hotel-style than competitors in the vicinity and i's accordingly more expensive. I can't see the surplus. What annoyed me with the original New Siam Guesthouse were long lists of dangers to strangers and don't do this, which applies to New Siam II also: you feel like you're in a penitentiary. Apart from that, they don't do more for you than other guesthouses around but they charge a lot more. I've avoided New Siam for many years, happened to be there for a night this year, and will avoid it again.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by kubenka (Total published reviews: 3) on
Covenient and quiet
Only a couple of minutes walk from Khao San Rd but an oasis of calm. Triple room was clean and comfortable, staff not over friendly but ok, swimming pool small though very welcome after sweaty day's sightseeing.
Would definately recommend staying here.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by martinw (Total published reviews: 3) on
Too restrictive, pool a letdown
Would suit many young backpackers who seek a secure convenient location. I found it too restrictive and big-brother-ish. You pass the watchful eye of the reception every time you go in or out and there is a menu-sized list of rules, restrictions, and warnings in every room. Made me feel like I was staying in a Catholic boarding school. The swimming pool is small and gets very little sunlight and sits right next to the restaurant meaning zero privacy, and again there is a big list of pool rules right there. As a grown adult I'd choose somewhere more dignified, but for young backpackers I suppose it's fine. I prefer the Mango Lagoon right down the street, no pool but much better value for money IMO.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by CaptainBob (Total published reviews: 2) on
Families on a budget
I have stayed here a few times now. I like it because it is always clean and the triples are a reasonable size (for a Bangkok guesthouse). The staff are usually great - friendly and efficient, and the pool is a bonus with kids. The location is also nice. It is accessible directly by taxi without driving through the really busy narrow streets. It is quiet yet has restaurants, 7/11 close by. There is also a park 5 mins walk down the road which is a nice place to go in the evenings -- good for kids to run around and it is also adjacent to the river.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by api (Total published reviews: 3) on
Overpriced, tiny bathrooms
800B for a tiny bathroom and just okay room. Worth 500B only. Wouldn't stay again.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by travelrock (Total published reviews: 21) on
We stayed there in February 2008. We paid 890B for a double. The room was really clean. The swimming pool was cool and very pleasant in that heat. The staff was very friendly. They even let us use the swimming pool free after check out and they stored our luggage free too. The place was quiet enough to have a good sleep. We can recommend it.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by galina (Total published reviews: 2) on
Good value, but the beds: you can't sleep in the doubles without having a bad neck the next morning.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by jofml (Total published reviews: 11) on
Just what you need
New Siam II is great any time but it is PERFECT for when you come off a long flight and are jetlagged. I checked in within minutes and used the lift with my baggage and collapsed on a huge bed. As other people have listed the facilities, I won't bother, but having the safe in the room is handy and fits al ot of stuff i.e 2 large cameras and lenses. This is the 3rd time I have stayed here and that says something itself. Food on the premises is good, travel agent for visas and tours helpful and the staff at reception always have a smiling face if you are smiling at them. Will be staying here in January when I return from Cambodia, it's becoming my Bangkok home !!
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by alison (Total published reviews: 13) on
A true home away from home!
From Jan to May 2006, I was for a few months in Bangkok. I decided to check out for the first time the Khao San Road scene. After checking about 30-40 different guest houses in the area, there is no doubt in my mind that the best one for me was New Siam 2 -- a true home away from home! It's the best value for money, with great sized rooms with good amenities, including a digital safe, great colour TV, 24-hour reception, electronic key card and a very safe & secure feeling in a nice and quiet part of the neighbourhood -- just between noisy Khao San Road and minutes away from the river and pier. A nice small pool, a very good restaurant with a good Western & Thai menu, a very well operated and reliable taxi service (24/7), and above all, a great atmosphere from all the staff, especially in the restaurant.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by goronr69 (Total published reviews: 1) on
Efficient, clean, good spot
Take from the new airport the AE bus nr 2 (150B p.p). This bus brings you to Phra Athit Road. Then you walk 200m to New Siam 2. The rooms are nice and clean. Before taking a room listen to the aircon. Sometimes they make a lot of noise. From New Siam it is only 5 minutes' walk to the pier for the river express boats. The food is good and there is a nice swimming pool. New Siam is located in a small soi and it is not noisy.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by dillyenjan (Total published reviews: 3) on
Made for a great stay
The online map in Thai writing was a great help and made for an easy trip from the airport. Staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were spotless. Food was good but pricier than nearby options. Our favourite was the lovely pool... a real treat in the scorching heat! Overall a great option.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by sunlover (Total published reviews: 2) on
Booked online from NZ. Arrived in the middle of the night which seems to be the norm here. Excellent position for this place as it is close to Khao San, Phra Athit Rd and river taxis if you cross the Phra Pinklao bridge. Go to the Oriental for tea getting off at the #12 jetty for 21B for 3 people. We had a triple room and found everything worked as it should. The staff are great, they translated our destinations onto a card for taxi or tuk tuk drivers in case there was a language problem. The staff on the tours desk were really helpful and gave us many pointers on dealing with Bangkok and its immense transport network. We had our laundry done here for a fair price. We moved rooms because of new arrivals in our group, having left some small valuable items in our old room we were pleased to have them returned to us after being away on a tour for 3 days. I totally recommend a stay here. Quiet, friendly, centrally located, great value. Will stay here again.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by drgoon (Total published reviews: 1) on
Basic and does the job!
