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“Best place to stay in Bangkok - I'm sure of it!”
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Born Free Hostel
Ranked #82 of 1,192 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
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Halifax, Canada
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best place to stay in Bangkok - I'm sure of it!”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was my first stop in Thailand - Within hours of landing I felt at home at Born Free Hostel. The main area is comfortable and perfect for hiding from the mid-day sun, and Kevin and Emma (if I remember correctly!) definitely have answers to every travel related question you could ever have about Thailand within and outside of Bangkok. Amazing place to meet cool people too! Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Newfoundland
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

This place has a real communal atmosphere, and has good access to public transportation. There's an amazing pad thai place around the corner (at 35THB per plate!), and the owners are helpful and friendly. I definitely recommending this place if you don't mind a mixed dorm-style hostel. Also, they don't over-charge on beer :)

Room Tip: Rooms with snorers are loud. I slept in both the AC and fan rooms, and both were good (pay less for...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2014

We stayed here twice whilst travelling around southeast Asia and loved it both times. The owners are both amazing. Kevin can speak about 5 languages which is always useful and his wife arranged all our onward travel.
The beds in the dorm are great so I always slept well. There was always stuff going on whether it be a film, going to a blues bar or visiting the local market. My highest recommendation would be to go on the bike tour with Kevin as it gives you a great overview of the city and costs hardly anything.
Had a couple of great nights out on khao San road with ppl from here and its probably our favourite place because we found it so easy to meet ppl there.

Room Tip: I think if you book on hostelbookers you get the air con room, whilst on hostelworld you get the sta...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2014

Rooms, beds, showers - everything clean and comfortable. The staff seem to genuinely care about the guests' experience and wellbeing. They can help book further travel, including train/bus tickets, accommodation, activities and tours (probably not the cheapest in town, but immeasurably better than the many, many travel agent scams in Bangkok, and very convenient).

The location near Khao San Road is great for meeting other backpackers but a bit less so for sightseeing. It's just about walking distance from Wat Pho, The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Saket etc. but the only nearby link to public transport is the river ferry and one bus stop.

Overall, a nice, chilled place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Tuusula, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2014

Hostel only has offer big dorm rooms, one with aircon and one with fans. We picked one without to save some money, and it was pretty hot room, but before we checked in we go chance to switch to room with aircon, but we choose not, so no-one else to blame than us. Room was very clean and tide, bathrooms properly washed everyday. There weren't enough space for lockers in the room, but lockers were provided outside of the rooms. Lobby was cozy and inviting, but dark all times. Couple running the place were part of the hostel character, she was specially very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Born Free is an excellent Hostel. It was our first port of call when we arrived to Thailand and it is excellent. The place is very clean, with great facilities but most importantly it is a very chilled and welcoming place to stay. Kev the owner is a brilliant guy who was very accomodating even when one of our party disturbed him during the night.
The Hostel is close to Koh San Road but just far enough away that you feel like your staying in the real city of Bangkok.
The hostel is a fantastic place to meet people, the people we met in our 3 nights there were people we kept bumping into throughout the rest of our time in Thailand even when we were over 400miles away.
Lastly Wasana (Kev's Girlfreind) runs a absloutley fantastic travel agency, she went out of her way to sort us an amazing itineary for our time in Thailand with every place she booked us being amazing in quality and value. She even planned all our travel down to the smallest detail making our time completley stress free and easy.
If your going to Thailand make this Hostel your first port of call it is definatley 5*

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2014

This hostel was great from the friendly owners to the location and the rooms. Everything was really clean and all the beds have access to little pockets and night lights which is handy. They have sturdy lockers to keep all of your valuables and Kevin does cycle tours in the evening. Its a stones throw away from Khao San Road (5-10mins) but quieter to sleep. It really was an oasis away from the madness of Bangkok! I met some great people here and you won't find nicer, more helpful owners. A fantastic stay that is highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Born Free Hostel
Address: Samsen soi 6, Soi Woraphong, Bangkok, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
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