I did not know whether to put this under hostels of hotels, but looked at the hotels opinions and they are all big, posh places. I stayed in Khao-san road, backbacker area, in cheap but habitable places, which are probably hotels but used like hostels. The khao-san road has developed into the main backpacker area in Bangkok in the last few years and is a tourist attraction in itself now. It is a road lined with shops, stalls and smaller tributry roads full of hostels/hotels and more shops, stalls, cafes and internet places. At night it is almost carnivally with the stalls and bars right out on the road, and the smells of fresh cooked food highly prevalent. It is also very 'cosmopolitan' with backpackers from all over the world, lots of Germans, Brits, Canadians, Aussies and more. Lastly it has a visible but non-threatening police presence and enough tuk-tuk and taxi drivers to ensure you are pestered everytime you go on the street. While there I stayed in a couple of places. Firstly I stayed in the Sawasdee (welcome I think), a quite 'posh' place for the area at 470 baht (£8 ish) a night for a double with TV and air con. It had a little bathroom, a comfortable bed and was the perfect place to sleep of jet lag. Set back far enough from main road that noise was not a problem. However it is very "expensive" for Thailand so when we were refreshed and ready to face the world we moved on. Next we went to the Wally Guesthouse, which was only 180 baht for a double room with a fan and a shared bathroom down the corridor. It is located through a passage between two buildings, which is a restaurant of sorts as well. Much cheaper and looked it, the paint was sparse on the walls and the mosquito nets on the windows were in a very bad state of repair (we had net so okay). But again the room was comfortable and the fan kept us easily cool enough to sleep. There are literally hundreds of places to stay he
re within two minutes walk of Khao-san road and all will show you your room first before you commit (a lot of people leave one person in a bar with bags and the other goes off to find somewhere they klike). If you are looking for 5 star, or even 3 star go elsewhere, if you want somewhere cheap and habitable this area is good. The two places we stayed show the difference available just across the street from each other. In truth these were not the nicest places we stayed in Thailand, Chaing-Mai and Krabi were much better (will write opinions soon), but then Bangkok itself is not that nice compared to Chaing-Mai and the beach area. If you go and are on a budget these hotels/hostels are full of backpackers, in a lively area and both we stayed in had comfortable beds. If you want a pool, room service and to spend hours a day there its probably not for you.