This place is VERY good. It IS away from the local tourist spots. Very safe area too.
Great for a repeat traveller looking for something a bit different - which I definitely was after my 5th time to Thailand. Not really the place for 1st time travellers to Bangkok IMO.
Clean rooms, great aircon, comfortable firm thai beds, possessions safe (although no safe in rooms) and the owner Charn who makes you feel at home (and answered any questions I had)
Yes make sure you take note of landmarks on your first night out and take a map - after a day I knew where I was going.
The area at first seems very quiet - but that is just your immediate cocooned street. Once you walk around the corner 1 min you are on the first main rd that leads to the bigger main rd to the train (15baht or something like that by mc taxi by the backstreets or just hail one of the many taxis). If you go the opposite direction at night you come to a massive area of street eats and if you walk on further huge LOCAL nightmarkets that are already rock bottom in prices - ie $7-15 AUD for shop after shop of amazing shoes. I also bought some very fancy evening shoes for $30 that I later saw at MBK for $90. Many items for sale without much hard bartering. You get the idea.
Not many English language menus at the lovely local eateries however some charades and picture menus did the trick! The restaurant staff were peering at me whilst I ate the ordered deep fried duck beak wondering if I'd be happy (however I've eaten this delight before during a tour with "Tong" so I knew I liked it. They were laughing and so relieved when I said "aroy maak maak" (very very delicious)!! Of course there were other standard items on the menu and all were great and locally priced.
I had my hair cut & chemically straightened (short hair) for $30 AUD - my friend has it back home for long hair and it costs $600 just for the chemical treatment. 2 months on my hair is still straight! Was very handy for a humid SE Asian holiday - not having to blow dry my hair! The hairdresser couldn't speak English however her nephew passing by could and he translated my request! The quality was equal to the $75AUD cuts I've had at home. The place is called "volume" and has a shih tzu and yorkie terrier inside 'guarding'! I do believe we got the information right - she is famous for cutting the kings hair as well!
These are just a few reasons why this area was special for me. The locals in the street all waved me goodbye like good friends after just 6 days. You won't see many tourists (although there are a couple of hotels near here) - its really more of a suburban area however with all the great things Thais love - a good massage place (near hairdresser), street food, robinsons shipping centre, restaurants, family run mini marts open till all hours without the hassle.
Btw. If you do walk back from the train (@20mins) you will pass MANY MANY street food stalls selling the most amazing street food takeaway. All for the locals. At local prices.
It takes a bit more effort to stay here as its not right on transport (reason for my 4 stars not 5) however you will be rewarded if you do.
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