Stay At Bangkok's Saphaipae Hostel And Experience Flashpacker Heaven!

Review of Saphaipae Hostel | 35 Surasak Road, Silom, Bangrak
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Sarah j
Posted Feb 26, 2016

The biggest hostel in Bangkok, the chic and smart Saphaipae Hostel is located in the quieter part of Silom, just a few minutes’ walk from Surasak BTS station. With 198 beds spread across eight floors, it’s a popular choice with discerning backpackers who value high standards, and budget-conscious families. Secure, clean, and colourful, with a welcoming atmosphere, here’s why you should stay at Saphaipae Hostel:

Different floors named after well-known places around Bangkok

Rather than being numbered, each level of Saphaipae Hostel is named after a famous location in the Thai capital of Bangkok. Beautiful themed artwork adorns the hall walls, providing a most welcoming sight when you step out of the elevators or out of your room.

Perhaps you’ll find yourself sleeping on Khao San Road, Bangkok’s major backpacking hub. You might drift off to sleep at Jatujak, which takes its name from the enormous weekend market (also sometimes spelt as Chatuchak Market / JJ Market). You may fall asleep on Yaowarat, a major road in Chinatown. Other floors are named after Siam and Silom, busy Bangkok districts, and Rattana (short for Rattanakosin), the historical district that is home to many places of interest like the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

Key cards provide access to the different floors, meaning that only people actually staying on a certain floor can wander around the corridors. CCTV further adds to the excellent security measures.

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Sleep well in friendly dorms or beautiful rooms

Saphaipae Hostel has a choice of dormitories and private rooms to suit various budgets and privacy requirements. Prices vary slightly depending on what time of year you stay and whether it is a weekend or a weekday.

One floor (Siam) is designated for females only, with dormitories that can sleep six or eight guests. A bed costs around 425 THB (approximately 12 USD) for a night. There are mixed dormitories too, with four, six, eight, or ten beds. Nightly prices range from around 365 THB (approximately 10.25 USD) to 425 THB (approximately 12 USD).

All dormitories have air-conditioning, shared bathrooms, and bunk beds (where there is one bed over another bed).

It is possible to book a four-bed dormitory as a private room, great for a group of friends or a family. The cost is 1,600 THB (approximately 45 USD) for the entire room.

Rooms for two people are available, with a choice of a double bed or two single beds. The cheaper options share a bathroom with other rooms.

For the highest standards of comfort and privacy, opt for a Superior or Deluxe Room. Each has a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and a double bed. A night in a Superior Rooms costs around 1,400 THB (approximately 39.40 USD), whilst the larger Deluxe Room is around 1,700 THB (approximately 47.80 USD) per night.

See our full list of recommended hotels in Silom and also compare the prices with Homeaway & VRBO vacation rentals in Silom

Great room facilities for high standards of comfort and safety

Each bed in a dormitory has a locker (padlocks available to buy onsite or you can use your own), as well as a personal light and charging point.

The private rooms have safes for total peace of mind. Private rooms also have satellite TV, a DVD player, a refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, free drinking water, and a selection of mini toiletries in the bathrooms.

Crisp white bed linen is perfectly accentuated by bright flashes of colour from the bed frames, and the soft mattresses and pillows help you to effortlessly fall asleep.

Good hostel facilities for a comfortable stay

Saphaipae Hostel has several cosy TV lounges across the levels with dormitories, and there are coin-operated laundry facilities on most floors. Irons are available to borrow.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, with a strong and steady signal. You can also use the free computers on the ground floor if you choose not to travel with your devices.

There is an onsite restaurant, Bangkok Dining, that sells a variety of Thai cuisine, with dishes such as Pad Ki Mao Gung (drunken noodles with prawns), green curry, red curry, and fried rice. You can enjoy a continental breakfast (bread and jam) or an American breakfast (eggs, ham, toast, etc) for reasonable prices.

The hostel’s bar, Bangkok Bar, is an ideal place to relax with a drink, shoot a game of pool, and mingle with other travellers. Alternatively, visit Saphaipae's Coffee for a pick-me-up.

Whilst the property does not have a swimming pool, it does have a large sunbathing deck, complete with sun beds and colourful flowers. It is a nice place to chill out and enjoy the views over the surrounding area.

Reception is manned around the clock, and the friendly members of staff can assist with booking trips and transportation. Free city maps are available. You can borrow books and DVDs.

Nearby places of interest

Whilst you can reach most parks of Bangkok pretty easily from Saphaipae Hostel, there are several attractions and activities in the nearby area. The Silom area is home to Bangkok’s biggest Hindu Temple, the ornate and colourful Sri Mariamman Temple. The green and leafy Lumpini Park can also be found in Silom, along with an eclectic assortment of museums such as the Bangkok Seashell Museum and the colourful Kathmandu Art Gallery.

Pay a visit to Patpong as evening falls and stroll through the large Patpong Night Market. This part of Bangkok is also a known red light district, with many go-go bars, strip joints, and beer bars. If you’re looking for a classier night time experience, the famous Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower might be just what you are looking for.

Did you know that saphaipae means backpacker? Join many other satisfied guests and enjoy excellent standards of comfort when you stay at Saphaiepae Hostel.

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