The simplistic review: Mediocreto- Good guesthouse not in the center of Old Town, nor the center of Khao San road, but off the map a little bit. It is a close 10 minute walk to Khao San, but you will need to take Taxi-meters or tuk tuks to get to the main sites such as Wat Pho, Wat Arun, etc... Since it is further away from Khao San, it is more quiet, and there are less pushy people trying to sell you things or get you on a tuk tuk, or scam you. The staff is helpful, but only the woman who runs the place really speaks English. If you want to be in Old town, then this is a good budget place.
I remember checking into the Baan Boran, and my taxi driver having really no idea where the small little hotel/guesthouse was even located, despite me printing out directions in Thai from the hotel's website. I checked in late, probably around 12:30/1 am since my flight arrived late, and the young girls who work there gladly brought up my luggage, despite them being tiny. I was really taken back by the room being 1 room with the shower actually in the room, and no toilet. The room was clean, the a/c worked well, and it was in a decent location IF YOU WANT TO BE IN THE OLD TOWN AREA.
-Close to Khao San Rd, and other Old Town attractions such as most of the temples, wat arun, wat pho, grand palace, etc...
-Clean room - they literally will clean everything/organize (pro & con)
-Staff was nice & helpful
-Fruit & refreshments given upon returning from sightseeing.
-Bed sucks, but pretty much any budget hotel bed sucks.
-Other than the woman who runs the place, the girls who work there barely understand English. I found it very hard to communicate & ask them questions.
-No toilet in room.
-Shower literally placed in the room, so If sharing room, you can literally watch the other person shower. I was solo.
I was pretty over old town, and I stayed at this hotel for roughly 4 nights. If you need a cheap place to stay or are backpacking this is a good spot to stay. I stayed in the more modern areas of Bangkok for 2 other trips into Bangkok, while backpacking through SouthEast Asia, and I liked it a bit more, since Bangkok is also a thriving and beautiful modern city with great restaurants, shopping, and amazing nightlife. I even went to an esan bar (local bar), with some expats I met and it was a ton of fun. There is a lot more to see in the city than just old town!
My General Tips to Surviving Bangkok:
-Taxi meter > tuk tuk! Tuk tuks generally try to give you a cheaper rate, but will drag you around to different places in Old town such as tourist agencies & suit shops, because they get free gas if you stay there long enough or buy something from the place. I only paid 40 baht for a 2.5 hour ride to a few sites, but also was brought to 3 places I didn’t want to go to, and was really annoyed. So while it is cheaper, it can also be a hassle if you are limited on time.
-Always tell the taxi driver to turn on the meter.
-Don’t shake hands with the people trying to sell you something, or the guys who say “Hey Brother” or are trying to get your attention. They know how Westerners operate, and are trying to have western behaviors to lure you in so they can pitch their sale to you.
-Best way to avoid them is to say no, look straight ahead. Don’t waste your time or theirs.
-When buying stuff, haggle haggle haggle, especially on Khao San road. You should never pay full price for anything they are selling in the markets.
-Carry your wallet in your front pocket, or better yet get a money belt, or one that goes under your shirt and around your neck.
-Do not argue or get in a very heated discussion with the tuk tuk drivers or taxi meters. While many are friendly there have been incidences or tourists being harmed & killed for not paying things as little as 50 baht. Sometimes it is just better to be “ripped off” and pay the guy what he wants, than to argue over it.
-The earlier you get to the temples, the more quiet and cooler it will be.
-Don’t open your mouth when on the river, that water is pretty gross, and a few drops landing in your mouth could make you sick.
-Street food, restaurant food, drinks, silverware, cups, straws… They will most likely be contaminated at one point or another, and it isn’t because they don’t clean the items, but because many of the Thai people do not regularly wash their hands after using the bathroom, even in restaurants.
-Bring antibiotics, buy them when you get there, and make sure you get your vaccines & shots you need to before coming.
-Learn some Thai words before coming, like “I do not want” or “I will not go”
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