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Link Corner Hostel

Simple hostel on a busy corner

What we say: 3.5 stars

In the shadow of Ratchaprarop Airport Link (LRT) station, Link Corner is yet another new addition to Bangkok’s ever-growing hostel club. While it probably won’t knock any socks off in terms of design or value, it also shouldn’t disappoint those seeking a budget option in the lively Pratunam part of town.

At a street corner, next to an airport link.

At a street corner, next to an airport link.

We arrived to find all-round good vibes at this easy-to-miss little hostel. The English-speaking receptionist had a casual yet friendly demeanor, and a crew of stylish young backpackers were joking around in the bright lobby/lounge. A staff member offered a pair of already checked out travellers the opportunity to take a shower — a telling sign that the staff go above and beyond to ensure their guests have a good experience.

Similar to @Hua Lamphong and Mile Map, Link Corner opts for functionality over funkiness. Although a few black walls are painted with designs that look like a laser light show, the interior is mainly defined by loads of natural light, shiny white tile floors and simple wood furnishings. Cleanliness seems very well looked after — all guests must exchange their shoes for a pair of indoor slippers before heading upstairs.

Making up for Bangkok's shortage of green spaces.

Making up for Bangkok’s shortage of green spaces?

A second-floor hangout zone features a couple of communal computers, LCD TV, lounge cushions and a few sit-on-the-floor tables spread over a shaggy carpet that looks like a golf course putting green. Other shared facilities include a kitchenette, coin-op laundry, book exchange and bulletin board with info on exploring Bangkok and surrounds. The whole building is air-conditioned and WiFi is free.

Dorm rooms come in six- or eight-bed mixed or four-bed women-only varieties, and the cost for a bunk is 380 baht no matter which you choose. The six-bed room we checked out is a little tight on space, but mattresses are soft, sheets are fresh and each bed comes with personal reading lamp, electrical outlet and two lockers — a fairly large one inside the dorm room and a smaller one in the ground-floor “shoe room”. Shared bathrooms are simple but modern, spacious and spotless.

Spacious common spaces help to make up for the small dorm rooms.

Spacious common spaces help to make up for the small dorm rooms.

Privates are also available in either a tiny windowless single for 500 baht or a larger double with a big window for 900 baht. Both rely on the shared bathroom facilities and don’t include any extras apart from air-con and a wash basin in the double. Though the single should be fine for a solo budget traveller who isn’t keen on sharing their sleeping space, the larger room seems overpriced considering it doesn’t have an ensuite bathroom.

Also in the general Siam Square / Pratunam vicinity, Lemonseed, Wendy and Lub d all offer nicely kitted out rooms with private bath for a tad more money.

As for location, Link Corner is a good choice if you want to be swept up in the energy of central Bangkok. It’s at the bustling intersection of Ratchaprarop and Sri Ayutthaya roads, around the corner from Bangkok’s tallest building and an easy walk to the shopping mayhem of Pratunam. Cafes, bars (not the seedy variety), sit-down restaurants, including several serving Indian fare, and great street food abound.

Putting green upstairs, floor hockey court down here?

Golf upstairs, floor hockey down here?

With the LRT station next door, Link Corner also offers convenient access to/from Suvarnabhumi International. With that said, the airport link is seen by most locals as a big disappointment; it beats fighting traffic to reach the airport but is too slow to be a reliable means of getting around the city. You can sit around for 20 to 30 minutes and wait for the airport link to take you to the far more reliable BTS sky train system at Phaya Thai station, but you’re probably better off walking or taking a taxi as it’s only 1.5 kilometres away.


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Contact details:

Corner of Ratchaprarop and Sri Ayutthaya Rds (next to Ratchaprarop LRT station), Pratunam, Bangkok.  T: (02) 640 0550 , (081) 900 5026 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 380 baht 380 baht Same price for mixed or female-only
Sgl air-con share b'room 500 baht 500 baht
Dbl air-con share b'room 900 baht 900 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 18th November, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 18th November, 2013

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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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Link Corner Hostel
Corner of Ratchaprarop and Sri Ayutthaya Rds (next to Ratchaprarop LRT station), Pratunam, Bangkok. 
T: (02) 640 0550 , (081) 900 5026 
http://www.linkcornerhostel.com

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