Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Nappark Hostel - Bangkok, Thailand

I have stayed here three times during my past vacations. I always book my stay through net because it is cheaper than walk-in rate. Interestingly, they won't deduct anything from your credit card during the booking process but you are expected to pay the total amount upon arrival. It was a matter of trust. They scored plus point in that aspect.

Nappark hostel is located at Tani road. To make it easier, I always tell the taxi driver to bring me to Khao San road. Tani road is second street from Khao San while Rambuttri road is in between of Tani and Khao San roads. The place is ideal since you can have a relaxing evening by being far from the hustle and bustle of Khao San while being a stone throw away from it.

On my first stay, I was booked in a 20 beds (440 THB per night), mixed dorm room. I availed their long stay promo. I paid 6 nights for 7 nights stay.

20 beds mixed dorm

It was huge mixed-dormitory type room on second floor. You have your own power outlet, night lamp and a small mirror on top of your bed. Quite fascinating isn't it? To complete the picture, I brought out my clothes  hangers. The beddings were quite new and in good condition. The lighted lockers were huge but you need to provide your own padlock.

Aside from the 20 beds mixed dorm room there is another 6 beds superior room also at second floor. It will cost you 550 THB per night. On my third stay in Nappark, I stayed in this room. Although the 2nd floor superior room was roomy, you still need to share the T&B with the occupants of 20 beds room. Sometimes I was in queue for the bathroom especially when all beds in second floor were occupied.

Upon check-in, you will be asked whether to pay a 400 THB deposit for the wrist-type electronic key or leave you passport with them. You may redeem your passport or deposit upon returning the electronic key during check-out. All rooms and main doors have electronic door lock thus without the "wrist band" you won't be able to enter your room. I appreciate this extra security feature.

lounge area
free use of PC with internet at the lounge 

The staff turn off the air conditioning at noontime and turn it on at 6 PM. During this time, they open all the windows, fix all beds and clean all the rooms including T&B. You can stay at the lounge since they kept the a/c running. Actually, it was quite comfortable in the lounge. You can sleep, eat, read books, watch video and surf the net. No one will bother you. It was really cozy to spend time at the lounge.

6 beds superior room at ground floor
On my second stay here, I paid 550 THB per night for superior room at the ground floor. I believe this is the best room that Nappark can offer. 6 beds mixed dorm with ensuite T&B. Not to mention a 6 inches LCD TV attach to your bed. Don't expect cable channels though, just a typical antenna type TV. Due to limited beds, you can enjoy a bit of  privacy and comfort.

Outside the hostel, they have this alfresco style dining or reclined couches. You can order your breakfast or meal from the small kitchenette outside. You can smoke and drink in this area.

Footwears are not allowed inside. You have to leave your footwears outside or use the small shoe lockers at the entrance. Laundry and drying facilities are located at the 4th floor; the rooms at the 4th floor are exclusive for ladies only. Just make sure that you have enough 10 THB coins with you because the laundry and drying machines are coin operated. you can purchase powder detergent soap from the reception.

Among other things, the free use of their extensive selection of DVD is what made Nappark unique for me. Every night I used to borrow and watched the DVD privately (due to curtain in between beds) on my laptop and returned it back the following morning. They have CD music also. Further, wifi is free and fast. I can watch live streaming of TV Patrol and my favorite TV series "The Walking Dead" and "Naurto Shippuden" without any considerable delay.

I have noticed that most of the guests here are westerners and young backpackers. They would stay for few days then off they go to other places. Perhaps because Nappark hostel, aside from being safe and cozy place to stay in Bangkok, is strategically located especially when you need to be near interesting places such as Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and so on and so forth. Moreover, if you intend to make Bangkok as jumping point to other touristy places then this area is unbeatable due to numerous tour operators at Khao San area. Not to mention the extensive bars and restaurants easily accessible within the vicinity.

Finally, Nappark is recipient of several awards due to its great feedback and review from its previous guests. I would recommend this hostel to backpackers who are willing to shell out extra bucks for extra comfort and security. There are other nearby hostels that offer cheaper rates but I doubt whether they can match the level of service and comfort provided by Nappark.


  1. Nice blog! I was also planning to stay here but do they have separate shower cubicles? or just a gym type shower room in one long row without divisions? Thanks

  2. yes, they have separate shower cubicles and separate toilet. There is separate T&B for ladies as well.