Thursday, December 27, 2012

Will the Chinese build a highspeed railway from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and to Nong Khai?




China has just opened the worlds longest Highspeed-Railway from Beijing in the north along 2298 km to the southern boom city of Guangzhou. There were a lot of international headlines around the first train on this line. And they helped to forget the big problems with Chinese Highspeed Trains as the Wenzou train collision in the not so far past.

But the Chinese Railway policy has much bigger ambitions. It is under way to create a Highspeed Railway System in Southeast Asia, linking China to Laos and Thailand and creating connections from China to Singapore.

Laos is forcing plans for a $7 billion railway link from the capital Vientiane in the South to the Chinese border in the North (passing the towns of Phonhong, Vangvieng, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay and Luang Namtha). The construction shall begin early in 2013. The line will be completed around 2014, said Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad at an international rail conference in Beijing. "While the exact route isn't clear, the rail line is expected to connect the southwest Chinese city of Kunming with Singapore, passing through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia", wrote wsj.com.

The project is financed by a 30-year loan from Export-Import Bank of China, according to rfa.org. China will be responsible for the construction. "Beijing is seeking to secure raw materials from neighboring countries to feed massive infrastructure investment and its manufacturing industry", wrote wsj.com. There is one more railway project in Laos: On December 24 a contract was signed for a US $5 billion railway line from Savannakhet to Lao Bao at Vietnam border. The construction is undertaken by Malaysian company Giant Consolidated, writes enjoy-laos.com.

Meanwhile preparations for four highspeed-railway lines in Thailand are going on. Funding is to come from a proposed 2-trillion-baht investment programme dedicated to new infrastructure projects over the next seven years. In November 2012 Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said according to Bangkok Post the government is planning four high-speed rail lines to support trade and tourism within the country. The four high-speed rail lines are Bangkok-Nong Khai-Vientiane; Bangkok-Ayutthaya-Chiang Mai; Bangkok to Hua Hin; and an expansion of the Airport Rail Link in Bangkok to Chon Buri, Pattaya and Rayong. These plans are supported by a Study of Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation. And China is aggressively lobbying the Thai government to select its train and construction technology, writes Bangkok Post. Chinese Deputy Railways Minister Lu Chunfang told Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that its construction costs average only US$20 million per kilometre compared with $81 million in Japan and $50 million in Germany. Thailand and China signed a memorandum of understanding on April 15 to conduct a feasibility study for the Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed rail links. Thailands government plans to open international bidding early next year on the first phase of the high-speed rail project. Chinese government officials advising Thailand have suggested that it begins with a 54km route linking Bangkok and Ayutthaya as it would fall in line with the government's push to have the ancient capital serve as host for the 2020 World Expo, noted Bangkok Post.


Read also:
Growing Chinese influence in Cambodia: A railway from Preah Vihear, a steel plant and a seaport in Koh Kong


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Good morning Old Bangkok 3:
Artsy Phra Athit Road

See the locations on Old Bangkok Buildings Google Map

Picture marhas
Where Phra Athit Road turns into Phra Sumen Road


Not looking for the neon lights, the souvenir stalls and the crowd of backpackers in Khao San Road, but for heritage? Then Thanon Phra Athit ถนนพระอาทิตย์, located along Chao Phraya River, may be your road for a stroll and for your dinner or for a drink, because it's known for its bars and artsy restaurants and also for some shops. It's not far away. First you may arrive at Santichan Prakan Park with Phra Sumen Fort (from 1783), one of the two remaining of fourteen forts, that used to guard the ancient city. From the park a riverside walk leads to Pra Pinklao bridge and to some restaurants with riverview. Phra Athit road also shows you the architecture of old Bangkok with shophouses and palaces:


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Phra Sumen Fort


Bann Chao Phraya บ้านเจ้าพระยา (Wang Grom Muen Sathit Damrong Sawat): Next to Sumeru Fortress on Chao Phraya River. Originally the palace of Prince Sathit Thamroungsawat, son of King Rama II. Later it was Prince Khamrob's palace. The two-storey brick building is supposed to have been built between 1868 and 1910. Architectural characteristics are "the delicate perforated wooden porch, the window facades overlaid with half-circle glass, the curved upper balcony", notes Donruetai Kovathanakul in a research project. See picture by flatkrab


