During our first five days in Bangkok, I booked through Agoda a family room with Orchid Hostel near the Patpong Night Market (and the red light district) because it was the only hostel I saw that could fit four individuals in one room and that would fit our budget of less than P500 per person per night. We paid P248.16 per person per day or a total of P1,240.80 for five days. You can’t have everything for this price, of course. Read on for more.
- Cheap. I booked the hostel through Agoda and we paid P394 per night per person. When you walk in, the per person rate is P350. We got one double bed and one bunk bed.
- Very homey. I love their couches and their big dining tables because we ate most of our take-away meals there and they were very comfortable.
- Self-service laundry. Most hostels have self-service laundry. At Orchid, we paid Thb40 for the automatic washing machine and Thb15 for the laundry powder. You can buy your laundry powder from 7-11 at Thb10. What I love with Orchid’s laundry service is, like home, they have an area where you can hang your clothes if you want your clothes to be drier(?). They also have a basin.
- Fast Internet connection. It was no joke. Their Internet connection was so fast (Singapore level) that my sister had no problem streaming Pinoy TV series.
- Free computers to use.
- Two blocks from Sala Daeng train station.
- About 200 meters from Sam Yan train station.
- Walking distance to Silom Center Complex, a major shopping mall with imported and local stores and restaurants, and supermarket.
- Alley at the back is lined with gay bars. When you want to have a good time, and you are drunk, you don’t need to ride a cab to take you back to your hostel.
- Super Pussy and the rest of the famous Bangkok bars are one block away.
- Patpong Night Market, in the morning, converts to a food market selling cheap and fast Thai, Asian, and Western-style food. We love the chicken rice meal for Thb40.
- Near major road, which meant if you get the room with the city view, you can hear the roaring vehicles (which probably was a tuktuk).
- Near gay bars. If you are uncomfortable with gay people and gay men selling their services in the streets, don’t stay here.
- No free breakfast. Although they sell breakfasts set. There’s an Thb89 breakfast set of 2 pcs toast, a chicken hotdog, a fried egg, and a cup of coffee.
- Coffee is not very good. They have a coffee shop inside but the coffee was not to my liking.
- Common bath and toilet. There are also no toiletries holder in their shower stalls, although there is free liquid body soap and shampoo.
- Laundry is self-service and costs Thb40 per wash. Laundry powder is Thb15 per pack. Most laundry services in Bangkok are self-service but I’m adding to this to my “cons” list for Orchid Hostel because you will be washing your clothes on the street and your clothes will be left hanging to dry also on the street.
- No cabinet or hangers for clothes and wet towels. We used the bar at the bunk beds to hang our wet towels.
894,896,898 Rama 4 Road, Suriwong, Si Phraya, Bangrak 50 meter after Suriwong
894,896,898 ถ.พระราม4 แขวงสี่พระยา เขตบางรัก
TIP: The Uber driver did not know where Orchid Hostel is. It is best to screen shot a copy of the address in Thai characters. If you still get lost, tell the driver to take you to The Montein Hotel or the Sam Yan station, and you can walk to Orchid Hostel.
From Don Mueang Airport – 308.79baht [12:19 AM – 12:58 AM]
To Suvarnabhumi Airport – 525baht [5:10 AM – 5:54 AM]
To Grand Palace – 95.46baht [10:29 AM – 10:48 AM]