Stayed here as a first stop on round the world trip, so worth the extra money for decent room, air con, pool to cool off. Safe very useful too. Chose to stay elsewhere on return to Bangkok though.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by wemaybesometime (Total published reviews: 7) on
Didn't stay twice
Booked from NZ and found it expensive for what you got. Rooms dated, musty smelling, but clean; combination lock safe in the room was a great idea; shower a trickle, bed was exceptionally hard! The staff were efficient but not so friendly; the food and drinks were good. The pool right alongside the restaurant was odd unless you wanted an audience. They did hold our luggage on the last day at no additional charge which was kind. Chose not to stay there when we returned to Bangkok for a couple of days on the way home.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by pisces5 (Total published reviews: 1) on
We stayed here for a few nights en route to Cambodia. The room was very clean, nice bathroom (but weak shower pressure!!), nice to have an in-room safe. Quiet, considering it is SO close to Khao San Road! Their food is really good. They make great green Thai curry, and seriously, they have the BEST and most delicious banana, mango, coconut milkshakes we have EVER had. Without a doubt, you should not miss out on having one. Easy access from there to the river to take the river taxi, you can walk down the river to the Royal Palace. I've stayed at other places in Bangkok, and this one was my favorite. Not only because it is a little more pricey than what most of the 'party kids' wanna spend, so you don't have the ubiquitous stoners, also no outside guests allowed into the rooms, so no prostitutes around either.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by wearetherobot (Total published reviews: 4) on
Great value, clean rooms
We stayed here a couple times on our vacation. The rooms are super clean, nice aircon and the showers even had a shower curtain. The safes in the room were a nice bonus, and the food in the restaurant was great, but it does lack atmosphere. The staff was the nicest of all we met in Thailand and Cambodia.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by flightgirl (Total published reviews: 5) on
Top location, great value
We picked the New Siam II because of the recommendation on this page and found it a real treat. Close enough to Khao San Road to enjoy the party there and walk back home, but far enough away to sleep in peace. The fans are big ceiling ones, very useful, so we hardly used the air-con when we had the air-con room.
Both types of rooms, air-con and fan, were equal in size and quality. The little balcony is good for drying clothes and it's nice to leave the window open at night (it's quiet enough for that). Friendly staff, a nice pool and pool area (though a little crammed) in a very quiet Soi. Good to live so close to the river and river taxi pier, plus the decent restaurants on Phra Athit (at least better than Khao San Road). We never had to pay for leaving luggage for a day and the pool was free even on the days of our departure, so we could relax a little and shower before getting on a night bus. Very safe also, the looked very closely at the folk stumbling in at night.
Not perfect, but for Bangkok in this location, it's great!
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by girasole (Total published reviews: 2) on
Great location which is close to the river. We paid 850B for a room. Very clean, big bed, very good air-con (necessary) TV, room safe and clean bathroom. Staff were great. We were impressed enough that we stayed there again on our way home.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by Sinu (Total published reviews: 4) on
Always my first choice
If you can't stand the night time noise on Khao San Road this is an oasis ... I have stayed here many times and have even seen them throw people out for being to loud ... Good cheap menu downstairs ... I will be Back !!!!