Bann Phra Arthit บ้านพระอาทิตย์: Wang Thanon Phra Arthit Tee Nuang. House Number 102/1 Phra Athit Road. Finance Minister Phraya Vorapomgpipat (Wang Chao Woraphong Pipat วังเจ้าพระยาวรพงศ์พิพัฒน์) constructed the building in 1926. From 1962 to 1989 the Goethe Institut rented this house. Now it is the office of Manager Media Group. And it houses the restaurant Coffee&More บ้านพระอาทิตย์. See gallery. See pictures on soidb.com. See also picture on bloggang.com and here

Picture tourrattanakosin


Buddhist Association of Thailand:

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Bann Maliwan: Also called Maliwan Palace and Wang Grom Phra Nares Worarit. It was originally the palace of Prince Worarit, son of King Rama IV. During Woröd War II it was command-post for Seri-Thai, the Free Thai Mouvement. It is also known as Tha Chang Mansion. Today its the office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. It was built by the Italian architect Ercole Manfredi.

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Wang Grom Phra Sawatdiwatwisit: This building was first the residence of a consort of King Rama IV. Today its the Unicef-Buiding (United Nations Children's Fund).


Prince Adisaranuwongse Sukhasvati's Palace:

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Picture Ian Fuller


Restaurants on Phra Athit Road
Read more in the Banglamphoo section of Mouthwatering Food in Bangkok



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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pitak Siam Demonstration in Bangkok
Live news now

Saturday, November 25, 17.30
"Aim_The Nation" announces on Twitter: Gen Boonlert called off the rally saying to protect lives. Does this really mean, that the demonstration will stop now? nationmultimedia.com also writes, that the rally has been called off.


Saturday, November 25, 15.30
Protesters have removed barricade blocks on Makkawan Bridge leaving no barriers between them & police, reports Aim_The Nation on Twitter. Protester's truck has moved closer to police line. Follow the news around Makkawan here. Matt Wheeler has a Police Officer saying: "We know the plan is to provoke us, to create images of police using force against the people".


Saturday, November 24, 15.15
"The intention of the protesters on Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd is clear. They want to push through police lines towards Government House", writes Richard Barrow about the ongoing confrontation between protesters and police, who are blocking the road.


Saturday, November 24, 14.30
"The Nation" writes, that Defence Minister ACM Sukampol Suwannathat has ordered Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha to prepare troops to assist police to keep law and order should police fail to control the situation, a source said. The source said Prayuth in turn ordered the First Division, the Second Cavalry Division and the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division to prepared 8 companies of troops each to provide reinforcements to police when asked to. Police fired teargas at protesters again at 1:30 pm as they made another attempt to break via the police line at the Misakawan Intersection, notes The Nation.


Saturday, November 24, 13.15
Pitak Siem rally participation is under exspectations. Pitak Siam leader Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit initially planned to discontinue the rally at 11 am had the number of protesters been less than 50,000, as The Nation writes. Now he has decided to wait longer because he learned that provincial people were still travelling to join the rally.


Saturday, November 24, 12.30:
Pitak Siam rally against Thailands government on Royal Plaza in Bangkok has started this Saturday morning. There has been some confrontation between anti riot police and protesters, the police used tear gas. See video on youtube. "The first clash happened at Makawan Rangsan Bridge at about 9am when the protesters tried to march through the police barricade to join the rally at the Royal Plaza. They refused to make a detour to the Wat Benjama Intersection and First Infantry Intersection, where police allowed the demonstrators to pass through", reports nationmultimedia.com. So police fired teargas at the advancing protesters. Police arrested 132 protesters. "In the second clash, Police fired teargas at protesters at the Miskawan Intersection to try to prevent them from breaking through police barricade at the Miskawan Intersection at about 10 am".

