In the old days in Bangkok, all the cheap lodgings were on Khao San Road, and they were usually windowless, hot, stuffy, and cheerless affairs. That has all changed. Budget travelers these days can choose from a wide selection of hostels set in different locations around the city, with even several boutique hostels offering more than just a cheap bed. Places like the Lub d Hostel, which has both a Silom and Siam Square branch, has won awards for its standards of cleanliness and service, and and the HQ Hostel has taken budget stays to a boutique level. If you want to appreciate the Bangkok of old, try the beautiful traditional old homes at either Baan Boran or Niras Bankoc Cultural Hostel which feature plenty of teak wood, old charm, and are in Bangkok's historical district away from the tourists and shopping malls. The Yard takes design to a new level with a cozy place created from shipping containers, with a big communal lawn, and if it is party with elegance that you want, the industrial styled Bed Station offers cool rooms in a fantastic location. The Saphaipae Hostel features plenty of space for you and your belongings to sprawl out on, with a huge common room to boot. One thing is for sure, a hostel stay in Bangkok no longer means roughing it!