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Thailand's Self-Service Laundry Options

Posted by exacto on 6/7/2022 at 06:56

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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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/7/2022 at 01:10 admin

Yeah have been seeing these kinda places popping up all over the place. Best thing, no “per-piece” charges!

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,097

Posted by exacto on 9/9/2022 at 13:23

I'm using the self serve laundromats far often than I expected this trip, as the drop off laundry places aren't as plentiful as before, particularly in non-touristy areas, and the ones I am finding are far more expensive than before the pandemic. I still prefer the drop off service when I can find it, but there are two real advantages to the self serve places. First, it just isn't that expensive, with washes starting in many places as low as 20 baht per load. Second, if you need to get your clothes back quickly for whatever reason, this is the way to go.

The only caveat would be that dryers are nowhere near as plentiful as washers, but I've noticed that most locals don't use the dryers anyway, and I've never had to wait for a dryer to be available on this trip. The dryers aren't always 100 percent effective, however. My guess is it has to do with the humidity. As such, there is a risk of walking away with not completely dry clothes, even if you use a dryer - at least if you haven't used that particular laundromat before. Regards.

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