If you desire a Chinatown experience without the bustling chaos, this is the place to stay. The rooms are beautifully appointed, boasting a touch of quirkiness while maintaining cleanliness and utmost comfort. Each day, breakfast is a delightful treat, and you’ll find a fridge stocked with juices and ice-cold water. This is, without a doubt, one of the best-value stays in Bangkok, highly recommended.
Lhong Yaowarat Hostel
The hotel’s location is superb, just a 3-minute walk from Wat Mangkorn MRT. Nearby, the “I’m Chinatown” mall houses convenience stores like Watsons and 7-11, along with a Thai traditional costume rental shop. Moreover, it’s a mere 5-minute stroll from Songwat, an up-and-coming district filled with trendy cafes and shops, perfect for the hipster crowd.
Safety and cleanliness are top priorities here. Access to the main door requires a keycard, ensuring a secure environment. The private rooms boast high ceilings, creating a spacious ambiance. The Wi-Fi is reliable, making it an excellent choice for remote work. The host’s warm hospitality makes you feel right at home, and guests are provided with bottled water, delightful local breakfast options, and essential amenities like a hairdryer, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and body soap. You’ll also find a communal fridge in the main reception area for your use.
Lhong Yaowarat, in just a short span of time, has become a home away from home for many. Its inviting aesthetics and homely vibe set a relaxing tone. The spacious rooms are well-equipped with standard hotel amenities, and though the beds are comfortable, they are placed directly on the floor without a bed frame. The owner’s attentiveness, despite limited English proficiency, is commendable, and his infectious positivity shines through. Breakfast is both satisfying and filling. While the hotel’s location is excellent, tucked away in Yaowarat, do note that it’s a bit off the main street and requires a short walk into an alley to access.
On the downside, there is no elevator, a limitation stemming from the hotel’s conversion from a family home. The narrow stairs and corridors may pose challenges for larger individuals, particularly Caucasians. Most of the time, the rooms provide a peaceful and quiet environment, although occasional sounds from neighboring restaurant staff washing dishes may be heard due to the hotel’s location in a back alley.
Likewise, Lhong Yaowarat comes highly recommended for backpackers and couples seeking an authentic Chinatown experience. However, it may not be suitable for those with heavy luggage due to the absence of an elevator. This is in the Chinatown 唐人街 area of Bangkok.
Looking for shopping then the MRT or BTS to Gateway Ekkamai is in order.