Where To Stay In Bangkok – Our Favourite Areas & Hotels

Being a popular tourist destination, Bangkok is packed with hotels and places to stay at all budgets. It can, however, be a bit overwhelming choosing where to stay in Bangkok, as there are so many accommodation options available.

Having spent a lot of time in Bangkok, we have put together this guide to our favorite Bangkok areas and accommodations. Each city area is different, and as a traveler, each has its pros and cons. Where you should stay in Bangkok depends on what you want to get out of your Bangkok visit.

With a population of more than 8 million people, covering 1600 square kilometers, Bangkok is one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in Southeast Asia. It is our favorite city in the world, and we consider it our “home away from home” as we have been there a lot over the years and lived there for months at a time.

Bangkok food market
Thailand is the land of smiles 🙂

What we love most about Bangkok are its energy, its lovely and friendly people, and delicious and healthy food.

The “City of Angels” has it all, from high-class shopping to cool markets, spectacular ancient monuments and temples, and everything from top-notch dining to street food. There is never a dull moment when you hit the streets of Bangkok.

Bangkok has an excellent, cheap, and easy-to-use public transportation system, which makes it easy to get around – Skytrain, Subway MRT, river ferries, and buses. Grabbing a taxi, ordering a Grab (Thailand’s answer to Uber), or tuk-tuk is also very easy as they are everywhere eager to drive you around.

Where To Stay In Bangkok

Whenever we travel, we do a lot of research trying to find the “perfect” accommodation. For Bangkok, we have done particularly thorough research as we have been here lots of times over the last few years, and for weeks and months at a time.

For us, the perfect accommodation has big enough rooms so that we can store all our luggage and still have some space to walk around. We like big comfortable beds so that we can sleep soundly at night, quiet with no noise from the traffic outside or the party downstairs, a well-equipped gym and a swimming pool with sunbeds/ relaxing area.

A restaurant with good food is also a plus, as is walking distance to public transport.

The hotels and guesthouses recommended in this article are mostly places that we have stayed at ourselves. To make it as complete and useful a resource as possible, we have also included recommendations from people we know personally, and whose opinions we trust.

Important: None of the hotels recommended here are paid placements or have sponsored our stay in any way. We have paid for each of these accommodations ourselves. If you book through any of our links, we make a small commission, at no extra cost to you. This helps keep our site running – so thank you in advance for your support!

We hope you find this guide helpful in finding the best place to stay in Bangkok.

The 8 Best Area To Stay In Bangkok

where to stay in Bangkok map
The eight best areas to stay in Bangkok: 1. Khao San / Banglamphu (purple) 2. Riverside (green),  3. Sukhumvit (blue), 4. Silom (yellow), 5. Siam (pink), 6. Chinatown (cyan), 7. Pratunam (grey), 8. The International Airport Suvarnabhumi (red). Click here for a larger version

The following eight areas are the best areas to stay in Bangkok:

1. Khao San/ Banglamphu Area

Map of Khao San and Banglamphu area
Khao San / Banglamphu map – Click here for a larger version

Why Stay In The Khao San Area?

The reclining Buddha in Wat Pho Temple
The reclining Buddha in Wat Pho Temple

If you have read the book “The Beach” or seen the movie, then you have heard of Khao San Road. The book sums up this area pretty well: “Khao San is the center of the backpacking universe“.

Khao San is the most famous street in Bangkok, and anyone backpacking through SE-Asia will come through here at one time or another. We stayed in this area on our first trip ever to Bangkok, back in 2005, and we loved it at the time.

If you are in Bangkok to party, Khao San is the place to be! Here you will find “happy hour” both day and night. Even if you don’t choose to stay in this area, it is still a fun place to visit. Have a cold Chang beer at one of the many street pubs and watch the craziness.

You will find cheap Thai street food and markets selling affordable, and trendy clothes, shoes, and accessories in the busy streets in and around Khao San Road. This is also a popular area among young Thais who come here in the evenings, especially during weekends, to enjoy the market atmosphere and nightlife.

Most of the people staying around Khao San road are young backpackers on limited budgets. You won’t find many five stars hotels here, but there are plenty of budget guesthouses and mid-range hotels.

Bangkokś famous Khao San Road
Bangkok’s famous Khao San Road

The backpacking hub around Khao San and its surrounding streets is however just a small part of the much larger Banglamphu area that stretches down the river almost to the Royal Palace.

Banglamphu is an old part of town, and you do not need to walk far from Khao San before you are surrounded by traditional shophouses, homes, temples, and restaurants that have been there for generations. Banglamphuś close vicinity to Bangkok’s most prominent attractions has kept development at bay, and the area is still refreshing free of modern malls and skyscrapers. Some of the old shophouses have in recent years been converted into neat boutique guesthouses, hotels, and cozy cafes.

Things To See And Do In Khao San Area

  • Khao San Road
    Or Thanon Khao San as it is called in Thai. Experience the legendary and lively Khao San Road with its bars, restaurants, street market, and backpacker vibe. Great fun!
  • Democracy Monument
    Enjoy the world-class street food and tasty Thai dessert sold by the street vendors around the Democracy Monument.
  • Golden Mount Temple
    Golden Mount or Wat Saket is a beautiful Buddhist temple that sits on top of the Golden Mountain (Phu Khao Thong). A magnificent temple from which to enjoy the sunset.
  • Giant Swing
    The city’s iconic Giant Swing is over 21 meters high and painted blood red. Built in 1784 by King Rama I, only two years after the establishment of Bangkok as the new capital.
  • Jay Fai Restaurant
    Try Michelin star street food – Legendary Thai chef Jay Fai is still stirring the pots even in her mid-seventies at Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok’s only Michelin star street food restaurant. The crab omelet is deserving of its Michelin star status and its hefty price tag, but unless you have a reservation expect very long lines.
  • Bangkok National Museum
    Explore Bangkok’s largest museum, Bangkok National Museum, and learn about Thailand’s proud history.
  • River ferry
    Take the riverboat like a local and jump off a few stops down the river to explore the Grand Palace and the famous Bangkok temples.

What’s The Catch?

The Khao San Road itself is crowded, busy and noisy, and packed with people in the evenings and at night. The loud music from the bars along Khao San can make it difficult to get any sleep at night, and I would recommend staying in one of the side streets to Khao San Road and not on Khao San itself.

The Khao San/ Banglamphu area does not have a Skytrain or Subway MRT, so the best way to get to/ from Khao San Road is by ferry (walking distance to the river), taxi, Grab car, bus, or by one of Bangkok’s iconic Tuk-Tuks (three-wheeled taxis).

Where To Stay In Khao San Area

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Riva Surya Bangkok
One of the few high-end hotels in this area, the Riva Surya is located on the riverbank about five minutes walk away from Khao San road. The rooms are spacious, elegant, and comfortable. There is a lovely pool area, and breakfast is served on the beautiful balcony overlooking the river.

If you’re looking for a bit of luxury yet still want to experience the youthful vibe of Bangkok’s backpacking hub, then this is an excellent choice. The close by river ferry station means you can easily take the ferry down to the old town attractions such as the Royal Palace.
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Casa Vimaya Riverside

Casa Vimaya Riverside Pool
The rooftop pool at Casa Vimaya Riverside

Casa Vimaya is a relatively new hotel (opened December 2017) located only a short five-minute walk away from Khao San road. Yet, it is in a quiet street perfect for a good night’s sleep.

The rooms are large, clean, and comfortable, and furnished in a colonial-style era decor. All rooms have air-con, a private bathroom, and a big flat-screen TV. Our room was on the ground floor and didn’t have much of a view, so consider choosing a Riverview deluxe room if you´d like a better view.
We especially enjoyed the rooftop pool and bar, and we had it almost to ourselves most days. The staff is kind and welcoming.

The hotel is in a perfect location: Khao San road is only a five-minute walk away, and the Phra Arthit river ferry station is close by (about 8-minute walking) making it easy to reach the major sights and temples. All in all, we found Casa Vimaya Riverside to be an excellent value for the money!
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Old Capital Bike Inn
The Old Capital Bike Inn used to be an old heritage home but has been completely renovated and turned into one of the most charming boutique hotels in Bangkok. The ten rooms are all unique and feature classic Thai teak furniture and wall art, illustrating aspects of life in old Bangkok.

Capital Bike Inns cozy restaurant
The cafe and lobby at the Old Capital Bike Inn in Bangkok

The interior design and decor may be classic Thai, but modern-day comforts such as flat-screen TV, air-con, and free wifi are tastefully integrated.

This is a family-run hotel and has been in the familyś care for more than a century since the time of King Rama V. It used to be called the Old Bangkok Inn, but when they decided to include their love of old vintage bikes into the design of the hotel, they renamed it. The classic bikes on display are not just for show either, you can borrow one to explore the area, or you can join the staff on a free guided evening bike tour.

There is a cozy little cafe in the lobby serving small meals, including some delicious Belgian waffles and a good selection of tea and coffee. They even have some tasty vegan Thai food options!

You can walk to Khao San road in about 15 minutes and explore temples such as the Golden Mount / Wat Saket just a five minutes walk away.
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Casa Nithra Bangkok
Located a short walk away from Khao San Road, the Casa Nithra is one of the best mid-range alternatives in this part of town. You are far enough from Khao San to get a good night’s sleep but close enough to partake in the festivities. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options.
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Villa De Khaosan by Chillax
Villa De Khaosan is a fairly new (opened 2018) boutique hotel that has a great location if you want to stay close to Khao San yet value your beauty sleep. Just a couple of minutes walk away from the action it is surprisingly quiet. The hotel’s design is inspired by French 17th-century style, and the rooms are relatively spacious, very clean, comfortable, and equipped with flat-screen TV (including Netflix), air-con, and free Wi-fi. There is a gorgeous rooftop pool and bar with a fantastic view of the city.
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The Bhuthorn Bed and Breakfast
For something a little out of the ordinary, how about a homestay at The Bhuthorn? With only three rooms this renovated hundred-year-old shophouse provides a unique accommodation opportunity in the middle of old town Bangkok.

