Looking for a place to stay in Bangkok? Go to Udee!

Welcome to Udee!
When my friends and I started planning for our Bangkok trip, we initially searched for a place to stay. We began by reading write-ups from travel bloggers. We also asked friends and friends of friends who’ve been to Bangkok where we could stay. The cheapest so far was First House Hotel in Pratunam. It’s an ideal place for backpackers because the room rates are relatively cheap plus it is accessible and is within the city’s business district. I think the place also lures tourists who visit Bangkok just to shop as the hotel is at the heart of the Pratunam shopping district. Anyway, we could have stayed there but the hotel was already fully-booked for the month of September so no way. Kuya Alvin, Dora’s male counterpart in our office, suggested cheap pension houses along Khao San Road—he said that’s the backpackers’ area. We searched for them in the web but we can’t find any that would fit six people. Untiiiiiil… RJ found Udee! From where? We don’t really know. Hahaha.

How to get there
Victory Monument. View from the BTS.
Udee Bangkok is located at 49 Pradiphat Soi 19, Pradiphat Road, Phayathai, Bangkok. It’s near the Chatuchak Market and is several blocks away from the Victory Monument.

From the Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can either take the taxi or the connecting train systems. The taxi if you’re too tired and you brought a lot of luggage or if you have Baht to spare. The BTS (i.e. connecting train system), if you’re in for some adventure and you’d want to get a feel of the Bangkok traffic.

If you’re taking the taxi, just show the driver the complete address of Udee Bangkok and you’re good to go. Taxis are located at the exit area of the Suvarnabhumi Airport. It would take you around 40-45 minutes—that’s according to Udee’s website.

Platform 9 and 3/4. Chos.
Now, the train. Since we arrived at Bangkok on an ungodly hour, we’ll have to wait until 6AM for the trains to reopen. Fast forward. From the arrival areas, go two floors down until you reach the train platform. Just like our MRTs and LRTs here, you purchase the train token/ticket by inserting coins on the ticket machine. Get off at Phayathai Station then transfer to the BTS line until your train reaches Saphan Kwai Station. Walk to Saphan Kwai Intersection (15 minutes) and then turn right to Pradiphat Road. Walk for another 10-12 minutes until you see Soi 19. Udee Bangkok is at the far end of Soi 19, a few blocks from the shabu-shabu house. It’s a white building with a red gate.




Room Rates, Facilities and Other Perks at Udee
Walking on sunshine. Literal. Hahaha.
We arrived there at around 8AM so we’re not yet allowed to stay inside our rooms. Check-in time is 2PM. But backpackers are allowed to leave their luggage at the dorm’s storage area. Don’t worry, it’s safe. J

Udee has rooms for two until eight people. Standard rooms can fit two- three people. They also have rooms for four. Then, they have dorm-type rooms for six to eight people. Dorms use communal shower and toilet areas. During our stay, we paid THB995 each (that’s for our four-day-three-night stay). That would be around PhP1,800 for each of us—relatively cheap compared to other dorms or hotels within the area. The payment includes free breakfast (there’s cereals, ham and cheese sandwiches and salad greens plus tea or coffee; bottled water cost THB10; also you have to wash the dishes and utensils you used) until 10AM, towels and toiletries. That’s already a good deal for travelers looking for a nice and inexpensive place to retire for the night.

(1) View from top; (2) Second floor rooms;
(3) Reception area; and (4) Kitchen
Udee has five floors. The ground is the hostel’s receiving area, kitchen and hang-out place. There’s also a mini-garden by the porch. The second floor has two rooms (probably the standard/ twin rooms). It’s also the hostel’s mini- internet café. There are two units of desktop computers with CPUs that have slots for coins (you pay for the use of the internet). The third and fourth floors are the dorm areas. And then they have a rooftop with a nice view of the Pradiphat District and bit of Bangkok’s skyline. We did our charot music video there! Hahahaha. Also, there’s free wifi on each floor so don’t bother using the LAN internet at the second floor. Hehehehe.




Udee is the place to be!
Our guide! 
For budget travelers like us, Udee is an ideal place to stay. It’s right within your budget plus the amenities are just nice. Also, the owners are very hospitable and helpful especially if you don’t know which bus to ride or which direction to go to. What I like best at Udee is their reception area—there’s this huge corkboard which contains a blown-up map of Bangkok, train schedules and buses to take. It was our go-to area when we can’t understand the directions given by Google. Hahaha. Their mini-library also contains a lot of good titles. Readers could either borrow or swap their books there. Cool!

The rooms are also clean and nice. Dorms use bunk beds. Aircons can only be used from 6PM to 11AM. The rest of day—industrial electric fans. Hahaha. One would also admire the cleanliness of their communal bathrooms. It’s just something you wouldn’t expect from THB315-rooms-per-night. The only downside—WALANG TABO or bidet. Hahahaha! You have to get this—Filipinos are not used to just using tissue to clean themselves up after a toilet session—there has to be a pail of water and soap; so a place without a bidet or a dipper is quite a torture for us. Hahaha. Good thing the owner has this small pail used to water their plants. We borrowed it for some time just so we can effectively manage nature’s calls. Hahahaha.

From MNL with <3
Don’t forget to leave a message of thanks to the owners before you leave Udee! They have this slumbook/dedication notebook by the reading room. And if you happen to browse its pages, you’ll get to see the doodle we did for them. Hahahaha!

For reservations or for more information about Udee, you can visit their cute website: www.udeebangkok.com or like their Facebook account: www.facebook.com/Udee-Bangkok/.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Looking for a place to stay in Bangkok? Go to Udee!

