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Shanti Lodge

Old-school hipster scene

37 Sri Ayutthaya Rd (corner of Sri Ayutthaya Soi 16), Bangkok T: (02) 281 2497(02) 628 7626  http://www.shantilodge.com/

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Shanti Lodge

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Shanti Lodge was among the first Bangkok guesthouses to go “cool” with lattes, Vivaldi, vegetarian food and no smoking back in the ’80s. It remains popular with earthy-crunchy backpackers, even if some will find the coolness contrived.

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Shanti has two connected buildings: a four-floor purple concrete structure up front and a smaller wooden house out the back. The whole shebang is decked out in decor that comes straight out of the Kabul-Kathmandu-Khao San hippie-backpacker trail of yesteryear. A dark blue, green, gold and crimson palette joins yoga- and reggae-inspired art, Buddha statues and bamboo furniture.

Easy to spot.

Easy to spot. Photo: David Luekens

Hidden behind some footpath greenery, a spacious open-sided restaurant and bar anchors a scene in which bearded travellers exchange stories between sips of beer, bites of Thai food and surfing sessions on the free WiFi. This chilled out common area sets Shanti apart from nearby guesthouse like Tavee, which we think offers rooms of a slightly higher standard for slightly less cash, but also has forgettable common areas.

Shanti has a hotchpotch of accommodation with a flexible pricing scheme based on number of guests and choice of fan or air-con. Solo travellers could go for a thin-mattress bunk in a dark fan-cooled mixed dorm, though we suggest opting for a proper hostel, like Born Free, if seeking a cheap bunk. As for private rooms, the least expensive “traditional” options are tiny and set in the old wooden building with thin wood and bamboo walls. These rely on partially open-air hot-water bathrooms which are shared on the ground floor.

A “traditional” double room.

A “traditional” double room. Photo: David Luekens

Set in the concrete structure, larger doubles with artificial flowers, Northern Thai banners and looming Buddhas are a big step up. These bag you a lot more space and several windows to go with some brightly painted furnishings. Outfitted with bunk beds in addition to regular double beds, the family rooms can sleep up to four people—if those people are okay with huffing it up three flights of stairs. Up on the roof is a “penthouse room” opening to a private garden terrace with terracotta floors and views to the surrounding rooftops.

In addition to the restaurant, facilities include a travel agency, yoga loft and Thai massage. We’ve always found staffers a tad apathetic, though no worse than at the majority of budget guesthouses in the Khao San area.

In-house yoga sala.

In-house yoga sala. Photo: David Luekens

Guests who don’t feel like lazing around Shanti all day can catch a river ferry at nearby Thewet Pier or head two kilometres south to Khao San Road. At the very least, take a walk west to grab a meal on the riverside deck at Kaloang Home, which also has some decent air-con rooms in the flashpacker range.

Since our last visit, Shanti had finally stopped being a walk-in only establishment and guests can now book through the official website. The owner’s long-running success is evidenced by younger Shanti-branded properties found on Phuket and in rural parts of Ranong and Kanchanaburi provinces.

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Walk-in rates at Shanti Lodge

Type of room
Low
High
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
250 baht
250 baht
Sgl fan share bathroom
400 baht
400 baht
Dbl fan share bathroom
500 baht
500 baht
Dbl air-con share bathroom
600 baht
600 baht
Standard single room
650 baht
650 baht
fan-cooled
Superior single room
750 baht
750 baht
Air-con
Dbl fan private bathroom
750 baht
750 baht
Standard double room
750 baht
750 baht
fan-cooled
Superior double room
850 baht
850 baht
Air-con
Dbl air-con private bathroom
850 baht
850 baht
Triple air-con private bathroom
1,200 baht
1,200 baht
Quad air-con private bathroom
1,400 baht
1,400 baht
Deluxe double room
1,950 baht
1,950 baht
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 250 baht, high season 250 baht. Notes:
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Room: Standard single room, low season: 650 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes: fan-cooled
Room: Superior single room, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes: Air-con
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes: fan-cooled
Room: Superior double room, low season: 850 baht, high season 850 baht. Notes: Air-con
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 850 baht, high season 850 baht. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:
Room: Quad air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,400 baht, high season 1,400 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 1,950 baht, high season 1,950 baht. Notes:

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Where is Shanti Lodge

Shanti Lodge
37 Sri Ayutthaya Rd (corner of Sri Ayutthaya Soi 16), Bangkok
T: (02) 281 2497(02) 628 7626 
http://www.shantilodge.com/
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'12.4" E, 13º46'19.23" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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