Staying in one of the beautifully decorated rooms with oriental dark-wood antique furniture feels like staying in a family home. Great location, just a short walk away from major attractions such as the Royal Palace, Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho.
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Located in a quiet neighborhood with views of the river, this guesthouse is very popular right now. Private rooms are large and while fairly basic, nicely furnished and very clean with attached bathrooms. There is a lounge for hanging out and socializing with free coffee and snacks available! The owner is lovely and super helpful. Wifi is free and available everywhere. You can walk to Khao San road in less than 10 minutes or to the Royal Palace in about 15-20 minutes. Excellent value for the money.
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NapPark Hostel
Located very close, but not too close to the craziness that is Khao San road, this is a great place to meet people and socialize. With a spacious communal area, friendly staff, and social vibe, there is no wonder NapPark Hostel keeps popping up whenever someone recommends a hostel in the Khao San area. The dorm rooms are kept tidy, and the beds are comfortable. NapPark is the place to go if you are looking to socialize and get to know other young travelers, and don´t mind a little noise.
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Bedstation Hostel
Friendly, chilled, and close to Khao San road this dorm room hostel is another excellent choice for those looking for a social hostel close to the action. With spotlessly clean air-con dorm rooms with comfortable beds, a communal area for hanging out, a small gym, and a pool.
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Bangkok Bed and Bike
Located within walking distance of famous attractions like the Royal Palace, Wat Poo, and Chinatown. This is a popular and cozy little hostel with a rustic urban designed interior. There are bikes available for rent, or you can join a cycling tour.
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2. Bangkok Riverside

map of Bangkok Riverside
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Why Stay By The Bangkok Riverside?

Bangkok’s riverside is beautiful and very scenic, especially after dark, with its glittering temples, shrines, and the Royal Palace. In this area, you can explore Bangkok’s historic roots.

Here along the Chao Praya river, Chinese immigrants founded the first settlements of what would become the capital of Thailand. If you are looking for top-end accommodation, this is also where you find most of the top 5-star hotels in Bangkok. There are also a few small unique boutique hotels here where the old traditional houses lining the river have been transformed into charming guesthouses.

Bangkok river Chao Phraya at sunset
Sunset over the Chao Phraya river that runs through Bangkok

We have stayed in the riverside neighborhood a lot and love taking the ferries up and down the river, jumping off along the way to see the many iconic landmarks that Bangkok is famous for such as the Grand Palace, the former royal residence, and the iconic temples Wat Pho, and Wat Arun.

Taking the ferry boat, together with local Thais, is an excellent way to catch a glimpse of everyday life in Bangkok. Even if you do not choose to stay here, Bangkok`s riverside is a must-visit!

Men descending from the emple of the Dawn/ Wat Arun in Bangkok
Temple of the Dawn/ Wat Arun

Things To See And Do In The Bangkok Riverside Area

  • Wat Arun/ Temple Of The Dawn
    Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) is one of our favorite temples with its unique tower colorfully decorated in porcelain tiles. At its most beautiful in the morning when the sun reflects off the surface, or in the evening when it is illuminated.
  • Royal Grand Palace
    The majestic Grand Palace is the former residence of the King of Thailand. This is Bangkok’s most famous landmark and one of the must-see sights of Bangkok.
  • Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo)
    This beautiful temple lies within the Royal Place grounds and is famous for its Buddha statue made of jade.
  • Gigantic Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    The 16m tall reclining golden Buddha and the beautiful temple never fails to impress. A tip is to come in the evening, there will be fewer people, and you can stay and enjoy the temple after sunset.
  • Flower Market (Pak Klong Talat)
    The Flower Market (Pak Klong Talat) is an enormous market selling flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  • Asiatique
    Asiatique Market is partly an amusement park and partly an outdoor mall and market with lots of shops and several great restaurants. A visit to Asiatique is a fun way to spend an evening.
  • Dinner Cruise
    Dinner cruise on the Chao Praya river is a popular and great way to spend an evening gliding along the mighty Chao Praya river while enjoying a delicious dinner.
  • Take a ferry or hire a longboat
    Explore the Chao Phraya river by jumping on one of the frequently running river ferries, or hire a private longboat to take you into the side channels to catch a glimpse of everyday life by the river.
  • Icon Siam
    Icon Siam is the newest and flashiest of Bangkok malls. The home to Thailand’s first official Apple store, hundreds of shops and restaurants, a vast food court modeled after a floating market, a two-floor arts & crafts department, as well as a large cinema complex including an IMAX screen. A free shuttle ferry runs from the Central Pier and the River City mall.
  • The Sixth Thai Restaurant
    The Sixth – Have lunch at one of our favorite Thai restaurants.

What`s The Catch?

The riverside of Bangkok is a little more expensive than other areas of Bangkok, both when it comes to hotels and restaurants. The district does not have Subway MRT and only one Skytrain station, Saphan Taksin.

From Saphan Taksin, you are a short walk away from Central Pier (3 min) where you can take the riverboats and ferries up the river. Many of the hotels have free shuttle boats that transport guests to and from Central Pier. You can also take the free ferry to Asiatique and Icon Siam from Central Pier.

Where To Stay Along The Bangkok Riverside

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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
The Grande Dame of Bangkok’s luxury hotels, and the hotel we will stay at when one day we win the lottery. If you are looking for that once-in-a-lifetime hotel experience in absolute old-world luxury, the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok will not disappoint. As the first luxury hotel in Thailand, it has hosted royalty, presidents, and literary legends such as Joseph Conrad, and Noël Coward.

Mandarin Oriental is the perfect hotel for honeymoons and special occasions. Their customer service is legendary, and they treat you like royalty from the moment you set foot in the lobby. Some highlights include a choice of 9 fabulous restaurants, two outdoor pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, a spa and wellness center, and a location right on the riverbank with stunning views.
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The Peninsula Bangkok
Located on the “wrong” side of the river opposite the Mandarin Oriental, this hotel is nevertheless an absolute gem. Less expensive than its more famous hotel neighbors, it provides remarkable value for money. With its large comfortable rooms, a lavish breakfast buffet, exceptional service, spa, beautiful pool, and an amazing river view, it is the favorite of many travelers. Oh, and by the way, the hotel provides a free shuttle to take you across the river.
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AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel
One of our absolute favorite hotels in Bangkok is this fairly new riverside hotel. We keep coming back to this hotel over and over again as it is simply excellent and has it all.

The Avani Riverside is a more affordable alternative to the classic luxury riverside Bangkok hotels that in many ways rival its more expensive competitors. All rooms face the river, and the view of the Bangkok riverside is just spectacular!

Maria is enjoying the Bangkok skyline view from Avani’s fantastic infinity pool.

Swimming in the stunning infinity pool on the 26th floor overlooking the beautiful Chao Phraya River and the Bangkok skyline is an unforgettable experience (especially at sunrise and sunset).

The Skybar is very cool, but we found the restaurant food somewhat overpriced and not that impressive. The rooms are large, modern and the bed very comfortable. The service is excellent, and they serve a very nice breakfast spread. There is a shopping mall at the base of the building, which is very convenient. The free hotel river ferry leaves every 20 minutes and will take you straight to the Central Ferry Pier and the Saphan Taksin Skytrain Station in about 10 minutes. You will not go wrong by booking this hotel.
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Inn A Day
Inn A Day is a unique boutique hotel with one of the best locations in the city! Right by the Choa Praya riverside with breathtaking views of the river and the stunning Wat Arun temple and with many of Bangkok’s major attractions and temples within easy walking distance. Formerly a warehouse it has been transformed into one of Bangkok’s coolest boutique hotels blending its modern industrial roots with cozy details and furnishing.

All rooms have air-con, a flat-screen TV, and free Wifi, but vary in design and size so study the room options before booking. The more expensive rooms are larger, have private balconies, a river view, and a deep wooden bathtub. The staff is lovely, speaks English well, and serves up some very tasty fresh Thai food in the restaurant. Be aware that there is no elevator, but the staff will happily carry your luggage.
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Lay La Long
This unique boutique hotel is located in an old Chinese Family House and is situated right on the riverbank in Chinatown. An excellent example of how the community is giving new life to these old houses. They have kept the old wooden structures but refurnished them with modern comforts, and a restaurant serving tasty Thai food. The balconies open out right on the river and are a great place to sit and have a drink and watch the boats go by (as we are doing in the photo below).

Every room is different and unique and charming and comes with all modern amenities such as air-con, tv, complimentary Wi-fi, and a refrigerator. If you are looking for something truly unique, this small seven-room Bangkok boutique hotel with its friendly staff comes highly recommended.
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View of the Chao Phraya river from Lay La Long Hotel in Bangkok
View of the Chao Phraya River from Lay La Long Boutique Hotel

Siamotif Boutique Hotel
The Siamotif Boutique Hotel is another rare gem for anyone seeking a unique, charming, and authentic stay in a family-owned traditional wooden Thai house. Set by a side canal of the Chao Praya River, the property has been in the family since King Rama V, and the main house is over a hundred years old.

The eight rooms are all unique both in design, size, and color, and have been beautifully refurbished and decorated by local artists and artisans, and modernized with private bathrooms, air-con, free wifi, and a flat-screen TV.

The red room at Siamotif Boutique Hotel
The stunning red room that we stayed in at Siamotif Boutique Hotel

We loved the traditional Thai breakfast served in the small restaurant overlooking the river. The staff is amazing and staying here really feels like you are part of the family.

Breakfast at Siamotif Boutique hotel on a sunny day
Maria enjoying the traditional Thai breakfast and the view of the river at Siamotif Boutique Hotel

Located in Thonburi, a quiet residential area, a 10-minute taxi ride from the main tourist’s sights, this is away from the busy and hectic modern Bangkok. A perfect place to experience a slice of authentic Thai life. Taling Chan Floating Market (open every Saturday and Sunday) is located only a 5-minute taxi/ tuk-tuk drive from Siamotif Hotel.
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Vera Nidhra
If you prefer a quiet residential neighborhood, then the Vera Nidhra in Klongsan, on the “wrong” side of the river, is one of our favorite little bed and breakfast guesthouses. This place has charm by the buckets with ten cozily designed rooms with super comfortable beds, air-con, flat-screen TV and fast free Wi-fi.

Despite being a little out of the way, it is well connected with the closest Skytrain station (Krung Thonburi) just a five-minute walk away. The Central river station is one stop on the Skytrain, and the brand new IconSiam shopping mall is also within walking distance.
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3. Sukhumvit Area

map of Sukhumvit area Bangkok
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Why Stay In The Sukhumvit Area?

Sukhumvit, one of Bangkok’s most modern and cosmopolitan neighborhoods, is located in the central part of Bangkok along Sukhumvit Road.

We have stayed here many times and love this area! It is a very convenient neighborhood to stay in with public transport (Skytrain and MRT), great shopping, modern supermarkets, and lots of different and excellent dining options.

