More about Lamphu Tree House
A lovely friendly hotel
We really enjoyed staying at this hotel. It was an oasis of calm compared to the hetic Bangkok streets!
We printed off a map to show the taxi driver where the hotel was, (as it is a new hotel,) and the taxi driver still stopped to ask someone! The taxi driver has to drop you off on the road, and then you have a very short walk along the canal to the hotel.
The canal the hotel is on isn't the prettest, but the hotel was gorgeous. It was in a very peaceful setting.
The staff were very friendly. Breakfast was served in the open lobby. It was very nice, although quite limited. Toast / croissants, fresh fruit and then a choice of bacon and scrambled egg, omelette, fried egg or a pancake. The scrambled eggs and the panckes were delicious. It was enough to fill me up!
There was also a bar and a nice terrace to sit on.
The swimming pool was lovely to relax in at the end of the day, and the hotel provided towels for you.
Our room was a nice size and very clean. Very nicely decorated. A flat screen tv with Thai channels on. The shower was powerful. We had a balcony overlooking the swimming pool, but the railing seemed very low! (Maybe because I am quite tall!)
The hotel was in walking distance from Koh San road, (about 5 mins,) and you do pass some interesting food sellers on the way! Also able to walk to the Grand Palace and Wat Po. Very close to the Democracy Monument.
Tranquil and Cute Hotel in Central Bangkok!
We stayed 3 nights at the Lamphu Tree July 25-28th 2008 choosing it over a glitzier hotel around Silom or Sukhumvit further south as we only had a couple of nights in Bangkok and wanted to be near the Emerald Buddha etc., but didn’t want to be in the thick of Khao San Road.
I had booked directly with the hotel months earlier as it wasn’t coming up on any discount online hotel sites at the time, but I think you can get it cheaper now. We paid 2200 bt for a superior room. Standard room was only 1200 bt, but a bit too small for us, we put my mother in that, but that’s another story .
It’s a great little hotel, with nicely decorated rooms as clean and fresh in reality as they seem on the website. Bathroom is simple but new, shower was basic (don’t expect a huge rainforest drenching!) and I managed to keep knocking the attachment off the wall bracket... but it got you clean.
They supply only soap and shampoo (I thought it was conditioner so asked for shampoo and got more of the same!). If you need a hairdryer, ask for one at reception.
The entrance to the hotel is NOT on the main road which is the reason why taxi drivers have a hard time finding it (DO make sure you print out their map from the website, in ‘contact’, it was useful).
The main frontage faces Banglamphu canal so once you are over the hump of Wanchai bridge, and on Prachatipatai Rd and see the green and yellow hotel logo above a little row of shops, get out of the taxi and hang a left from the road (only 20 seconds-ish) then turn right onto the canal side footpath...
your taxi will not be able to take you to the front door. Our taxi driver phoned the hotel and a staff member came out to meet us and help with luggage. A taxi-meter from Suvarnibhum airport shouldn’t cost you much more than 500 bt including toll. At 3.30pm on a Friday it took us 35 minutes from taxi stand to hotel.
We had Room 415, a corner superior room which looks down onto the canal and over the hotel’s lovely spirit house and pool area. The room was LOVELY with a real traditional Thai feel to the decor. The view across the surrounding rooftops wasn’t breathtaking, but it was fun to watch the fishermen on the bridge catching huge catfish in the canal, and seeing the local elderly characters doing their exercises. ..watching a bit of real Bangkok life was very relaxing.
The bridge is fine to walk over so long as you don’t have balance issues and aren’t in stillettoes. I wouldn’t attempt to bring a wheelie bag over it, or try it after a few drinks!
The area opposite the hotel is actually a small carpark, so if you’ve any local friends driving to meet you, it’s about 30 b an hour.
The room balcony railings are quite low, and not childproofed, so would not recommend for small children.
Staff are friendly, we dealt mainly with a guy called Ouiy and he was great. He is also the in-house masseur.
Breakfast was basic, not buffet style, but they serve you a plate of prepared fruit, eggs/ham/bacon how you like, toast with spreads etc which is enough to get your day started. We never had dinner or lunch there, but saw some other guests eating Western style food which looked OK.
Wine was fairly pricey at 800 baht a bottle, but OK by our London standards (we were getting bored with beer!). The younger members of staff seemed quite flummoxed at opening the bottle, but got there in the end.
Sadly I never got a chance to swim in the smallish, but very cute pool which is right next to the reception and garden/bar area. But the little raised ‘sala’ area at the end of the pool was fab for a relaxing evening chillout.
