Why do it yourself when you can pay someone 30-50 baht/kg to wash, dry and fold it? Just look for signs that say laundry, I saw them all over Thailand although I wasn't in Patong. Guesthouses will often do it as well but usually just charge a commission and send it to one of the laundry places.
In all my years of living and working and traveling in Thailand, I have never seen a laundromat. This doesn't mean they weren't there, or that they have come into existence since then.
Why not go buy some laundry detergent and ask your guest house owner for a couple of tubs and a brush (if you can use one on your clothes) and do it yourself? Most Thai homes and guest houses have areas for this sort of thing, as well as places where you can hang your stuff to dry.
I actually found most guesthouses frowned upon washing clothes and many had signs etc prohibiting it. You don't get your clothes as clean either.
Using the laundry stalls my laundry often came back nicer then when I do it myself at home. I don't have fancy clothes but honestly I would trust most of those places as they wash a hell of a lot of laundry and know what they are doing. Sure if you settle for the cheapest place you might be disappointed(likely use old equipment, cheap detergent and have fewer customers so might put items together) but if you hunt around and find a large/busy business with slightly more expensive but reasonable rates I doubt they will screw it up. A higher end hotel should know a place to do it or offer the service themselves. Local expats could probably tell you a good place as well.
If your clothes are really that sensitive then find a dry cleaning place. They exist, your in a major city in Thailand not some poor 3rd world country.
in about any normal Thai HOUSing area there are washing machines for hire- 20/30 bt for small/big loads+ soap etc-which most bring. Mostly beside those watermachines. NO places that look like western laundromats-again you have to adapt. Just to inform you-even Unilever detergent produce got cuaght out: all Thai washing is done in what is here cold water, thus 30 degr. This is in fact common anywhere in the tropics and Asia.
I really do not see any difference between putting the cloth in the machine by yourself or by someone else............
#6 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472