After a long haul flight and fighting through the madness that is Bangkok, it was an absolute pleasure to arrive in the quirky oasis of Phranakorn Nornlen.
A boutique mid range hotel in a quiet local area 20 mins walk north from Khao San Rd its a great spot to rest your bones after a long day on the town, especially in the communal garden area.
I would show you my room but the moment i check into a hotel i have a habit of thinking I'm a rock star and totally trashing it. This is the only part that came away unscathed!
A highlight is the included veggie breakfast which included a hot drink of your choice (Thai tea quickly became a favourite), fresh juice, fruit, soup and anything from a papaya salad to grilled veg! Not your usual breakfast but delicious never the less.
It was a motel and you can see the bones of that in place but the new owner have got a real make do and mend approach and everything is slowly being painted over and made pretty with murals, plants interesting furniture and props. I love the colourful wood cladding that runs throughout.
Its charm (and ethos) come from not being in the thick of it and it means you need to get a taxi to get anywhere in town but that is a small price to pay for a really individual and calm place to live for a few days.