Stay in Phrom Phong when you come to Bangkok
If you are travelling to Bangkok, I will recommend that you stay in my neighbourhood of Phrom Phong. Phrom Phong forms the centre of Bangkok’s Japantown. The neighbourhood has several good hostel/hotels, the best second-hand bookshop in the city (if not South East Asia), large shopping malls, a Japanese style public bath and several amenities. You can eat cheap local street food or try the fancy upscale places. There is even a North Korean restaurant. All of these places are walking distance from the Phrom Phong BTS (Skytrain station). Phnom Phong is not as crazy as the adjacent tourist hotspots of Ashok or Nana but it is still accessible via the Skytrain. This is one of my hiding places in South East Asia.
Hostels and hotels
- One Day Bangkok Hostel All the girls I have recommended this place to, love this hostel. It is a pretty place and walking distance from Phrom Phong BTS.
- Lamurr Hostel Another family run place near Phrom Phong BTS.
- Check Inn Hotel
- 24 Inn Hotel
- Saarn Sukumvit, my new find in 2019, has compact room for singles.
Bookshops and libraries
- Dasa Book Cafe, a second hand book store in South East Asia. Also serves as a meeting place of long settled Western people in Bangkok
- Kinokuniya (EmQuartier) and Asia Books (Emporium) in the shopping malls next to the Skytrain station.
- Sun Books, right next to the Skytrain station
Other things to try here
- Try the Japanese style public bath. Yunomori Onsen
- Try late-night ramen in the naughty Sukhumvit 24/1 alley (don’t worry it is safe). There are loads of Japanese food here as this neighbourhood is the Japantown of Bangkok. Kingston bar is a friendly place to try for late night drink and snack.
- Besides the posh shopping malls, I will recommend the compact Ellsie Boutique Mall that has several unique food and drinks. There are some Irish, Japanese and Chinese places in this alley. Along with inexpensive and “non-naughty” massage places.
- Take the Skytrain to the next station Asok and try the food at the Korean enclave of Korea Town Plaza. If you are a late night person, take the train to Nana (the station after Asok) and try the Middle Eastern enclave of Little Arabia around Sukhumvit Road Soi 3/1. There is food from Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, India, Pakistan over here.
- Message me. If I am around, I will show you some secret places.
Phrom Phong view from the TCDC library (Now called AIS D.C.)
Benchasiri Park, a large green area for walks.
Lamurr Hostel, a cosy budget place to stay
One Day Hostel, pretty upscale hostel
Pick and choose your meal. Cheap eating place, the kids here speak Burmese, and you will get an extra smile at the least if you wish them “mingalabar”
Another street corner food place
Late night Ramen place
The fancy restaurant from North Korea
Simple street noodles
Unique drink from K mall
TCDC library, open to the public from a small fee
A back alley bookshop
Dasa Books, a famous second-hand bookshop in Bangkok. I like to buy coffee here and read the books.
Explore the alleys
Explore the alleys
Try the Yunomori Onsen, a Japanese style public bath. You are expected to go in with all your clothes off. But they do sell paper underwear for shy people. My suggestion is to skip the paper underwear. No one makes eye contact with you when you are inside, so don’t worry about it. Also, they have separate baths for males and females.