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Phra Nakorn Norn Len

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46 Thewet Soi 1 (off Krung Kasem Rd), Bangkok T: (02) 628 8188(086) 336 2425

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Phra Nakorn Norn Len

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The Phra Nakorn Norn Len experience takes you straight into the artistic soul of Thailand. Imaginative murals, vintage displays, soothing common areas and comfortable rooms combine to create a hotel that’s hard to forget.

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Originally just another clapped-out Thai hotel, the building underwent an unbelievable revitalisation after the current artist-owners took over in the late 2000s. Up front stretches an open-sided common area with tables, floor cushions and a roofed deck where kids can run around. Head further back to find the bakery, coffee shop, cooking area and local products store. Vintage cameras, phonographs and Thai movie posters decorate the corners.

Sweet dreams guaranteed.

Sweet dreams guaranteed. Photo: David Luekens

Each room is individually designed with murals depicting goldfish ponds, firefly-covered landscapes and rice fields, for example. While most rooms aren’t huge, the art joins high ceilings and mosaic-tile floors to create a sense of depth. Cleanliness is well looked after, and we like the custom-built copper pipes running to rain showers in the bathrooms. Many rooms sport balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that help to make up for the lack of fridge and TV. At least one room looks out to the towering Buddha image at nearby Wat Indraviharn.

The hotel is great for families thanks to several rooms with multiple beds, as well as connecting rooms and a pricing system that allows extra guests at fair prices. The artwork and antiques will encourage young imaginations to be creative, and the notably patient staffers appeared to be doing a great job entertaining some youngsters when we stopped by.

Interesting piping.

Interesting piping. Photo: David Luekens

Phra nakorn norn len translates as “sacred city of sleep and play”, the len aspect covered by craft and cooking workshops that attract local Thais in addition to guests. On any given day you might create etchings, embroideries, fisherman’s pants, hats, toys, pillows, breads and soaps that can be carved into “soap-blossoms” later. The classes are casual and there’s no pressure to join.

Phra Nakorn Norn Len sits hidden behind greenery down a quiet side lane lined with old houses, a school and a few hole-in-the-wall eateries and shops. While there is a restaurant on site, nearby Krung Kasem and Samsen roads host lots of great food. The Dusit palaces and Wat Benchamabophit are within walking distance to the east, and Thewet river ferry pier is an easy hop to the west. On the two-kilometre walk south to Khao San Road you could grab a coffee at Unbranded Cafe, which is run by the same group.

Sociable setting.

Sociable setting. Photo: David Luekens

The hotel is a bit tricky to find. The easiest access is from Krung Kasem Road to the north, from where it’s a three-minute stroll down Thewet Soi 1 to the easy-to-miss front gate. If Phra Nakorn Norn Len is full, as it often is, the nearby Baan Tepa Boutique House is a decent alternative.

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Walk-in rates at Phra Nakorn Norn Len

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard single room
2,200 baht
2,200 baht
Standard double room
2,600 baht
2,600 baht
Superior double room
2,800 baht
2,800 baht
Family room
4,200 baht
4,200 baht
Room: Standard single room, low season: 2,200 baht, high season 2,200 baht. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: 2,600 baht, high season 2,600 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 2,800 baht, high season 2,800 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 4,200 baht, high season 4,200 baht. Notes:

Where is Phra Nakorn Norn Len

Phra Nakorn Norn Len
46 Thewet Soi 1 (off Krung Kasem Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 628 8188(086) 336 2425
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'14.88" E, 13º46'3.6" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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