Hostels in Bangkok

Urban Hostel Bangkok

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“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

The Urban Hostel is situated on a quiet street (by Bangkok’s standards) about 10 minutes walk from the river.  Do not come here if you want to spend your time partying in Khao San Road.  However, it is well located if you would prefer to discover the Bang Rak. Silom and Chinatown areas.  As it is only a short walk from Hua Lamphong, you can get to most other areas of Bangkok fairly easily.  The hostel has local street food literally on its doorstep so you won’t have to go far for some tasty Thai treats.  The staff at the hostel are very friendly and welcoming.  The hostel provides free water, good wifi and has an excellent balcony to chill out on and maybe meet other travellers.  There is also a washing machine which can be used for 30 baht.  Our room (a double with private bathroom) came to around £80 for 7 nights and the room was cleaned every day with fresh bedding and towels provided.  It was a perfect start to our trip and I highly recommend it to anyone not wanting to stay in the Khao San Road area.

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Petit Hostel

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For our second week in Bangkok, we wanted to stay in a different area.  It was a shame leaving Urban Hostel as it provided us with everything we needed and Petit had a lot to live up to.  It didn’t quite reach the same high standard set by Urban, but it was a cool place to stay nevertheless.

Like Urban, Petit offers free water and wifi.  It also offers free coffee, free noodles AND free bicycle rental which is a great selling point.  It is on the West side of the river so a little further out from the so-called tourist areas.  However, there are ferries that cross the river regularly for around 5 baht.  Some hotels offer their own ferries for free and apparently they don’t mind who uses them.  The river is also a great way to discover other areas of Bangkok and we used this to visit the Grand Palace and the Khao San Road area.  They also offer washing self-service which is always useful.  I enjoyed the showers, particularly on one night when I could see the full moon above me as I showered!

Petit could improve in the cleanliness.  We never had any change of towels or bedding as we had daily at Urban.  This didn’t bother us but some of the communal areas were not kept as clean as we would have liked.  This is a minor grievance as we really enjoyed our time here.

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KC Guesthouse

After a weekend in Kanchanaburi (highly recommended), we returned to Bangkok for 2 more nights before our travels took us North of the city.  I wanted to stay near the Khao San Road area just to see what it was like.  Joanna, less so!  KC Guesthouse is just North of Khao San Road: about 10 minutes walk away.  It is actually fairly quiet to say it is on the doorstep of the busiest nightlife Bangkok has to offer.  The hosts were very welcoming and greeted us with a smile every time we entered and exited the building.  Their is a restaurant underneath the guesthouse but we didn’t eat there.  The room was clean and came with both air conditioning and a fan!  We did not have a private bathroom but we never had to wait to use the showers, which were kept clean.  The wifi was hit and miss AGAIN but this may be because we were staying on the very top floor.  I would recommend this place for a few nights.

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Overall, I would say Urban Hostel was the best we stayed in.  The others were fine for a few nights but I would recommend Urban Hostel for longer stays.

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