Our first experience of booking an apartment in Bangkok through Air Bnb
“This place looks perfect” I said to Jmayel as I was scrolling through lists of accommodation on Air Bnb, searching for an affordable apartment in Bangkok. After hours of searching the internet for somewhere to stay after my surgery at Yanhee hospital I had found the ideal apartment.
Looking out at the view
We needed to stay in Bangkok for a week following my breast surgery so I could return to the hospital for a 7 day post-surgery check up.
There were a few hotel options near to the hospital, but they just didn’t have what I was looking for.
A clean, cosy place to recover and chill out after having surgery with cooking facilities so Jmayel could cook without us having to go outside each day to find somewhere to eat. Somewhere that would feel like ours, rather than just a hotel room.
Inside the Bangkok apartment
I found our ‘home away from home’ on Air bnb. The immaculate looking studio apartment with fully equipped kitchen, lovely bathroom and flat screen TV, complete with a selection of dvds to watch looked to be just what I wanted.
At almost the same cost as the places listed on Agoda.com, we got a whole lot more space and freedom compared to staying in a hotel for the week.
After being discharged from hospital we took a taxi to the apartment, 45 minutes from Yanhee in the Sathorn area.
Pulling up outside the apartment building we were met by the owner’s father, who handed over the keys and showed us around the 8th floor apartment.
The Apartment Building
I couldn’t have asked for any more once we walked through the door, the space had been used well, with plenty of storage and a sliding partition next to the bed so the living and sleeping areas could be easily divided if needed.
I loved this little place
Seeing as I would be spending a lot of my time lying in bed recovering, this was the main feature for me. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the duvet and sheets were of high quality, I loved that there were a lot of pillows and cushions to make it just that more cosy, it all had a very welcoming feel.
The living area was filled with a plush sofa and rug, coffee and dining table with chairs, it was just perfect for the two of us.
The sofa also turned into a sofa bed which allows for a 3rd person to sleep at the apartment which is great value.
With corner lamps, a fruit bowl and matching home wares this little apartment felt incredibly homely and very safe, it was our little nest for the week.
The kitchen area was well equipped with cooker, microwave, fridge, toaster and all the necessary utensils. There was even a proper coffee maker and a new jar of coffee for us to use.
It was great to be able to cook our own food
The air conditioning was very good and the free WIFI access was a great speed and we didn’t have any internet problems at all. There is also an unlocked blackberry phone available for your own use, you just need to put in a sim card.
There is a swimming pool and fitness center on the 5th floor which unfortunately I couldn’t make use of but if we were in Bangkok under different circumstances, we would have used the pool a lot, it is a great feature and nice to have, especially lovely to come back to and cool off after a long day of sightseeing around the big city!
I loved staying at this apartment, so much so that a couple of days in I was searching the internet, to find one to buy just like it for myself! It absolutely felt like home and I would have happily stayed on for longer despite having our own home to go back to in Chiang Mai.
Inside the Air Bnb Apartment
The owner of the condo, Bee, was in touch when we arrived to check everything was all ok and she was easy to contact through email or phone if we needed her. Her father lives near to the apartment and so if we needed anything, he was more than happy to help, he gave Jmayel a lift to the shops one day and showed him the best places to find street food.
Bee and her father were great hosts and they really made our first Air Bnb experience that bit more special.
The area around the apartment was nice as far as Bangkok streets go, it was a quiet area and there was no traffic noise when in the apartment. It is close to the river and there is a little general mini mart shop and laundry service on the ground floor of the building.
Street food vendors can be found along the road as well as a 7-11 and restaurant at the bottom of the street, there is also nice coffee shop called Zucre a short 5 minute walk away with a good selection of cakes and drinks.
Zucre Cafe in Sathorn
Cakes & my fave drink, Iced Rose Tea 🙂
In the condo building you can also access the roof where you will find a great view over the city from 17 storeys high!
View from the condo building’s roof – great place for a time lapse!
The apartment is not far from Silom Road and where you will find a good selection of nice sky bars and restaurants to enjoy an evening out.
There are a few options to get into Central Bangkok and the main tourist sights, the condo is not far from a BTS station and you are also near to the river and pier where you can cross over the water to reach Wat Arun. Meter taxis regularly pass the apartment and is around a half hour drive to be at the Grand Palace.
The Chao Phryao river is not far from the condo
Asiatique The River Front Bangkok
The apartment is also not far from Asiatique, a riverfront Mall with many shopping and dining opportunities and plenty of activities going on.
It is Asia’s first waterside mall with a bustling night market feel and is home to Thailand’s highest Ferris wheel.
The biggest Ferris Wheel in Thailand
Our last night in Bangkok & a ride on the wheel!
Great view over the river from the ferris wheel
We walked here from the condo on our last evening in Bangkok for dinner and to celebrate having my stitches removed and it took us 25 minutes to get there.
Asiatique, great place for shopping and dinner!
To get to the airport we paid 350 baht for a taxi including toll fees and it took 45 minutes to get to Suvanabhumi airport.
The condo building has 24 hour security and is safe and secure, unfortunately though the apartment doesn’t allow pets, so if we are ever in Bangkok without our dog Eden again, we will certainly stay here. Despite that, this is the best place we have stayed in Bangkok so far!
How Much Does it Cost?
We paid 26 Euro a night for our stay at this apartment, totaling 205 Euro for a week in September. There was a slight discount for taking the accommodation for an entire week, rather than on a nightly basis.
If you are interested in staying here yourself, check out the apartments Air Bnb page.
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