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by garyhall99 (Total published reviews: 1) on
Hands down my favorite place in Bangkok
Cosmetically, there is nothing spectacular about New Siam Guesthouse II but it's the service and the relationships that you build with the staff that win you over. I stayed here last month, four separate times over a span of three weeks. The rooms are nothing spectacular. Basic bed, sheets and private bathroom. Everything was clean for the most part! The rooms even come with an electronic safe which definitely was a plus. All rooms are opened by an electronic key card also. The downstairs restaurant is really good and cheap; however, the thing that I loved most about my stay here was the staff. They were all really sweet and welcomed me from minute one. I will be coming back when I visit again.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by yellowfellow (Total published reviews: 4) on
Not to damper the enthusiasm, but my stay was certainly mixed. Rooms are OK and clean, and common area bustling and lively. But they seem to nickel and dime (or 5-10B) you to death, which gets a bit old. Eg pay to leave your luggage a few days, laundry comes back a rumpled mess because you didn't realise ironing was extra. And when I paid in advance to reserve a non-air-con room, they didn't have one available when I returned So they required me to upgrade to air-con -- at my expense. Only 100B extra, but just a bit tedious.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by DueEast (Total published reviews: 1) on
Good but ...
This place is great if you need a break. Good too if you are arriving late from a long plane ride. The only thing that I find less interesting is that you can no longer make a reservation without a credit card and the price for the rooms has increased at lot in the last few years. In 2002, I paid 450B. In 2003 540B. In 2004 575B. And now, it's 750B!! They sure like the money!
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by yopico (Total published reviews: 1) on
The location is very quiet, which is nice. The room was ok, clean but nothing special (the view over the next building which was falling apart wasn't the best!) Didn't even try the swimming pool, just seemed a bit silly, but it could be nice. The food was not bad and cheap. If you want to stay near the Khao San Road, this place is definitely worth spending a bit more on.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by bonbongirl (Total published reviews: 5) on
My favourite in Bangkok
My favourite spot to stay in Bangkok. Not the cheapest but well worth the money. I always had a spotlessly clean room, and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Conveniently located on a quiet alley close to Khao San Road. The pool is heavenly after a hot and sweaty day. I stayed here several days on five different occassions (2003, 2004, 2005), and I always return when in Bangkok.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by tommickx (Total published reviews: 1) on
Not bad at all!
Well worth the money, large clean rooms in good location. Would stay again
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by Barnesy76 (Total published reviews: 2) on
But not great. Pool was nice. The room smelled pretty bad of stale smoke even though they are technically non-smoking. (Then why serve ash trays?!) Bathroom was missing a ceiling tile which was a bit sketchy. Food was pretty good and a nice value.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by jen120978 (Total published reviews: 2) on
This place is great -- big rooms with TV, safe and huge bed. Staff are helpful and menu extensive. Had no problem or charge when booking a room over the phone. Good location 5 minutes walk from the Khao San Road. 790B for an air-con double but still a bargain -- best place I have stayed in Bangkok.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by mattyvlem (Total published reviews: 10) on
Always booked, but...
They're overdrawing with reservations!! To be fair -- the place is really good for staying for some days, very clean and well organised. But reservations can only be done with a credit card -- for this service, they charge 100B + 3% extra...
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by lechtenberg (Total published reviews: 2) on
This is the elusive middle option -- neither the low end flophouse, nor the pricey hotel. The New Siam II is excellent value for the price and the rooms are actually clean ( a claim often made on Khao San Road, but seldom delivered.) Will stay there again when passing through Bangkok
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by AsianAlien (Total published reviews: 1) on
Clean and efficient
Excellent, attentive service, spotless rooms, satisfying food, and a cool little pool, on a very quiet soi well away from the madness that is Khao San Rd -- a great place for families
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by CunningMcFar (Total published reviews: 44) on
I stay at New Siam whenever I'm moving through Bangkok. Clean, quiet, hot showers. I've stayed there in 2002, 2003, 2004. Very polite and helpful. They have storage (discounted for staying there). Five minutes walk to the river ferry or Khao San Road. 4am departures for the airport finds someone at the front desk ready to get a taxi and you out of there.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by tolchina (Total published reviews: 2) on
Fine, but better available.
Very convenient location near Khao San Road (if that appeals!) and student eating places on Phra Athit Rd, this place is OK, but not anything to write home about, though the prices above don't reflect what we paid: 495THB for double room with air-con, fan and shower, though the advertised hot water never arrived and the cold was little more than a drizzle. Not sure how to compare, but it was the least good value and grubbiest of any place we stayed in Laos and Thailand over three weeks and six stops.
New Siam II Guest House reviewed by stevejw (Total published reviews: 3) on
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New Siam II Guest House
50 Trok Rong Mai (between Phra Arthit Rd and Soi Rambutri), Bangkok.
T: (02) 282 2795 , (02) 629 0101 F: (02) 629 0303
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New Siam II Guest House
By danceswithrose, 23 October 2010
bit expensive, but OK
By Thijs, 29 March 2010
By jules78, 14 June 2009
By kubenka, 15 April 2009
Covenient and quiet
By martinw, 31 December 2008