With an enthusiastic English-speaking staff, homely vibe, central location and great-value rooms, the long-running Sansabai House remains a go-to choice for many backpackers.
Set in a light purple converted shophouse that stands four storeys tall, Sansabai had updated its frontage since our last visit to include wall-to-ceiling glass windows in the lobby and a sleek black-and-teal sign out front. The woman who greeted us spoke clear English and we appreciated her laidback demeanour as she showed us several different rooms without pressuring us to make a reservation.
Accessed by stairs, the clean and spacious rooms come with soft beds on tile floors, tables, TVs, free WiFi, fridges, ceiling fans in addition to air-con, balconies, small hot-water bathrooms and a landscape painting or two. They’re better than we’d expect for the prices, and the addition of 24-hour receptionists and CCTV cameras in the halls will help you to feel secure.
The guesthouse also runs a decent restaurant serving Thai food and Western breakfasts in a garden out back, near the small car park. We dug the vintage toys, book exchange and pictures of Thai monks in the cheerful lobby. Located a 10-minute walk west of Mae Kim Heng Market and the Ya Mo Monument, Sansabai is less than a five-minute walk from Bus Terminal 1 and a pair of motorbike rental shops. Most tuk tuk drivers will know the name.
If Sansabai is full, you’ll find crustier rooms for a little less at the neighbouring Tokyo Mansion. The Thai Inter Hotel is also a decent, slightly more expensive option if you prefer a location in a quiet corner of the old quarter, across town from Sansabai.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes: Up to 500 baht for larger room.