Stayed here for three nights having returned to Bangkok to pick my Indian Visa, the previous time I stayed at the excellent Smile Society in Silom but I fancied a change and this place was highly rated in Hostelworld. It's a little tricky to find as it's off the beaten track but the owners give you fairly explicit instructions and it's extremely convienient for the BTS and Airport train (max 5 mins walk) and far more centally placed than most only being 10 mins walk to Siam Square.
Siam Journey is very small with one 8 bed dorm (it says 6 on their website but there are 8) however the dorm room is clean, well turned out and spacious with reading lights, individual power sockets and a powerful AC unit. The common area downstairs feels like a living room with cofffe table and sofas, there are two showers and two toilets.
The small size of SJ is it's key, as there only up to 8 people at any point you get to know people very quickly and the owner Nathan is very social and is constantly organising outings to local bars, cafes and markets. It more like staying with friends, possibly closer to what I imagine Couch surfing is like, it was very easy to relax and there are always something to do as expat friends of the owners popped in occasionally to socialise and join up for a few drinks or to sample a local restaurant (or trips to crazy rooftop bars, hip-hop competitions etc etc) I'm not into the party hostel scene so this was perfect as I got to make a load of new friends and chat to generally interesting people during my stay and felt very much at home.
The area where the guesthouse is located doesn't look much but it's where actual Thai people live so there's hardly any tourists (especially not the groups of dodgy old white guys that stalk the streets of Silom ewww) and the side street is full of kids playing in the street and locals going about their business. It may not appeal to your average Khao San Road Chang-monster, but if you want to meet up with some good folks and see some of the real Bangkok then look no further than Siam Journey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Siam Journey Guesthouse! Located in a real Thai neighbourhood with amazing street food and a unique atmosphere, Siam Journey hopes to show you a different side to Bangkok than the other more touristy areas in the city. We have 10 bed dorm, 8 bed dorm and 4 bed dorm in a small guesthouse in Bangkok. Your room will have A/C, secured lockers and towels included. We also have free hi-speed wireless internet to make planning your onward trip that bit easier. Our focus is on quality over quantity! We are a small guesthouse so there is a more personal atmosphere where guests and staff get to know each other more than they would in larger places. Our first floor has 2 common areas where you can relax, make new friends and have a great time with us and the other guests. We have card-games (Poker, Uno, Monopoly), and movie nights weekly! We also have a rooftop area for our guests. We would like to make you feel as comfortable staying with us as you would feel in your own home. The guesthouse is located in central Bangkok. It's just a 5 minutes walk from the Airport Rail Link (SRT) and the BTS Sky Train. Easy access to Siam, MBK, Victory monument, pubs and restaurants. Since we are located in central Bangkok, exploring the city and it's numerous attractions is very convenient from Siam Journey. We have well traveled staff who are ready to answer your questions and help you in any way possible. We can give you advice about places to go in Bangkok, how to get there and how to get to the next place on your trip. We take guests out a lot for drinks, food, live music and parties, so there is always something to do here! Come join us in our journey through Siam and all its amazing and wonderful places! ... more less
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