Guesthouse Name: New Siam Guest House
Address: 21 Soi Chanasongkram Phra-A-Thit Road, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand
I stayed at the New Siam Guest House in Bangkok. The New Siam is a small group of hotels in the Khao San Rd/Banglamphu backpacker area. At the time of this review there were five properties in the Siam Group (I, II, III, Riverside, and Palace View). The property I stayed at was New Siam I.
The guesthouse is off Rambuttri Rd, which is one of the main guesthouse streets. The street is a small and lively one with barely enough room for a taxi to squeeze through (which they occasionally do). I think it is the best area to stay in the Khao San Rd backpacker district. It is also a short cut to the river pier, which is a useful ferry to get to points of interest along the river.
I booked a single room with a shared bathroom. It’s a small room but it’s clean and bright. The bed was comfortable and I got by with just a fan in the room.
There are shared bathrooms on each floor (I was on the fifth floor) and designed in a way to get lots of natural light and air. There was one hot water shower and one cold water shower. The toilets and showers were clean, though the day I was there some idiot decided to have a haircut and left hair all over the floor. I won’t fault the cleaners on that one because they were busy scrubbing the floors when I saw them. Just one of those things were sometimes people are selfish in shared facilities.
The room came with free wifi, though it was a voucher system where you needed a user and login code every time you got back on. I found the internet to be a bit slow as well.
I liked the reception and restaurant area downstairs. There is a travel agency and laundry which includes a bag cleaning service. I got my day bag cleaned for 50 Baht ($1.40 USD). I didn’t realise how filthy it was until I got it back looking brand new.
While I love Thai food I am a sucker for American Breakfasts (ABF’s) in Thailand. This ABF was 90 Baht ($2.55 USD).
Overall this was a decent budget guesthouse and ideal for backpackers. I think I have stayed here before (many years ago) but that was the days before wifi was standard in these guesthouses. There are lots of guesthouses in this area and it used to be normal to just walk around and look for a room. If you are arriving early then you can still to do that, but these days it is better to book online just to be sure.
If staying in the backpacker area isn’t your thing then check out where else to stay in Bangkok.