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Khaosan Immjai Hostel

Homely, quiet and clean

240 Samsen Soi 1, Bangkok T: (02) 629 3088(081) 615 1029

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Khaosan Immjai Hostel

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One of our favourites out of the many homely hostels found in the Khao San area, Khaosan Immjai serves up cushy bunks on a quiet side lane while living up to a name that translates as “full heart,” denoting inner peace or contentment.

The five-floor converted shophouse greets you with an orange paintjob, and bright colours continue inside with a palette of yellow, green, orange and pink. Some will find the floral patterned cushions and pictures of bunnies too cutesy, but the cheerful decor and welcoming staff will be just what many travellers will want to see after navigating Bangkok’s chaotic streets. Immjai is an excellent choice for backpackers who prefer low-key conversation rather than all-out partying, and a warm Thai-style ambiance rather than a hippie scene.

Good-sized, solid bunk beds.

Good-sized, solid bunk beds. Photo: David Luekens

An open-fronted common room on the ground floor comes with a shelf full of books and board games, free communal computers, a sofa and plenty of other places to sit, including a wooden counter overlooking the street. You’ll also find free WiFi, a bulletin board full of info on the city and laundry facilities behind a gate that must be opened with a keycard or by staff. A simple complimentary breakfast is included in the rates.

Stairs lead up to spacious dorm rooms and several clean hot-water bathrooms found on all five floors in this true hostel, with no private rooms to speak of. Considerable space was left between each bunk in 14-bed mixed dorms with pale yellow walls and natural light filtering through orange-and-green drapes. Attached to the larger rooms are narrow balconies with street views.

Khaosan Immjai’s common area.

Khaosan Immjai’s common area. Photo: David Luekens

One entire floor is for women only, and groups can take over four-bed rooms with bunks that can otherwise be rented separately if you prefer not to stay in such a large dorm. No matter which type of room you choose, each bunk is equipped with a notably thick mattress, comforter, reading lamp, electrical outlet and large locker set at the foot of the beds.

Immjai is located on sleepy Samsen Soi 1, a 10-minute walk north of Khao San Road and about the same distance west of Phra Arthit river ferry pier. Across Samsen Road on Samsen Soi 4, Bewel Hostel is a smaller but also homely alternative, while Born Free on Samsen Soi 6 has more of a hipster vibe. You also might like a couple of low-key spots overlooking the nearby Banglamphu Canal: Nacorn Hostel and Canale Hostel. If you prefer to be around the corner from Khao San, the family-run Baan Bovorn is another solid choice.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
300 baht
350 baht
14-bed dorm; 4-bed is 390/420 baht
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 300 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes: 14-bed dorm; 4-bed is 390/420 baht

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Khaosan Immjai Hostel
240 Samsen Soi 1, Bangkok
T: (02) 629 3088(081) 615 1029
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'54.83" E, 13º45'50.08" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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