A Good Room Helps to Defeat Our Bangkok Curse: A Review of Lub d Siam Square and Lub d Silom

We earned our backpacker spurs our first time around in Bangkok by flopping down in some real holes. We were grateful for them too. On our first night in the city, in 2003, we arrived and experienced our first and only night of real homelessness on that trip.

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Where to Stay in Bangkok

Despite three visits to the city when we were in the region ten years ago we didn’t get to know Bangkok particularly well. Then we stuck to the Khao San Road area each time we made a return, only venturing further afield to tick off the tourist ‘must sees’. On this occasion we haven’t done a thing tourism wise but have extended our range and seen more of the Big Melon by staying in and exploring some of Bangkok’s different neighbourhoods. We found that each has their own advantages and drawbacks.

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Hotel/Hostel Review: Prasongsook Hostel, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Prasongsook Hostel was chosen by huff as our place to stay in Ubon Ratchathani. It turned out to be the optimal stomping off distance from the bus station in the direction that promised the most light and life. Not too far that one of us would collapse from exhaustion under the weight of our baggage, but not too near that we couldn’t calm down and resume being civilised to each other.

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Hotel/Hostel Review: Jolly Frog, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

We love the Frog, but it was other critters that tested our fondness this time around. The Jolly Frog is an old favourite of ours but we are not blind to its faults. Having stayed here now three times in 14 years we know both what we like about this place and what we hate. And I mean hate. I hate its main problem with a visceral loathing but still come down in favour of staying here whenever we are in Kanchanaburi. Having said that, this time we did cast a glad eye at other potentials to see what else we could have won.

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Hotel/Hostel Review: River Kwai Mansion, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

We stayed at this place because our go to Kanchanaburi abode the Jolly Frog was full. Our songthaew driver had told us this while we were sitting in the back of his truck waiting for more fares, and made two attempts to take us to the Sugar Kane instead, but we assumed he was fibbing and insisted once he lowered his fare to our satisfaction that he take us to the Frog. Damn. The Jolly Frog was full. And there goes our ride.

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Hotel/Hostel Review: Malaysia Guest House, Bangkok, Thailand

After being castigated for walking into the first place I found and paying over our budget at the disappointing Sri Bumphen Plus, Deirdre resolved straight away to show me the error of my ways. I might point out here that, sure, she paid less but only tried one place too, walking around the corner to the Malaysia and negotiated the 500thb rate down to 450thb if we stayed three nights and didn't go mad with the aircon, plus a 200 thb key deposit.

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