Now it is not really clear, what will happen next. But Blogger Richard Barrow is at the rally and reports live on Twitter, what he can see. He says: "This weekend, it's not advisable for tourists to visit Dusit Zoo, Vimanmek Teak Mansion, The Marble Temple & the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall". Follow Richard Barrow on Twitter.

Also Thai Blogger and journalist Saksith Saiyasombut has a Tweet from the rally. And there is a good live coverage on asiancorrespondent.com. More live Tweets by Aim_The Nation.

See also Live TV by T News TV and by Thai PBS and by Spring News TV.

See the latest pictures on flickr.com

Roads blockey by police:

Graphic by Bangkok Post


What this blog announced before Saturday November 25

On November 24 and 25 a big anti-government-rally is planned in Bangkok by Pitak Siam Group. Traffic police has cloased roads around Royal Plaza Friday morning. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on TV, the rally poses a threat to national security. She said intelligence reports indicated that the protesters would use violence and storm government buildings. Pitak Siam group spokesman - Air Marshal Watchara Ritthakanee - answered the group's rally at the Royal Plaza on Saturday and Sunday will be non-violent and that the movement will not move the crowd to Government House or Parliament.
On these days Tourists should avoid the area around the Thai Parliament, Dusit Zoo and Government House, says the German Foreign Office. Follow the news on Bangkok Post. See, where the Parliament and Government House are on Bangkok Hotels Google Map. Read News on Twitter about Pitak Siam. Follow Live Blog by Richard Barrow

The so called Red Shirts, who are supporting the government, also prepare für a rally on November 24. They will gather in Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani. And they announced they will march into Bangkok, if anybody should try a Military coup. Read Reds prepare for coup danger.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

A very special coffee from Elephant Dung or just a very big PR show?


Where is the coffee bean on this picture?

It went around the world in the last days: "Would you pay US$50 for a cup of elephant dung coffee?", cnngo.com asked and continued: "The big story these days is coffee made with beans that have been pooped out by elephants". Thai elephants produce the most expensive coffee worldwide. Hotels of the Anantara Group serve this coffee. And newspapers around the world have published this message eagerly.
Is this a story that can be trusted? Is it good for elephants, when you drink elephant dung coffee? Do elephants normally eat coffee beans and poop them out afterwards? Of course there is a homepage, that tries to tell you this: blackivorycoffee.com. You learn: "Coffee beans are naturally refined by Thai elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation in Chiang Saen, northern Thailand." Naturally? Do elephants normally eat coffee beans? Try a Google Archive Search about elephants and coffee beans for example for the year 2010 - and you will find nothing. Therefore also blackivorycoffee.com tells you, that "in times of drought", Asian elephants are attracted to coffee plantations "as many of them are irrigated". Then they eat, what they find here - but not normally, when there are not times of drought.
So how do the elephants at the Golden Elehant Triangle Foundation get their beans? You guess it: They are fed with beans. Before the best Thai Arabica beans have been picked from an altitude as high as 1500 meters. So: What is promoted as a natural process really is a man made process.
Does this harm the Elephants? The Black Ivory Coffee Company assures: "Blood work has been completed by independent veterinarians to confirm that there has been no harm to the elephants. An elephant veterinarian is also on-site at the production site full-time." So you learn: The Elephant camp is a "production site".
And who earns the money from this production? "8% of our sales will help fund a specialist elephant veterinarian to provide free care to all the elephants of Thailand through the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. Additional funds will also be used to purchase medicine as well as to build a new laboratory", says the homepage of blackivorycoffee.com.
And who founded this business with elephants? It is Blake Dinkin. Before he was active in northern Thailand, he was active in Rwanda in Africa, as you can learn on The business of doing good. Dinkin, a Torontonian, has completed his MBA at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He then went to Africa through a Canadian non-profit group called MBAs Without Borders (MWB).
And Blake Dinkin is also on Facebook. He writes there about the article Elephant Dung Coffee: World's Most Expensive Brew Is Made With Pooped-Out Beans on huffingtonpost.com. He says: "It's amazing how one article can lead to coverage in so many other sites. I have just received an invite to a fantastic PR opportunity." Well, this is it: A big PR show.


