Located in the heart of Silom, this travel-themed hostel was actually my first hostel experience overseas. Despite its strategic location which is what I loved about it, it still had no match to my tendency to get lost. Turns out, even with the clear directions from their Booking page, Mile Map Hostel still wasn’t the easiest to find. I even had trouble looking for it through Google Earth and ended up asking a total of 3 people for directions. Thankfully, there’s a landmark very near it which is the Sri Maha Mariamman temple. The hostel building itself isn’t in the main road so you have to go inside the inner street to reach it. Although it looks quite unassuming from outside, the whimsical decor will lure you in as soon as you step inside its doors.
Mile Map was referred to me by Monkey on a Bus, as he stayed here for quite some time during the Thailand leg of his journey. Aside from its proximity to two BTS stations (Surasak and Chong Nonsi) and the central pier, Mile Map is also walking distance from the Myanmar Embassy and near Lumphini Park, both of which I want to check out the next time I stay here. For those who want to experience Patpong night market, it is only around a 10-minute drive from the hostel. Cabs and buses are easily accessible from the temple corner.
Another area that I like near the hostel is the food market just across the street coming from the temple. We had a blast sampling the local food, all healthy and freshly prepared! There’s also a 7/11 near the area and lots of local eateries and restaurants offering international cuisine to choose from.
The reception is manned 24 hours and in our 2 days stay, I observed that the night shift front office staff is friendlier and more accommodating than the day shift.
There’s a common kitchen just beyond the reception area where you can use their microwave, refrigerator, and cooking utensils. Laundry facilities are also available for guests. Although they didn’t allow us an early check-in, we were allowed to store our bags in the baggage room.
The hostel also has lots of space where you can just chill, read books, or hang out with the other hostel guests, from the lobby to the rooftop. There are also two computers provided for guest use.
Amenities and Customer Service
We got a private twin bedroom up at the fourth floor, where there is also a common sitting area outside the rooms. The room is quite nice too even if it had no windows but it would have been better if the WIFI signal is fast upstairs. I had to go down to the lobby just to get a decent connection every time. No pest sightings though and the room was clean when we checked in. ACU and TV were also working fine. The bathroom is just cement-finished but was clean. Bath towels are also provided for free as well as extra pillows.
Paid for THB 1,700 for 2 nights, with 7% vat and 10% service charge included. (January 2015)
Would go back but would also like to try other options. Perfect for backpackers and flashpackers.
Mile Map Hostel Dorm
I tried the Female Dormitory Dorm the next time I was in Bangkok. Paid THB 550 for 2 nights, with 7% vat and 10% service charge included (September 2015). The dorm room is big enough for four without feeling cramped. Lockers are provided as well as night light and outlet per bed. Perfect for female solo travelers.
MILE MAP HOSTEL INFO
Rooms Available:– Double or Twin with bathroom
– Double with shared bathroom
– Twin bunk bed with shared bathroom
– Quadruple with shared bathroom Dorm
– 4 beds mixed dorm
– 4 beds female dorm
– 10 beds mixed dorm