Two properties with lots of choices
The family behind Baan Dinso runs two quality flashpacker-range guesthouses in the vicinity of Democracy Monument. Will you prefer the original set in a charming house down a side lane, or the newer property with more choices overlooking a bustling traffic circle?
Head south on Dinso Road from the Democracy Monument and turn right down a side lane to find Baan Dinso Trok Sin in a cream-and-white two-storey house sporting louvered wood shutters, gingerbread trim and mosaic tiles in the front courtyard. Blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, several tables and a beautiful Thai-style woodcarving of the Buddha’s face encourage guests to relax.
The Trok Sin property remains a good choice for travellers looking to stay in a restored golden teak house, and it was among the first to offer this type of accommodation in Bangkok’s old town. It remains competitive despite having since been joined by five similar properties on this one lane alone, and several more elsewhere in the area.
Rooms come with a choice of clean ensuite bathroom with partitioned hot-water shower, or shared bathrooms situated on both floors. Otherwise they’re all similarly outfitted with polished wooden floors, quality double or twin beds, fridges, kettles, TVs and an antique or two. Rooms with ensuite bathrooms are on the second floor (there’s no lift) and offer a little extra space, but the cheaper rooms come with more windows draped in white cotton curtains. Though walk-in rates are higher than we’d expect, you’ll usually find discounts online.
Up at the mouth of Dinso Road and directly across the traffic circle from the Democracy Monument, Baan Dinso Ratchadamnoen (aka Baan Dinso 2) occupies a four-storey concrete building that received a major sprucing up in recent years. Designers took full advantage of the outlook to one of Bangkok’s most recognisable landmarks by adding floor-to-ceiling windows in common lounges with desks, cushioned chairs, books and computers on the upper floors. Despite all of the traffic circling around down below, we’ve found that the air-conditioned interior stays surprisingly quiet.
Accessed by a lift and keycards, most rooms at this second property are small singles along with a few twin rooms relying on plentiful shared bathrooms at the end of the halls. For these budget rooms, we were told that female travellers are accommodated on the third floor and men settle in on the second floor, so you’re unlikely to see a member of the opposite sex in the clean hot-water bathrooms.
Singles are cramped but adequate for the price given the air-con, satellite TVs, free WiFi and included breakfast. The value for budget doubles with shared bathroom is not so great, but we do like the slightly more expensive deluxe doubles with choice of king-size or two twin beds plus ensuite bathroom, fridge, coffee/tea facilities and more of the wide windows overlooking the monument. For the best view, splash out for the fourth-floor “king room”.
Baan Dinso Ratchadamnoen is much larger than Baan Dinso Trok Sin and has a cafe in the finished basement serving coffee and Thai food. Though the Trok Sin property has more charm, designers did a good job of extending the soothing feel into the Ratchadamnoen property by way of Japanese prints, Thai silks, potted plants and lightwood accents. Staff at both spots have been consistently helpful to us.
Both properties offer locations that are strategic for exploring the many temples, museums and other attractions scattered around the Rattanakosin area, and Khao San Road is a manageable 15-minute walk to the northwest. The Ratchadamnoen property’s position right next to Democracy Monument makes it easier to find, but once you get there, Trok Sin is not too difficult to locate either. We also like how the Trok Sin spot takes you into a small village lined with flower bushes and old wood houses. Dinso Road hosts Bangkok’s city hall along with several great eating options, including Krua Apsorn and Arawy Vegetarian.
As for similar accommodation nearby, Innspire Bangkok and Villa Mungkala are both worthy alternatives to Baan Dinso Trok Sin on the same lane. Before committing to a double room at Baan Dinso Ratchadamnoen, you might want to consider the nearby or Sourire at Rattanakosin and Ratchadamnoen Residence, both of which are located on the opposite side of Democracy Monument.
Note that while both Baan Dinso properties share one official website, they’re each listed separately on booking sites. Booking links displayed here are for the Trok Sin property.
Address: 113 Trok Sin and 78/3 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd, Bangkok
T: (096) 565 9795;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'4.04" E, 13º45'19.41" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl air-con share bathroom|
|650 baht||650 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom|
At Trok Sin and Ratchadamnoen
|1,540 baht||1,540 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
At Ratchadamnoen; plus 200 baht for similar room at Trok Sin
|1,940 baht||1,940 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
|225 baht||2,250 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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