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“Cheap, average location-you get what you pay for!” 3 of 5 stars
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Phiman Water View
123 Samsen Soi 5 Samsen Road | Banglumphu Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #109 of 563 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
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“Cheap, average location-you get what you pay for!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

Recently stayed at the Phiman Water View in Bangkok, the first destination of our 3 month travels. As the previous reviewer said, at first its difficult to find, down lots of alleyways that look quite scary (we also arrived in evening and taxi driver did not know where it was). On check in they had no more private double rooms with fan so we got upgraded for all 5 nights to aircon which was lovely given it was 45 degrees, however our room was right by the 'chill out' area and virtually all guests had to walk past it in order to get to rooms, this combined with the squeaky floorboards out side our room meant it was often noisy until 4-5am in the morning, however if you had a better located room i think you would be fine. Again the bed was like a rock and actually gave me back ache during the night, no covers, although its sooo hot you don;t really need them! Had a quick look at some of the dorm rooms these looked better and were supplied with mossie nets and a comfy looking mattress other travellers said these rooms were fine.

Lots of other travellers here great place to meet people and everyone raves about the atmosphere, the river is like all other rivers in Asia, a bit murky but no foul smell that I noticed and offers a nice breeze, you can sit on the wall by the river in the chill out area. Location is about 10-15 minutes walk from Khao San Road, we visited during the riots and the Thai New Year (2 very different types of crazy) so were very pleased to be able to escape the chaos which was Khao San Road at these times!

Due to the price and location I would stay again but equally there are probably other cheap places which are nicer!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Phiman water view review

 "Oh no, what have we done" were the first words that left our mouths as we arrived at our accomidation after 18 hours of travel. Not good. Firstly The taxi driver could not find the place and had to call his friend. Secondly we arrived at about 11pm, and you have to navigate down some dark alleys to get to the accomidations metal door. (The alleys are like the allyways of the slums in slumdog millionaire) Aggresive dogs barking and snapping at you, urine, human waste, vomit in the street and smell of decaying food.  And that's before you get to your room. When we eventually got inside we were led to our room, a solid matress on the floor, a fan attatched to the ceiling, and a old mouldy musty fridge. Disgusting. I had to double check the websight to make sure it was the right place. Bugs everywhere, smelly river water would flood the surrounding pond everyday, bed was not clean,Blood, sweat, body fluids all over matress, No bed linen at all. No towels.(we had to use our towels to sleep on) Really appauling. The websight makes this place look like a nice pleasent sancturiry for the different tyrpe ot traveler. but really it's just a nice websight, accomidation is dump of a place , Do not stay there it's appauling, would not recomend and we were backpacking it. Poor locationas well , we had to take tuk tuk, taxi everywhere as simply to far out of the way. The young boy running the place seemed nice though, as did the other people staying there. Ps. We paId for the private double suite lol what a joke more like double the trouble 

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 123 Samsen Soi 5 Samsen Road | Banglumphu Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
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Ranked #109 of 563 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
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Number of rooms: 12
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