Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!
Khao San or not Khao San. That is the question and it seems like there's no middle ground. The backpacker "ghetto" of Bangkok has a lot to offer, including unlimited food options, and unending party, and easy access to top attractions and the river ferry. But the food is unauthentic, the travelers are young and often drunk, and some hotels can be downright disgusting. Since this was our first time in Bangkok, we decided to ignore the naysayers and head to Banglamphu - the area around Khao San Road.
A couple we met on the flight from Mandalay suggested a guesthouse near Khao San but not on it. At 840B/night, New Siem II offered a nice room with working AC and a fridge, plus the huge benefit of a pool. It was quiet at night but right around the corner from the "best" of the neighborhood. We also heard good things about Lamphu House, right around the corner. It was cheaper, but no pool.
Having now done Khao San, next time we'll be in Bangkok we'll probably opt for the Sukhomvit area. We heard great things about Suk 11.
Interested in seeing Khao San Road and Wat Pho without paying for a plane ticket? Check out our Bangkok photo tour!
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