Hey,Im arriving in Bangkok on June 14th and was wondering if anyone could suggest any nice hostels that I could pre-book in Bangkok before I leave the UK.I only want to book the first 3-4 nights and then I will just take it from there.
Not too fussed on how much etc just as long as it is half decent.
Any opinions would be very much appreciated.
wouldnt mind hearing some advice on this too. don't land in bangkok til november, but since its at the very start of our RTW, we'd like somewhere half decent to 'break us in'!
Try searching on the accomodation link on the left of your screen! You will find what hostels are available and post to see if any others have any experience of the hostels you find!
Most people don't stay in hostels in Bangkok. Hotel rooms are cheap enough that they are usually the standard. Of course there are hostels in Bangkok, but I've never stayed in one, and I've never met anyone who has. So I can't really give you any advice on them. Some hotels do offer a couple dorm rooms for solo travellers though.
How much are you looking to spend? And what do you require for "half-decent". If you head to the Khoa San Road area you will find an unlimited amount of hotels in just about every budget (not really in the top end though) and if all you are looking for is something basic yet very clean and safe, then there are so many hotels that booking a room is hardy nessesary. I've arrived in Bangkok many times in June and there are are always many rooms available. My favorite street in the area is Rambutri Street which is just off the end of Khao San and behind the temple. It's quiet and has lots of cheapies like Merry V, Bella Bella, My House, Green House...they are are all basically the same -cheap and clean.
If you do want to book something in advance, I've heard a bit of talk about "Rambutri Villge Inn". Its a bit more expensive but has a pool and aparently is pretty nice.
Just to give you an idea of how many hotels there really are in the area, here's a good map of the street that I just found that shows all the hotels and restaurants. It's really not a problem to arrive and walk around checking a few places out. At the very least, book just one night so you can check out a few once you are settled.
What do you class as a decent hostel? Do you class a decent one one that doesn't include a bad dose of bedbugs but is a very sociable hostel at a very cheap price? Do you think a relatively non sociable type hostel that is clean and in a location close to an easy to reach part of town a decent hostel? Expand on what your thoughts of a decent hostel are and you may be able to get some more accurate answers. Have you had a look on www.hostelworld.com and then read some of the comments that have been left by hostellers about the various hostels? That is usually a good way to judge what the hostel is like.
Cheers for the help so far guys.Sorry I was not more specific.What I mean by half decent is just a clean place to sleep,friendly staff and a place that is reasonably central to where everything happens.As I am backpacking just a mid range type of place price wise.
I would defiantely be looking for somewhere that I could meet lots of different people and get ideas etc off them.
I had a look at the Soi 1 guest house and that looked good.
Anyway, thanks again so far for the advice