Once a backpacker, sometimes as flashpacker. Every traveler feels the need for comfort, but backpacking across Southeast Asia means you won’t always have the option (whether it’s in your budget or not). As you wander further from the cities into the mountains or towards the beaches, expectations for accommodation drop, and you just want somewhere to set your things and hopefully make a friend or two. The past few weeks, that’s been us. But after a couple exhausting but beautiful weeks traveling in Myanmar, we found ourselves with a layover in Bangkok and very ready to take advantage of the wealth of comfort and modernity the city has to offer. We were ready to hop on the flashpacker train and treat ourselves to a night of real sleep in beautiful surroundings. We found ourselves at The Cube Hostel…So much wow we had to write a full review.


The Cube Hostel


Scrolling through online booking sites, The Cube Hostel’s description as “Japanese capsule-style accommodation” jumped off the page between various simpler “youth hostel” and “local guesthouse” descriptions. What is that? We had to know. (Every clever and cute thing out of Japan has been haunting us lately, begging us to buy the next flight to Tokyo and just visit already).

Luckily, they had availability, the price point ($15 USD per night) was only slightly higher than the “cheap” hostels ($10 USD) in the area, obviously a world of difference less than the many glimmering hotel towers nearby, and it looked so freaking cool we were actually excited about our overnight layover. So we booked, just a day before arriving, ready for our return to the modern world.

We rolled in from the airport at midnight, tired, hot, and overwhelmed by all of our luggage. Until we walked into this little oasis and didn’t care about anything in the world.


The Cube Hostel, Bangkok Thailand --- The Borderless Project


The lobby is cool, bright, modern and peaceful to be in, but not too nice as to be stuffy. Cool “only-in-Bangkok” furniture laid around, ready for us to hang out in the A/C and lazily paw through our devices on the uber-fast Wifi (day and night from our past accommodation). We instantly bought cold beers and moved our business out to the garden in the back. Yes, a garden in Bangkok, if you can believe it.

And then we dragged ourselves upstairs, and really fell in love. Waiting for us were our two front entry capsules and we dove in, suddenly understanding why the Japanese are considered such geniuses.


The Cube Hostel (Japanese Capsules) Bangkok, Thailand --- The Borderless Project


The rooms are like the anti-dorms. You walk in and there’s a wall of openings, six across and two up. So you’re sharing the room with other people, but each capsule is separated by a three walls so you forget anyone is on either side of you. Each capsule closes with a curtain by your feet, and inside is everything you need to exist. Outlets, switches for the personal fan and light inside your cube, a bookshelf, a wooden locker that folds out to make a little table, and cushy white linens to tuck you in. The space is just the same you’d have on a spacious bottom bunk, for example, but it’s enclosed and private.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but being tucked away in my own space is perhaps more comforting while exhausted and traveling than having a giant room to myself (not that that’s really in option while backpacking). It feels safe, secure, and comforting.


The Cube Hostel (Japanese Capsules) Bangkok, Thailand --- The Borderless Project


So we slept, totally unaware of the people around us, in our little capsules. In the morning, we could sit in bed working, once again unaware of the world around us. We may like to push our comfort zones while traveling, but sometimes there is no better feeling than staying right within it.

We only had one night, so unfortunately we had to check out the next morning. After an amazing spa-like shower, great breakfast, and meeting some very cool people in the lobby, we left the dreamland of our Japanese capsule hostel for a much more uncertain future: the overnight train to Laos. As much as we love the adventure of train travel, we sat rocking on the fold-out bed that cost $25, dreaming back to the $15 capsule we would give anything to return to. Next time, Bangkok.


Interested in staying at The Cube Hostel in Bangkok? Here are all the facts.

Rooms: All the capsules are within “dorm” rooms, and they have single and double capsules (the doubles are great for couples, but booked up when we went). Some capsules are “front-entry” (what we did, more of a “cube”), and others are “side entry”. Side entry is less of an enclosed cube, more a nice bunk bed nook. Personally loved the front entry for the private cube feeling, but those who want something more open will love side entry.

The rooms have different sizes, but I can’t see how it makes a difference. All of the guests were really respectful, and like we said, you hardly notice the outside world from within your own cube.

Beds/Capsules: Each bed has a huge locker below, and a small locker inside. Wifi reaches the capsules, and each has it’s own light, fan, bookshelf, and fold-out table. Comes with a thick comforter, rooms are air conditioned.

Rate: Expect to pay about $15 USD per person per night (590 thai baht). The rates may vary slightly by day or different rooms, but not much. (Check here for exact prices and availability).

Facilities: Comfy lobby hang-out area with television, Wifi, bar, and three computers you can use. The backyard has tables for eating and drinking at, as well as laundry machines. Bathrooms are brand new (like rest of hostel), very clean, and made of beautiful marble. Hot water showers with shampoo and body wash inside, hair dryers to use, and they give you clean towels.

Location: Our favorite place to stay in Bangkok is always Silom, as we’re usually in transit to other destinations and it’s very convenient in relation to the airport and train stations. Right next to Silom/Sala Daeng metro train, and just 3 stops (or a 80 baht taxi) to Hua Lamphong train station.

Nightlife just a couple blocks away, night markets full of food, and endless Bangkok shopping outside your door at all hours. You’re also just a couple blocks from Lumphini Park, a short taxi from most embassies, and near all of the major malls.


Want to book a capsule at The Cube Hostel?

We used Booking.com to book our stay, it was a little cheaper if you do it in advance than upon arrival.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by The Cube Hostel. As always, all opinions are our own!


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