Sunset view from the Mariott hotel rooftop bar
One of the coolest rooftop bars in Bangkok, the Octave on top of the Marriott Hotel

Sukhumvit is popular among ex-pats and westerners living in Bangkok, and you will find restaurants from all over the world here. We love that we can eat a great falafel at a Middle East restaurant one day, have some real Italian pizza, a tender Australian steak, or a juicy American hamburger the next day, and delicious Thai street food in between.

Sukhumvit is arguably the best area to stay in Bangkok for nightlife and has it all when it comes to dining and clubbing! Much of the action centers around the street Soi 11, Bangkok’s famous party street, a favorite with both ex-pats and visitors with its extensive selections of restaurants, clubs, and bars.

As for accommodations in this area, there are plenty of excellent Sukhumvit hotels available at any price range.

One of the main draws of this area is how well connected it is by public transportation since the Skytrain (BTS) runs along Sukhumvit Road, and the Subway (MRT) line crosses it.

Things To See And Do In Sukhumvit Area

Sukhumvit lacks traditional tourist attractions, but it makes up for it by offering some of Bangkok’s best luxury hotels, fashionable shopping malls, spas, restaurants, and hip clubs, and cool bars.

  • Shopping
    It seems that every few hundred meters along Sukhumvit Road there is a shopping mall. Some of the most notable malls are Terminal 21 with its city-themed floors, Central Chidlom, Emporium, Emquartier, and the ultra-posh Central Embassy mall with its large open bookstore/food court on the top floor. See our guide to shopping in Bangkok for more information.
  • Nightlife
    There is no shortage of nightlife options along the side streets along Sukhumvit. Most famous is Soi 11 (soi means small street in the Thai language) with its many bars and restaurants. Trendy Soi 55 (Tong Lo Road) also has lots of clubs popular with young Thais.
  • Restaurants
    Sukhumvit´s popularity with ex-pats means that you can find just about any type of cuisine here. Whether you are in the mood for Italian pasta, Indian curry, German sausages, Argentinian beef, Irish pub meal, Japanese Sushi, or an American hamburger, they are all here.
  • Bangkok’s best hamburger
    From a humble start selling burgers off the back of his food truck, Daniel Thaigerś hamburgers have become very popular. While the food truck still operates, the easiest way to sample his burgers now, is at his restaurant, Daniel Thaiger Burger, at the end of Soi 11. Highly recommended, and it is our favorite burger in Bangkok.
  • Street Food
    The street Soi 38 has some excellent street food (just next to Thong Lo Skytrain Station).

What`s The Catch?

Some streets in Sukhumvit have a loud nightlife with go-go bars, pole dancing, and sexy shows, especially around the red-light district Nana (the street Soi Nana 4) and Soi Cowboy (off the street Soi 23). These streets are well obscured, easily avoided, and Sukhumvit is otherwise a family-friendly area.

The area is very urban with few green lungs and parks. Traffic along the quite narrow Sukhumvit road can create some epic traffic congestions, especially during rush hours, so your best bet is to use the Skytrain and MRT lines to get around.

Sukhumvit lacks traditional tourist attractions, but it is easy to get to the top tourist attractions in Bangkok from this area.

Where To Stay In Sukhumvit Area

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Okura Prestige Bangkok (5 stars)
A large modern luxury hotel and a trendy choice in the Sukhumvit area. It is part of the Okura chain of luxury hotels, and the hotel’s Japanese heritage has inspired both its interior design and attention to detail, as well as its excellent service. The 240 rooms are spacious, and the infinity pool on the 35th floor is fantastic!

With the Ploen Chit Skytrain station almost next door, getting around the city couldn’t be easier. Add to that their legendary breakfast buffet, and it`s easy to understand why this hotel consistently ranks among the best Bangkok hotels.
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The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel
This is one of the grand old dames of Bangkok hotels. Originally built 20 years ago but refurbished in 2017 it has retained the old-world luxury of grand staircases, marble foyers, and grand ballrooms. It is the sort of hotel where people still dress up for dinner, and the doorman never fails to open the door for you. Rooms are kept in classic Thai colonial style, elegantly furnished, comfortable, and upgraded with a very large screen TV and free, fast wifi.

The pool is large and set in a green tropical garden with plenty of sunbeds, and there is an excellent 24-hour fitness center. The hotel is located on Wireless Road, in the heart of Bangkok’s embassy neighborhood less than a five-minute walk to the nearest Skytrain station (Ploen Chit). It is one of our favorite locations in Bangkok since in addition to easy access to the Skytrain, and the restaurants of Sukhumvit you can also walk to Lumpini Park in about 10 minutes. Breakfast is excellent!
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Ariyasomvilla (5 stars)
Ariyasomvilla is a family-owned luxury boutique hotel that prides itself on giving its guests an authentic “Thai” experience. Set in a green leafy garden with a relaxing outdoor pool, the city quickly fades away when you enter the grounds. The design of the hotel and rooms is inspired by 1940 style Thai decor, although with modern comforts such as air-con, free wi-fi, and a flat-screen TV. The closest Skytrain station, Ploen Chit, is about a 15-minute walk away.
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Hotel Muse (5 stars)
We celebrated Christmas here a couple of years ago, and it was an absolute pleasure. The hotel combines modern cosmopolitan chic with the elegance of historic Thai luxury. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the beds super comfortable, and the bathrooms are just gorgeous.

Hotel Muse hotelroom
Stunning rooms at Hotel Muse in Sukhumvit

The breakfast at Hotel Muse is also among the best we have ever had (try the Muse special omelet), with a fantastic selection of food and cheese on offer. The Speakeasy Rooftop bar is a great place to chill and enjoy the view in the evenings.

The hotel also has a gym and a small pool and is located within walking distance of shopping centers and the Skytrain station. You can read about our stay here.
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Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
This Sukhumvit-based branch of the Marriott hotel chain offers the contemporary elegance and service that you would expect from the brand. The rooms are large, and well decorated in a contemporary style with super comfortable beds and every modern convenience.

There is a fitness center as well as a spectacular rooftop pool. The breakfast buffet is one of the best anywhere, with a bewildering amount of options available for every taste. The hotel has several restaurants, and the rooftop bar offers spectacular views across Bangkok. Make sure to go here for sunset!

Tong Lo Skytrain Station is just a couple of minutes’ walk away, which makes getting around Bangkok very easy. Marriott is also located very close to the famous street food street, Soi 38 with mouthwatering Thai food.
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Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road

Room at Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road
Our room at Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo is a fresh, comfortable midsize hotel with vintage almost steampunk-inspired decor. Rooms are spacious with a seating area, a large comfortable bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, minibar, air-con, and free wifi. Our favorite part of the room was enjoying the sunset from our small but lovely balcony!

The rooftop bar and infinity-edge swimming pool have a fantastic view of Bangkok’s skyline. The hotel has a great location just off Sukhumvit Road on Bangkok’s embassy street. You can walk to Ploen Chit Skytrain Station in about 3 minutes, and there is a TOPS supermarket just down the street. The fitness center is well equipped, and the breakfast is excellent.
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Novotel Sukhumvit 20 (4 stars)
Novotel Sukhumvit 20 BangkokNovotel’s hotel in Sukhumvit is an excellent value for your money. It still has that new modern hotel feeling where everything is fresh, and the staff is enthusiastic and very service-oriented.

The rooms are spacious, modern, and light with comfortable beds and amazing views of the city. The breakfast is also excellent with a lot of options on offer.
There is a Skybar on the roof, a well-equipped gym, and we particularly loved the relaxing rooftop pool area with plenty of sunbeds. There are lots of international restaurants in this area, including a German bakery just up the street where we bought freshly baked bread and cakes every day. There is also a convenience store right across the street from the hotel. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to the Asok Skytrain Station and Terminal 21 shopping mall, or you can easily do the 10 minutes walk yourself.
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A modern hotel in a great location in the middle of Soi 2, right next to the street food stalls, and within a short walk to the Skytrain station. We were among the first to stay in this hotel when it opened a few years ago, and we liked it a lot.

The rooms are large, the beds comfortable and the rooftop pool and gym are excellent. They also have a small restaurant, as well as a free Tuk-Tuk service that will drive you out to Sukhumvit road and the Skytrain station Phloen Chit if you don’t feel like walking.
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A clean, tidy, and modern hostel located a two-minute walk from Pra Khanong BTS station. It is on a quiet sidestreet so perfect for a good night’s sleep. The staff is very warm and welcoming and always willing to offer tips on what to do or discuss travel plans. Private rooms range in size from double rooms to family rooms, while dorm rooms (mixed or female-only) sleep up to six people. There is a cozy coffee shop downstairs, and a basic but tasty complimentary breakfast.
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4. Silom Area

map of Silom area in Bangkok
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Why Stay In Silom Area?

Silom is considered Bangkok´s business district and is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok. Here you find Bangkok’s largest and most beautiful green park – Lumphini Park, great shopping, as well as excellent restaurants with delicious and authentic Thai food.

It is easy to get to/from this area as it has several Skytrain and Subway (MRT) stations, making it an excellent base from which to explore the city.

Eveneing in Lumphini Park Bangkok
Evening in Lumphini Park

Silom, along with the Riverside, is our favorite neighborhood to stay in Bangkok.

The perfect Bangkok afternoon for us is a walk/ run in Lumphini Park, then wind down on a bench and watch the many people doing aerobics and Thai Chi. Closely followed by a delicious Thai meal at one of our favorite restaurants and topped off with a Mojito drink at the open-air rooftop bar “Vertigo’s” on the roof of the Banyan Tree Hotel. The views of Bangkok are unbelievable.  You feel like you are on top of the world!

Things to see and do in Silom area

  • Lumphini Park
    Go for a walk or run in Lumphini Park, or challenge yourself by joining the free aerobics going on every afternoon here
  • Patpong Night Market
    A popular open-air street market selling most tourist trinkets. It’s a fun and slightly chaotic experience, but the quality of the goods on offer is not particularly impressive, and the prices need some serious bargaining.
  • Patpong
    The most famous of Bangkok’s red-light districts.
  • Rooftop Bars
    Check out the stunning view of Bangkok from Vertigo`s rooftop open-air bar at Banyan Tree Hotel, or on top of the Lebua State Tower Skybar (made famous by the Hangover 2 movie)
  • Go food exploring along Charoen Krung Road
    Bang Rak is an old part of Bangkok and is home to some classic Thai restaurants that have been there for generations.

What`s The Catch?

The streets Patpong 1 and Patpong 2 (Soi 5 and 4) are party-all-night-long with plenty of go-go bars, shows, and pole dancing. Depending on what you want, these streets can be a bit too much and too loud. Thankfully these streets are easily avoided, and the area is otherwise very family-friendly.

