First, let’s get the pronunciation out of the way. I quickly realised I need to practice this name if I want to communicate with the airport taxi driver and tuk tuks in Bangkok!! Sah-Pie-PAY is the closest I could get to a correct articulation… Thai words tends to have emphasis on the final syllable.
Bangkok is backpackers central, and Khao San road is the obvious and most preferred place to stay by backpackers. However, im not your typical backpacker! Im willing to pay a bit more, I like to sleep in my own room and have my own bathroom and comforts where possible. To be honest, I quite like a hotel but with the social factor of a hostel. And that was totally what I got at this amazing hostel!!
Bangkok has literally thousands upon thousands of hostels for you to choose from, and it took time and patience to find the right hostel for me.
If you prefer a clean, ‘nicer’ place to stay then just book Saphaipae and save yourself some time. Its not as conveniently located as other places, but its near the Skytrain (BTS) and its well known by all the taxis. Its also in a quieter, cleaner and what feels safe part of town. I never felt scared walking around the area on my own after dark. But of course- you have to be careful wherever you are in the world.
Saphaipae even give you shower gel, shower caps etc. They come and clean your room too! (If you want!) They have washing machines for your laundry and plenty of them too!! There are 8 different floors, and some have shared dorms (mixed and single sex)… and then the top 3 floors are basically like a hotel. As you can see, I got pretty excited when I got here. This was a serious upgrade from my hostel in Chiang Mai. The rooms were big, had colour and character! Just amazing!! The shower even had pressure and was in its own cubicle!
Whilst the hostels are not expensive, having your own room and bathroom is of course going to cost more. It cost me about £20 a night… for this price you can also find some nice hotels in Bangkok. But I wanted a hostel for the social factor.
Not only are the staff wonderful and amazing, but theres also a tourist information desk where you can book your tours, day trips and shows etc.
The hostel/hotel also boasts its own café, I didn’t get a chance to eat there but I heard the food is really good! They have a few social events going on (eg Xmas BBQ)… but because the hostel is so big, if you just spend 2 minutes in the downstairs lounge, you are guaranteed to make some friends!!!
I cannot speak more highly of this hostel- I loved them!! Thank you!!
P.S- they also put a little Christmas present on my bed on Christmas day!!!! How thoughtful!!!