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Laksameenarai Guesthouse

Boutique style on a budget

41 Trok Mayom, Bangkok T: (061) 716 9356(099) 242 6423

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Laksameenarai Guesthouse

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Tucked down an alley just off central Khao San, Laksameenarai Guesthouse has a few romantic private rooms and clean dorms set in an attractive heritage house overshadowed by the low-rise neighbours.

Owners claim that the handsome pale-yellow house has stood here for more than 130 years, which is old even by Banglamphu standards. Possibly preserved thanks to its delicate gingerbread carvings, it’s a miracle that the structure survived when big concrete buildings popped up all around it beginning in the 1940s. Open-sided halls and a spiralling staircase thread the two floors, doubling as porches decorated with more of the delicate carvings.

The whole wooden home vibe is included in the price.

The whole wooden home vibe is included in the price. Photo: David Luekens

Accommodation starts with clean six-bed mixed and four-bed women-only dorms which are clean and comfy enough for most. Soft blankets drape over quality mattresses and reading lamps and electrical outlets are provided in each bunk. Shared hot-water bathrooms with ceramic basin sinks are scattered around the house. While the dorms lack the old-world charm of the private rooms, they’re worth keeping in mind if the nearby Nitan Hostel is full.

The accommodation that we really like here are the three private rooms, each individually designed with dark-wood walls and floors to go with air-con, classy chandeliers and windows with louvered shutter doors. Our favourite out of these has tall windows covering a half-hexagon around the bed; you won’t find a more romantic room this close to Khao San Road.

That room and another equipped with a bunk bed, rather a double bed, rely on the shared bathroom facilities, but there is one room with an ensuite bathroom attached. All of the privates come with flatscreen TV, safe and small round table with chairs. They’re on the expensive side when considering only the amenities, but again, it’s the ambiance that makes these rooms special.

Bunk bed fare.

Bunk bed fare. Photo: David Luekens

The intimate guesthouse also has a small, dimly lit common room with a sofa and book exchange, and an open-sided cafe where complimentary breakfast is served out front. WiFi is free and staffers tend to be welcoming and helpful. Some noise should be expected from the Khao San bars after dark, but it shouldn’t be too bad thanks to the buildings that provide a buffer between narrow Trok Mayom and Khao San Road itself.

You won’t find any place like this in the immediate Khao San Road vicinity, but those who are considering Laksameenarai specifically for the heritage ambiance in this price range might consider heading further from Khao San to check out places like Sam Sen Sam Place, Baan Dinso and Baan Manusarn.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
400 baht
400 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
1,200 baht
1,200 baht
Dbl air-con share bathroom
1,000 baht
10,000 baht
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 10,000 baht. Notes:

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Where is Laksameenarai Guesthouse

Laksameenarai Guesthouse
41 Trok Mayom, Bangkok
T: (061) 716 9356(099) 242 6423
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'45.2" E, 13º45'31.34" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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