Sawatdee Guest House
71 Sri Ayutthaya Rd Soi 16, Bangkok T: (02) 281 0757, (02) 282 5349
Established way back in 1980, the still-very-much-alive Sawatdee is a relic of the early days of backpacking in Thailand.
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Rather than go "boutique" or attempt to transform into something more modern, the owner has stuck to her original recipe of dirt-cheap rooms and an unpretentious atmosphere that feels how staying in a local's home should feel. Clambering up and down the steep stairs is like visiting a museum dedicated to early backpacking in Thailand. An old-school water cooler, now used to shelve Buddhas and icons, lies dusty and forgotten in the corridor. Room 1 boasts a fascinating black-and-white picture that appears to show early backpackers, circa the 1950s, bedding down in a shared dorm. These little quirks and the friendly staff somehow combine to give this place a peculiar charm. Equipped with cheap mattresses on old bedframes and a choice of private or shared cold-water baths, the rooms are small and extremely basic but reasonably well kept. Sawatdee remains solid backpacker value for those who appreciate old-style guesthouses to hostels that usually charge more for dorms than you'll pay here for a private room.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 250 baht, high season 250 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Sgl fan private bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
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