Guest houses in Bangkok, Thailand, are popular with low-budget travelers. Usually in convenient locations and offering inexpensive rooms and friendly staff, Bangkok guest houses are a good choice for a tourist who wants a safe place to stay but doesn’t want to spend a fortune.
Over the last few years, guest houses in the Thai capital have changed from often somewhat run-down doss houses to many now with a boutique hotel feel and with all the amenities, yet still offering cheap accommodation. If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok, these three guest houses may just be the ideal place to stay.
Asha Guesthouse – Asha Guesthouse is located in the Saphan Khwai area of northern Bangkok. Just a few minutes walk to the BTS sky train, so less than a 15 minute trip to the city center, Asha Guesthouse offers single and double rooms – some with fans, some with air conditioning. Rooms are anything but basic, with comfortable beds and provided linens and towels, and they’re always clean.
Bathrooms are shared but these too are kept immaculately clean.The hotel has a swimming pool, offers free internet, and has a cute restaurant serving inexpensive yet delicious food and a fully stocked bar. Surrounded by a pretty garden and fish ponds, Asha Guesthouse really is a lovely place to stay. It’s also close to tons of shopping in the Saphan Khwai area, as well as a three minute train ride to Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Intamara Soi 3
Saphan Khwai, Phayathai
Tel: 011 (+66) (02) 271 1417
River View Guest House – Located right on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, the River View Guest House is a wonderful place to observe real Thai river culture. The guest house has a choice of rooms, from fan only rooms to fully air conditioned, on low floors or on the fifth floor, and with a river view or a city view. Each room comes with an en suite bathroom (except for the ‘young traveler’ rooms, which share a bathroom).
All rooms (except ‘young traveler’) also have coffee and tea making facilities, satellite TV, refrigerator, and soap and towels. Free wireless internet is available in the reception area and don’t miss the roof top restaurant, with great views all over Bangkok.
The hotel will pick you up at the airport or from the River City shopping center, so you’ll have no problems finding it. Its family owned and run, the staff is incredibly friendly and the location is superb. Some reviewers are negative about the comfort of the guest house, but I have had friends who stayed there who loved it.
River View Guest House
768 Soi Phanurangsri, Songwad Rd.,
Talad Noi, Sampanthawong
Tel: 011 (+66) (02) 234 5429
New Siam II Guest House – One of four New Siam guest houses, the New Siam II Guest House is actually quite luxurious. Located in the famous backpacker area, Khao San Road, the New Siam II Guest House offers double, twin and triple rooms, all with a private bathroom, cable TV, a mini safe, and either a fan or air conditioning.
The hotel’s amenities include a coffee bar, a restaurant, laundry facilities, internet access, swimming pool with jacuzzi and an area where you can safely leave your luggage before check-in or after check-out. The hotel staff is friendly and the rooms are very comfortable.
The guest house is located just a couple of blocks from Khao San Road, but in a quieter neighborhood, so you’ll sleep well too. Surrounded by food stalls, restaurants, cafes and shops, you’ll also find everything you could possibly need here.
New Siam II Guest House
50 Trok Rong Mai
Phra a Thit Road
Tel: 011 (+66) (02) 282 2795
These three Bangkok guest houses are only three of the hundreds available in the city. With rooms starting at 300 baht per night (less than $10), these styles of accommodation offer a reasonable way to stay in Bangkok.
You will also meet many other travelers at guest houses and, because of the communal style of many of them, you’ll make new friends and learn new information about the city.