You may have heard the news recently that the S.E.A Backpacker Team have once again hit the road! We’ve been based in Chiang Mai for the past two years where we’ve been greeting backpackers and offering free travel advice from our cheerful office. However, after hearing all your travel stories – that travel bug bite became really itchy again and we decided we wanted to get back out there and explore!
With our laptops in our backpacks, our office has now become any café, cool backpacker hostel or beach bar we find with fast WIFI and a friendly atmosphere.
This week we discovered the brand new iSanook Residence in the heart of Bangkok – and we just loved it! With nightly rooms to rent or long-term options, it’s a great place for digital nomads (those who take their career on the road) or travellers in search of a little more luxury than the average hostel.
The best thing about iSanook Residence is that it allows travellers and expats to mingle in some incredible social settings. While apartments are located in one building and hotel rooms in another, they both share an awesome rooftop bar, restaurant, LCD TV lounge area, gym, communal kitchen, swimming pool and get this… rooftop Jacuzzi with amazing views over the city of Bangkok! For short-term or long-term travellers, it’s a boutique and stylish stay with the added social benefits of a buzzing backpacker hostel!
The rooftop hot tub- just waiting for you and a cocktail!
It’s also located in a really cool area of Bangkok – an authentic Thai neighborhood a million miles away from the crazy Khao San Road. Just turn left or right out of the residence and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into the heart of a living Thai community with an abundance of street food, friendly locals and interesting alleyways. It’s also a stone’s throw from the atmospheric Chinatown, bustling Silom and busy Siam area with glitzy shopping centres; Central World, Paragon and MBK, as well as a short taxi ride from Hua Lamphong Railway Station.
iSanook Residence was officially opened to guests last week – and we were lucky to be one of the first customers to sample the duvets, taste the breakfasts and try out the drinks at the bar. From top to bottom, we were given a tour of the residence by their lovely international staff and found out about more about the unique concept.
So I bet you’re thinking – how much does all this cost? Not as expensive as you may think! Their funky, themed rooms start at a nightly rate of 1,180 baht (that’s only 25 Euros or $35 USD!) or long-term rentals start at 9,500 baht / month (220 Euros or $300 USD!). With kitchenette, power shower, free WIFI, flat-screen TV, comfy beds, desk and an amazing views – we challenge you to find better value for money in this city. The perfect pad for flashpackers who have graduated from dorm rooms and like to indulge in a little luxury on their trip!
So, pop down to check the place out, meet like-minded, fun people at their trendy rooftop bar or book your first night’s stay on their website here!
AND GET THIS – The friendly manager, Joe has offered to give all South East Asia Backpacker ‘friends’ introductory “Mates Rates” (special discount) when you book through the website! All you have to do is mention ‘S.E.A Backpacker’ (wink wink) and you’ll get the exclusive special discount that is usually only reserved for members of the magazine team! And you say we never give you anything!
Sanook = ‘Fun’ in Thai!