I just spent a few nights in Nakhon Rachasima (Korat) where I didn't find a traditional drop-off laundry service near my hotel, but I did find several of the new style laundromats to use. The nice lady I talked to at the laundromat said that these are becoming much more popular these days. I've been seeing random coin-operated washing machines in many places for quite a few years now, but this is a full on laundromat with several coin-op washers, dryers, soap machines, folding tables, and waiting area. Washer prices ran from 40 up to 80 baht depending on the size of the washer (huge at 14 kg or 18 kg) and cold, warm, or hot water. Dryer prices started at 40 baht for 24 minutes with 10 baht for each additional 6 minutes. Small envelopes of soap and fabric softener were 5 baht each.
To be sure, while I'm on the road I prefer the drop-off service when it is available, but sometimes that creates logistics issues as most drop-off laundry shops have a 24-hour turnaround time. That can be a problem if you are just passing through town. At least these self-service laundromats let you wash and dry your clothes in about an hour. It's not my favorite way to spend a holiday, but it beats not having anything clear to wear. Regards.
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