Cheap and homely
Occupying a two-storey concrete house with no more than eight rooms, the homely Honey Place is a throwback to the “good old days” when locals opened their homes to the backpackers passing through town. Clean, simple and friendly is the recipe here, and it works.
Located on the ground floor and upstairs, all rooms come with at least one window, a small desk and firm bed, with enough well kept shared bathrooms to ensure that you won’t have to wait long for a shower. Equipped with nothing but firm beds, stands and perhaps a picture of a flower or two, rooms are available for single travellers or pairs. Upper-floor rooms have hardwood floors as opposed to tiles, but fan editions set on the ground floor tend to stay cooler. There’s barely enough space to swing a cat in most rooms, though some doubles make up for minimal natural light by offering more room to move around.
You’ll also find a quaint common room at the centre of the second floor with some seats and a balcony with a view to Wat Bowornniwet. Fronting the reception desk is a second common area with more seats and some maps and info on the city. Pictures of the Thai countryside join hardwood accents to create a charming ambiance, providing an escape from the utilitarian and rundown interiors that are typical of cheap Khao San area guesthouses.
Honey Place also bucks the Khao San trend of staffing cheap guesthouses (and plenty of pricier hotels) with apathetic and unfriendly people. The family owners have positive attitudes, making the most of their English skills to offer careful advice that doesn’t end with an attempt to earn a commission. WiFi is free and guests can grab a complimentary cup of instant coffee or tea.
The guesthouse stays quiet thanks to the location at the north end of a narrow alley and directly across from the southwestern corner of the Wat Bowornniwet complex. But this is also a convenient position with the east ends of both Khao San and Rambuttri roads located no more than 200 metres away. The area surrounding the guesthouse has a laidback local feel—cats laze around and vendors sell grilled chicken and fresh coconuts right out front.
If you arrive to find Honey Place full, as is often the case, you could do worse than checking into At Home Guesthouse, a larger spot found on the same lane with utilitarian but mostly clean rooms for similar rates. If you like vegetarian food and world music, Ethos is a great spot to relax and graze on the same lane.
Honey Place is a little tricky to find and taxi drivers are unlikely to know it. From the east end of Khao San Road, cross Tanao Road and take the alley that cuts east past Burger King. Then take the first, immediate left and walk straight, passing At Home Guesthouse, and you’ll find Honey further up amid some greenery where the lane narrows. You’ve missed it if you find yourself walking with the thick white temple wall on your right.
Address: Trok Bowon Rang Si (alley off Tanao Rd near the east end of Khao San Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 629 3078;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'57.76" E, 13º45'33.5" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
|Sgl air-con share bathroom||450 baht||450 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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