Cheap beds next to the skytrain
Friendly staff, affordable bunks and a common area that’s a few metres away from the platform of a skytrain station make Adventure Hostel a great choice for younger backpackers in Northern Bangkok.
You could almost jump from Saphan Khwai BTS station to Adventure’s rooftop chill space decorated with fairy lights. Those who aren’t into parkour can go downstairs to the hostel’s street entrance, which is two steps from the entrance to the skytrain station. From here you can zip one stop north to Chatuchak and Or Tor Kor markets, or cruise south to Ari, Victory Monument and Siam. While these areas all boast outstanding food scenes, the immediate Saphan Khwai neighbourhood is no slouch for street food in its own right.
Adventure is strictly a hostel, offering dorms and no private rooms in a five-floor concrete stack attached to the neighbouring shophouses. The ground floor has only a front door and hall with lockers and a traffic light pointing up to the small lobby. Recycled wood, bright Northeastern Thai fabrics and vintage toys help to brighten interior spaces that don’t get much natural light. A notably cheerful staffer who spoke good English was quick to show us the dorms.
Space is minimal in this building, resulting in bunk beds set up inches apart in all four of the dorm rooms, including a six-bed women-only edition. The cheapest come in a 10-bed mixed room and we could see no good reason to pay an extra 100 baht for an equally cramped eight-bed room. Each bunk has a thin but reasonably comfy mattress, reading lamp, electrical outlet and plywood divider to keep you from feeling like you’re sleeping in the same bed as your neighbour. More private bunks with double beds aren’t bad options for couples. Some street noise should be expected.
All of the dorm rooms come with air-con, one window, orange or yellow walls and perhaps a colourful picture of a Bangkok street scene. Clean hot-water bathrooms are available on each floor, divided by sex, and with just enough showers and toilets to ensure that you won’t have to wait long. WiFi is free and fast throughout the building, and the rooftop chill space is a great place to chat up other travellers. Another common area has a cable TV and shared computer. Basic breakfast is offered for free.
Also in the Saphan Khwai area, Udee Bangkok is a better choice if you prefer a quieter and more sophisticated hostel. If you don’t mind spending a bit more cash, The Yard Hostel is another terrific choice down in Ari. If you like Adventure Hostel you also might appreciate the eclectic feel of Siam Journey Guesthouse, located four stops south down the skytrain line.
Address: 1541-43 Phahonyothin Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 270 0779 ; (062) 527 2581;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º32'57.63" E, 13º47'36.4" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
450 baht for eight bed, 550 baht for four- or six-bed, 700 baht for a double
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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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