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You get what you pay for and the price was right on this place, as long as the value for money makes sense then its never a bad deal. I took the train from Ayutthaya to Lopburi and make the five minute walk to the Noom Guesthouse. I asked to see the room first. It was extremely basic with a small bed, chair and a small table. No A/C but a fan, shared bathroom, free WIFI, a restaurant and bar where a lot of tourists, expats and English teachers like to hang out at night and a welcoming owner and staff who speak great English. For 200 Baht/night I was going to sweat the little things. Also, the guesthouse is away from the large monkey area, which is good because I hated those things. The guesthouse also offers bungalows with A/C.

Would I stay again? Yes. If you’re traveling on a budget and don’t care too much about having the extras then this is your place. It was clean, secure and helpful staff. What more could you want for 200 Baht/night?IMG_0295

Ayutthaya, about a two hour train ride North from Bangkok was my first place where nothing was booked in advance. I did have some places in mind based on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet however. Well, put a taxi driver who doesn’t speak English in the mix and any sort of planning was out the window. After arriving at the train station I made the short walk to the river to get a boat across to the main part of the city. I found a tuk-tuk driver, who judging by body language understood which guesthouse it was I was looking for. Once I was dropped of it was clear that wasn’t the case. I walked into a small courtyard and was greeted by a guesthouse called The Sixty At Ayutthaya. A young lady immediately told they had a room and would I like to see it? It was a great find. I looked in awe at my private room that included a king size bed, private bath, a wardrobe and some simple yet charming Thai decor. At 600 Baht/night it was a little more than I wanted to spend¬† but hell, after five nights in the chaos of Bangkok with a single bed, I had earned this shit. I booked the room for two nights and not a single regret, great location as well with Wat Manathat directly across the street, Coffee Old City Restaurant (ranked #1 of 120 on TA) was right there and there were outdoor bars and patios just a short walk.

Would I stay here again? Maybe. For 600 Baht/night I would like to a few more amenities such as free breakfast or a fridge in the room. There was complimentary coffee and a few snacks each morning though. On a whole, the room was spacious, clean, service was great, free WIFI, location was amazing and not a bad spot to meet people. This a new hotel from what I could tell but nonetheless you can find further info on TA and Lonely Planet. Booking engines such as booking.com and Agoda do feature this property.

 

I can’t say enough good things about this place. The only accommodations I booked in advance for this trip were one night at a hotel near the airport then four nights at Roof View Place. It was perfect for my needs. I had a single room with private bath, wifi, balcony, fridge and breakfast included. There was room to unpack and store my clothes, gear etc. and the fridge was restocked with bottled water each day. The location was incredible for the Bangkok I was looking for. It was about a 10 minute walk to the Khao San area but in a quiet laid back area, locals and tourists meshed in the neighbourhood filled with small shops and out of the way places to eat. Laundry service was provided which I used and the charge was 40 baht/kilo. The staff were great as well and always willing to answer any questions. Roof View Place would be false advertising with a cool roof to chill out on. Nothing fancy but there were some tables and seating and the view around the city was decent. A pretty good spot for a beer or two or maybe catch a sunrise/sunset. The building was secure as well, at midnight the doors lock and a swipe card is included with your key for access. The rooms also come with a safe that is free of charge. Breakfast was decent and always had a Thai option. A fellow I met actually came and stayed here with a few friends when their stay ended at another guesthouse. The cost was 600 Baht/night but there are dorm options and splitting with other people to reduce the cost if needed. Would I stay here again? Absolutely, most likely in a few months if I’m through BKK again I will try and get a room.

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Sunset From The Roof Top

Sunset From The Roof Top