Every now and again, we’re asked to review a hostel in South East Asia, which sometimes makes us nervous… Running S.E.A Backpacker Magazine for over three years, we’ve crossed the threshold of countless hostels and dumped our backpacks on more beds than we can remember, before collapsing beside them and having a good old snore! There’s a lot of trying and testing been done – everything from the WIFI, the breakfasts, the staff and their local knowledge – not to mention making friends with our fellow nomads in the common rooms. After all this time, what can we say? To tell you the truth, we’ve become rather fussy buggers!
Having graduated from flea-ridden dorms and bamboo huts, we’ve long since earned our backpacker stripes. We no longer need to sleep in cockroach pits (You know the type… strip lighting and rock hard mattresses!) God help us, maybe we’ve become ‘flashpackers’ without actually realising it!
So, when we were asked to review Lub d Hostels in Bangkok, their branch in Siam Square and Silom, we breathed a huge sigh of relief… Why, you ask? Well, first things first: The meaning of Lub d is to Sleep Well. Sounds good already doesn’t it? But would it live up to its name?
Rated ‘one of the 17 coolest hangout hostels in the world’ by the UK’s influential daily, The Observer, we think that Lub d is a place to be celebrated.
And relax… the cool, clean dorms of Lub d Silom
Both hostels are situated far away from the horn-blaring, techno-resounding insanity otherwise known as the traditional backpacker hub, Khao San Road. They cater to a backpacker who prefers to stay in the beating heart of Bangkok with perfect access by the swish Bangkok sky train (BTS) to all parts of the city.
View of Lub d Siam from the sky train (BTS) National Stadium, Bangkok
Both hostels are bright, airy and spotlessly clean, with great features that include spacious common rooms (including a DVD room), speedy WIFI, great coffee, and AMAZING power showers. There are stylish, trendy, clean and modern dorms to choose from, as well as a selection of hip and flashy private rooms that also include some really good mod cons such as reading lights and secure lockers.
The trendy design at Silom’s Lub d Hostel
Need a day off from backpacking? Relax here at the Lub d ‘ movie theatre’
The friendly staff are all extremely knowledgeable, have a brilliant command of English, and certainly have their fingers right on the pulse when it comes to organizing social events, which include everything from in-house party games to bar crawls in and around the local areas.
Group of girls taking part in the organized pub crawls from Lub d Siam!
So what about the areas themselves? Let’s take a quick look…
Lub d Silom Hostel
The original hostel in the happening area of Silom – an absolute winner for all those who are looking for some action! Seemingly dominated by glistening business skyscrapers and luxury hotels by day; at night, Silom’s a whole different story, as a bustling throng of partygoers all come out to play, particularly on the small sois between Silom Road and Surawong Road… we’re talking everyone from bar-crawlers to those hankering after a good meal in one of the many fantastic eateries dotted all over (that range from cafes and noodle shops to fancy restaurants).
Trendy Baan Silom Art Market, Silom Soi 19, every Thursday & Friday 3pm-10pm.
Here in Silom, it’s also market heaven. There are a plethora to choose from, not to mention malls, department stores, temples, museums and art galleries – and a whole list of other things to put on your to-do list. Ladyboy cabaret? Authentic Thai dance at the Silom Village Trade Center Complex? A Muay Thai boxing match at the famous Lumpinee Stadium? Or how about taking in a cooking class, or some antique browsing – or even a massage in a luxury spa?
Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple is just a short walk from Lub d Silom
Lub d Siam Square:
Off the back of the (rightly deserved!) success of the Silom hostel, Lub d on Siam Square is, as the name suggests, right in the heart of Siam. Also known as the Soho of Bangkok (or the Shinjuku, for anyone who’s been to Japan) – Siam packs a pretty mean punch when it comes to both shopping and entertainment.
Great street food from ‘The Wall’, a 5-min walk from Lub d, Siam – all for $7 USD!
Take your pick from a seemingly endless array of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, record stores and bookshops – and if all that’s not enough, you’re in a perfect spot to easily access to a whole host of other shopping centres and entertainment areas by just popping over the super convenient Sky Bridge. Head to Sukhumvit Road, with the streets in and around it boasting a wealth of restaurants, bars and some of the best clubs in the city.
2-min walk from Lub d Siam, Lek Massage makes sure you sleep well!
In a nutshell? It’s been a while since any of us have been to a hostel (never mind two!) that’s blown us away to this degree. Two bright, clean oases of fun and friendliness in two of the most happening places here in Thailand’s biggest baddest city.
The consensus? We loved them both. Let us know what you think?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Lub d!