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Monday, October 8, 2012

Bangkok Guesthouses
and your opinions








You find the locations on Bangkok Guesthouses Google Map and here you get the kmz-file for Google Earth.

Just small rooms for small prices? Bangkoks guesthouses often offer more. Here you find reviews of guesthouses, organized by the districts of Bangkok, so you can choose your bed near the places you want to visit. The indicated prices are for double rooms. All the following prices are for a double room.


Airport Suvarnabhumi ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ

Sanawan Palace: From 200 to 800 Baht. 18/11 moo 11. Sukapibarn road 5 , Bangpli Yai. Swimming Pool. Good reviews in Thorn Three Travel Forum and also on tripadvisor.com. See picture and reviews on thebackpacker.net


Bangkok Noi บางกอกน้อย
Subdistricts: Siri Rat ศิริราช, Ban Chang Lo บ้านช่างหล่อ, Bang Khun Non บางขุนนนท์, Bang Khun Si บางขุนศรี, Arun Ammarin อรุณอมรินทร์


Ibrik Resort - Hidden Gem: From 3500 to 4000 Baht. 256 Soi Wat Rakang. Just three rooms with balcony, close to Wat Rakang Pier. The river room looks to Chao Phraya River and The Grand Palace (you know: picturesque, but the noise of the boats you have to bear...). Great restaurant - Supatra on the river - next door. Next door ist also the Patravadi Theatre. Read the reviews of i-escape.com
, tripadvisor.com and see picturs on flickr.com.

Picture shutupyourface
Room with balcony towards Chao Phraya River.

The balcony. © shutupyourface

The View. © shutupyourface


Bangrak บางรัก
Subdistricts: Maha Phruettharam มหาพฤฒาราม, Silom สีลม, Suriyawong สุริยวงศ์, Si Phraya สี่พระยา


Baan Saladaeng Boutique Guesthouse:69/2 Soi Saladaeng. 11 rooms and suites, each in a different style. No elevator, if you book the Urban Oasis Suite you climb up to the fifth or sixth floor, as Wanderella points out on tripadvisor.com


Bangrak House 32: 32 Sathorn Soi 16.
In a 100 years old restored 3-storey house Mac and Noi are running a guesthouse with Enjoy Bistro nearby and they have got a lot of very good reviews on airbnb.com.
Ryn's Café&Bed: From 550 to 1000 Baht. 44/16 Soi Convent. Some rooms with private bath, others with shared bath. Good review by cuneozinner.org


Chinatown/Samphanthawong
สัมพันธวงศ


Baan Hualampong Guest House: From 290 to 700 Baht. 336/20 soi Chalong Krung 21, Rama 4 Rd. Read review by timeout.com

Picture © 101735223299701130600

Picture © sonkibebek

Picture © sonkibebek


Your Place Guest House: From 450 Baht. 336/17 Soi Chalong-krung.

Picture © Dharma


River View Guest House: From 250 to 950 Baht. 768 Soi Panuangsri, Songwad Road. Rooftop restaurant with good view. Some rooms with balcony and wonderful view over Chao Phraya River. Read review in Lonely Planet, in Fodor's, on travelfish.org and tripadvisor.com. And see a good picture.

Picture © marhas1

View from the restaurant at the 8th floor


Dusit ดุสิต

Hi Baan Thewet: 25/2 Phitsanulok Road.
Subdistricts: Wachiraphayaban วชิรพยาบาล, Suan Chittralada สวนจิตรลดา, Si Yaek Maha Nak สี่แยกมหานาค, Thanon Nakhon Chai Si ถนนนครไชยศรี



Pathumwan ปทุมวัน
Subdistricts: Rong Mueang รองเมือง, Wang Mai วังใหม่, Lumphini ลุมพินี

A-One Inn: From 600 to 750 Baht. 25/13-15 Soi Kasamsunt 1. Ok for the price, but rooms can be small and noisy, according to reviews on travelfish.org and tripadvisor.com

