A hidden piece of paradise..by PN guests :) on 07/21/13
I first discovered this quirky little guesthouse accidentally through trip advisor whilst searching for somewhere a bit different to your usual chain hotels in Bangkok. Something which would reflect the Thai culture and make us feel like we were discovering something new without all the usual comforts of home. This place was it. As soon as I saw the Phra-Nakorn Norn-Len I knew this was the place for us to stay during our 4 day trip to Bangkok en route to Phuket from the UK.
We arrived on an early flight from Doha and were greeted by our driver who whisked us off in a very comfortable air conditioned vehicle to the Thai neighbourhood where this little gem stands. Upon arrival our bags were taken to reception and we were greeted by smiling staff who welcomed us with open arms. It was like walking into a time warp, where there was a sense of very quirky vintage Thai decor. It was almost as if we had escaped the hussle and bussle that we experienced driving through Bangkok, into a place where everything and everyone was relaxed. Birds were singing, staff looked very happy and relaxed, the trees and flowers gave it a secret garden feel. Like you are somewhere yet to be discovered by the rest of the world.
Upon arrival at reception staff were very helpful. We were given a nice cold drink of something Thai, but it tasted nice whatever it was. We were shown to our room which was painted in pink with flowers and flower pots on the walls. The quirky CD player spinning away on the wall which was playing a mixture of some very relaxing music which just added to the feel of the place. (Phra-Nakorn I would like a copy of this CD please :).
The room was quirky, had a funky shower room, back to basics which really worked, in a very tasteful way.
For breakfast we were given a choice of a Thai style breakfast or eggs and pancakes. We both chose the pancakes on the first day as I can't remember what the other option was, but on the second day we chose the Thai breakfast which was fantastic. Soup inside a bread roll with spring rolls, pancakes, fresh juices and fruits etc. delightful. If we had stayed longer then we would have eaten at this guesthouse however we ate street food in Khao san road each night.
It is also only a 10 minute walk from the boat pier where you can get the boat to and from different parts of Bangkok. Or just get lost like we did and stumble upon random things. During our first day of sightseeing I went to reception and asked for some sightseeing tips. The guy at reception gave me a map and highlighted where we were in relation to the best things to go and see. He gave information on boats, direction etc using the big map on the wall behind him.
They do offer massages here and I wish I had taken the opportunity to have one however our busy sightseeing schedule didn't allow. After an evening of walking around seeing the sights of Bangkok we came back to this peaceful guesthouse, ordered a tub of home made ice cream from downstairs and coconut drinks which were served in the coconut. We sat in the dining area which was so peaceful, quiet and empty and we could only hear ourselves talking amongst the noise of other wildlife. We also spotted a little lizard on the wall.
It's a shame that we did not spend more time here, as it really is a little paradise away from busy Bangkok, and you know you are guaranteed a quiet nights sleep. We departed several days later and were picked up by our organised transfer through the guesthouse. She was running a little late but did call the reception and we were informed of this. It wasn't a problem. Our luggage was stored away in a little cupboard whilst we waited for our transfer. Staff came out and waved us off as we headed to the airport for the next part of our trip.
Thank you to all the staff here for making our stay very pleasurable. I would recommend anyone to stay here if they want a slow life in the middle of busy Bangkok.