The Station – Backpackers Accommodation in Udon Thani
Backpackers in Thailand have a huge range of cheap accommodation to choose from with low grade hotels and apartment blocks offering rooms for as little as 200 baht a night. There are also small guest houses and hostels which throw their hat into the market ring with even lower room rates than that.
This coming Tuesday (November 1st), Udon Thani’s number one rated bar, the Irish Clock, will take off its Irish tweed cap and toss it into the ring with a novel style of accommodation for backpackers in Udon Thani called The Station. Earlier this month I was invited along to the Irish Clock to view The Station as it neared its completion.
If you have ever travelled on an overnight sleeper train in Thailand then The Station’s theme, pictured above, will be a familiar one to you. The concept is simple, two train carriage style compartments sit side by side each with a row of one up, one down bunk beds offering backpackers cheap accommodation in Udon Thani. The city is 50 kilometres from Nong Khai and is a favourite stop off point for backpackers travelling to and from Laos via the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai.
The Station is part of the Irish Clock complex and houses 14 overnight beds with privacy curtains, overhead fans, communal showers, toilets, 24 hour security, TV and free Wi-Fi internet. And it’s only 150 baht ($5 US) a night to get your head on a bed with the added comfort of knowing you are sleeping in secure surroundings.
The Station is a gentle five-minute stroll from Udon Thani’s train station and a similar distance from the central bus station and is in the heart of Udon Thani’s nightlife area in Sampantamit Road.
I think The Station is a unique idea and one which offers safe and secure low cost accommodation for backpackers in Udon Thani. I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit with backpackers looking for peace of mind and a good night’s sleep on their travels.
The photographs attached to this post were taken during the structural stage of The Station.