Even LeBron James can have a bad day and miss a dunk. I’m not saying that ‘The Chosen One’ and his mightiness have a direct link with me; it’s just that sometimes when I’m planning to travel somewhere, I didn’t even arrange a proper itinerary to begin with (and how can I score a ‘dunk’ when I have no preparation?). It is either because I have gazillion things to do or I didn’t have enough time to put a detailed, down to the minute travel plans. Or nah, maybe I’m just too lazy sometimes, haha!
My plane arrived in Don Mueang International Airport on 8 PM. I feel very tired from the 12 hours trip, and honestly the place that I was about to choose was pretty much on a whim. I decided to stay at LiveItUp! which is specifically located in a district called Asok on my first night in Bangkok. Reasons to stay? A) budget friendly, and B) it looked cute (always). The night was already late but I was starving, so I went to pick an easy and quick meal on my way to the hostel. If Yogyakarta has tons of convenience store with their signature bee mascot every mile or so, Bangkok is packed with either FamilyMart or 7-Eleven. Each store serves various types of food that can be easily heated in microwave, ranges from local flavours like Pad Thai or Kao Mun Kai to the one that match with international taste like croissant and spaghetti. I chose to eat sandwich, shrimp wonton soup, and cup noodle (yes mate, I am that hungry), and to my surprise, all of the food taste exactly like Tom Yum. Definitely one of the thing that can only be found in Thailand.
Asok intersection is a hot spot in Bangkok with many eateries and shopping malls, so it is safe to say that the LiveItUp! Asok is actually located in one of the best locations of the city. It was only a few steps away from BTS/MRT train station which is convenient, but it was a bit hard to find as the entrance is in a small dirty alley with all kinds of stuff lying around. The hostel itself is on 3-5 floor of commercial building, so you need to take elevator to reach the reception area and meet the front desk staff. I wasn’t super impressed at first, I even began to think that this was such a bad idea and I should’ve sacrifice a few more bucks to at least stay at a nicer hotel.
As I walked into the lobby on 5th floor, I was greeted by creative, boutique-style layout that instantly brought a fun and fresh ambience. The staff is very friendly and accommodating: they certainly have a certain degree of differences with 5 star hotel default hospitality. It felt more natural and warm in their own way – it almost reminded me when I stayed overnight in a friend’s house. The staff told me that there will be no breakfast, but there are free snacks, coffee & tea, filtered water, dishes, and a refrigerator with baskets for your items, all available 24/7.
The common area where you can meet and interact with other guest is also here, and it is lovely. It is a place to enjoy fun activities (you can find computer, guitar, or even hammock here!) or simply relax at your own pace. They put comfortable cushions and bean bag chairs here and there, but since they don’t want to waste even the tiniest inch of space, it can feel a bit cramped sometimes. They do have outdoor area for smokers, and it has a beautiful view of Bangkok! It is a cool place to watch the sky rail pass by and surrounding scene. 5th floor is the center of the activity, so I highly suggest you not to pick a room on this floor if you need a more quite room.
LiveItUp! Asok provide bunch of rooms that has bunk beds in it, but since I wasn’t really into sharing a room with someone that I don’t know or not familiar with, I booked a private suite all for myself. The room wasn’t that big and pretty much occupied with the bed that again, to my surprise, has a rock hard mattress! Is every hostel actually have the same kind of bed? I really want to know. Aside from that, I liked the room quite much due to its cleanliness and the space efficiency. The interior is also neat and simple with a cute Thai mural on one side of the wall.
LiveItUp! Asok is definitely ideal for budget-oriented travelers who has a jam-packed travel plans and preferably only need a place to crash at night. But even though you’re not planning to spend a lot of time here, they have a remarkably warm and gracious hospitality that feel kinda homey, and perhaps ‘twas the best part.
For every trip held its own story, this not-so-well-planned Thai voyage was just about to start.
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