Do you find it difficult to choose the right hostel? Is your decision based on location, price or something else? I have spent in Bangkok about 16 days in total (with breaks) and have stayed in 3 different hostels. When looking for a room I always make sure the location is central, the price is convenient and that it has good reviews on TripAdvisor. So here are my 3 recommendations for Bangkok.
Location: This hostel is quite new and within a walking distance from Khao San Road. There are also few bus stops nearby – one of them will take you directly to the main bus station if you need to get to Chiang Mai for example.
Facilities: They have dorms for 14 – female and male. Yes, that’s a lot but the hostel is so pretty that you won’t really mind. The best thing ever I liked in this place was that the bed had a proper thick duvet you use at home in winter! This gave me a really good sleep eventhought the AC was on at night. I have had bad experience from a hostel in Singapore when we had 16 degrees in a room and only a very thin sheet. Don’t try to put the temperature up if you share a room with Asean girls…you not gonna win! Each bed had it’s own reading light and power outlet. They also arrange tickets for boats or buses and provide maps of the city. You can use the self sevice laundry, luggage storage, printing and scanning or borrow a book from the mini library. The personnel was very friendly and helpful. There are also few desktop computers available which you can use for internet browsing.
Bathroom: Located on each floor. Shared but very nice and clean. You can rent a towel.
Eating options: Simple breakfast is being served in the morning, incl. coffee, tea, toast with butter and jam. There are restaurants and 7eleven just few meters from the hostel.
Internet: The wifi worked pretty well, even in the room.
Price: Was a bit higher comparing to the other hostels – 350 Bath per night but definitely worth it.
My rating: 4,5/5
2. VX The Fifty
Location: Very well connected to the central Bangkok. By Sukhumvit Road, only few minutes walk from BTS skytrain station On Nut which will take you to Siam, Nana or Asok where you can change for metro.
Facilities: Amazingly equipped. It actually felt like being a home. The dorms are either female, male or mixed. If you want to pay a bit more you can also get a double room. There is a big kitchen with fridge, microwave, kitchen desk with dishes and washing machine. You can hang your washed clothes on the terrace. There is also nice outside area with tables and cozy common area with sofa´s. Maps and city info available. The couple who run it is very nice.
Bathroom: Shared and clean. There are about 5 toilets and showers on each floor. Spacious cubicles with hangers which is very useful. Hairdryer available.
Eating options: You can buy things in 7 eleven (50 m from the hostel) and put it in the fridge. You can also go to huge Tesco located just at the skytrain station where are many coffee bars and also food section where you can get rice and meat for 50 bath. On the other side of the road is market where you can find fruit, vegetable, clothes and street food. So plenty of options.
Internet: Worked well with no problems.
Price: For this location and for having everything just on a reach of your hand, 245 bath per night in 8 female dormitory is a great deal.
My rating: 5/5
3. De Talak
Location: Close to Khlong Toei market and MTS station Queen Siriki Convention Centre. For me this was the worst location out of these three. I took a taxi from the airport at night and althought I had instructions and map from the hostel, it was very difficult to find it. I was becoming very desperate as it is located in the back of the blind street after few turns and it has no proper signs. Too dark to walk around after 6pm. Some people might say it´s a bit dodgy around but on the other hand it had its charm.
Facilities: Female/male dorms for 8. I think there were also double rooms available. You can use computers, kitchen with dishes or wash and dry your clothes. If your luggage is heavy, make sure you´ll stay on the first floor. There is obviously no lift and I had to carry my luggage into steep stairs on the 5th floor – nightmare! The interior reminded me a bit of prison (not that I ever was in any) but was not cosy at all.
Bathroom: Shared, located in the rooms. Was ok but not so nice as in the previous hostels.
Eating options: I have struggled the first day to find a supermarket. There is a Khlong Toei market just across the road but it was the smelliest and dirtiest market I ever visited in the whole Asia so I was gone in 5 minutes. The other day I discovered Tesco and Big C – quite a walk from the hostel, about 10 -12 minutes. Not really any restaurants around.
Internet: Ok, didn´t experience any difficulties.
Price: I have paid 240 thb per night for 6 female dorm.
My rating: 3/5