91 Suthisan is a comfortable office-shop-house space. We're starting a "blended learning center" (on-line and on-site) here -- and we have some great rooms upstairs.
The Main Guest Room
On the third floor (or second full floor), the main, private room has one large bed (5 feet by 6.5 feet (Queen-size) with a metal frame and a new comfortable mattress. I think this room is good for couples, because it has an "en suite" private bathroom, toilet and shower. It also has pleasant morning sun (not hot til after 10) and a little balcony on which you can dry clothes and get a look at other neighborhood houses! You lock the balcony door from the inside, and we'll give you a key to your room's inside door.
If you have kids you'd like to sleep on a futon in the same room with you, we can accommodate that. But if you have older kids who want their own space (sort of), then they might enjoy being "part of the house," taking one or more of the Dorm Room (just like college, only bigger) beds -- there are two now, but we plan on getting two more shortly.
The house is clean, cool (just fans, mind you -- no air conditioners), peaceful and bookish. I am an English teacher and school-computer consultant during the day (worked/taught in Bangladesh, Israel and India, too); I usually work and teach at home. I suspect that a keen observer would classify this house as being on the quiet side. Here you can plan your trip, read or write or talk with a friend. If that's your style, and I know it's mine, you will find "room" for yourself here. I've lived abroad (from the US) for 20 years now and have lots of experience. I like to pick and choose when "to engage." Thankfully, when I/we want to talk to someone, there's always folk chillin' at Scott and Bee's Baan Tailek, right next door -- and good food, too.
There are five floors in 91, one of which is a pretend or half floor that's called a "Chan Loi," or mezzanine-type, floor. There we have a couple of sofas and tables where you can relax, talk or use your laptop, etc. So far, we have avoided the TV, but we do have a movie screen on the 3rd floor just waiting for movie night.
The first and third floors have classrooms, but the house is long, so there are other activities on those floors. For example, on the first floor there is a house-bathroom and shower, a place to make your own coffee and tea (20 Baht if you use ours), a microwave, a washing machine and a storage closet. I drink coffee, and you're welcome to join me. Yes, I like tea drinkers, too, and even have a selection from a Sri Lankan friend. You can buy drinks and keep them in the fridge -- but keep in mind that it's quite small.
We use filtered water. The city and friends from the West who work with it claim that the water is indeed potable. I have never had a problem with it in 15 years. The point is that you can fill a bottle up for the night to keep with a glass next to your bed. I do. But please remember that we do pay for the water, so be fair.
The third floor has the private room with the bathroom on the East side and a classroom with a folding partition on the west side. That's where we will hold language courses and would like to hold yoga classes. Again, there is no airconditioner in the bedroom (there is one in the classroom, but that is for ... classes).
Up one more flight is the Dorm Room with its own bathroom and shower with hot water. There's a sink with a mirror _outside of_ the bathroom so that people with different needs wait less than they would otherwise. If you're counting, that makes three bathrooms, two of which are for use by any of us staying at 91. With our low numbers, that should be enough.
Finally, on the top floor, there is an entrance to the roof which affords a grand view of the surrounding area. It can be hot, but it's worth the trip once a day.
As I say, I teach English and Web site building, and there are others here who teach Thai. It looks like we'll be doing our own Yoga at 6 am, and you'd be welcome to join us. On Sunday evenings, Baan Tailek has a multicultural gathering of Thai food and international conversation which you will want to attend if you're here. Of course, you're always welcome to chill out with a book right here.
We have a fridge and a microwave, and tea and coffee. We don't cook much as Bee (at Baan Tailek) and others are within very easy walking distance.
You can get Guay-tee-ow (noodle soup) of several different kinds in the neighborhood. Down the street is a "Boat Noodle" shop, complete with the boat out front (it means a particular combination of poignant -- really -- spices); then there's the normal Guay-tee-ow Moo (Pork) and a great find in the little market around the corner, Guay-tee-ow, nong gai (Chicken leg). You get a clear chicken broth when you order Cow (sounds like milk cow) mun Gai (sounds like "guy") (Chicken on rice cooked in chicken broth). There are several "Bah!-Mee" (yellow noodles) street restaurants with red pork and dumplings, too. By the way, at the Huay Kwang Market, there is a Guay-tee-ow shop that provides great sprigs of Thai basil to add to your soup, and it's next to a stand selling blended frozen fruit drinks (fresh) for 15 Baht. This is my favorite.
You can ask for vegetarian most places, too; just ask us first how to get your needs across and where they listen most respectfully. The place next door used to serve vegetarian food, but .... Frankly, I prefer vegetarian food but end up eating a little meat: that's a clue to how easy it is in this neighborhood: not very. I do know good vegetarian restaurants around town (Aree, Chatujak, Tonglo and Silom all have winners), and I do order "a-hahn-mang-sow-wee-rat" or "a-han-jay" at the local restaurants, but street food is pork or chicken-based, usually. That said, a "steak" or even a whole chicken bone is a rarity. Meat is used to add taste, not really as the center of a meal. Fish is another matter, and you can find fish easily.
