Choosing The Right Place To Stay In Bangkok
Bangkok, we had been warned would either be a city we loved or hated. It seems that no matter who we spoke to, there was no middle ground. Perhaps it is because we spend a great deal of our time in London, but for us we could not grasp the concept that people couldn’t like a city.
Then we arrived.
Bangkok is a city that, as soon as you step foot off of the plane and exit the city’s modern airport with its glorious air conditioning, overwhelms you.
Nothing can quite prepare you for the humid, potentially stifling heat that will hit you. Add to this the overpowering sounds of traffic, the mixture of street food smells and the general overcrowding in certain areas of the city and we can easily see why some would prefer to fly in and get out as soon as possible.
For us however, we instantly feel in love.
It is a city that never sleeps. Bangkok has both a historical heart and a striking contemporary, cutting-edge modernism about it that is often lacking in other cities.
So Where Do You Start?
Do you prefer modern surroundings or the character of an older community?
For us, the decision was difficult because we love both aspects. However, instinctively we both knew that in order to truly understand the history of Krung Thep (how Thais refer to their capital city) we would need to spend time in the old, venerable part of the city.
Why Samsen Road, Bangkok, Was The Perfect Choice?
Perhaps it was the cacophony of horns, the touting of the tuk-tuk drivers for business, or the street vendors all trying to sell you what they perceive to be the best food in Bangkok, but for us Samsen Road and the surrounding area really is an intense but compelling place to be.
Unlike other cities, which can be traversed on foot in a matter of hours, Bangkok is sprawling. To attempt to wander from one district to another is simply impossible and therefore in order to see all of the major historical attractions, Samsen Road and its surrounding Sois were ideal.
Why We Chose To Stay at Casa Nithra
Whilst we are inspired by the old, we also love a bit of the modern, so where better to stay than a hotel that promotes a luxurious boutique stay influenced by rich Thai arts and culture.
Casa Nithra also translates as ‘The house of good sleep’, which considering where it is situated, was a bold statement to make, and one that we wanted to either confirm or deny.
Set directly on the Samsen Road, it was initially hard to believe that no sound would be able to penetrate and disrupt our sleep. However, climbing up the steps and wandering along the covered walkway, complete with coy-carp water feature, the noise of the busy road, diminished quickly.
Even the automatic sliding doors made no sound as we strolled through into the traditionally designed reception area.
Now, our flight landed at 8am, we had little sleep for close to 24 hours, had attempted to walk from the end of the BTS line at Phaya Thai failing miserably after wandering for close to half an hour in the unbearable morning heat whilst carrying 70 litre backpacks and still we were greeted with warm smiles and cooling drinks. If judgement on our appearance was to be made, they definitely waited until we were comfortable relaxing in our upgraded deluxe room.
The warm cream walls, complimented the mocha and peanut coloured accessories without making the room seem unnecessarily dark whilst the wardrobes, desk area and coffee table were a deep walnut.
Along with the numerous lamps spread across the room, we were pleasantly surprised to find our room came with its very own balcony where the floor-to-ceiling window covered an entire wall, allowing for plenty of natural light, and should we desire the ability to allow the noisy outside in.
However, we opted instead for the extremely welcoming air con that flooded the room every time we entered. The view outside wasn’t much to look at, a petrol station and electricity cables galore, plus the oppressive heat was energy sapping so we took the opportunity to cool down whenever we could.
And then there was the clear glass partition between the bedroom and the bathroom.
Sounds wrong, right?
Well, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds. The hotel has clearly thought privacy, providing a hickory coloured wooden, slatted blind that can easily be pulled down before stepping into the shower or bath. The shower curtain itself is also thick enough so that should you want a little more light, you simply had to pull it across to in order to be able to use the toilet in peace.
The bathroom was spacious, with plenty of room to unpack all of our toiletries without making it look cluttered and because of the lighter, topaz gold tiling it always felt welcoming but airy.
Ultimately, Casa Nithra provided us with everything we needed for a comfortable stay.
It is well-known that I spend hours researching each place before we travel, with Paul often giving me a list of things that he would like in each hotel we stay in. Bangkok was no different – although he only had one simple requirement this time – a rooftop swimming pool.
However, unlike the new area of the city, there are no skyscrapers here with award-winning views and so finding a pool area that would suit our needs was much harder than I expected it to be.
Not giving up on the coveted pool though meant that we found a little haven far away from the congested streets below. It was a place that, after a long day of sightseeing, we could head up to the roof, daggle our feet in the cold waters and sip on a cocktail.
It was the ideal place to unwind before hitting the streets once again in search of food and the famous nightlife of Khao San Road.
Would We Return to Casa Nithra?
Bangkok has over 9,000 hotels, B & B’s and hostels so to say that we would return when there is so much choice would be difficult however, that’s not to say we wouldn’t return we are just a couple that want to try as many different places as possible.
Would I Recommend Casa Nithra To Others? Definitely.
It is the perfect location in the heart of Old Town Bangkok, close to historical monuments, great eateries and world-famous nightlife.
If you are a person that wants to be in the mix of it all, but not really a fan of hostel stays this is the ideal choice – it offers the location and the luxury that many of us crave.