Khao San Road is a backpacker’s haven filled with cheap hostels, endless drink specials, and street food galore. Amidst the chaos, Buddy Lodge is a budget-friendly Colonial-style hotel that brings a touch of class to the wild and crazy street. With clean rooms, overhanging balconies, a fun pool, and even its own nightclub, Buddy Lodge is the best alternative for any tourist who doesn’t want to share a bathroom or bed with six other people.
Standard rooms are clean and cozy and feature balconies looking over Khao San, bamboo floors, Thai antiques, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is probably true for all accommodations on this street, but everything is generally loud at night.
The lobby is more just a reception area, but on the ground floor guests can also find lounge space with free Wi-Fi, a tattoo parlor, a tailor, and even a McDonald’s.
On the fifth floor of the hotel is the pool with ample lounge space and a bar with a large selection of cocktails.
The Buddy Health Center is on the 3rd floor and is equipped with punching bags, a ping pong table, and a variety of weight and cardio machines.
The Buddy Lodge Health Center also has a sauna and steam room for post workout sweats.
Buddy Lodge has a few dining options. In front of the hotel is an indoor/outdoor café. Inside the lobby area is a McDonald’s and a Coffee World.
The bar in the front of the hotel has great happy hour specials and a patio that looks out onto the craziness of Khao San Road. Inside the hotel, the Lodge has its own nightclub with banging music and fun dance parties throughout the week.
There’s no public transit in this area at the moment--but future plans for the BTS Skytrain and MRT subway include stops in and around Khao San Road. Otherwise, you’re stuck walking or taking a taxi. Just be aware that this neighborhood's traffic is some of the worst in the city because of all the sightseeing, so you’re better off getting on the back of a motorbike taxi.
Khao San Road is a street-food lovers dream. If you look hard enough, you’ll spot vendors frying up scorpions and other critters. If you love bao, head over to Susie Walking Street and post up at Susie Wong’s Beers & Buns (4-minute walk).
Jazz enthusiasts should leave the confines of Khao San Road and head east to Brown Sugar (10-minute walk) for nightly live music and good drink specials. Cocktail enthusiasts should bypass Brown Sugar and search for the hidden entrance to Ku Bar (10-bar) behind the jazz spot. Once inside the mostly abandoned building, you’ll find a secret entrance 3-floors up where a minimalist bar serves mouthwatering concoctions.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Buddy Lodge is a great alternative to the cheap accommodation options on Khao San Road. While it’s still budget-friendly, the hotel has clean rooms with great balconies, a fun pool scene, and even its own nightclub. The street is generally loud and packed with drunken backpackers and groups of partiers, but the location is great for some of the city’s best attractions, temples, and monuments.