We've just released out latest travel guide -- Bangkok's 20 best hostels which is available for free download in PDF format (iBooks is pending approval from Apple).
The guide contains detailed reviews, photos, maps & contact details for our favourite picks in Bangkok, so if you're not sure just where you want to stay, it is well worth a look.
All the on-the-ground research was undertaken by David Luekens who faced the daunting list of culling it from an initial list of over 50 places to stay.
Good format for your article. Easy to read. Those bunk bed prices r a surprise. 300 to 400 baht for a bunk bed is excessive for a cheap country. Even though Bkk is more pricey than the north u can still get single aircon ensuite rooms for 600 baht.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Yes, the higher end hostels are sometimes of debatable value when compared to other styles of lodgings in Bangkok, but they're regardless very popular with those looking for that kind of scene.
Do you know the occupancy rates for bunk beds there?
#4 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Must be 1st timers who dont know they are being overcharged.
#6 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Occupancy rates seem to vary widely from hostel to hostel. This doesn't seem to be based on quality or value so much as a certain hostel "catching on". As mentioned, NapPark is a fairly big hostel that I found to be seriously questionable value (cheapest dorms are 400++), but it's usually close to capacity. Other places that I found to have quality accommodation and good value, like S1, for example, don't seem to be getting all that many customers. But on the whole, I was surprised with how popular the majority of hostels are considering, as you say Leonard, a solid air-con room with ensuite can be had for 600, and 300 or less will get you a basic private air-con room with shared bath, at least in the KSR vicinity.
Some of the ''populair'' ones are either touted via local-lingo boards (there is much, much more in this world as just angkrit, nah?) and some are paying more commission to the sites as Hostelbookers to get more customers pressed into. Just see where Koreans and now those funny mainland Chinese tend to go to-they outnumber you Ozzies by the 100!
Indeed prices are quite high-often more as in KUL (where one gets many more freebies thrown in) or even eastern_europe.
I often pass by places like that NapPark etc. and I see that most youngees are just sitting there, gazing their fones/pads and mainly doing what hostels have always been for youth: chasing the opposite sex. I also think that those set up by Indians tend to be very poor value and too blantantly look like printthemoney factories.
#8 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Must be good marketing and website. The value places dont have the nice website to get people in.
#9 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Thanx (somtam) for sharing this post.
#10 annurao has been a member since 24/12/2013. Posts: 1