Editor’s pick • Top 3 Bangkok hotels
One of Asia’s coolest hangout hostels, Lub-D changed the Bangkok budget hotel scene by eclipsing the backpacker flophouse cliché with a stylish downtown hub to meet fellow travellers. Decorated in amiable pop colours, it has doubles, twins and dorms, including a women’s dorm, plus a breezy café and terrace that sometimes holds hip events.
925/9 Thanon Rama I. +66 2612 4999. Doubles from THB 1,800.00.
Combining green scenery and green ethics, this unique hotel has the motto ‘View with a room’. The people behind the retro Old Bangkok Inn were inspired by Thoreau’s classic novel of idyllic nature, ‘Walden’, to built artistic rooms around big trees in the riverside Bang Ka Jao plantation enclave, near Ban Nam Peung Floating Market. A boat ride from the SkyTrain, it feels remote – but that’s the escapist point.
GPS 13.680169,100.585587, near Wat Bang Nam Pheung, Bang Kra Jao. +66 82 995-1150. Doubles from THB 6,00.00.
Phra Nakorn Norn Len
This funky hotel in an old town lane between a market and a temple illustrates the retro, ‘very thai’ style inspired by the ad hoc, handmade character of Thai everyday popular culture. The indoor-outdoor lobby resembles an old wooden market while the homely rooms are like a funky re-imagining of Bangkok 50 years ago. The roof garden has panoramic city views.
46 Thewet Soi 1. +66 2 628 8188-9. Doubles from THB 1,800.00