In the heart of Bangkok’s historical district Pra Nakhon, you will find the unique colonial-style boutique hotel Baan Noppawong. It is located at a quid road that is parallel to the busy Ratchadamnoen Klang Road.
Baan Noppawong is a small hotel with only seven rooms, guaranteeing a big amount of personalised service. While I had to leave at 06.30 AM, the friendly staff did not bother to get up theirselves to make me some takeaway breakfast.
The rooms are comfortable and easeful with an organic bathroom and a daily portion of towel art. If you are looking for something luxurious, you might want to book the Senior Suite with Jacuzzi.
The most unique aspect of this B&B is the garden, a tranquil haven in the middle of a buzzing city. While enjoying breakfast, you can sit back to observe several exotic birds flying around and white squirrels playing in the trees. It makes it quit hard to believe that you are actually in the middle of Bangkok!
Baan Noppawong is centrally located and just 500 meters away from the famous Khao San Road. Known as a haven for backpackers, Khao San is quite a touristy road with a vibrant nightlife. It is east to avoid if wanted but you might want to go there to get some delicious street food such as the famous coconut ice cream.
Another great reason to head to Khao San Road is May Kaidee: a Thai vegetarian and vegan restaurant. While you can have lunch and diner on the ground floor, the first floor is a cooking school where several cooking experiences are being provided.
The three-hour Thai Cooking class is the most popular experience. Be sure to bring an empty stomach when taking this class as you will cook and eat not less than eight dishes. The friendly staff teaches you how to make traditional Thai dishes vegan style such as Green Papaya Salad, Tom Yam Soup, Pad Thai, Massaman Curry and Sticky Rice.
The class concludes with a ‘traditional Thai dance’, which may not be that traditional but is a lot of fun anyway.
Apart from Khao San, other highlights are also within reach including the Wat Saket – Golden Mount Temple, the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho Temple with the famous declining Buddha.
If you are looking for a centrally located getaway with a great amount of personal attention, than this is the place to go!
- Baan Noppawong: Prices start at 2000 BHT/ 55 EUR/ 58 USD per night.
- May Kaidee – three hour cooking class: 1500 BHT/ 41 EUR/ 44 USD per person.