A breath of fresh air
Tani Road, Bangkok T: (089) 499 8702, (088) 846 7577
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Bangkok’s Khao San Road area has a reputation for grungy budget digs and some of the most apathetic receptionists in Thailand. Rang Kha Mhin Homestay bucks this trend with spotless, reasonably priced rooms, organic food and a thoughtful, caring staff. Opened earlier this year, Rang Kha Mhin is a breath of fresh air in the backpacker district.
While we’d classify Rang Kha Mhin as a hostel rather than a true homestay, its warm and friendly atmosphere does encourage guests to make themselves at home. Filled with flowers and adorable decor, the ground floor Andaman Cafe successfully captures the feel of a seaside cottage. Even if not staying here, it’s worth stopping in for a hearty, organic breakfast or slice of homemade carrot cake with a cup of fair trade Doi Chaang coffee. Reasonably priced Thai massage is offered in a soothing second-floor room. The soft-spoken woman-in-charge obviously cares a great deal about the comfort and happiness of her guests.
Rang Kha Mhin’s warm and personable service is a major selling point, but the accommodation is also excellent. Two four-bed dorm rooms, women-only and mixed, come with hardwood floors, white cotton drapes over large windows, small balconies over the street, desks with a couple of chairs and thin but adequate mattresses on sturdy dark wood frames. Each bunk has privacy curtains to go with personal power outlets and reading lamps. All dorm beds go for 300 baht in low season and 350 in the busier months — very competitive value given the quality.
Though large lockers are offered free of charge, staff told us that most guests don’t take advantage of them because the homely atmosphere feels secure enough to leave things lying around. Shared hot water bathrooms are spotless and equipped with modern appliances. WiFi is free and a communal fridge is available in a small upstairs common space. The whole building is air-conditioned.
While we liked the dorms, we loved the bright corner family room. Three thick mattresses with fresh sheets are laid out on hardwood floors and surrounded by sky blue walls with loads of windows. The room also features a long desk and two ensuite showers so you don’t have to fight over who washes up first. Rates vary depending on the number of guests: the family room fetches 800 baht for two people in low season and 1,200 in high, 1,000 in low and 1,600 in high for three and 1,200 in the slow months or 2,000 during high season for four. An organic breakfast is included in high season rates.
Rang Kha Mhin’s location towards the west side of Tani Road (see map) is a good choice for those who want to be close to the action of Khao San but in a slightly more “local” style setting than Soi Rambutri. Other options on Tani include the swish NapPark Hostel directly across the street, the decent flashpacker rooms at Pannee House a stone’s throw away and popular Thai Cozy House at the other end of the road.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 15th January, 2014.