Sakul House, Bangkok

By Claire vd Heever Jun 24, 2011

Khaosan Road's supermen: the tourist police

Khaosan Road's supermen: the tourist police

For many travellers, Khaosan Road is the heart of Bangkok. For others it is a tourist ghetto, best avoided. But there’s something multidimensional about the Khaosan area, with its Thai and foreign bar hoppers – in almost equal proportion – its aging expat residents who’ve seen it all and the widest range of wares on any one street: from sandals, to buckets of whiskey to ‘love-you-long-time’ escorts.

Walking amidst the neon, it’s hard to believe that before the tourism transformed it, Khaosan Road was a humble rice market. (Khaosan means milled rice in Thai.) Its modern incarnation has inspired epithets like “the place to disappear” and “a short road that has the longest dream in the world.”

With the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew – two of Bangkok’s major tourist sites – only a short walk away, Khaosan road suits visitors who only have a few days to dedicate to sightseeing. The sheer number of tuk-tuks and touts in Khaosan road and its surrounds puts many people off, but if you’re looking for modern comfort slap bang in the middle of one of Bangkok’s most chaotic areas, Sakul House – where we spent a few nights – might suit you well. When we arrived, the hotel was only a few months old and still had a few kinks to iron out. You’ll find it on a street parallel to Khaosan road: six storeys of mustard yellow, rising above a sprawl of street food vendors, restaurants, bars and stalls stacked like sardines.

For room rates and more information, please visit Anytrip.com, sponsors of our stay at Sakul House.


Rooms

Sakul House’s well-appointed double and triple rooms are tastefully decorated, with all the furnishings available for purchase. The rooms are all air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms, cable TV, work tables and fridges, while the Superior rooms – which are more spacious – also have balconies. WIFI is accessible from all the rooms.

Pros | Cons

  • Central location | Noise from the perpetual party that is Khaosan
  • Attractive rooms | Lack of organisation
  • Not good value for money

Tips

  • Give them a few more months to iron out the kinks and build the lobby restaurant before checking in.
  • Consider how important staying in a newly decorated hotel is to you; there are far better deals to be had if it’s comfort and value for money you’re after.
  • Check if the deck on the roof is in use before paying for a room including breakfast. If it isn’t, your 100 baht will be given to you as a coupon to buy breakfast at one of the restaurants across the road. If you choose this option, go directly across the road to the restaurant attached to the internet café – it’s far better value for money than the other partner restaurants.

Service

The staff are friendly enough, but there are few English-speakers and the service they provide is mediocre compared to other choices in Bangkok.

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