We are a family, kids aged 5 and 8, planning a rtw trip that includes Thailand. I have read many of he guesthouse review here on travefish but most only have double rooms.
Can you recommend a nice, family- and budget friendly guesthouse with 3 to 4 beds ($25-35] in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok national Park, Ko Lanta and Ko Lipe?
Thanks in advance
Bagnkok might be a little tough, but I'm sure there is something I am just not aware of.
In the provinces, though, "resorts" are everywhere, and they are pretty inexpensive. If you do internet searches on each location I'm sure you'll find something. Or you could just go there and then ask around. Be advised, though, that sex for sale is everywhere in Thailand - it's just normal here. Resorts are often, if not most often, used as short time hotels in the provinces, so while you might not notice it, a lot of the bungalows all around you will be occupied by karaoke girls and their customers for an hour or two.
But there are a lot of nice resorts that are very inexpensive and reasonably pleasant and I'm sure you could find Bungalows large enough to accmodate all of you.
Suk 11 has family rooms in the original hostel that can sleep up to five people for 1600B.
Be sure and book well in advance if you decide to stay here. Ever since it got mentioned in LP (and other guide books like Le Routard) it's been practically impossible to get a room there on walk in.
SUK 11 is situated on lower Sukhumvit which is rather a red light district, but they have a very strict "no overnight guest" policy so don't worry about that. Lots of families with young kids stay there. Also quite handy for transport as the skytrain is only 50m away and they have a laundry room with washing machines too which might be handy for you.
PS.They now have posh better equipped studios in a new condo w/pool on Soi 13 (3 minute walk from the old hostel) that cost 2000B/night. However they say max 3 people per studio on the website so it's probably not for you. You could enquire though if you like.
Might I suggest that taking things on face value is not an advisable trait when considering SE Asia.
Accommodation is certainly an attribute that falls into this category. What a writer says, and what an accommodation provider actually provides can be poles apart. Unlike other travel guide companies, at least the accommodation providers here on Travelfish are not writing their own descriptions. Travelfish advise that each place has been visited by a Travelfish 'representative'.
Given this, what is written may not represent the range of options available. Ask yourself "why would a Travelfish writer, knowing there are space limitations on the Travelfish 'page' write about the various possible options other than for single or couple travellers?.
My suggestion is to email the various accommodation providers in the places you intend to visit and ask them what options they have for your family. This, I think, will get you a better outcome.