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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Chris Schalkx

Where most Thai boutique stays draw on the country’s ancient palaces and temples for design inspiration, Volve takes a refreshingly different approach.

Owner Pavee Tansirikongkol took cues from the midcentury villas hidden in Thonglor’s alleys and has created a 28-room lifestyle hub with a touch of retro.

This is one of those places that manages to make you feel like a local, with bright rooms resembling small apartments and a handy booklet featuring the many little-known shops, restaurants and bars dotted around this bustling district. There’s a smart cafe in the lobby and a contemporary Thai-Chinese restaurant in the basement.

When it’s time for sightseeing, Thonglor’s BTS Skytrain station connects you to all corners of town within 30 minutes.

Surrounding area

From hidden izakaya restaurants to bass-thumping nightclubs that could’ve been plucked straight out of Berlin, bustling Thonglor is Bangkok’s cross-cultural entertainment playground.

It’s a great spot for travellers looking to immerse themselves into the city’s flashier side, but you’ll find plenty of quiet alleys too.

The hotel is surrounded by commercial buildings, so it’s not the most eye-catching of areas, but it does mean its cleaner and less hectic than many areas.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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