Where To Stay In Silom Area

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SO Sofitel Bangkok (5 stars)
So Sofitel is one of those hotels that may quickly become anyone’s new favorite hotel. It has a few unique features that set it apart from most hotels. Like how you get to choose from different room designs at check-in! The room designs are inspired by one of the five elements- wood, earth, metal, fire, and water. We chose the blue water-themed room, designed by local artists, and it turned out to be fantastic, but they all looked lovely.

We loved our room on the 23rd floor with stunning views over Bangkok from the floor-to-ceiling windows, a sitting area, a super comfortable bed, a huge flat-screen TV, and our favorite part, a classic deep bathtub. Some rooms even have views of the park from the bathtub!

Another cool detail is that the minibar is free (!), replenished daily, and surprisingly well-stocked. On the ground floor, there is a chocolatier, and the heavenly smell of fresh chocolate meets you as soon as you enter the lobby. Aside from buying tasty treats, you can even take a course and learn to design your own chocolate creations.

Infinity pool at So Sofitel Bangkok on a sunny day
The awesome pool at So Sofitel Hotel overlooking Lumphini Park

We fell in love with the swimming pool on the 10th floor which has a fantastic view of Bangkok and Lumphini Park, and there is a well-equipped fitness center located next to it. Breakfast is excellent with plenty of options to choose from. The rooftop bar and the restaurant Red Sky 360 have a great reputation, but we sadly did not have time to try them out this time.

Lumpini Park is right across the road from the hotel, and you can walk to the nearest MRT station (Lumpini Station) in 3 minutes. The closest Skytrain station (Sala Daeng Station) is about 15 minutes walk away.
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Oriental Residence Bangkok (Apartments)
The Oriental Residence Hotel is a modern, classy hotel with a great location within walking distance of both Lumpini Park and Sukhumvit Road. We loved the elegantly decorated apartments with hardwood floors and super comfortable beds. The large bath ensuite is quite beautiful with a relaxing bathtub and a walk-in closet. A small but well-equipped kitchen and a sitting area also make this an excellent option for extended stays.

There is a large swimming pool as well as a well-equipped fitness center. However, what impressed us the most here was the staff. Rarely have we experienced this level of friendly and attentive service in a Bangkok hotel. From the small complimentary chocolate treats brought to the room to the chilled lemon water served by the pool and the nightly turndown service, it is truly first class.

The hotel has a free shuttle service to the nearest Skytrain station (Phloen Chit Station), or you can easily walk there in less than 10 minutes. Overall, this is one of our absolute favorite Bangkok apartment hotels!
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Banyan Tree Bangkok
We have visited the spectacular rooftop bar Moon Bar and some of the great restaurants at Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok many times. We have also visited friends who have stayed at this hotel, but for some reason, we have never stayed here ourselves yet. It’s something we hope to remedy soon! From the moment you step into the huge beautiful hotel lobby, you’ll be in no doubt that this is a high-class luxury hotel.

The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated in a classic style; some might say it’s a little old-fashioned. There is a health club offering Yoga, a fitness center, a sauna, and a beautiful outdoor area with tropical plants, a juice bar, and a pool.

Location wise it is very close to Bangkok’s largest green lung, Lumphini Park, which is perfect for walking, running, and aerobics. We simply love this park – the perfect getaway from the busy and urban metropolitan Bangkok. There is a subway/MRT station (Lumphini Station) close by, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the nearest Skytrain Station.

The spectacular open-air Moon bar on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok
The spectacular open-air Moon bar and Vertigo restaurant on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel

On the roof, you find the Moon Bar, our favorite Bangkok sky bar, along with the restaurant Vertigo, where we recently celebrated a special family birthday. Viewing Bangkok from this 61st-floor open-air bar is a spectacular experience and should not be missed even if you decide not to stay here.
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Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

Room at Mariott the Surawongse in. Bangkok
Our stylish room at Mariott the Surawongse

This is Marriott’s newest hotel in Bangkok, and it instantly became very popular. It is the sort of hotel that ticks all the boxes. It has large, comfortable, contemporary designed rooms with everything you would expect from a modern hotel, including a rooftop infinity pool, and a sky bar.

The hotel is, however, not the most unique, exciting, or Thai-esque hotel in Bangkok (aside from the friendly Thai service that is) but it is a quiet and comfortable place to base yourself.

It is located in the Bang-Rak area, closer to the river than too Lumpini Park, with plenty of restaurants and classic eateries around in the neighborhood. The nearest Skytrain station is about 15 minutes walk.
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The Quarter Silom by UHG (4 stars)
Silom has been a little lacking in excellent mid-range hotels, but this newly built hotel (2020) ticks all the right boxes. Well located down a side street off Silom Road, surrounded by many restaurants and with Sala Daeng Skytrain and Lumphini MRT stations just a few minutes away, this hotel is an excellent base from which to explore the city.

The rooms are modern, fresh, and elegantly furnished with comfortable beds, free and fast Wi-Fi and a massive 50″ flat screen tv with Netflix. There is a well-equipped fitness center and a mid-sized swimming pool, but it’s not on the roof, so it is not ideal for sunbathing. However, you can catch some rays or relax in the evening on the rooftop sun terrace. Breakfast is excellent, and Lumphini Park is a five-minute walk away. Overall, this is one of the best hotel deals in Bangkok right now!
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Siri Sathorn Hotel – Apartments
Siri Sathorn Hotel is a condo-hotel with large, comfortable, full-serviced apartments perfect for families. It’s been around for a while, but the apartments are well maintained, modern, and offer excellent value. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. It’s in a great location on a quiet street yet within walking distance of Silom’s restaurants, Lumpini Park and Skytrain, and MRT stations.
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Urban House
There aren´t that many high-quality, affordable hotels around in the Silom area, but Urban House is a welcome exception. It offers basic but spotlessly clean, modern, and fresh double and triple rooms with air-con, TV, and private bathrooms.

The staff is amicable and helpful, and free snacks, tea, and coffee are available in the lobby. Situated just a few minutes walk away from Sala Daeng Skytrain station and Lumpini Park, and with a supermarket close by, it is a great base for exploring Bangkok.
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5. Siam Area

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Why Stay In The Siam Area?

Siam is THE shopping center in Bangkok and has the highest density of shopping malls in the city – MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and Central Chitlom are all here.

You can easily walk in between these shopping malls and shop till you drop or your credit card catches on fire. Here you will find everything you need as well as plenty of things you did not know you needed!

Night scene around Siam in Bangkok
Modern shopping centers in the Siam area

Siam is the place to stay if you want to shop in air-conditioned fashionable shopping malls, go to the cinemas and eat at cool pubs and restaurants.

But the Siam area isn’t just about malls; Siam Square is a hub of small shops and eateries. It is very popular among trendy young Thais who flock here searching for stylish and funky clothes.

At the Jim Thompson House Museum, you can learn about Thai Silk and the man that made it world-famous on a guided tour through this well-preserved traditional Thai house.

Central World shopping mall in Siam Bangkok
Central World shopping mall in Siam with Centara Grand Hotel in the background

Things To See And Do In Siam Area

  • Shopping 
    Shop and dine at the many fashionable shopping malls in this area such as Siam Paragon, Central World, and Central Chitlom.
  • Jim Thompson`s House 
    Get a feel for how it was to live in old Bangkok and visit the lovely Jim Thompson House, a traditional Thai house/ museum. Jim Thompson was the man who made Thai silk world-famous, and his house is today a museum.
  • Apple Central World
    Apple’s largest flagship store in Thailand opened outside Siam Paragon in 2020.
  • Cinemas
    See the newest blockbuster films at the many modern cinemas in this area – 3D, 4D, and Imax, or enjoy a classic movie at the traditional Scala Movie Theather. Films are usually shown in their original language with Thai subtitles.
  • Food Courts
    All the large shopping malls have great food courts with a bewildering selection of affordable food from all over the world.
  • MBK Shopping Mall
    Experience Thai teenagers go shopping crazy at MBK – Bangkok’s oldest shopping mall.
  • Thai boxing
    Check out the free Thai boxing fights/ shows every last Wednesday each month outside the MBK shopping mall. Great fun!
  • Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
    Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World – one of the world’s biggest aquariums located on the ground level of the Siam Paragon shopping mall.
  • Madame Tussauds Bangkok
    Madame Tussauds – Bangkok’s branch of the famous wax figure museum, is located on the 6th floor of the Siam Discovery shopping mall.
  • Ice Skating
    Go ice skating (Yep, you read right: ICE skating) at the ice skating rink inside Central World shopping mall (ground floor).

What’s the catch?

The Siam area is quite busy and crowded, especially on the weekends when all the locals come here for shopping and to just hang around and meet friends.

It can be challenging to find excellent and authentic Thai food here. The best dining experiences here are food courts and restaurants, mainly inside or connected to the many shopping malls, like the Groove dining area in Central World shopping mall (ground floor) which has many fashionable international restaurants.

Where To Stay In Siam Area

Top End

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok (5 stars)
Despite its central location in the middle of the busy Siam area, the Siam Kempinski Hotel feels like a resort with its large landscaped garden with no less than three pools. Once part of the “lotus pond palace” (Wang Sra Pathum) the hotel’s design is influenced by the lotus motif and its shows in the hundreds of paintings and sculptures that decorate the grounds.

There is a beautiful spa and a Kids Club. This is a great base if you enjoy shopping, cinema, and dining, as this hotel is located in an extension to Siam Paragon Mall, Siam Center Mall, and Siam Discovery Mall.
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Centara Grand at Central World (5 stars)

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The 25-meter pool at Centara Grand

Centara Grand hotel is located next door to the Central World Shopping Mall, perfect for shopping, dining, and watching films at the top-notch cinema complex. Rooms are spacious and furnished in a modern style with every comfort and convenience you would expect from a five-star hotel.
We enjoyed the large rooftop swimming pool surrounded by a beautiful garden area. There is also a spa, a fitness center, and no less than two tennis courts. The Red Sky Bar on the 55th floor is one of the best in Bangkok with spectacular views of the city. The breakfast selection is excellent with plenty of options, and the dinner buffet in the restaurant serves food from all over the world. We celebrated a fantastic New Years’ eve here a few years ago. Simply a very convenient and comfortable hotel to stay at.
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Sindhorn Midtown, an IHG Hotel
This three-star hotel is a recent addition to the Siam area, opening its doors in 2020. It is quickly becoming quite popular with reasonably priced, spacious, well-decorated modern rooms with fast wi-fi, large screen tv, refrigerator, and a seating area. There are also one and two-bedroom apartments available for larger families.