Welcome to Udee!
When my friends and I started planning for our Bangkok trip, we initially searched for a place to stay. We began by reading write-ups from travel bloggers. We also asked friends and friends of friends who’ve been to Bangkok where we could stay. The cheapest so far was First House Hotel in Pratunam. It’s an ideal place for backpackers because the room rates are relatively cheap plus it is accessible and is within the city’s business district. I think the place also lures tourists who visit Bangkok just to shop as the hotel is at the heart of the Pratunam shopping district. Anyway, we could have stayed there but the hotel was already fully-booked for the month of September so no way. Kuya Alvin, Dora’s male counterpart in our office, suggested cheap pension houses along Khao San Road—he said that’s the backpackers’ area. We searched for them in the web but we can’t find any that would fit six people. Untiiiiiil… RJ found Udee! From where? We don’t really know. Hahaha.

How to get there
Victory Monument. View from the BTS.
Udee Bangkok is located at 49 Pradiphat Soi 19, Pradiphat Road, Phayathai, Bangkok. It’s near the Chatuchak Market and is several blocks away from the Victory Monument.

From the Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can either take the taxi or the connecting train systems. The taxi if you’re too tired and you brought a lot of luggage or if you have Baht to spare. The BTS (i.e. connecting train system), if you’re in for some adventure and you’d want to get a feel of the Bangkok traffic.

If you’re taking the taxi, just show the driver the complete address of Udee Bangkok and you’re good to go. Taxis are located at the exit area of the Suvarnabhumi Airport. It would take you around 40-45 minutes—that’s according to Udee’s website.

Platform 9 and 3/4. Chos.
Now, the train. Since we arrived at Bangkok on an ungodly hour, we’ll have to wait until 6AM for the trains to reopen. Fast forward. From the arrival areas, go two floors down until you reach the train platform. Just like our MRTs and LRTs here, you purchase the train token/ticket by inserting coins on the ticket machine. Get off at Phayathai Station then transfer to the BTS line until your train reaches Saphan Kwai Station. Walk to Saphan Kwai Intersection (15 minutes) and then turn right to Pradiphat Road. Walk for another 10-12 minutes until you see Soi 19. Udee Bangkok is at the far end of Soi 19, a few blocks from the shabu-shabu house. It’s a white building with a red gate.




Room Rates, Facilities and Other Perks at Udee
Walking on sunshine. Literal. Hahaha.
We arrived there at around 8AM so we’re not yet allowed to stay inside our rooms. Check-in time is 2PM. But backpackers are allowed to leave their luggage at the dorm’s storage area. Don’t worry, it’s safe. J

Udee has rooms for two until eight people. Standard rooms can fit two- three people. They also have rooms for four. Then, they have dorm-type rooms for six to eight people. Dorms use communal shower and toilet areas. During our stay, we paid THB995 each (that’s for our four-day-three-night stay). That would be around PhP1,800 for each of us—relatively cheap compared to other dorms or hotels within the area. The payment includes free breakfast (there’s cereals, ham and cheese sandwiches and salad greens plus tea or coffee; bottled water cost THB10; also you have to wash the dishes and utensils you used) until 10AM, towels and toiletries. That’s already a good deal for travelers looking for a nice and inexpensive place to retire for the night.

(1) View from top; (2) Second floor rooms;
(3) Reception area; and (4) Kitchen
Udee has five floors. The ground is the hostel’s receiving area, kitchen and hang-out place. There’s also a mini-garden by the porch. The second floor has two rooms (probably the standard/ twin rooms). It’s also the hostel’s mini- internet café. There are two units of desktop computers with CPUs that have slots for coins (you pay for the use of the internet). The third and fourth floors are the dorm areas. And then they have a rooftop with a nice view of the Pradiphat District and bit of Bangkok’s skyline. We did our charot music video there! Hahahaha. Also, there’s free wifi on each floor so don’t bother using the LAN internet at the second floor. Hehehehe.




Udee is the place to be!
Our guide! 
For budget travelers like us, Udee is an ideal place to stay. It’s right within your budget plus the amenities are just nice. Also, the owners are very hospitable and helpful especially if you don’t know which bus to ride or which direction to go to. What I like best at Udee is their reception area—there’s this huge corkboard which contains a blown-up map of Bangkok, train schedules and buses to take. It was our go-to area when we can’t understand the directions given by Google. Hahaha. Their mini-library also contains a lot of good titles. Readers could either borrow or swap their books there. Cool!

The rooms are also clean and nice. Dorms use bunk beds. Aircons can only be used from 6PM to 11AM. The rest of day—industrial electric fans. Hahaha. One would also admire the cleanliness of their communal bathrooms. It’s just something you wouldn’t expect from THB315-rooms-per-night. The only downside—WALANG TABO or bidet. Hahahaha! You have to get this—Filipinos are not used to just using tissue to clean themselves up after a toilet session—there has to be a pail of water and soap; so a place without a bidet or a dipper is quite a torture for us. Hahaha. Good thing the owner has this small pail used to water their plants. We borrowed it for some time just so we can effectively manage nature’s calls. Hahahaha.

From MNL with <3
Don’t forget to leave a message of thanks to the owners before you leave Udee! They have this slumbook/dedication notebook by the reading room. And if you happen to browse its pages, you’ll get to see the doodle we did for them. Hahahaha!

For reservations or for more information about Udee, you can visit their cute website: www.udeebangkok.com or like their Facebook account: www.facebook.com/Udee-Bangkok/.

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