Picture © Alain in Vancouver


Wendy House - Hidden Gem: From 900 to 1100 Baht. 36/2 Soi Kasemson 1, Rama 1 Rd. Good reviews on travelfish.org,
and on tripadvisor.com

Wendy House



Phra Nakhon พระนคร
Subdistricts and historic places: Banglamphu บางลำพ, Khao San ถนนข้าวสาร, Rattanakosin รัตนโกสินทร์, Phra Borom Maharatcha Wang พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Wang Burapha Phirom วังบูรพาภิรมย์, Wat Ratchabophit วัดราชบพิธ, Samran Rat สำราญราษฎร์, San Chaopho Suea ศาลเจ้าพ่อเสือ, Sao Chingcha เสาชิงช้า, Bowonniwet บวรนิเวศ, Talat Yot ตลาดยอด, Chana Songkhram ชนะสงคราม, Ban Phan Thom บ้านพานถม, Bang Khun Phrom บางขุนพรหม, Wat Sam Phraya วัดสามพระยา


Baan Chantra - Hidden Gem: From 2200 to 3500 Baht. 120/1 Samsen Road. Traditional Thai home from 1936, a five minutes walk away from Khao San Road. Furnished in antique woodden style and wireless internet in the rooms. It's location is Samsen Road, quite busy road in Old Bangkok (Banglampoo), so there is some noise, if you have a room to the street side, but there are also rooms to the courtyard. It's not far from Pra Athit Road with many good restaurants and from attractions like Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Baan Chantra has good reviews on
Tripadvisor.com And here you see their Map and a picture by annespells. Read more and see nice pictures on thaiasiatoday.com.



Pictures © baanchantra.com


Baan Dinso บ้านดินสอ: From 1400 Baht. 113 Soi Silp, Trok Sin, Dinso Road. Baan Dinso is a boutique hostel with nine rooms, decorated with 1950’s Thai house style. “Like an oasis in this busy city”, writes mumunoi, who shows a serie of pictures. Or see the slideshow by Thammagasorn. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com.



Baan Dinso

Picture © Dave and Julie Palmer


Bamboo Guest House: From 150 to 250 Baht. 67 Samsen Soi 1. Read review on iexplore.com and travelfish.org. And a picture of room and the house.

Picture © fabiatta


Barn Thai Guesthouse: From 200 Baht. 27 Trok Mayom. 80 years old teak house. Grandma takes care of you. Read review by Scott Murray


Boworn BB: From 600 Bath. 335 Phra Sumen Road. Accommodation is "no frills", but clean, safe, backpackerish", notes travelfish.org


Donna Guesthouse: From 200 to 350 Baht. Clean, quiet. Read review on tripadvisor.com


Lamphu House: From 400 Bath and from 630 Bath with aircon. 75 Soi Rambutri. "Good, simple, cheap guesthouse" according to many reviews on tripadvisor.com









Pictures Lamphu House (1) and hankoss (2)


New Siam Guesthouse II: From 690 to 840 Baht. 50 Trok Rong Mai, Phra-A-Thit Road. Basic rooms, quiet with a small pool. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com


New Siam Riverside: From 1390 to 2290 Baht. 21 Phra Athit Rd, Banglamphu. Beside the Chao Phraya River, riverside rooms offer a great view. There is a swimming pool. A restaurant is under construction. See pictures on flickr.com. First reviews on tripadvisor.com are good. See a video of the pool area.

View from the New Siam Riverside. Picture © Elizabeth


Old Bangkok Inn - Hidden Gem: From 4000 to 9000 Baht. A charming nod to the past. The 10 rooms, including lofts and suites, are furnished wqith Thai golden teak and individually decorated in Thai floral themes: Lemongrass comes with an tropical garden, Jasmine has painted murals, and Orchid a four-poster bed, hanging oil lamps and rose-colored walls. Many rooms are even decorated with hand-painted porcelain. Old Bangkok Inn wants to be a green hotel: Alle the hot water comes from a solar water heater system. More on their green philosophy. The historic building is located in Bangkok's Rattanakosin Island, on Phra Sumen Road, near Democracy Monument and some steps away from Phan Fah Boat Stop, where you can get the Water Taxi on Klong Saen Saep, a short ride to may Bangkok attractions. See theirMap. And read the review of The Independent.