Chitlom Skytrain Station is a five-minute walk away, and Siam’s malls are also within easy walking distance. In addition, there are plenty of good restaurants close by along Sukhumvit Road and a 7-11 is just across the street. The breakfast buffet is excellent and served until noon! So if you like to sleep in, then this is the hotel. There is a lovely swimming pool on the 18th floor as well as a fitness center and sauna.
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Siam@Siam Design Hotel
Siam@Siam is a mid-range design hotel with a youthful vibe, friendly staff, and a fantastic location. The closest Skytrain station (National Stadion Station) and the shopping malls around Siam Square are a quick five-minute walk away.

room at Siam@Siam Design Hotel
Our room at Siam@Siam Design Hotel

Our room was clean and comfortable, with air-con and minibar, and we loved the view. The bathroom was, however, looking a little dated. The internet connection was also somewhat unstable when we visited.
There is a swimming pool with plenty of sunbeds as well as a well-equipped fitness center. The open-air Skybar has a great view of the Bangkok skyline. We found the breakfast to be excellent with plenty of both Thai and Western options.
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Happy 3 (3,5 star)
Happy three is located next to Jim Thompson House, in a quiet alley, and very close to Subway station “National Stadium Station” and the river ferries. It is also within easy walking distance of the Siam Shopping Malls, so perfect location for shopping.

Guests highlight their breakfast. The swimming pool is a bit small; it is about 6 meters long, and under a roof so no place for sunbathing if that is of interest to you.
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Ibis Bangkok Siam (3 stars)
This hotel is in the heart of Bangkok right next to MBK Shopping Mall and the Subway station “National Stadium Station”, and within a short walk from Paragon Shopping Mall. We have stayed at other Ibis hotels in other areas of Bangkok, and like their modern, comfortable design, service, and friendly staff.

Their rooms are compact but well-designed and have all you need. This hotel, Ibis Bangkok Siam, has breakfast in the restaurant shared with the more expensive Mercure Hotel. The Wi-Fi is excellent. The swimming pool is nice and quite large, with sun loungers in the sun.
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Siam Eco Hostel (2 stars)
This newish hostel (opened 2019) offers spotlessly clean rooms and a great location close to Ratchathewi Skytrain station and within easy walking distance of the shopping malls. Both private rooms and dorm-style accommodation are available, all air-conditioned with free wi-fi and comfortable beds. The private rooms have large screen tv and shared bathrooms. A basic breakfast is included in the price.
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6. Chinatown Area

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Why Stay In Chinatown?

Staying in Chinatown used to be the sole domain of budget travelers but the recent influx of more upscale yet affordable boutique hotels is bringing ever more visitors to this lively and colorful part of town. The two new metros (MRT) stations, Wat Mangkon, and Sam Yot that opened in 2019 have made Chinatown much more accessible, and this trend is definitively set to continue.

Chinatown is positively bursting with energy, sounds, smells, and colorful neon signs. Most of the action centers around Yaowarat Road, and this area comes alive in the evenings when thousands of Bangkokians come here to feast on world-class street food. Here you can find everything from mouth-wateringly fresh seafood to roasted duck, dim sum, and traditional desserts.

Many of the restaurants have been here for decades, serve only one dish, and have truly perfected it. Read our post on Bangkok Thai food for some tips on which restaurants and dishes to try.

Yaowarat Road in Chin town on a Saturday night
Yaowarat Road in Chinatown on a typically busy Saturday night

Chinatown is one of the oldest areas in Bangkok and was first inhabited by Chinese traders, even before Bangkok became Thailand’s capital in 1782. Ducking into the narrow alleys and streets feels like stepping back in time and witnessing a bit of Bangkok’s past.

Chinatown’s  buildings are old, and many are built in the traditional Chinese architecture style with small stores that still sell traditional Chinese goods like gold, tea, herbs, and spices, as well as street-side noodles cafes and bustling markets. Exploring this area is great fun!

Street food cooking in the narrow alleys of Chinatown, Bangkok
Chinese street food in the narrow alleys of Chinatown, Bangkok

While Chinatown has always been known as a great place to find budget accommodation, there are now more options than ever including some of Bangkok’s coolest boutique hotels.

If you plan to take the train out of Bangkok from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) early in the morning and are looking for a cheap place to stay, Chinatown is also a great option for that.

Things To See And Do In Chinatown

  • Wat Tramit Temple & The Golden Buddha
    Marvel at the Golden Buddha (Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon), a five-meter tall Buddha solid gold statue that weighs 5,5 tons! It was discovered that the figure is made of gold when it was accidentally dropped during transportation and the plaster that covered it fell off.
  • Sampeng Market
    The narrow lanes that surround Sampeng square form Chinatown’s biggest and most popular market. Here you will find every trinket known to man. Navigating these narrow lanes can be a bit of a challenge but just go with the flow, have fun, and enjoy the craziness. Shop Chinese goods like tea, spices, and pottery.
  • Street Food
    Chinatown is the best place to enjoy world-class street food in Bangkok. Have a bowl of delicious Chinese noodles and dumplings at one of the many street-side restaurants.
  • Gold
    If you are looking to buy gold, Chinatown is the place to come.
  • See the old authentic Bangkok
    Walk the narrow alleyways and take in the smells, sounds, and colors of traditional old Thai/ Chinese culture and life. Take a guided walking tour and learn more about this area.
  • Little India
    Explore Little India, just a short walk from Chinatown.

What`s The Catch?

Some of the streets and buildings are not very well maintained and have a bit of a run-down feel. You will not find many fancy restaurants here, a lot of the places to eat close early and there is no nightlife to speak of. Chinatown does not have Skytrain, but the opening of the two new MRT stations Wat Mangkon and Sam Yot on the blue MRT line has made it much easier to get to Chinatown.

Where To Stay In Chinatown

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Shanghai Mansion
Shanghai Mansion is the trendiest and coolest boutique hotel in Chinatown. The hotel’s decor is inspired by the Shanghai of the 1930s, and they have nailed the look. We chose one of their larger rooms and loved the elegant decor and especially the deep bathtub. We were also very pleasantly surprised by how quiet it was despite the hotelś location in the heart of Chinatown’s most popular area.

Room at Shanghai Mansion Chinatown Bangkok
Our room at Shanghai Mansion in Chinatown

The hotel offers some unique complimentary experiences, where you can choose one experience per night of stay. We did their guided walking tour of Chinatown, which we found to be an excellent introduction to Chinatown as well as the free Chinese Dim Sum High Tea serving. The third option is a free Thai massage at the hotel spa.

The hotel’s restaurant, The Red Rose, offers up-scale dining should you get tired of the street food. All in all, we found the Shanghai Mansion to be a fantastic relaxing base from which to explore Chinatown.
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The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
If you are looking for something a little more upscale than Chinatowns normal guesthouses and hostels, this western-style hotel may be just what you are looking for. It’s located close to Hua Lampong MRT and railway station making it easy to get around Bangkok from here. It is also a popular choice for travelers waiting to take an early train. There is a rooftop terrace with great views and they recently built a swimming pool.
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The Unforgotten B&B
The Unforgotten B&B is a slightly quirky, charming boutique hotel located right around the corner from the Golden Buddha Temple. If you prefer your hostels filled with character, history, and helpful friendly hosts, this old home converted into a B&B is just perfect.

Every room is unique and furnished with a mix of Chinese antiques and a dash of Victorian inspiration. Of course, modern comforts such as air-con and wifi are all present as well. The included breakfast is quite excellent. You can walk to the Hua Lumpong MRT station in about five minutes, and into the center of Chinatown in less than ten minutes.
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Norn Yaowarat Hotel
Norn Yaowarat Hotel is a fairly new (opened March 2017), bright and fresh budget hotel with a fantastic location on Soi Texas, surrounded by the best of Chinatown´s street food. Both dorm and private rooms are available, and the price includes a surprisingly good free breakfast.

All rooms are well sound isolated, spotlessly clean, with air-condition and free Wi-fi, while private rooms also have a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms even have a balcony! The staff is super helpful and speak English quite well, and there is a cool little coffee shop on the first floor.
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Tian Tian Hostel
Tian Tian Hostel checks all the right boxes with its newly renovated, cozy, well decorated, clean rooms (private and dorms), a friendly host, and a great location in the center of Chinatown´s most vibrant area. In addition, the new Wat Mangkon MRT station is just a five-minute walk away, and breakfast is surprisingly tasty as well.
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River View Guesthouse
River View is an iconic if somewhat run-down budget guesthouse in Chinatown, with both dorm rooms and private rooms available. The rooms are simple, clean, and spacious but the bathrooms could do with a renovation.

The guesthouse is showing its age, but the rooftop restaurant is still a cool place to have a drink while watching the sun set over the river. The river ferry station Pier 4 is very close to the guesthouse, so you can take the ferry from here to famous attractions such as Wat Arun.
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7. Pratunam Area

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Why Stay In Pratunam Area?

We have stayed in this area several times, and we like it because it`s close to great shopping and within walking distance to the Siam area but cheaper than Siam when it comes to hotel prices. It also has a more authentic Thai feel with its markets and street food.

The Pratunam area is chaotic, crowded, and vibrant, and packed with shopping opportunities. It has Thailand`s tallest building, the 88 floors high Baiyoke Sky Hotel, a Bangkok landmark, that can be seen from far away.

Markets and vendors line the streets in this area, and you can make some great bargains at low prices. Just remember to haggle.

Inside Pratunam Market with all the vendor stalls in Bangkok
Pratunam Market

Things To See And Do In Pratunam Area

  • Pratunam Market
    You can do some great bargains at the huge Pratunam Market. Here you can buy clothes and accessories at wholesale prices.
  • Pantip Plaza Shopping Mall
    Shop IT equipment, electronic and gadgets till you drop at Pantip Plaza, a vast five-floor electronic mall. A fun visit for us geeks!
  • Victory Monument
    A large military monument with western design, and one of Bangkok’s major traffic intersections. Around the statue, you can find yummy Pad Thai, Lad Na, and other typical Thai dishes sold at a low price.
  • Neon Market
    Spend an evening at Neon Market (Talad Neon), a  popular night market open daily.

What`s The Catch?

The streets in this area can be pretty crowded and chaotic especially on weekends. Lots of traffic.