Internet in the lobby is free for guests which is good as the Wifi in the room was poor.
About 10 minutes walk from the hotel are a couple of excellent restaurants/bars on and around the Pra Athit Road, parallel to the River. Comme was one, that we’d seen in the guide book, but there was an excellent riverside one called In Love (and yes, it was romantic) which has a huge outdoor, upper deck, with a fab view of the suspension bridge, and unobtrusive live music... we can’t remember the street name but it was right on the river and off one of the side streets from the curve in Pra Athit.
The food was delicious and very reasonable, dinner for 5 came to only £25 or so, with a Thai style dinner, about 10 dishes... memorable for its Thai version of Scotch Eggs! You can also pop downstairs and buy bread to feed to the enormous catfish, and chill in another little mellow bar.
But I digress, sorry, Lamphu Tree is small, pretty, simple, peaceful, well positioned and reasonably priced. Perfect base for a Bangkok exploration while being able to distance yourself from the tourist trap.
Loved the Lamphu Tree
A girlfriend and I planned a quick weekend trip to Bangkok (Manila is only a four-hour flight away) and did not want to bother cousins who lived/worked in the area, so it was off to the Lamphu Tree House for us. We booked via a third-party website HOTELS2THAILAND, since they showed up in Google sooner than the actual website for the hotel. It cost us an additional 200B, so if you don't want to incur the added expense just go directly to the official website.
The hotel as was difficult to find at first, even with locals picking us up from the airport. To lessen the aggravation, just ask your taxi driver to take you to Wat Bowon Niwet on Phra Sumen. Get off there and go across the street -- you'll find the hotel across a small klong, visible from the street and accessed from a small parking lot of what appears to be an abandoned apartment complex (dark but relatively safe). The footbridge is not really a footbridge, but number of concrete posts laid down sideways; we don't recommend walking down there wearing spike heels or carrying large suitcases.
The Lamphu Tree staff were nice enough to let us check in on an ungodly hour (we flew in on a red eye flight) and already had the room ready in minutes. If you plan to check in well outside of regular business hours e-mailing ahead will do both you and the staff a favor. The rooms are as cheerfully Thai and well-kept as they are in the pictures -- no ridiculous PHOTOSHOP-ing, guaranteed. Our standard room had a nice comfy bed, a sparse but adequate shower, and a nicely-stocked mini bar; from the balcony you can see the hotel pool and the neighbor's rooftops. The breakfast is also good -- far better than similar fare from more expensive hotels.
One thing about staying in the Banglamphu area -- and this is not the hotel's fault, is that you are in a really tourist-y area and it is prone to petty crime. On our first day there someone tried to take us for a ride in the old tuktuk and gem scam. We played along for kicks but ultimately we did not buy any gems -- we didn't even look at them, so the scammers thought we were a lost cause and left.
On our second night, we were walking home from Khao San Road when two men on a motor scooter tried to grab my friend's handbag. I managed to hang on to her, and she hung on to her bag, while the thief dragged us across the pavement. The thieves eventually ran off though when they heard police sirens from down Phra Sumen. We made it back to the hotel with just a couple of scrapes and bruises, and the night staff called the police to report the incident. It was quite shocking at the time, but we had a good laugh over it at breakfast the next morning.
Again, I would like to stress that the previous two incidents were not the hotel's fault, and it should not dissuade you from booking a room there. It's just a quick warning for travelers -- especially ladies, who intend to stay in the Banglamphu area. The hotel has excellent staff, beautiful rooms, and great value for money. I would definitely stay here again, and recommend it to friends flying in to the Bangkok on holiday.
Quiet amongst the delightful chaos
Our arrival at the Lamphu Tree House was the taxi stopping at the crest of a bridge at 1:20am beside a dark canal walkway. The cab driver motioned down the steps and along the walkway. I might be a wimp, but the heart did start to beat a bit faster as the cab drove away. I was later to learn that I couldn’t have been safer. We walked along the canal no more than fifty metres when the warm entrance of the Lamphu Tree House greeted us. The staff were waiting for us and within ten minutes they had taken us and our baggage to our beautiful room. They even turned the air conditioning on.
We stayed at the Lamphu Tree House three times during our three weeks in Thailand. The Lamphu was so convenient and welcoming. We experienced the standard, junior and superior rooms. Each of them were clean and tastefully appointed. The staff are friendly and professional.
For us the Lamphu was much more than the hotel. It was the people in the hotel. It was the area around the hotel. It has everything you need. If you need convenience items there is a Seven Eleven four minutes walk away. If you want tourist central, Khao Shan Road, it is easy walking distance.
