An old-school favourite
Well suited to budget travellers looking to dig their toes into a working-class Bangkok neighbourhood, the long-running K.T. Guest House offers up simple rooms, friendly staff and an unexpected swimming pool. Look elsewhere if you desire big-name attractions and travel services at your fingertips.
K.T. stands down a leafy lane amid a warren of streets stretching west from Ratchadaphisek Road, about a 15-minute walk from Huai Khwang MRT station. This writer has a particular affinity for the area; nearby Pracha Songkhro Road was my colourful intro to Bangkok when I first visited in 2005. Though it’s a long way from big-name streets like Silom and Khao San, we can’t think of a better area to get a feel for what life is like for millions of working-class Bangkokians. Loads of great food can be scored amid the street markets and open-fronted shops, but you’ll want to have a phrasebook handy.
Looking more like a straightforward serviced apartment building from the front, the guesthouse occupies a low-rise concrete building with a large restaurant punctuated by fish tanks and sofas on the ground floor. An open centre lends a feeling of spaciousness, while several windows help to brighten the 1980s furnishings. The staffers who showed us around were friendly and helpful, including a woman who spoke decent English at reception.
Stairs lead up to a host of air-con rooms that also come with ceiling fans and balconies facing neighbouring buildings. Soft foam beds are covered in slightly rough linens, while fake-wood walls and old vinyl chairs pushed up to long desks transport you back to the days before internet. Free WiFi will remind you that Kiss and Abba are not currently the hottest bands on the planet. Wet bathrooms with hot water are well kept, but we’re talking basic digs with no fridges or TVs.
While the old-school ambiance and smiley staff left us charmed, a small swimming pool placed out back really made us want to stick around. We were surprised to find that the place would be full in the days after our visit -- we were told that few people stick around long term, which would have explained the high occupancy rate. Most rooms are rented out by the night, apparently attracting repeat customers.
The guesthouse has a Facebook page and a basic website with a map in Thai for taxi drivers, but you won’t find it on booking sites. We only found K.T. thanks to long-time Travelfish member, exacto, and we’re psyched to have come across it. Places to stay in the 600 to 900 baht range with swimming pools aren’t easy to come by in Bangkok.
You’ll also find dozens of cheap serviced apartment buildings in this area offering rooms by the month and often by the night as well. At the nearby corner of Pracha Songkhro and Pracha Songkkhro Soi 25, we once stayed for two months at a place called The Living Room that still rents basic rooms for 550 baht a night. The Atlanta, Opera Hotel and Malaysia Hotel are worth considering if you like the old-style atmosphere and pool, but want to stay closer to the beaten tourist track.
Address: 12 Soi Inthamara 44, Bangkok
T: (02) 276 3462; (02) 276 3451-2; F: (02) 277 4035
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º33'59.22" E, 13º46'55.89" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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