Look Daddy – a Shopping Mall!

Look Daddy – a Shopping Mall!

Although Buddy Lodge is certainly not a shopping mall, with local building restrictions, it’s as close as you will get on Khao San. Venturing into the building, there’s a general sense of this being a world within a world. Everything you can find on Khao San is there – the silver shops, accommodation, the bar – but it’s all a notch up market and there’s a very distinct feel of smooth professionalism about the place. There seems to be a problem with parking though – there’s a number of classic motorcycles abandoned throughout the building. buddy_lodge_story_1Although Buddy Lodge is certainly not a shopping mall, with local building restrictions, it’s as close as you will get on Khao San. Venturing into the building, there’s a general sense of this being a world within a world. Everything you can find on Khao San is there – the silver shops, accommodation, the bar – but it’s all a notch up market and there’s a very distinct feel of smooth professionalism about the place. There seems to be a problem with parking though – there’s a number of classic motorcycles abandoned throughout the building.  
Buddy Lodge StoryBuddy Lodge certainly offers a lot. There’s a basement shopping plaza which has a distinct emphasis on silver – hence the sign outside claiming Buddy Lodge as a Silver Trade Center.  
 
Buddy Lodge StoryThere’s more though – you can buy a nice new backpack down there and fill it up with trinkets from a number of gift shops You can also make your travel arrangements in air-conditioned splendor – at least one of Khao San’s longest serving travel agent’s has set up there. There’s also the ubiquitous long-distance telephone and faxes services. 

At the back of Buddy Lodge is Buddy Hotel – the first full-on hotel on Khao San. The hotel offers standard and deluxe accommodation that’s clearly designed to tap into the business that’s happening on Khao San. Having said that, it will offer a bit of welcome luxury to those who have done some hard travelling around Thailand.  

Buddy Lodge StoryBuddy Lodge StoryThe rooms are nice, some deluxe rooms offer a nice little balcony where you can drink your afternoon tea or sip your pink gin. The swimming pool, gym and sauna are now finished. Rates are quite high – a single/twin standard room costs 2,000 Baht a night. The same at deluxe costs 2,500 Baht. There’s a 10% service charge and VAT on top as well.

Extra beds are fit in at 300 Baht each. You get use of the pool! Looking at the big picture though, Buddy Hotel is offering quality and that has to be paid for.

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