If Khao San Road is where you wanna stay while in Bangkok and your funds are limited, Shambara Boutique may be just your thing! Located in a small alley (soi) off Khao San, you're basically in the thick of it, but the 30 meter alley makes all the difference in terms of getting a decent nights sleep away from the noise of hawkers and revellers!
With standard rooms rather than dormitories, this place has charming though basic rooms, reasonable toilet facilities (western style toilets!), airconditioning, and a nice front garden, which makes it a bargain at the price - 600 baht for two people - and all that you'll really need for your stay in Bangkok.
Unique Quality: A charming garden in the middle of Bangkok is a great place to eat your breakfast and start your day!
Directions: Small Soi 10 meters from the eastern end of Khao San Road.
considering backpacking in Thailand, what accommodation within Bangkok can you recommend? I plan to spend about a week there, and am on a budget - I've read around a bit and something within the range of 500-800 Baht sounds good. Suk 11 in Sukhumvit was recommended to me by a friend and sounds almost perfect in terms of price, location, and style (I'd prefer something not ultra-modern but with a rustic traditional feel), but I'd like to try something different. Any ideas would be fantastic, thanks!
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For me i prefer Soi Kasem San 1-2, Rama 1 Road in term of location.
By the way Sukumvit 11 is good in term of night life.
One option 2 sois away from Suk 11, is Maxim's Inn. The single room rate is 750baht nett. Price is inclusive breakfast and you get your own private bathroom. Have not personally stayed there but according to a friend, it must be quite good considering they have many returning/regular guests and backpackers as well. Its located very close to Nana skytrain.
You can check out the rooms and facilities at the hotel website at http://www.maximinn.com/index.html
I've been to Suk 11 at easter. if you want rustic then thats the place for you. There are lots of rooms and you feel like you are in a museum when you explore the place. There is breakfast inc and a lovely outside covered area in which to eat. An earlier answer recomends Khao San rd, but I found it a bit false, maybe acouple of days there to start then over other side of town for Suk 11. Found a good hotel just off the main street in Khao San called Shambara Boutique http://www.travelpod.com/hostel/Shambara_Boutique_Hostel-Bangkok.html basic but clean and reasonable resturant. A little ladder to hang ones clothes on (thai style)is as far as rustic go's
48 Oriental Ave, Bangkok
333 Charoennakom Rd, Klongsan, Bangkok
250 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
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Address: Khao San Rd, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand