We arrived at Lub d Silom around 7am in the morning after a very bumpy night bus from Chiang Mai. The staff there said the room was ready for us so we checked in 5 hours early.... result!
Lub d is very clean and incredibly spacious. I felt like a kid again being on the top bunk of a room that included sharing showers/toilets. Don't let this put you off! They are always kept clean and showers and toilets are always available whenever because there's so many of them!
The communal area is great for interacting with other people. Don't be afraid to communicate, everyone is in the same boat! You can also sign up for daily/weekly events (bar crawl, sightseeing on a certain day of the week etc), book tours, use the computers available if you don't have your own and have breakfast/snacks when socialising with the crowd. If you have any problems then the staff are always happy to help, no matter what time of the day it is!
Lub d is very close to the BTS skyrail, 7 elevens (pretty much one around every corner in Bangkok) and Pat Pong Market Lumphini Park and the shopping centres (Siam and MBK) are easily accessible by the sky train. If you want to go to all the temples or take a cruise along the river then it would be better to take a taxi (on meter!).
BEWARE of the tuk tuks hanging around outside the hostel, they are not to be trusted! They say they will take you near the river for 20 baht and recommend you try out a certain river cruise package (they constantly wave it under your eyes). Always stop a passing taxi or tuk tuk as they tend to be more genuine, the ones that are parked up and are bugging you usually have another motive.
Big shout goes out to Ngae, who works at both Lub d's. She took a couple of us to the Amphawa Floating Market, another group of us to the local temple on Buddha Day and a bunch of us from both hostels to dinner and Khao San Road. She made the trip to Bangkok that much more fun and interesting. Thank you again Ngae!
All in all, a great place to stay. The place isn't that noisy (don't know what the dorms were like). If you want somewhere to stay that isn't right on Khao San Road but want easy access to all the sights and places to go then this is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The iconic, trend-setting ‘original Lub d’ is still a ‘Bangkok must’ for many who are aware of its deserved reputation. With a downtown location conveniently places in Silom, Bangkok business district, Lub d - Silom is surrounded by a plethora of shops, coffee shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Silom buzzes from early morning until late night. Travellers are connected via the nearby BTS skytrain and the pier for boat rides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lub d Bangkok - Silom Hotel Bangkok