Accommodation can be a bit hit-and-miss in Bangkok.
Because this is my first visit, I opted for a higher end choice, BuddyLodge in Khaosan Road. It came highly recommended by a friend who’s travelled a lot. Full-on security, meticulousoy cleaned (the two most important aspects when at an Asian/African/South American destination for the first time) and conveniently located.
I chose a more expensive deluxe room and I have no complaints. All-timber interior, beautiful dark timber floor (reminds me of Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome), a huge balcony looking out onto, umm, a slum next door but complete privacy except for the odd cat passing by. A rooftop pool in excellent condition, and gym with boxing ring (I walked down the hallway and had a look at it today, worked up a decent sweat doing it, too!) and free wi-fi.
Despite trepidation about the noise from Khaosan Road – aka party central – my room is dead quiet at night, with just the reassuring whir of the fabulous air conditioning (which I usually avoid but is a must in this humidity). This room is really aimed at a couple, so bear that in mind when considering the room price. The rate: $401.20 for 5 nights. You could get a decent guest house for half that, but you’d be a fool and relying too much on luck if you didn’t first get a trusted recommendation. Don’t believe online advice sites such as TripAdvisor because too much on them is bullshit.
What I always do is book at least the first 2 nights in a good hotel, and then take it from there. I will probably try somewhere different for my next visit to Thailand, but I would recommend BuddyLodge if you are in Bangkok.