Yim Huai Khwang Bangkok
It’s all about design at Yim’s, a smart, modern and colourful hostel with a cool hipster vibe and great minimalist rooms. There's plenty of public space to meet other guests including an attractive artsy lounge and a wonderful rooftop terrace, close to public transport and Chinatown.
Owner Khun Tem and his team have thought long and hard about the ambience they want to create – utilising a combination of Thai, modern and green aesthetics. The downstairs lounge and lobby area features a giant disc standing on its edge, adorned with a colour-coded collection of toys from Lego to Star Wars. On the back, hundreds of guests have left signatures, messages and cartoons.
Each floor and stairway is painted a different colour – yellow, green and orange – so guests are unlikely to get lost, while the rooms and dorms are kept very plain. The hostel lounge hosts regular exhibitions of photographs or paintings by local artists.
Service and Facilities
Tem and his team go out of their way to make guests comfortable and have plenty of suggestions about where to go in Bangkok. Facilities are simple and smart. The hostel has four comfortable seating areas; in the lounge, on the first floor, on the rooftop and in a narrow but well kept back garden making it easy to meet fellow visitors. Guests can do their own laundry at Yim’s and drinking water is free.
The six double and two twin rooms have a boutique feel and are kept in all-white minimalist style with drawings of architectural designs from around the city on the walls. Some of the rooms have small balconies. All have air-conditioning and spotless attached bathrooms. The six dorms are equally well-kept and one is reserved for female guests. A family suite with two double beds and a comfortable seating area in an adjoining room rounds off the picture.
Food and Drink
Yim Bangkok has no restaurant. An American breakfast is served to guests who stay in the rooms and involves eggs in various incarnations, sausages, toast with jam, tea or coffee. Dorm guests can help themselves to toast, jam, yoghurt and muesli as well as instant coffee or tea.
A modest menu of snacks, including salads, sandwiches and pasta is available throughout the day – the Thai ice-cream is pretty good. The rooftop is the best place for an early evening beer.
Occasional morning cooking classes merge into communal brunches, and rooftop dinners, often cooked by guests, turn into interesting social events.
Value for Money
Double rooms from 1550 Baht (£36) in low season; and from 1650 Baht (£38) in high, including breakfast. Dorm beds from 389 Baht (£.8.70) in low season; and from 600 Baht (£13.40) in high, including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
The family suite is ideally suited for four people and there are some board games in the lounge.