Picture © Lisa

Picture © Ruth

Rice Suite in Old Bangkok Inn

The Lobby. Picture ©:A.L:♂

Lemongrass room. Picture © belldesign



Phiman Water View Guesthouse: From 400 Bath. 123 Samsen Soi 5. Quite critical reviews on tripadvisor.com


Prasuri Guesthouse: From 200 to 400 Baht. 85/1 Soi Prasuri. Quiet place north of Democrazy Monument, rooms on four floors, Internetcafé with thai-western food. Read more and see pcitures here


Queen Suriya's Castle: 1700 Bath. 40/1 Samsen Road Soi 2. Two rooms with private balcony. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. Guests like the very personal and friendly service. See picture by Rob1988


Samsen5 Lodge: From 1200 Baht. 58/1 Soi Samsen 5. Three rooms with a small shady courtyard and reading room. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com and in The Nation.

Samsen 5 Lodge


Sam Sen Sam Place: 48 Soi Samsen 3, Samsen Road. Tucked away on the quiet soi, but within easy walking distance of restaurants or Khao San Road. In a traditional teak house. Simple small rooms, very clean, airt condition, some rooms with bath, others witz bath to share. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. See pictures by Kittnrob, Magnoliafields, tflatval

Picture pkkbowers

Picture Esther

President Suite. Picture © Jeff


Shanti Lodge: From 400 to 1950 Baht. 37 Sri Ayuthya Road Soi 16. Surrounded by plants and trees. Restaurant with vegetarian menue. Penthouse with a tropical roof top garden for 1950 Baht. Some rooms have bamboo walls, so you are not too much separeted from your neighbours. Some critics about staff in reviews on tripadvisor.com, but not by all guests. Background about Shanti Lodge you find here

Picture © Wasaga Dave

Picture © Elizabeth

Penthouse with roof top garden


Siam Oriental Inn: From 280 Bath. 190 Khaosan Road. See pictures by Tscheburaschka


Sri Ayuttaya Guest House: From 350 to 500 Baht. 23/11 Sri-Ayutthaya Road Soi 14. House of wood and bricks. Relatively quiet place. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com and Lonely Planet


Tavee Guesthouse - Hidden Gem: From 280 to 400 Baht. 83 Sri-Ayutthaya Road Soi 14. A quiet location near Thewet Pier. Good reviews on travelfish.org and hostelz.com and tripadvisor.com. Pretty pictures by DragonFlies

Picture © Magdalena

© Magdalena


Villa Guesthouse: 230 Soi Samsen 1, Th Samsen. An old Thai house run by an old lady and her brother. A dark wooden interior and a tropical garden. Ten fan rooms with shared bath rooms. "Ask for the double room upstairs", say Rena and Tom, who show pictures. See also the gallery of Rene S, margauxrainbaux and taylorandayumi.


Wild Orchid Villa: From 800 Bath. 8 Soi Chana Songkhram. 90 rooms. Reviews on tripadvisor.com show, that rooms can be noisy and in different size.

Picture DaVrolik
Rooms on the rooftop. See also this picture: Wild Orchid Villa from outside by misaothegenius



Sathorn สาทร
Subdistricts: Thung Wat Don ทุ่งวัดดอน, Yan Nawa ยานนาวา, Thung Maha Mek ทุ่งมหาเมฆ

Baan Pra Nond Bed & Breakfast: From 3100 Bath. 18/1 Charoen Rat Road. Nine rooms, with a pool. Baan Pra Nond was the former home of a Supreme Court justice of Thailand. The 70-year-old home was built in Thai Colonial style. Tasma Cotsmire, a former advertising creative, turned the old residence of her family into a Bed & Breakfast. Due to the location (between two large roads) it can be a bit noisy, guests note on tripadvisor.com.