Where To Stay In Pratunam Area

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Amari Watergate Hotel (5 stars)
Located just opposite the Platinum Shopping Mall, it is close to shopping of all kinds. It is only a short walk to the Subway station “Ratchathewi” while the nearest Sky train station “Chit Lom” is about 15-20 minutes walk. Amari Watergate has everything one would expect at a five-star hotel – a beautiful swimming pool, spa, excellent breakfast buffet, and a well-equipped gym. A very convenient and comfortable modern hotel.
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Akara Hotel
Akara Hotel is a fairly new boutique hotel (opened November 2017) that has been making a lot of fans with its beautifully decorated interior, warm service, and convenient access to Suvarnabhumi Airport via the Airport Rail Link (a 3-minute walk away from Akara Hotel).

Standard rooms are cozy, modern, and comfortable with marble bathrooms. There are a grand rooftop pool and a sky bar with fantastic views of the city. You can walk to Siam and the shopping malls in about 15 minutes, or take the free tuk-tuk shuttle service to the Phaya Thai Skytrain Station.
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Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam (4 stars)
Also located in between shopping malls like Platinum and close to the night market. The huge swimming pool looks fantastic, and the guests highlight the breakfast. The rooms are modern and spacious. It is about 15-20 minutes walk to the nearest Sky train station “Chit Lom”.
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Le Tada Parkview Hotel (3,5 stars)
This is a fairly new hotel. It is bright and modern, close to the Subway station “Victory Monument”, and just next to the Santi Phab Park where you can get a bit of green grass under your feet. Good value for your money.
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Boxpackers Hostel (2 stars)
This hotel reminds me of Japanese capsule hotels where you sleep in small rooms that look like boxes. It is shared bathrooms only. The hotel looks new, fresh, and modern, and you get free breakfast. The common areas are very cozy and a great place to make new friends from all over the world. Located close to the Pratunam Market and Baiyoke Sky Bar.
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Lemontea Hotel (3 stars)
A modern and fresh hotel. The rooms are not the biggest but have a cozy, fun, and modern design. You are welcomed with a free cup of lemon tea (suits the hotel name… 🙂 ), and you get two bottles of water for free each day. It is located down an alley from the main road, with a 7-Eleven next door and several massage places on the same street. There is a 5-minute walk to the Platinum shopping mall.
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8. The International Airport Suvarnabhumi Area

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Why Stay Close To Suvarnabhumi Airport?

The only reason to stay in the area around Suvarnabhumi Airport is if you have an early plane to catch, or arrive late in Bangkok and don’t want to head into the city straight away. This is not the area to stay in if you want to see Bangkok and its sights.

The Suvarnabhumi Airport is about a 45-60 minutes drive from the main center of Bangkok, depending on the traffic. You can take the Skytrain – the “City Line,” which takes about 26 minutes from/to the “Phaya Thai station.” It stops at six stations along the way. You can also take the Skytrain Express Line which only takes 15 minutes to/from “Makassan station.” The Skytrain operates from 6 a.m. to midnight. For more info, check the Airport Rail Link website.

There are many great luxury hotels in the area, offering excellent value for your money as they are usually cheaper than in the city itself.

Things To See And Do In Suvarnabhumi Airport area

Not much is going on in this area, and there is not much to see or do here apart from staying at your hotel. You will find Mega Bangna – a vast shopping mall, Boran Bang PLI Floating Market, and some temples in this area.

What`s The Catch?

The Suvarnabhumi Airport area is pretty far away from the city center of Bangkok (45 – 60 minutes by taxi), and there is not much to see or do out here in this area. Many of the hotels in this area offer free shuttle service to the Skytrain station from which it is easy to head into town (30 minutes).

Where To Stay In Suvarnabhumi Airport Area

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The Grand Fourwings Convention Hotel (5 stars)
We stayed at this hotel on our way from Vietnam to Railay Beach in the South of Thailand, when we missed our connecting flight in Bangkok to Railay (Krabi airport). Thai Airways sent us to this hotel, and we loved it from the moment we stepped into the lobby of Grand Four wings.

The lobby and reception area are huge, and so are the rooms. Unfortunately, we only stayed here one night, and we had to get up early to take the first plane to Krabi, so we did not get the chance to try the swimming pool. We had a look at it, and it’s excellent with a great lounge area where you can sit and have some sun as well as enjoy the view of the Bangkok skyline.

The dinner and breakfast were delicious with a great variety of food, both western and Asian. And the best – they had a huge chocolate fountain! I dipped fruits, marshmallows, and sweets all evening! 🙂
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Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport(4 stars)
This hotel is located right next to entrance four at the airport. You can either walk to the airport or take the free airport shuttle (2-3 minutes). There is an air-conditioned underground walkway. The same walkway also leads to an Airport Rail Link station if you want to head into downtown Bangkok (30-45 minutes each way).

The rooms are very spacious and the complimentary breakfast buffet starting at 3 am is a huge plus if you have an early plane to catch.
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Canalis Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Canalis is a new airport hotel that has created somewhat of a buzz since it opened in 2019. With a great location, just 2km from the airport (a 10-minute taxi ride), friendly helpful staff, and more of a holiday resort feel than your typical airport hotel.

The rooms are spacious, stylishly decorated, spotlessly clean with soft, comfortable beds, air-con, fast wi-fi, tea/coffee making facilities, and a large screen tv with English channels. Among the hotel’s facilities are a large swimming pool and an excellent fitness center. You can find street food, bars, and quite a few restaurants nearby, and the Robinson Shopping mall is just a five-minute taxi ride away.
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Gate43 Airport Hotel
Gate43 is a newly built (2020) airport hotel less than a 10-minute drive away from the airport. The rooms are fresh, spacious, and comfortable with a large screen tv including streaming services. There is a swimming pool and a shuttle to the airport that runs day and night (make sure to book it in advance). This area is lacking in restaurants and shops, so best suited for a quick stopover, or an early morning flight and is not ideal for longer stays.
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U-Tiny Boutique Home Suvarnabhumi (3 stars)
If we were to stay at a smaller and less pricey hotel close to the airport, we would opt for this one! It looks cozy, with a lovely swimming pool set in a green and lush garden.
Free airport shuttle every hour is a plus.
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Quick Summary Of The Best Places To Stay In Bangkok

RiversideBangkok’s best area for first-time visitors
If you have the budget, then the riverside is the calmest and most scenic area of Bangkok. Bangkok can feel a little overwhelming for first-time visitors, and the riverside is an escape away from the traffic and noise. Here is also where you find most of Bangkok’s best hotels, many of the major sights, including the Royal Palace and the famous temples as well as a glimpse of the fascinating life along the river.
Read more about the Riverside area
Click here for our recommended Riverside hotel

Sukhumvit RoadBangkok’s best area for nightlife and international restaurants
Sukhumvit Road has become a popular area to stay in Bangkok for its wide choice of accommodations and its many bars and restaurants serving food from every corner of the world. It is a popular area among western ex-pats and is arguably the best area to base yourself for nightlife. It is also very well connected by both Skytrain and Subway MRT stations.
Read more about the Sukhumvit area
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SilomBangkok’s best area for families
One of our favorite areas is the business district of Bangkok – Silom. It houses Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s answer to NYś Central Park and is a welcome quiet escape from the traffic and noise. Silom also has plenty of restaurants, shopping malls, and delicious street food and is well connected with both Skytrain and MRT stations.
Read more about the Silom area
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SiamBangkok’s best area for shopping
Siam is the shopping center of Bangkok where most of the big malls are located. Siam is an excellent option if you prefer the modern side of Bangkok with its shopping malls, modern cinemas, bookstores, food courts, and attractions such as Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, the largest aquarium in South East Asia, and Madame Tussauds. It is well connected by several Skytrain stations making it easy to explore the rest of the city from here.
Read more about the Siam area
Click here for our top recommended Siam hotels

ChinatownBangkok’s best area for street food and exploring Bangkok’s historic roots
Chinatown is best suited for those who want to immerse themselves in the historical and cultural roots of the city and for devout street foodies. It is a busy and very chaotic part of town that may feel a little too hectic for most first-time visitors. Chinatown is also one of the best-preserved and historically authentic areas, so don’t forget to visit even if you are not staying in this area. Once home to mostly dingy ultra-low-budget hostels, in recent years cool boutique hotels, and cozy B&Bs have started to pop up in old renovated Chinese shophouses, making Chinatown an up and comer.
Read more about Chinatown
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Bangklamphu / Khao SanBangkok’s best area for backpackers and budget travelers
Khao San is the backpacker hub of the world, and if you are a backpacker, this is most likely where you will want to be. However, Banglamphu is more than just Khao San, and close by are historic and quiet neighborhoods where you can find beautiful boutique hotels within easy walking distance of the major attractions such as The Royal Palace.
Read more about the Khao San area
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PratunamBangkok’s best area for shopping for bargains
Pratunam is a mix of residential neighborhoods and less posh malls like Platinum Mall and electronic outlets. There are also some markets here like the famous Pratunam wholesale market, the enormous electronics mall Pantip Plaza, and the fun and lively Neon night market.
Read more about the Pratunam area
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Suvarnabhumi  AirportBangkok’s best area for transit/ over-night stay
Staying here is only recommended if you are in transit or for some reason need to be close to the airport. It is too far away to use as a base for exploring Bangkok and its sights. Having said that, there are some excellent hotels out here for anyone in transit.
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There you go, our favorite and recommended hotels in the eight different areas of Bangkok. Hopefully, you now know a bit more about Bangkok’s many areas, and deciding where to stay in Bangkok has become a little easier.

We intend to add more hotels and info to this guide in the future, so please let us know if you have any suggestions and tips!

Have a great trip to Bangkok! ♥

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About The Writer Maria Wulff Hauglann

Maria is a Norwegian travel nerd who has explored more than thirty countries on four continents. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA. In 2014 while on a year-long trip across South East- Asia, Maria co-founded the travel blog Nerd Nomads to help others get out and explore the world. In 2018 she left her day job permanently for a life of full-time travel. See our about page for more about Maria.


  1. Truly a nerd guide to Bangkok! Hats off this must have taken a long time. I have spent many years traveling and staying in Bangkok and this is fantastic guide. Makes me feel so lazy about my reporting style though. Love Muse hotel too. The rooms are fantastic and the beds some of the most comfortable I have ever stayed in, its hard to get out and explore when you have such a divine bed lol. Thanks for sharing. Happy travels Anna Su + Oscar Chang

    • Hehehe, yep this proves that we are nerds! 🙂 Thanks a million for your sweet comment, Anna! Putting this together was a huge job and took us a couple of weeks. We really love Bangkok, so it was great fun to write about the different areas of this awesome city and highlighting our favourite hotels.

      Happy travels!