Say "No" to MSG
In Bangkok, it's good to learn to ask politely that cooks not put MSG in the food. They think it's unfortunate that you have such poor knowledge of what makes food taste good, but they'll oblige if you ask nicely: Something like "Mai sai pong choo-rote (ask a Thai how to say it -- or sing it).
Isan (Northeastern) Food
Most Bangkok neighborhoods have at least one Isan (Say Ees-sahn) restaurant, and Suthisan (inside Din Daeng) is no exception: I know of two of them, one actually has a room and one is truly a street restaurant. They're both good, the room having more choices including "Water fall Pork), the street-version having good grilled chicken, Som-tam and sticky rice.
Huay Kwang Market
In addition to the big department stores near-by, there are countless hole-in-the wall sole proprietors of every sort. About a 20 minute walk, or a quick trip on the 54 or 74 bus, the Huay Kwang Market is just great. There are flowers, food stalls, sewing and shoe repair "shops" (street stalls), and behind them there are honest to goodness shops behind glass doors with everything from gold to body soaps and glasses to pharmaceuticals. The market proper has a wide selection of fish, meat, fruits and vegetables and is priced just right. It's a wonderful chance to try out your new Thai!
City buses pass right by. Huay Kwang Market 15 min walk, Suthisan Station (subway (underground)/MRT) 15 min walk or 15-20 Baht motorcycle-taxi ride (cheaper in the early mornings). You can take the 74 bus to Victory Monument. Subway to Chatuchak (say "Jah-too-jahk") or Big C or Esplanade or Fortune Tower (IT mall) or Asok (at Sukhumvit) or ... you name it! Great food and comradery next door at Baan Tailek, with whom we have a friendly arrangement. We know the city and can advise on site-seeing and finding necessities (post office is a 5-10 minute walk).
You can get to this area by taxi, subway bus or bike (type of your choice). You can even walk. There's a map here: (website hidden) -- Looking forward to meeting you. Come visit. Ask for David.
I enjoyed my second stay at David's flat very much. Thanks! :-)
David was a warm, considerate and informative host. He made several suggestions helpful to a newcomer before I got there, and was kind enough to come meet me at the subway station and drag luggage to the apartment. We had dinner several times in the neighborhood and became friends. The apartment, my room and the bathroom were clean and comfortable :-)
I spend a grate time in David’s house. Warm hospitality and some good advises about life in Bangkok was very helpful!
David is a an amazing host. Makes you feel right at home when you walk through the door. He even shared his pineapple and coffee with me on my departure date. A true gentleman :) Kob Kun Kah David :)
I spent two days in Bangkok and really enjoyed staying at David's place. He took me out for dinner after arriving quite late from the airport, we had great discussions and he really made everything to make my stay enjoyable. The room is spacious, calm and clean and it's worth wondering around the neighbourdhood, I was particularly impressed by the food market just 10min down the street. The metro is also quite close (10min). Thanks a lot!
David is a real gentleman. I arrived at an inconvenient time and he was there to carry my heavy bag up. He makes sure that you have everything you need or tells you where to get it. He draws a map for you and explains how to get wherever you want to go. He is very good company for dinner and any other times you want. We had really nice conversations and a good laugh. He gives you space when you want to be by yourself and you can use the whole place. The room is very big with a nice warm shower and a balcony.The area is not touristic and overcrowded so you feel at home in a short time. The connection to the interesting sights is very easy.
So if you like to stay among the locals with a real gentleman don't look any further and book!
David is a fantastic host and a wonderful person. We couldn't of asked for more. Although we were excited to move on to Chiang Mai, we were disappointed to leave David and his company. We had an amazing time in Bangkok, and I honestly believe it can be attributed to David and his willingness to help. I hope to visit him again someday in the future, perhaps sooner than later. Thank You David for an amazing experience, both Tessa and I thought the world of you and we wish you the best of luck in any future endeavors!!
Room: Large, with bathroom, fans, in a not touristic quarter at few minutes walking distance from the metro station.
Host: Where to start from? David let me check in at 8 in the morning, explained everything about the room and the quarter. He draw me a map of the quarter that saved my life more than once.
David is one of the most uncomplicated, friendly, always ready to chat, helpful person I have ever met. We went out of dinner every night, to the cinema (!), and talked about the most various things. He also taught me a lot of useful Thai phrases.
You lost in Bangkok? Here you find a person you can trust!
Der Beste Host bei dem ich je war: nach 16 Jahren in Bangkok ist David besser als jeder Reiseführer! Super super nice!!!!
David gave us a lot of great travel advice and went out of his way to help us, even accompanying my husband to the chemist's to get the right medication a nod act as translator. He made our trip most pleasant.
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