Aug 26 2011
In the past couple of years, Bangkok has seen a bit of an explosion of hostels dotted around the metropolis. Not conforming to the dreary northern European sports-hall style of shared accommodation, these new hostels feature interesting design elements, internet connectivity, lounges and a bit of luxury. Some might ask why one would pay two-thirds of the price of an inexpensive hotel room to sleep in bunk beds with strangers, but hostels are a great way to meet travellers, and most are pretty good value for money as long as what you value isn’t your own bathroom or the ability to walk around naked. Here’s a selection of the new breed of hostels in Bangkok, with pros and cons of each.
This pioneer of the design hostel movement is awesome — the creative use of space and the great ground floor restaurant/lounge/workspace make this a winner.
Pros: Great design and well thought out public space.
Cons: A bit of a trek from most of the city.
Dorms from 480 baht.
191 Soi Predi Bhanomyong 42 Yak 5
T: (02) 713 2044-5
Tucked right off Rama 4, this hostel has a communal kitchen, cool upstairs lounge, and small roof top hang out area.
Pros: Close to MRT, close to Soi Ngam Dupli (the neighbourhood for backpackers before Khao San took over).
Cons: A bit cramped (also many, many stairs).
Dorms from 200 baht.
Siam/Silom The reigning queen of the design hostel scene, Lub D’s two locations are both convenient to transport and entertainment. The Silom location has better public spaces.
Pros: great management.
Cons: quite large (which might not be a con, but neither are what one could consider intimate).
Dorms from 350 baht.
925/9 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan
T: (02) 612 4999
4 Decho Road, Suriyawong, Bangrak
T: (02) 634 7999
Bed Bangkok Hostel
This new entry to the scene is located right off of Sukhumvit Soi 1, right in the thick of things.
Pros: Location is pretty amazing for going out on Sukhumvit.
Cons: Some of the dorm rooms are pretty cramped.
Dorms from 390 baht.
11/20 Sukhumvit 1,
Sukhumvit Rd,Klongtoey Neua, Wattana
T:(02) 655 7604
Located only two streets over from Khao San Road, this hostel has great public spaces to meet fellow travellers in over a twilight beer.
Pros: Close to Khao San Road.
Cons: Close to Khao San Road (which isn’t close to much else)
Dorms from 359 baht.
5 Tani Rd, Taladyod, Phranakorn
T: (02) 282 2324
This place has a great location, right off Silom Road.
Pros: Location, and cool chill out area.
Cons: Might be too close to Patpong for people who have no willpower or are offended by what Patpong offers.
Dorms from 380 baht.
5/3-4, Silom Soi 3, Silom Road, Bangrak
T: (02) 233 1598
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