Sleep well in the Khao San Road area
– After mischievously breaking a bed in Kanchanaburi.. I had to hot foot it out of there -which meant staying an extra day in a rat and cockroach infested shit hole.
Not wanting to waste anymore time or money, I got a express minivan taxi to Bangkok. This cost 150 baht and was full of a mixture of locals and tourists. The stories about these vans is completely true – the driver was going around 120 miles per hour at times and razzing his van all over the place like a racer driver.
I felt really bad for the girl in the seat in front of me because I was at the back squished into a really small seat – I kept falling asleep and banging my head on her chair and waking up. This was due to absolute exhaustion from not sleeping the two nights previous and If I could usually sleep in a taxi, train or bus I would be very happy.
He dropped me off near democracy monument and I walked to the hostel which I had researched the night previously.
This was on Thanon Rambutri and was called Sleep With Inn. I did not try and book before hand and just turned up. The receptionist spoke good English so I decided to try and get a deal as I had seen that their double rooms were 890 baht online and this was way over my budget so I thought I would give it a go. Well It all went wrong and they ended up charging me 1050 for a double deluxe room even though this was the price of the superior. When I tried to argue this they just gave the blank expression. For this price I asked for a quiet room as I was exhausted and they gave me the crappy double next to the stairs with no window. I will say that this was an upmarket hostel, nice bed nice shower, nice air-con – but the way they handled themselves was not very pleasant and the fact that they gave me a shit room was a little annoying. The final blow was when I went downstairs to get the wifi code and they wanted 60 baht an hour to use it. Well seeing as I do all m work online I knew that this would cost me a lot so I went to a bar down the street, got a big bia Leo and used it for free….
Next morning they rang my room phone to basically tell me to get the fuck out – but I was already ready to leave. Luckily i got my deposit back with no grief and set about looking for a cafe with wifi. I found a great little place on the Rabutri soi square and they had free wifi and shelter from the huge storm that was about to ensue.
I stayed here for a few hours and I got chatting to a beautiful indian-skinned German lady who could only be described as a stunner. We chatted for hours and she gave me loads of great information about how to get down to the islands and which way to se them and loads of good recommendations about where to do my diving. After a while her boyfriend came down and joined us and he was also really nice but was kind of a thorn in the heel of my advances. Thanking them both for such kindness and generosity in their complete honesty and helpfulness, I had been meanwhile speaking to my Thai friend on FB chat and she had recommended a hostel just around the corner. So I braved the storm and headed off – 500 metres around the corner to Thara House Hostel.
So I had been in really plush yet expensive hostels but I had also been in complete rat infested shit-holes that cost nothing. I was looking for balance.
I am so glad that i found this place as its just along the river road and you can get to everything in less than 5 minutes through the cut into the Rambutri soi. My room is a double, en-suite on the 5th floor (no lift) but I did not care as it had everything I needed and more. I booked two nights and got a discount which brought it down to 480 baht per night (500 is meant to be mu budget) so I was happy about that. The room was large enough for two, was very clean and had a decent warm shower and toilet setup. it was no thrills and there was paint coming off the walls but I do not care about that if they get the basics right. To top it all off every room has a large hidden locker (which you put your own padlock on) that allows you to literally chuck all of your stuff in it when you go out for the day and not have to worry about your laptop or camera being stolen or pinched by a naughty maid.
There was even a TV (which I do not usually care about) but It had a load of American and Australian channels which served well as background noise when I was working on my projects. i got a great nights sleep and there were no noisy neighbours. The laundry service is 40 baht per kilo and you can get it for 20 / 25 around the corner, but other than that I highly recommend this hostel if your budget is around 500 baht and you are a digital nomad / location independent worker like myself.
I should also mention the peseta resistance – They have a wifi box on every floor so you can be sure that whoever you are in the building you will get good wifi. My charger also reaches the bed from the wall so I can lay in bed and work away.
Tip – if you stay here – try and get a room on the left side as you walk in because there are a few bars which blast out live music until 1am on the right side so you may not get an early nights sleep if you are getting up early etc. Although there are no windows on the right… so its a toss up.
But so far – best all round hostel for wifi, cleanliness, amenities and value in Bangkok.