      • 13 coins hotel/restaurant is also very inexpensive and really clean the last time I stayed there. The food was excellent and they have several throughout Thailand. Just another point

    • This is such a great article! My partner and I are backpacking starting in Bangkok, this has given me a very clear idea of where everything is and where we should be staying.
      Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I love the look of Loy La Long Hotel and think I may book it as our first place of stay!
      Keep sharing your knowledge!

  2. great article, really covers the different neighborhoods. last we were in bangkok (december 2015) we stayed at the @ Hua Lamphong Hostel. it is directly across from the train station. it’s easiest to get there from the train station by going underground thru the subway station, rather than deal with the construction in the street. really nice hostel, clean big private rooms with a/c, bathroom, etc. – very inexpensive.

    • Thank you so much Glenn for your nice comment! And thanks for the tip about Hua Lamphong Hostel, sounds great! Will definitely check it out.


  3. Such a great guide to Bangkok accommodation! I usually stay in the Banglamphu area, but have been trying out new places the last few times I’ve been in town. I’ll save this on Pinterest for when I return. Thanks 🙂

    • Thanks a million Miriam! So glad you like our guide on the different areas of Bangkok. Banglamphu area is great and very cheap, we have stayed there several times too.

      Thanks for commenting!


  4. Well-structured guide! I think you did a good job showing off some highlights and downsides of the different areas of Bangkok.

    Grouping Minburi with the airport is an ‘innovative’ choice. Though I agree, it offers about the same degree of accessibility.

    Another area you can look into is Phra Khanong/On Nut – especially interesting for people who plan to stay longer than a few days. It’s close to the popular Ekkamai and Thong Lor entertainment areas and offers excellent connections to lower Sukhumvit and Siam through affordable accommodation options right next to the skytrain.

    • Thanks a million Karsten! It means a lot coming from an expat who has lived in Bangkok for over 10 years. Love your blog btw!

      We have only been to On Nut a few times, so don`t know this area that well. Will definitely check it out, especially as we are planning on staying in Bangkok for a longer period of time next time. Thanks for the tip!


  5. Thank you for your guide! I’m going to Thailand with my brother for the 1st time this November, and was overwhelmed with which area to stay in but your tips have helped a lot!

    • Thank you so much, faye! Really happy to hear that our Bangkok area guide could be of help to you!

      We have also written a guide on what to do in Bangkok which you might find of interest here.

      Have an awesome trip to Bangkok with your brother! I`m sure you will have a great time!


    • Faye,
      What days in November? I’m going for 12 days and like a good procrastinator i am just booking my hotels until now. Thanks for the good article Maria, so many options…

  6. I agree with previous posters, a very comprehensive guide – many thanks – it has definitely helped me find an area to stay that has what I like to see and do.

    • Hi Helen,

      That`s great to hear, thank you so much! Bangkok has so many areas. I remember feeling quite overwhelmed when we were going to choose hotel the first time we visit Bangkok.


    • Thanks a million, Nikki! Hope you enjoy the rest of our blog and find it useful. Please let us know if you have any questions.

      Happy travels!


  7. This, by far, best information out there for first-time travelers to Thailand. I was completely a mess until I found this guide. THANK YOU!!!!! Now, I’m even more excited to start planning!

    • Awwwww, thank you sooooo much, Holly! Your comment made our day! So happy to hear that our article could be of help to you.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


      • Hi maria,
        I am planning for a bangkok trip in oct. ur blog has helped me alot. I have a question – if my flight is landing in swarnabhoomi and i am going to bangkok for the first time. All i want to enjoy all tourist attractions as well as do some shopping ( not very expensive ). Where do u recommend me to book a hotel. Also i am there for 5 days Your reply would be highly appreciated and could help us to make our stay memorable. Many many thanks and regards

        • Hi Juhi,

          Thank you so much!

          Sukhumvit area is a nice area to stay in. It is close to shopping and lots of restaurants, and has both Skytrain stations and Metro stations so it is very easy to get around Bangkok from Sukhumvit.

          The river area has some of Bangkok´s best and poshest hotels. It is a nice area to stay in with great view over the river. The tourists attractions like the Grand Palace, Wat Arun temple, the Golden Buddha, Chinatown and the shopping complex Asiatique is located by the river. We stayed at Avani Riverside Hotel this February, and loved it! Their rooftop swimming pool is excellent!

          From the airport is it easiest to take a taxi directly to your hotel, that`s what we always do. It cost about 3-500 Thai Baht.

          Have a great trip to Bangkok!


    • Hi Loren,

      Thanks a million! Great to hear that our article could be of help when planning your trip to Bangkok!

      Have an awesome trip to Bangkok in December!


  8. Super thankful that I’ve found this article. I’m staying at Bangkok for the new year and I already feel overwhelmed with so many options. Your article has organized my thoughts and narrowed my list to 5 on which hotel I should choose. Very helpful. Your efforts are really appreciated. Very intimate reviews on bangkok too.

    • Thank you so much, Zyra! Happy to hear that our article could help you out when choosing your Bangkok hotel.

      Awww, lucky you who will celebrate New Year´s Eve in Bangkok! We have celebrated seven New Year´s Eves in this great city. Bangkok is an awesome place to be at New Year! The firework is the best, especially at Siam square.

      Have a great New Year`s Eve in BKK!!


  9. Super thank you for this blog post. Just have one question, I will be travelling with my mom and my two younger siblings.. Yup, i’ll be the tour guide LOL. We will spend some visit in the traditional places (grand palace, wat arun and so on) but will indulge ourselves more on shopping…
    Where do you think among the 8 areas should we stay?

    Thank you and it will help me a lot!

    • Hi Isabelle,

      Thank you so much! Lucky you who are going to Bangkok with your family! The best shopping is in Sukhumvit and Siam area, so I would recommend that you stay in these two areas.

      Both Sukhumvit and Siam also have excellent transport options as both the Sky train and the underground lines go through these areas. So you will easily get to the top places to see in Bangkok.

      If you are in Bangkok during a weekend, I recommend that you go to the Chatuchak Market (only open on Saturdays and Sundays). Great shopping there!

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! You will love it!


      • We will be traveling to Bangkok in March for the first time .family and friends and with 4 teenagers 14 of us. What do you suggest about sathorn area. Is it closer to the beach? We are plannin on staying at Grans East in Sathon
        Any recommendations?

        • Hi Kira,

          Sathorn is in the Silom area and is a great area to stay in! Close to the wonderful park Lumphini, with plenty of shopping and dining, and with excellent transport options like the underground, metro and Skytrain.

          Bangkok, or Sathorn, is not close to the beach at all. Bangkok is located inland of Thailand. The closest beach destination is a town called Hua Hin which is a 2,5 hours drive south of Bangkok or 4 hours by train. Hua Hin is great, with a stunning beach. We have been there several times.

          Have a great trip to Thailand!


  10. Hi,

    Your blog made my travel so easy, I am travelling in april with my hubby and son who is 7yrs old. I am so much confused on where to book the hotel as sukhomvit is huge place , I am looking for reasonable stay . Do help us . We want Bts and train should be easily accessible and taxi also .

    • Hi Sneha,

      Sukhumvit is the best area to stay in if you want to stay close to BTS, Metro and taxi/tuk-tuk. Here you can also find good accommodation for reasonable prices.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  11. Wow this is so helpful. We are in Chiang Mai now and planning a trip down to Bangkok. It is such a big city it is hard to know where to start. Thanks for this awesome guide. So helpful!

    • Thank you so much, Rachel! Happy to hear that our article could be of help!

      Wow, Chiang Mai, I have not been there yet. Is it nice? Did you go hiking? We are actually in Bangkok at the moment, great to be back.

      Have an awesome trip down to Bangkok!


  12. hi
    i am planning a trip to bangkok, and i am undecided between
    Grand centre point terminal 21 sukkimvit
    and bangkok mariott hotel sukhimvit
    or hilton sukhimvit

    would the bangkok mariott be less centred?
    thank you / jennifer

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I would say that all of these three hotels are in a good location on Sukhumvit road, and close to Skytrain stations, which is the most important. Grand centre point terminal 21 is probably closest to a Skytrain station (Asok station) out of these three. It is also closer to Siam with a fewer stop on the Skytrain (if you regard Siam as the center of Bangkok). But all of these three hotels is in a good and central area of Bangkok.

      Have a great stay in Bangkok!


  13. Thanks for this awesome guide. Im in the process of planning a 10 day bangkok/changmai trip in late march.

    While in Bangkok i would ideally like to be in close proximity to good authentic food options, shopping (souvenirs and such) and close to train for those days we go to see the famous temples. In your opinion, Is sukhumvit the best region to stay in?

    • Hi Brian,

      Yes, I would say that Sukhumvit is the best area to stay in for shopping, restaurants and it is an easy area to stay in if you want to use public transportation as both the Skytrain and MRT go through Sukhumvit.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok and Chiang Mai! I have never been to Chiang Mai, hope to go there one day.


  14. What a brilliantly comprehensive guide! Thoughtful, all-encompassing and delightfully candid! And since this was from the eyes of a tourist, it was utterly relatable. 🙂

    We’re taking a trip here in April on a shoestring budget, and I’d really appreciate it if I can touch base with you on email and get some advice. We’ll also make the booking through your website, eventually! 🙂

    • Hi Binjal,

      Thank you so much! Glad our Bangkok guide on where to stay could be of help to you. We will actually be back in Bangkok next week, can`t wait!

      Sure, just send us an email to, we`ll be happy to help you out!


  15. hi
    we’ll start today our (first) 3 weeks trip in thailand (north,south- islands and bkk)
    where can i find taxi+driver for bangkok area (we want to visit some places around bkk such as ayutahaya, floating market -didn’t decide which of them and a sugar factory) ??
    i found a lot of tours , but the prices are very high
    thanks a lot

    • Hi Victoria,

      It is pretty easy to find a taxi driver/car in Bangkok once you get there. You can either ask at your hotel if they can help you, or just ask some taxi drivers. It seems like everybody in Bangkok and all hotels know some drivers.

      Have a great trip to Thailand! You will love this beautiful country!


  16. Hello!

    I just wanted to say how informative and helpful this post was!! In preparation for our upcoming trip to Bangkok I have been reading travel guides and forums, but this gave me the BEST idea of what to expect in each neighborhood! THANK YOU for sharing!!

    Do you guys have an Instagram account? Also, if you’re ever looking for contributors for your blog, please let me know! I’m a travel blogger as well and love to work with others in the online travel community!


    • Hi Trisa!

      Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! We are actually back in Bangkok right now, great to be back in this amazing city!

      Yes, we have an Instagram account. Our username is @nerdnomads

      Happy travels to Bangkok!


