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Soi 1 Guesthouse - Backpackers Hostel

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Soi 1 Guesthouse is a cheap, no-frills hostel and is a great place to meet people and chill out. However, be prepared for creaky beds and small bath cubicles. Dave and Nai are ever-friendly and always ready to help travelers get around Bangkok. Thanks to them, we discovered little gems of Bangkok and also the water-buses that helped us beat the crazy Bangkok traffic!

The Location

At first glance, Soi 1 Guesthouse looks slightly dubious. Set in a small alley off the main Sukhumvit Road, the Guesthouse can be difficult to locate especially for first-time visitors arriving at night. It does not help that the first story is occupied by the usually-unmanned cafe and visitors have to walk up a narrow flight of stairs to get to the reception.

The skytrain stations nearest to the hostel are Ploenchit and Nana, both within walking distance. Canal water-buses are also available a short walk away from the hostel. Convenience stores and (makeshift) eating establishments are readily available near the Guesthouse. At night, stalls line the five-foot way along Sukhumvit Road selling everything from artwork to t-shirts to toys.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms are clean, basic, and rather small, consisting of a few bunk beds and a narrow walkway. The bunk beds are fairly creaky, and the ceiling is rather low. Linen is provided and feels clean. In one of the six-bed dorms, there is a shower area separated only by a flimsy curtain. Naturally, not many people would shower there. Instead, guests use the shared bathrooms which are fairly clean but, again, are spartan. Thankfully, the cubicles have hooks to leave your clothes.

Common Spaces

The common room on the second story has a few sofas and also a pool table. Guests congregate here to share tips and stories with each other. It has a relaxed atmosphere, but is a little too smoky. The cafe on the first story is hardly used.

Summary

Overall, Soi 1 Guesthouse is a friendly hostel suitable for backpackers ready to rough it out. It is away from the backpackers' haven of Khao San Road, close to shopping centres and everyday Bangkok, yet near enough to the main attractions such as the Grand Palace.

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June 2009
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Soi 1 Guesthouse - Backpackers Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Yes This is not a very clean hostel but is a laidback casual scene if that is what you are after. Pricey compared to my second hostel which rocked it!  , USA ()
4   Meet other backpackers, Friendly staff, A bit pricey, So-so location I met some other travelers here who were really friendly and fun to hang out with in the city, and it's a good place to mingle. The staff are friendly and helpful, and are happy to give you advice about Thailand and Bangkok. The place is clean. They have a luggage room where you can leave your stuff for free after you check out -- I left a huge backpack for a month, and I trusted leaving it here. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, and it's close to public transportation, which the staff will explain to you how to use. Those are the pluses. On the downside, a private room near Ko San Road is considerably cheaper (I think I paid 100-150 baht for a private room with a tv and fan), so if you know your way around the city and are traveling with a friend or aren't looking to meet people, it would be more convenient and easier on your wallet to meander around Ko San Road and find a place there.  , California/istanbul ()
5   Cheap,Clean, Real, met other lone travelers.Information, Atmosphere!! You should be here! all the pluses and minus's averaged out... This IS the place.  , Australia ()
4   Clean and Cheap This hostel was very clean and cheap. It wasn't really near anything fun. I had to travel all over the city for things to do, but that was also cheap. It's easy to find from the airport. They have free internet, and a bar at night, where Jimbo begs you to buy him a drink all night. I had a lot of fun at this hostel and it's a great place to meet people. On my next trip to Bangkok I will stay a little closer to Koa Sahn road. Oh yeah, and the housekeeper uses the hostel for a daycare during the day, so be prepared for a screaming baby if you're trying to hang out during the day. So yeah in summary, cool hostel, staff are alright, Penny was nice. I didn't meet Dave, but I left wishing I had. I met a lot of cool people, and found my way around, but its not the most convenient location. Cheap, clean, and easy to find.  , USA ()
5   The best I just spent the last two months traveling through southeast asia. This had to be without a doubt the best guesthouse/hostel I've stayed in all my travels. Dave and his wife run a great place for backpackers and travelers on a budget. Jimbo from Australia (a worker there) was a really cool guy. They have a bar, a pool table, a TV with a huge DVD selection, and internet. Theres also a chef so you can order home-cooked meals every night. The beds are so soft you'll fall asleep right away in the a/c dorms. They have toilet paper in their (very clean) toilets. It's in a great location, walking distance from the skytrain. I met a lot of travelers here and Dave (owner) always gave us great advice on where to go for drunken good times.  , Los Angeles, USA ()
4   Great hostel for the single traveller Had a blast even though it was the low season, there were still some people around, and David and the staff make the place feel more like homestay than a simple hostel bunk bed. David can give you advise where, when and what place to go to in most of SEasia, and from the girls working at the hostel you will learn simple thai if you are just willing to ask, oh they will giggle at your attempts but thats just Thai people for you. The free storage is excellent if you are planning to travel around for awhile and dont want to drag everything around with you. And the kitchen can make thaifood for just your palate, either Thaispicy or just spicy enough for a Swedish one. If you are looking for more than the KhaoSan bbk experience this is the place to go, with easy access to most of Bangkok with BTS, river canal just around the corner. As for cleanliness, this is Thailand, mate, if you expect cleanliness to a Western standard, just stay home. This was one of the cleanest place I have stayed, being traveling for almost 2 yrs now all around the world. Keep up the good work, Nai and David you have a great place.  , Swedish ()
5  Small but Large, Vary Large. The Vibe is what makes this place. Social Chill factor a ten. Very Knowledgeable and Friendly management with So many suggestions as what and when and How to do and to go. Would'nt have gone to the ping pong show by myself but ended up going with a mixed group from the hostel. was a blast.  , Australia ()
5  Super Super Super! clean, excellent Host, Best location. I've tried a few hostels in Bangkok. got tired of the ko San rd. Yawn. Area. Anyway, Soi 1 Guesthouse has won our hearts and we will be there again.  ()

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