The strange places we lay our heads
- Thai edition
On the whole Thailand has good value in the accommodation
department so we didn't have to stay at any memorably bad places. This
is not to say we didn't find any memorable places. A sampling of Thailand's
Hotels, guesthouses and beach huts . . .
The D&D hotel - Khao San road, Bangkok.
We came for the air-conditioning that almost left icicles on the eyebrows
but we stayed for the closed circuit cameras. We spent an eerily long
time glued to our TV providing running commentary for the comings and
goings of the guests in the lobby six floors below. I even went so far
as to photograph a particularly exciting episode in which Julie tried
to persuade the front desk clerk to let us use the phones to connect
Closed circuit television on Khao San rd.
The forest huts in Pai, Northern Thailand
Pai is a lovely little town that is so relaxing it has attracted a clientele
similar to a Grateful Dead show. Not feeling particularly social that
day, we decided to forgo the riverside grass hut hippie villages and
sought out accommodation outside town.
These cabins in the middle of a teak plantation seemed to fit the bill
- quiet and secluded. When we noticed blood spattered above the doors
(you have to hit someone pretty hard with an axe to get blood that high)
the place suddenly seemed a little too quiet and secluded. We were the
only people staying in the entire place.
Forest huts outside Pai
Looking for a place that is a little pretentious? Then
the Atlanta in Bangkok may be the place you are looking for. If you're
not, you won't find it. Or at least the sign above the door says something
The Atlanta prides itself on many things (the "six superlatives")
such as the lobby that hasn't been changed since the 1950's, the academic
paper that moonlights as a menu in it's restaurant, the writers who
like to stay here. Though the rooms are not a particularly great bargain,
it is a wonderful place to stay if you like your hotels to have a lot
of character. One of these days I will put together all my notes and
photographs and tell you more. Who knows, maybe will get me featured
with all the other writers memorialized in the lobby.
Entrance to The Atlanta, Bangkok
Ahh, and then there is that whole other world of accommodation.
The modest beach bungalows that are mythologized on the backpacker trails.
Though the prices tend to be substantially higher that comparable lodging
in less touristed Northern Thailand, how can you put a price tag on
swinging in a hammock all day with the sounds of the surf in your ears?
Sea View Bungalows - Koh Lanta
March 22, 2002