Quiet and great value
285/2-4 Sukhumvit Soi 50, Bangkok T: (02) 331 8256, (087) 224 2442
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Opened in 2013 in Bangkok’s southern reaches, VX The Fifty covers everything we look for in a hostel for those looking to avoid a party scene. The location will be too far from the action for some, but others will appreciate the quiet atmosphere and easy access to the skytrain. For the right sort of traveller, this is among the best-value hostels in town.
VX occupies a tidy four-storey building with reception, air-conditioned lounge, cafe with front deck, shared kitchen, computer station, laundry facilities and backyard hangout space on the ground floor. Bright colours, lots of natural light, comfy furniture, a book exchange, LCD TV and guitars make the lounge a fine place to relax. An open-air roofed chill space on the fourth floor tops off a generous supply of common spaces, at least for a hostel of this size.
Six-bed air-conditioned dorm rooms are plain but functional and perfectly comfy for the price. Fairly thick mattresses are placed on basic white-steel bunks, each with its own reading lamp, electrical outlet and plus-size locker. A hint of sunlight filters through purple drapes. Shared hot-water bathrooms are clean and modern, though they do require a walk down a flight of stairs.
At just 239 baht per night for either mixed or women-only rooms, the dorm rates are among the lowest we’ve seen at any Bangkok hostel – including several that fall well short of this level of comfort.
On the fourth floor, private doubles rely on a shared bathroom that’s located right next to the rooms. The one we checked out was spacious, with a mattress set on a slightly raised hardwood platform, desk, small TV and electronic safe — a surprising touch in this price range. Walls between these rooms are thin, so you may need to ask guests hanging at the adjacent chill space to quiet down late at night. WiFi seemed to work fine throughout the building.
On a lower floor with thicker walls, a couple of similarly outfitted double rooms with private baths are worth the extra 130 baht. The bed in the room that we peeped was raised off the tan-tile floor, with a sink placed oddly in the corner of the room, around the corner from the actual bathroom.
We found the staff member who showed us around to be straightforward but helpful. She was quick to stop and answer a guest’s question by going down a flight of stairs to show her, rather than just lazily telling or pointing. Lining the walls is an overwhelming amount of info on Bangkok, including some of the more offbeat spots, and staff have a good reputation for helping travellers make the most of their stay.
The vibe is more quiet than lively, suited more to people who prefer to read in the corner rather than mix and mingle. Even so, meeting other travellers isn’t out of the question, especially at the six-seat communal table in the well-equipped kitchen, where free coffee is available throughout the day. The only thing missing is a proper stove.
VX is set in a low-key residential neighbourhood, with a cluster of cheap noodle and som tam shops across the street. On Nut BTS station and an adjacent shopping plaza are a 10-minute stroll or two-minute taxi ride away. This puts you three to six stops from the trendy Thong Lor, Asok and Nana shopping and nightlife areas, while Siam Square is a manageable nine stops down the track. Plan on a solid hour to reach Khao San Road and the historic district.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 12th February, 2016.