Hotel Name: Sawasdee Bangkok Inn Hotel
Address: 126/2 Khaosan Road, Banglumpu, Bangkok, Thailand
I don’t usually stay in Khao San Road when I’m in Bangkok, and if I am staying in the backpacker area I prefer to be on Rambuttri Road around the corner. I stayed on KS Road on my first trip in 2005, but I haven’t stayed there since. Now that I have stayed there again I remember why I don’t stay there.
Khao San Road gets incredibly noisy in the night time, and all day you will fight your way through touts as you find the alley that leads to your hotel.
The Sawasdee Bangkok Inn Hotel is just off Khao San Road down one of the little alleys, so it is a bit tricky to find at first. I ended up just using the back alley to get there, as it saved me having to walk through KS Road every time.
There are a few different signs for the Sawasdee in the back alley as well, making it slightly confusing as to where it is. The hotel is in an old building that has seen better days. The wooden balcony is nice but the reception looks dated now and feels a little run down.
I got a single room with air conditioner and private bathroom. The room felt a bit old and tired, but the bed was comfortable and it was bright with the big window. The air conditioner had a wall-mounted control with a temperamental thermostat which I just couldn’t get right. I turned it off during the night only to wake up an hour later sweating.
The bathroom was clean and had a good hot water service.
Breakfast was included in my room rate, which was in the building next door. The breakfast is buffet-style, which included toast, little pancakes, pre-cooked fried eggs and sausages, instant coffee, and orange flavoured drink.
The room was advertised as having wifi but when I arrived it wasn’t clear if there was wifi. They gave me a log in code but I didn’t get it to work in my room, and instead I was relying on the reception wifi.
Overall this old stalwart of KS Road could use a use a renovation. If you are backpacking and just looking for cheap digs then this fits the bill.
If this description has put you off staying the the backpacker area then have a look at where else to stay in Bangkok.