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Trip Report Bangkok Hotel: The Myth of Sud Sathorn Lives

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This is intended as a review of The Myth--Sud Sathorn, a moderate price Hotel in the older section of Bangkok, and the shared wisdom of planning a trip to Bangkok centered around the convenience of public ferry and rail transportation.

We recently returned to the US from almost a month in Thailand. The trip exceeded expectations in nearly every respect. We stayed in some excellent four/five-star hotels in Chiang Mai and Phuket; however, this is probably the only review that I will write because it is such a special place. When traveling and looking for a place like this, you fear that it does not exist anymore.

This was my first visit to Bangkok; however, my partner had previously worked there for five years and knew the city well. When traveling, I am always fearful of getting overwhelmed by urban capitals rather than being able to relax and absorb the culture. I decided that despite Bangkok having some of the great hotels of the world, I wanted to spend my time and money in Bangkok out and about, with hotel amenities being less important for this stop.

I wanted to stay someplace modest, comfortable, and that we could get to from the airport, and explore the city from, either by train or boat, avoiding where possible Bangkok’s notorious traffic and taxies. My preferences were greatly influenced by a New York Times article “Bangkok’s River of Kings,” which was sub-titled: Bangkok’s long-neglected river is returning to its glory days — and remains the heart of the city. A must read about the significance of the Chao Phraya River.

Within this rather specific criteria, and after repeated searches, and a careful process of elimination, we found the place. The Myth - Sud Sathorn is a small, modest bed and breakfast styled hotel, located in part of an authentic 100-year-old well-cared-for building that you have the feeling has forever been in the family of the current youthful operators. While located in the neighborhood of the finest hotels in Bangkok, it has room rates that are extremely reasonable, with clean, comfortable renovated rooms and baths equipped with new fixtures.

As you will read on their website, their goal has been to create a heritage classic accommodation giving visitors an authentic feeling of old Chareon Krung Road. It is within several blocks of both the BTS Skytrain station and the Central Sathorn pier, which is the departure dock for all points on the bustling Chao Phraya River. For five days, we ruled the city by rail and river, never walking more than a couple of blocks from our home away from home.

After completing your booking, the first confirmation that you have made the right choice comes from a personal Email from “Jib,” a real person and apparently, the guiding light of The Myth vision. The personal welcome message includes detailed local information describing and illustrating with photographs and maps how to make your way from all points to your destination at The Myth. Its entry is so modest and unassuming that you well might miss it without such careful instructions.

The breakfast is cooked to order, with family members coordinating and serving as if you might be a guest in their home. They ask about your plans, and gladly offer suggestions for your day. They volunteer to make reservations and even researched requests for special holiday observances. Jib and her husband, a star reporter for a Bangkok newspaper, her sister "Thip," and sometimes with Mother and Dad holding evening court in the living room lobby, all assure a very natural personal touch. When asked for an authentic Thai restaurant recommendation, they pointed us to a nearby gem that I am sure the family also often visits, the excellent Ban Chiang Thai Restaurant.

Thank you Thanwarat family for a truly wonderful visit.