Hidden away down a backstreet in the upmarket district Ari is The Yard, Bangkok’s hippest new hostel, whose foremost feature is a lush garden complete with lawn, overhanging fruit trees, hammocks and a cute little bar stocked with cold beers – a rare oasis in Bangkok’s sweltering midday heat.
But it’s not just the gardens which have given the hostel its name. Their website says: ‘In Thai, yard means relative, – and once you’ve stayed with us, that’s exactly what you’ll be’. The idea of joining The Yard family has been the founding concept since its inception.
For the most part, this sense of community is fostered by the warm owners, Som & Som, who treat those who come to stay more like cousins from faraway lands than customers, happily joining them for a cold beer and chat in the gardens. Most evenings, they run activities or little workshops in the gardens, anything from a film night to a cooking class.
This is not to say that The Yard is casually run. The hostel’s private rooms, dorms, shared bathrooms and common rooms, all built from converted shipping containers surrounding the central garden, are immaculate and comfortable.
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The hostel’s eco credentials are equally impressive. Many of the materials used to build the property have been recycled and there is an emphasis on water consumption and the use of recycled products – a still uncommon, but growing trend in Bangkok.