Top backpacker spot
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.
Address: 335-337 Suranaree Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 255 144 ; (081) 547 3066;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º5'29.01" E, 14º58'37.34" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||400 baht||400 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Up to 500 baht for larger room.
|450 baht||450 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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