Clean rooms on Rambuttri
One of the only places still catering to budget travellers right on lively Rambuttri Road, Green House serves up adequate private rooms and dorms behind and above the popular restaurant of the same name.
The sought after location and inexpensive rates mean that Green House is often full—even in low season we had to book a room in advance just to take a look. This was worth it, as the small air-con double with private bathroom was spotless and represented good value on a street that has gone almost entirely upmarket in recent years.
With decent spring beds, clean sheets, tile floors, a couple of small floral paintings, an unexpected safe and a window overlooking a grungy rooftop, the room had more than most backpackers will need. We were surprised to find that the clean hot-water bathroom came with lots of surface area around the sink and enough overall space to keep the toilet from taking a shower when we did. The free WiFi also worked well for us.
Green House offers a raft of other room types, from cheap air-con dorms with thin mattresses on steel bunks, to single fan rooms with shared bathroom facilities, to triple rooms with air-con and private bath. All of these were full when we inquired, but the shared bathrooms with hot water shower stalls didn’t appear overly grimy and there are enough of them to go around.
The “comfort” rooms, which we booked, are located at the back of the property in a separate building and we could clearly hear the bass thumping from a nearby Khao San Road bar until around 02:00. Cheaper rooms are set upstairs in the main building; the higher up you go, the less likely you are to hear the noise.
Fronting the guesthouse is a busy restaurant with tables stretching to the street beneath bushy tree branches strung with lanterns. It’s a fun place to grab a beer while chatting up other travellers or playing a game of billiards at one of two tables set in the back. The food is average but there is quite a selection, from falafel to pizza to tom yum, and guests receive a 10 percent discount on food and drinks throughout their stay.
Receptionists operating out of a little glass booth are firm-faced but efficient, and most of the restaurant staff does an acceptable job. We found that online rates were a little cheaper than those we were quoted as walk-ins. Note that rates may spike in the busiest months of the year. If you’d prefer a quieter setting, check out Honey Place and Lamphu House.
Address: 84 Rambuttri Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 281 4293;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'40.61" E, 13º45'42.92" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||200 baht||200 baht|
|Sgl fan share bathroom||360 baht||360 baht|
|Sgl fan private bathroom||400 baht||400 baht|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||450 baht||450 baht|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom|
600 baht for a Comfort Room
|480 baht||480 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||550 baht||550 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
800 baht for a Comfort Room
|620 baht||620 baht|
|Triple fan share bathroom||620 baht||620 baht|
|Triple air-con share bathroom||820 baht||820 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||920 baht||920 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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