The staff are helpful with tips on what to do and see without being pushy. The people at the front desk are always happy to write locations and addresses in Thai for cab and Tuk Tuk drivers. We got absolute front row seats for the Muay Thai Boxing through one of the staff.
Across the Banglamphu canal, five minutes walk away, is the Wat Bowon Niwet. An early morning visit lead to a special experience. But if nothing else a very nice Wat that you can pass through on your way to Khao San Road.
We are going to admit to being one of the gullible in the jewelry/suit/tuk tuk scams. However the clothes are great and we love the piece we bought. We loved travelling by tuk tuk but neither of us enjoy the bartering process so we would sometimes use metered cabs. Make sure you carry an address to the Lamphu Tree (in Thai) and that the cab driver turns the meter on.
After a long day in the bustle of Bangkok you might want to stay closer to home. The Lamphu offers great meals within a casual environment. You also meet fellow travellers here. We met three American mates at the Lamphu and ended up at the Elephant Stay together! http://www.elephantstay.com/ Highly recommended.
At the end of the street you can experience a night with Mr. David and his family. You can sink a few enormous bottles of Leo beer while rock classics play in the background. If this inspires you can join the karaoke inside. If not you can enjoy the company of Mr. David, his family and the occasional wondering traveller. Mem, Mr. David’s wife, is the most amazing cook. Her pad thai was incredible but to be honest I would just say to her, “Mem, anything without seafood” and it was always beautiful. What a great family.
Just down from Mr. David’s is a massage salon. The massage therapist does not speak a word of English (but there are often other staff there that can) but her fingers (and elbows and knees if you go for Thai Massage) work magic. My wife went as often as possible during our three stays and said it was the first time she had not felt pain in her back for years. They were also considerably cheaper than the other salons.
The Lamphu does offer Internet, which was adequate. However once you have found the Seven Eleven, down the road from it is an Internet Café run by the fabulous Pad (I know my directions are just dreadful). The Internet is cheap (15 baht/hour from memory) and fast. Most of all you get to meet Pad who is professional and very helpful. A friendly warning, if you go to the Café after school finishes be prepared for a unique experience. It is full of teenage boys playing video games, all laughing and talking to each other from one end of the room to the other. The Café provides headphones. This dies down later in the afternoon. I found mornings best when I was virtually alone. Printing is 5 baht/page.
To cut to the chase we loved the hotel, the location and the little community that surrounds it.
And then there’s Bangkok…..wow!
We love Lamphu!!!!
We really enjoyed staying in Lamphu Tree. Just a 5 minutes walk from Khaosan Road, but yet very quiet en relaxed. The staff is really helpfull and turns your stay into a real holiday.
If you go there, you certainly must go to the rooftop. Good place to relax during the day or have a late night drink/cocktail.
Lovely hotel, location and staff
We stayed here twice while we were in Thailand and really enjoyed our stay...on both occasions. The location is not familiar with Bangkok taxi drivers, so i'd advise you to have the number of the hotel or the address written in Thai with you so the taxi driver can understand. In general, Bangkok drivers are poor on direction....so it's good to have as much information about where you're staying. Also, there is another hotel with a similar name, which can add to confusion. We booked through a website the first time, but the staff told us that we it would have been cheaper if we booked through them, so make sure to check that out. We booked through the hotel the second time. The location is very convenient to Khoasan Road and also not that far from the river (10-15 min walk), where you can catch the water taxis which are a great way to get around Bangkok.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, but aren't very big...as you'd expect for a boutique hotel. We found the staff incredibly helpful and very willing to give advice. It's a great find.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The good, the bad, and the ugly
On airport arrival, it’s a straight shot through immigration for westerners (no visa to be purchased). On exiting the airport, expect to pay between 700-900 Bhat for a taxi to the hotel (even if you settle for less than 900, be prepared to get hit up for 900 at your destination). Don’t use hotels2thailand.com to book your reservation, they never got back to me with a confirmation message, I had to call the hotel from the airport to confirm we had a reservation. Hotel is tucked away from the main Kao San road nightlife, but within walking distance.
THE GOOD, Hotel room and bed was clean, A/C works, personnel are reasonably friendly, bed is comfortable and hot water in the shower. Did not feel unsafe in the neighborhood.Hotel is centrally located to walk to Golden Mount, Wat Suthat, Grand Palace and Reclining Buddha as well as the river where you can catch public boats (orange flag) that will take you all the way to Pier #1, where you can get to the tram to go to Siam square and weekend market (get the 120 Bhat all day ticket, otherwise it will cost per trip). Boat is 15 Bhat one way (at the same dock will be ‘tourist’ boats that will charge 700 Bhat to basically take you on the same route (and most 'tourist' boat operators do not speak great English) so don’t confuse the public ferry boats with the tourist boats). A tuk tuk from Siam square to the hotel shouldn’t cost you more than 100 Bhat.
