Modern hostel near the train station
Located across the road from Hualamphong rail station and on the doorstep of the same-named subway stop, @Hua Lamphong Hostel offers decent dorms and private rooms with a fair amount of extras. It doesn’t win big style points, but for those seeking a modern and efficient place to stay before or after catching a train, this is a solid choice.
The six-bed mixed dorm has a utilitarian feel but delivers when it comes to functionality. Each bed is outfitted with a private lamp and electrical outlet. Individual lockers are big enough to fit an average size adult — and their backpack. And an ensuite bathroom that ensures you won’t need to wander down a hallway in the wee hours is equipped with four hot showers shared among the six beds.
Also with an ensuite bathroom, the four-bed mixed dorm on a higher floor fetches 400 baht per bed. It has all of the same features as the six-bed edition but gets you more space and a balcony overlooking the train station and Rama IV Road. The entire room is frequently booked in advance — not a bad plan for a small group of backpackers.
The one potential disadvantage with @Hua Lamphong’s dorms is that both are mixed, which means guests will typically need to share sleeping and bathroom space with members of the opposite sex. With that said, the bathrooms are partitioned into individual shower rooms with adequate space to wash up and change clothes in private.
@Hualamphong also offers three private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and a similarly functional set-up. The smallest comes with nothing more than two single beds and a window. A standard double and pricier deluxe corner room are both spacious, the only difference being a tad more room in the deluxe. Each comes with soft double bed, desk, fridge, safe that's big enough to fit a laptop and wide windows with views of the train station.
A bright second-floor common space has couches and bean bag chairs to go with a large LCD TV and a foosball table. More couches, tables, a cafe serving coffee, Thai and Western food and four communal computers are found in the airy ground floor lobby. We found the English-speaking staff to be patient and helpful. WiFi is free and seemed to work well throughout the fully air-conditioned building.
While @Hua Lamphong is an obvious winner for travellers who have a late-night arrival or early morning train to catch, it also makes a fine home base for exploring the city. The fun part of Yaowarat Road is a 10-minute walk away and both Ratchawong and Marine Department Express Boat piers are 15 to 20 minutes away on foot. Silom Road, Lumpini Park and an interchange with the BTS skytrain are two stops up the subway line.
If you don't mind walking a bit further from the train station, you'll find more intriguing atmospheres and better value, on both dorms and privates, at Cozy Bangkok Place and Oldtown Hostel. If you're after a dirt-cheap private room, you could do worse than the nearby The Train Guesthouse.
Address: 326/1 Rama IV Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 639 1925;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º31'0.45" E, 13º44'14.9" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
400 for four-bed dorm
|350 baht||350 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||750 baht||750 baht|
|Standard double room||1,050 baht||1,050 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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