The first thing you need to know is that this is not at all a party hostel, but a calm and chilling one. The decorations are characteristic and definitely different from the ones of all the others hostels we have been. Here everything is vintage, and every detail is been taken care of. From the handmade bells hanging on the wall to the lovely library corner, with even an old thai typewriter.
Once you step inside the café, with the atmosphere created by the music played and the peculiar objects all around, is really like jumping in the past. You will feel like taking a coffee few decades ago.
The rooms are so big and even if you will be sharing them with other three or five people, depending on the room, you will not feel disturbed.
The first time we read the name of the hostel, we did not understand at all what it meant, but if you ask to the owners they will be happy to explain the story behind it and why they chose it. Through this, you will comprehend better how they are and how they understand not only the concept of hostel and traveling, but also life itself.
Niras, as they told us, means ‘travel log’ in Thai and Bankoc is how the first foreigner wrote the name of the so famous city. As you can imagine reading the meaning of the first two words, they are as interested on traveling as they are on general culture, and that’s why they defined themselves as a cultural hostel.
In fact, what we loved the most by far, was the commitment of the staff and especially the owners, not only to be sure that you have a great time but also that you learn a lot in here. Few times per week, there are free walking tour around the old town of Bangkok, including also some of the highlight sights as the royal palace. Here the owner of the hostel will be your guide, explaining everything he knows about it and will be glad to answer to any question that pops in your head.
So, definitely for a different experience in your stay in Bangkok, you should check out Niras Bankoc Cultural Hostel.