THE BAD, hotel had no washcloths, no buffet breakfast, rather, you get served a fruit plate, eggs of your choice (warning, warning, easy over comes back as overcooked and dry), toast and jam, glass of juice and tea or coffee and no TV in our room. From what I can tell, Internet was pay as you go.
THE UGLY, hotel is on a rather stinky canal (see pictures), however, the layout of the city is such that even some upscale hotels are next to somewhat questionable neighborhoods and smelly canals.
Couple of notes, The Siam Paragon mall has some great ‘fast’ food establishments in the food court. Tried that self cook meal one night where you are given a pot and the ingredients, looks iinteresting but from personal experience, if you don’t know what the process is, get food that’s preprepared. Most tourist site entrance fees are reasonable (20Bhat), but you MUST wear long pants (men included) and cover shoulders (women) when going to any Buddha Shrine, especially the Grand Palace (300 Bhat entrance). Tong slippers for men not allowed in the Grand Palace but Sandals ok. Be prepared to remove shoes whenever entering a Buddah shrine, AND, they are not responsible for lost or stolen shoes left in the shoe repository (carrying the shoes along is not an option, unless you’ve got a big bag to hide them in), suggest you wear socks if you are squeamish about walking barefoot where thousands of others have walked before.
Check your ticket and make sure Airport Exit tax is included in your ticket, otherwise you may have to pay at the aiport..
Best quality price in BKK
BEst quality Price in Bangkok.
no many things to say.
Clean, new, silent, good style.
the only things is that they dont have a single room rate, and no much discount for long term staying.
New lodge hotel near by have 66% off if you stay one month.
but this hotel is long way better.
Fantastic All Round!
After reading reviews about this hotel in advance, we were really looking forward to our arrival. This hotel certainly didn't disappoint. From the moment we walked into reception we were greeted with an ice-cold water and a friendly face immediately taking our bags.
The location is great for Khao San, Grand Palace and Buddas (5-10 minute walk).
The swimming pool is such a relief after a hot and sticky day in Bangkok. There is also a lovely modern roof terrace decked out with sun loungers and comfy loafing seats to relax and catch some sun.
The breakfast is a nice touch, fruit and toast, followed by eggs, bacon and a pancake, washed down with juice.
All staff are EXTREMELY friendly and can't do enough for you, in particular, the manager, and 'Benz' on reception who made sure our stay was perfect.
It was well worth the money we'd paid and we look forward to returning in December.
LOVE this hotel. Best budget hotel ever.
This hotel is awesome. An INCREDIBLE value, too. You will not be disappointed. They make you feel so special as soon as you walk in the door. We shortened or cancelled two other reservations to stay here longer, and extended our visit to Bangkok by 3 days to stay here. The staff are extremely helpful and make you feel right at home. The rooms are clean and new. We stayed in both the Junior and Standard rooms. The only observable difference is that the Junior has a flat screen TV on the wall and may be a TINY bit larger. The standard room was very comfortable for a couple.
The rooftop deck is adorable, too. Check it out. Didn't use the pool, though it's lovely and very clean.
getting there:The hotel is hard to find the first time. Taxi ride should be no more than $500 baht including tolls. Insist on the meter rather than a pre-negotiated rate. Good advice (from this site) was to tell your airport taxi to take you to Wat Bowon in Banglamphu. The hotel is immediately across the street from this temple. Look for giant gold framed portraits along the street....the entrance is about 75 yards back from the street and is well-lit (just as pictured). OR just bring the phone number with you so your taxi driver can call the hotel for directions.
Location: 5 min walk to Koh San Road. never more than 100 baht (3 USD) to take a taxi anywhere in the city. The water taxi is also a 10 min walk from the hotel and a good way to get around in traffic.
I do not have enough good things to say about the facility and the staff. Everyone, the manager, the owner, the front desk and housekeeping staff, are warm, friendly and wonderful. It made us want to come back again and again.
Wireless internet is available in the lobby as well as desktops with internet access at a resonable price. If you have a late flight, they are more than willing to give you a late check-out, or let you stay through the evening for a fair pro-rated charge. They are also happy to hold your bags for a day or week until you return.