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Canale Hostel

Relax by the khlong

347-349 Phra Sumen Rd, Bangkok T: (084) 414 5926(093) 951 5441

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Canale Hostel

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Offering a memorable setup in an area stuffed with dorm options, Canale Hostel blends modern comforts into a heritage house set in a village beside the murky water of the Banglamphu Canal.

The small property occupies one of several houses set in a long wooden structure that dates to the early 20th century and, apart from the hostel, is still home to several families. Approaching from Phra Sumen Road, guests pass napping alley cats and clothes hung out to dry before noticing the hostel’s signage above a walkway that passes beneath a part of the building. Though it’s a little tricky to find, we liked how the location takes you away from the traveller ghetto and into the local side of old Bangkok.

Not the easiest spot to find.

Not the easiest spot to find. Photo: David Luekens

Fronting the hostel is a private terrace with beanbag chairs overlooking the canal and old-style wooden stools placed around glass-topped roundtables in the small ground-floor common room. This space doubles as reception and a coffee shop where the staff will pour you a quality espresso. You can then slide off those shoes and head upstairs to an intelligently arranged spread of accommodation.

Available in mixed gender or women-only, two sleek air-con dorms with eight beds are some of the smartest we’ve ever seen for the price in Bangkok. Set up lengthwise with sturdy dividers and lockers stowed beneath, each of the wood-frame bunks is equipped with a privacy curtain, little shelf, hanger, reading lamp and electrical outlet powered by in-bunk keycard slots.

Grab a coffee on site.

Grab a coffee on site. Photo: David Luekens

Perhaps the best part is an in-bunk flatscreen TV and provided headphones (you could also use your own) so that you can watch the tube in bed without disturbing other guests. The only drawback that we noticed is how the limited number of shared hot-water bathrooms with marble basin sinks are situated downstairs rather than on the same floor—it’s the price you pay to stay in a repurposed heritage house.

Canale’s few private rooms include two equipped with a queen bed and single bed that could work for parents with one child in tow. One of these joins another private with two bunk beds to face the canal through wall-size wood-frame windows and doors opening to narrow balconies. The privates are too cramped to have ensuite bathrooms or furniture apart from tiny tables, but the ambiance might be worth the fairly steep rates.

Not quite Ko Phi Phi, but very local.

Not quite Ko Phi Phi, but very local. Photo: David Luekens

The unusual yet convenient location places you on the south bank of the canal, a stone’s throw from Wat Bowornniwet and a 10-minute walk south to Rambuttri Road and Khao San Road. The areas in front of neighbouring homes are not public, so it’s not possible to stroll alongside the canal unless you cross over to the northern bank using one of the narrow bridges nearby. You might hear some morning noise from locals working and the public canal boats that pass by every so often (only the pricey tourist canal boats go this far west).

Around 200 metres east of Canale Hostel on the same side of the canal, we also liked Nacorn Hostel with its simpler air-con dorms that fetch similar rates in a concrete building; the staff there is perhaps more typically present than at Canale. You also might want to check out Suneta Hostel, which has its own pod dorms with TVs and thick wood dividers that go for more than 500 baht a little closer to Khao San on Kraisi Road.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
400 baht
400 baht
Triple air-con share bathroom
1,650 baht
1,650 baht
1,950 baht for a larger room
Quad air-con share bathroom
1,690 baht
1,690 baht
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con share bathroom, low season: 1,650 baht, high season 1,650 baht. Notes: 1,950 baht for a larger room
Room: Quad air-con share bathroom, low season: 1,690 baht, high season 1,690 baht. Notes:

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Where is Canale Hostel

Canale Hostel
347-349 Phra Sumen Rd, Bangkok
T: (084) 414 5926(093) 951 5441
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'3.17" E, 13º45'38.75" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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