I've done a fair bit of research on the hostels on and around Khao San Rd, but just curious if anyone can recommend if we should book in advance for a hostel or take our chances when we arrive. WE are arriving on the 23rd of February at about 1130pm, so pretty late.
#1 Amarusol has been a member since 14/10/2009. Posts: 11
Accidently posted that, wanted to add a few things....
I've looked at the Pen Park Place, which seems clean and cheap..just what we're looking for. Hopefully something under 10$ for a twin, if at all possible...
#2 Amarusol has been a member since 14/10/2009. Posts: 11
Yeah perhaps a good idea to book only because at will be after 1 in the morning by the time you get to KSR. Perhaps book something just for the first night and then take a looksee around the place yourself the next day.
#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,651
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I''d go for NEW MERRY V GUESTHOUSE
It's listed on travelfish, its not ON khao san road but about 5-10 minute walk away from it. I got a single room with cold shared shower for 150baht. It is VERY clean but also very 'no frills'. The staff aren't that friendly or helpful but its cheap, clean and a fairly good location. The main street behind it leads to Khao San but personally, i prefered this one to Khao San itself. There are also good bus links from here as the bus stop is right outside. At least the staff know which bus will get you where. I think number 14 takes you straight to MBK centre...
Ok, so we'll definately book one for the first night then, just so we are not sleeping on the streets and then have a look around the next day, sounds good.
Thanks for the suggestions Christay; might be the perfect spot.
#5 Amarusol has been a member since 14/10/2009. Posts: 11
If this is your first time to Khao San Road , this is my recommendation:
-Do not stay on Khao San Road or Rambutri Road if you don't plan to stay awake all night, because it is really noisy.
-Book only 1-2 nights prior your arrival and then make decision again after your first night.
-There are many budget accomodation in that area but few acheive sanitary standard especially guesthouse for backpackers but I would recommend one place which is really good for backpackers and not too close to Khao San Road but you can visit Khao San Road by 5 mins walk. It is Nappark Hostel. http://www.nappark.com
-Booking through internet will get the most cheapest rate.
#6 kullapus has been a member since 23/4/2010. Posts: 2
Honestly, KSR is the last place in BKK I would stay. I would rather stay in Patpong - and that says something since I hate Patpong.
KSR is full of kids who just finished school and don't know anything about anything but think they know it all. Daddy is usally funding the trip. They dress like hippies and think they are "in touch" with their environment.
They get off the plane and purchase their "travelers" kit. A rasta hair makeover, a Che Guevera t-shirt, some fishermans pants and birkenstocks. Then over to get a tattoo. After that, sit around with other "travelers" who are equally enlightened and talk about globilization, the environment, the IMF and other topics of which they know little to nothing. All conversations will be in serious, pious tones, although perhaps a bit idled from canabis and alcohol.
I went there one time and decided I was leaving as quickly as possible. I find the Sukhimvite area much more appealing - esspecially up around soi 35. But if you prefer to really get away from the tourist areas and more exposure to the Thai side of things, then Rangsit would do. Or Bang Sue.