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Loy La Long
Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand|loylalong.com|
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There are riverside hotels and there are hotels right on the river. Artsy Loy La Long, taking over a century-old wooden house near Chinatown, firmly belongs to the latter category.
Most of its rooms—all recycled wood, floral curtains and mis-matched furnishing—open to verandahs and balconies with the murky Chao Phraya sloshing just beneath your feet, while the pillow-strewn lobby lounge delivers front-row river views with a cold beer and a jazzy soundtrack.
Luxury lovers might find it a little too back-to-basics (the river doesn’t smell of roses after all), but anyone after a slice of laid-back Bangkok life – for a very reasonable price – will soon find themselves plotting their return.
Oil-slicked Talad Noi might not look like much on first impression, but this busy district on the fringe of Chinatown has grown into Bangkok’s de-facto creative center over the past few years.
Look beyond the piles of rusty car parts and noodle stalls, and you’ll discover hip cafes, pop-up art galleries and a fascinating culinary scene.
It’s a short walk to Chinatown and close to a water taxi pier for destinations further afield.
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