Picture by Baan Pra Nond

Picture by Baan Pra Nond


Best Living Guesthouse: From 300 to 500 Baht. Popular with Thai Students. Critical review. Picture here.


Charlie House: From 450 to 750 Baht. Thai food restaurant.


E.T.C. Guesthouse: From 200 to 260 Baht. Street facing rooms van be noisy.


Lee 4 Guesthouse: From 160 ro 350 Baht. Soi Saphan Khu (off Soi Sri Bamphen).


Madame Guesthouse - Hidden Gem: From 120 to 280 Baht. 11 Soi Saphan Khu, Off Soi Sri Bamphen. Distinctively decorated wooden house. You share your lobby with the familys kitchen.


Penguin House: From 800 to 950 Baht. Review at travelfish.org


Sala Thai Daily Mansion: From 300 to 500 Baht. Soi Saphan Khu 15 (off Soi Sri Bamphen). With peaceful roof garden.


Vincents Restaurant and The 7 rooms - Gay friendly: From 1100 to 1400 Baht. 12/1 Soi Ngam Duphli, Rama 4 Rd. Read reviews


Vinctents room



Taling Chan ตลิ่งชัน
Subdistricts: Khlong Chak Phra คลองชักพระ, Chim Phli ฉิมพลี, Bang Phrom บางพรม, Bang Ramat บางระมาด, Bang Chueak Nang บางเชือกหนัง


In2siam Bed and Breakfast: From 45 to 55 USD. 4/15 Moo 2, Soi Chimpee II. Two suites, quiet garden. Busstop just a few meters away, 20 minutes to the main tourist areas. Guests like the good service by the owners, according to reviews on tripadvisor.com

In2siam



Watthana วัฒนา
Subdistricts: Khlong Toei Nuea คลองเตยเหนือ, Khlong Tan Nuea คลองตันเหนือ, Phra Khanong Nuea พระโขนงเหนือ

Baan Sukhumvit Inn - Hidden Gem: From 1650 to 1870 Baht. 392/38-39 Sukhumvit Soi 20. Quiet place. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com


Chic 39: 10 Sukhumvit Soi 39. Phone 08-1701-7607. E-Mail: chic39bb@hotmail.com. “We want you to feel like you’re staying in a jungle” says Khun Jak acoording to bangkok101.com. He and his wife were running this guesthouse with five rooms in shabby chic in a 70 years old house with tropical garden around. The rooms are decorated with a lot of fantasy. Two good reviews on tripadvisor.com point out, that it was not far from the Phrom Phong Skytrain Station (two minutes to walk) and from the Amazing Bangkok Cyling Tour office. Soiblossom.blogspot.com shows nice pictures, but says also, that the guesthouse is closed now. Does any one know, if its going to open again?


Queen Lotus Guest House: From 1400 to 1800 Baht. 392/44-46 Sukhumvit Soi 20/1. One good review on tripadvisor.com




Suk 11 Hostel - Hidden Gem: From 250 to 1050 Baht. 1/13 Sukhumvit 11. A hostel set in a row of renovated wooden shophouses with 75 rooms and a lot of greenery in a quiet soi. Very nice roof garden. The visitors love it, as reviews on tripadvisor.com show. You get a good impression from photos by AyurinHiro on virtualtourist.com and this video.





Rooftop terrasse


Sam's Lodge: From 1400 to 1600 Baht. 28-28/1 Sukhumvit Soi 19. It can be noisy there according to reviews on tripadvisor.com Some rooms have windows, others not. Rooftop terrace on 6th floor. Rooms are small, but prices are small too, says review on travelfish.org


Som's Guesthouse: From 800 to 900 Baht. 295/13-14 Sukhumvit Soi 22. Read about the neighborhood in Soi Sukhumvit 22. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com. See a video.




See also:
Bangkok Hotels
Bangkok Boutique Hotels
Bangkok Homestays


Discover more in Bangkok:
Your Guide to Bangkok


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