+ a nap in Bangkok

Today is Thai New Year. Everyone in Thailand will be celebrating. It would be nice if I could be at home with my family again. (Sigh!)
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Phranakorn Nornlen is a boutique guesthouse hidden away in a historical part of Bangkok known as Thewet, where life still goes on as it has done for hundreds of years.

Thewet has lots of local atmosphere, but is definitely not touristy. Canal boats are a ten-minute walk past the flower market, and everywhere is easy to get to with a 7-11, an ATM, and a currency exchange just around the corner. If you want a quick bite, there’s lots of local food available on the street and in numerous local caf├ęs. I still remember walking around there after school.

The entry to the guesthouse – just like coming home

Refreshing courtyard

Phranakorn Nornlen is not like a luxurious hotel. Instead, it encapsulates the unique Thai lifestyle in a single charming venue.

Look! They even have a reading area just for me

Quietly beautiful

Sit back and relax and listen to the sound of the birds in the trees and the leaves rustling in the wind.

Hand-painted butterflies and flowers are scattered across the walls

Arty details fill this place

There is no smoking and alcohol is kept to a minimum with organic food for breakfast. Lunch and dinner is not provided, as there are dozens of restaurants in the area to choose from – this is a great way to share the wealth and create balance in a small community.
What a good idea!

Attention to detail
Shopfronts are decorated in the traditional style.
photo credit: Phranakorn Nornlen

I’m really homesick now (sobbing!)

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