  17. Wow I can’t even begin to tell you how much this helped me. You are SO appreciated, truly!

    I think we want to stay in the Sukhumvit area and I’m obsessed with street food. Hotel Icon appeals because you said it’s literally steps away from the street food stalls lol. Is this still the best bet for that or do you think there are better hotels in close proximity to the street food stalls? Mid range preferred, luxury is fine, though I wanted to save in Bangkok to splurge in Chiang Mai and Phuket. Thank you!

  18. I am planning my trip to Thailand and came across this site. I then lost it and clicked on every link in google til I found it again because it explained so well. Thank you!

    • Ah, thank you so much, Ryan, for coming back to our article! Really happy to hear that you find it useful!

      Have a great trip to Thailand and Bangkok!


  19. Great guide. I lived in Bangkok in 2002. I worked online and used to love visiting Panthip Plaza for all the latest computer software that was just out. Lumpini Park is also a favourite of mine – I took my kids there last year (July 2016), they loved the park and huge monitor lizards that roam there. Good post. Thanks for sharing!

  20. This is the first time i read your blog and admire that you have posted on this,Such a useful information for the users.The photos you shared is really awesome.I appreciate your effort.Thank You for sharing this blog.

  21. Hi Anna. Thanks for all the information! Where would you suggest we stay on our first visit to Bangkok? We love to eat!

    • Hi Marc,

      Sukhumvit area has a lot of great restaurants and is an awesome area to stay in as you have easy access to both Skytrain and Metro which make it easy to get around Bangkok. You will find food from all over the world in this area. We usually stay in Sukhumvit when we visit Bangkok.

      Have a great time in Bangkok!


  22. I’m staying in Bkk one night in at the end of APRIL with my 6 yr old. We have a flight at midday from Survabhuni airport but want to see friends in Banglamphu and im trying to work out best area of the 2 to stay. We arrive at 11am and leave the next day. I dont want hours stuck in traffic but at the same time want to be nr my Thai friends as we will go out in the day/evening. Whats best..i was looking at staying along the river but traffic. Cant decide and ive spent years I thailand but not for 9 yrs now. Thanks

    • Hi Donna,

      Since you only have 24 hours in Bangkok, and you want to spend most of these hours together with your friends, I think it`s best that you stay near them in the Bnaglamphu area. The traffic in Bangkok is crazy with lots of traffic jams especially in the afternoon and evening, so you should stay near them so that you don`t have to spend hours on transportation.

      Have a great trip back to Bangkok, and enjoy your time together with your friends!


  23. Thank you so much, Raymond! We love Pantip Plaza too, it is really a geek heaven for us that like computers and gadgets!

    Thanks for commenting! Happy travels!


  24. Hello Maria,
    I must say its a great pice of help you are providing here.
    I am planning to stay for 4N in Bangkok. Will plan to stay in Grand Sathorn hotel in Silom. COnfused between Pantip Suites Sathorn and Grand Sathorn. ANy idea which property is better and easily accesible.
    I heard Grand Sathorn is located between BTS and river. Is it better?

    • Hi Prateek,

      Thank you so much!

      Both the Pantip Suites Sathorn and the Grand Sathorn get good reviews on Tripadvisor and seems to be very nice hotels. I would say that Grand Sathorn has a better location. It is very close to BTS as well as the river, so you can easily walk to the Central Pier and take the river boats. I also like the pool at Grand Sathorn better, a rooftop pool is the best! 🙂 So if I were you, I would have picked the Grand Sathorn Hotel.

      Have a great time in Bangkok!


  25. What a detailed blog!! From Where to live, what to eat, what to do, everything so much detail. Options for the hotel for all budgets, very helpful.

    • Thank you so much, Shifi! It was a lot of work writing this article, so really glad that you find it useful.


  26. perfectly structured and written, it gave me clear idea where to stay. i want to thank you for getting me a perfect stay. really appreciate your efforts

    • Thank you so much, Deven! Really happy to hear that you found our article useful, it was a lot of work writing it. 🙂

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  27. Iam looking for a decent clean studio/one bed apartment from 1st. September 2017 for 3 weeks to 22nd. I have been twice before but some years ago so can’t remember which area is which. One man alone. Not too much night noise. Know all about Thai street eateries so no problem.
    Any honest suggestion?

    • Hi Victor,

      We rented an apartment at Lohas Suites Sukhumvit which was great! The apartment had a big bathroom and kitchen with a washing machine, and the apartment was cleaned every day. Lohas has a gym, a rooftop swimming pool, and a restaurant. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and it is within walking distance to Sky train. Still, it is at the end of a quiet street. We liked it.


  28. I am going to Bangkok for the first time, and this guide is going to be best thing I have read. Excellent job Nerd Nomads 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Azhar!! Have an awesome trip to Bangkok! I`m sure you will love this city just as much as we do.


  29. Hey Maria,
    My best friend and I are planning on taking a trip to Bangkok in October.
    We also plan on going to Pattaya for a few days.
    What would you say is one area that we can stay in, centrally located, from where we can visit the other areas too?
    And do you have any suggestions for when we go to Pattaya?
    It’s going to be the first time for both of us!
    Please help!

    • Hi Sophia,

      Lucky you who are going to Bangkok in October! It doesn`t really matter where in Bangkok you stay to go to Pattaya, you can easily drive out to the highway that goes to Pattaya from anywhere in Bangkok.

      In order to easily get around Bangkok, you should stay in an area that has Sky Train or Metro, like the Silom area, Sukhumvit area, and Siam area.

      You should rent a driver/car or a taxi to go to Pattaya, the drive takes about 2 hours from Bangkok. We have only been to Pattaya once, and it is several years ago. To be honest, it is not our favourite place in Thailand. Pattaya is packed with crazy Norwegians 🙂 and go-go-bars and the beaches are not that great. We like Hua Hin much better if you are looking for a beach place close to Bangkok.

      Have a great trip to Thailand with your best friend! I`m sure it will be awesome!


  30. Thank you so much for this guide! I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with trying to decide where to stay, and this was perfect!

  31. Hi,
    This was very helpful! I am moving to Bangkok soon and I am wondering where to live, as I have heard very mixed reviews of places – I don’t want to be too far away from things but also don’t really want to be surrounded purely by concrete and feel trapped. Is there a place like this in Bangkok? I was thinking perhaps more Lumphini area, but I am still unsure!

    • Hi Sarah,

      Lucky you who are moving to Bangkok! You will love this city! The Lumphini/ Silom area is my favourite area and a great place to live. Then you are close to the biggest park in Bangkok, Lumphini Park, a green lung. The Silom area also has Sky Train and Metro, which make it is easy to get around the city.

      Good luck with moving to Bangkok!


  32. Hi Maria
    A couple of us are travelling to Thailand in September, staying in Bangkok for one night then off to Kanchanaburi for three nights, back to Bangkok for another night then travelling elsewhere(not sure as yet). Looking to stay somewhere that has a central location for nightlife and great food, looking for a hotel that is classy but not overpriced, can you help.

    • Hi Scott,

      Sounds like the Sukhumvit area (area number 3 in this article) is right up your alley. It has a great nightlife with lots of restaurants and bars. The sky train runs through Sukhumvit, making it very easy to get around Bangkok. There are a lot of nice hotels in this area.

      If you are looking for a classy hotel, then Muse Hotel is excellent and has a very central location with walking distance to the best shopping and restaurants that Bangkok has to offer. We stayed there for a week and loved every moment.

      Novotel Sukhumvit 20 is a brand new hotel which is a great value for your money! This hotel has a nice Skybar at the rooftop with an amazing view of Bangkok, as well as a very nice swimming pool.

      Have a great trip to Thailand and enjoy your time in Bangkok!


  33. Wowww, you are truly amazing. My head was full before i found out your guide.
    Everything is very clear. We are planning to go for honeymoon khoa lak, bangkok and phuket in october. Got evrything for bangkok.
    thank you very much 🙂
    love from Turkey

    • Awwww, thank you so much for your nice comment! You made my day! 🙂 So happy to hear that our article could be of help to you.

      Sounds like you will have the perfect honeymoon!! Enjoy your trip to Thailand, I`m sure it will be awesome and a memory for life!

      Would love to visit Turkey, your country looks so beautiful.

      Peace & Love

  34. Hi Maria

    Your guides to Bangkok are amazing but this is nothing new for you.
    Me, my wife and my daughter will be in Thailand in the second half of July.
    We like especially local markets, architecture and cultures and wander the streets among the natural people of the area. We are planning to go to a beach near Bkk and to Ayutthaya.
    So what area of Bkk would be better to choose one hotel?

    • Hi Luis,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that you like our articles about Bangkok!

      Most of the temples and historic sights are located along the Bangkok riverside. Here you`ll also find some of Bangkoks finest and biggest hotels. It is a really nice area to stay in, with beautiful view of the river and stunning sunsets.

      Sukhumvit and Silom area are also nice areas to stay in. The Sky Train and Metro runs through these areas, which makes it easy to get around Bangkok. Both Sukhumvit and Silom has several street and night markets as well as lots of nice restaurants and shopping.

      Hua Hin Beach is beautiful and the closest beach to Bangkok.

      Have a great trip to Thailand and enjoy Bangkok!


  35. My fiance and I are heading to Thailand this December and I am so happy to have stumbled on your blog. Kudos to you both for such thoughtful and thorough content. Everything is delightful to read and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing! If you are ever in Orlando we would love to show you the local perspective past the Mickey ears.

    • Hi Shana,

      Awwww, thank you so much! Your comment made my day! Would love to visit Orlando, Florida, one day! Hehe, yep, Orlando is most famous for the Disney World. Unfortunately, I have not been to any of the Walt Disney amusement parks. It would be great to see and experience Orlando from the local perspective.

      Have a great trip to Thailand in December! I`m sure you will love this beautiful country!


  36. HI Maria,
    Thank you so much for sharing all this detailed information. This guide is superb! I loved it and you are so thorough with all details either pros and cons. Excellent guide!!

    I’m going to travel to Thailand for the first time with my partner and my 1 1/2 year old baby in November. I’m struggling to see where in Bangkok we should stay as I want a more family friendly place but experiencing the Thai culture. Not so keen in western food and shops as I truly want to experience Thai food, people, life, history, markets, etc.

    Is there any particularly area that you would recommend for family with a toddler?

    I’ll be following your blog. Amazing and thank you for sharing your experience.

    • Hi Gaby,

      Thank you so much! Really happy to hear that you like our articles about Bangkok! So cool that you and your family are traveling to Thailand! You will love this beautiful country!

      Hmm, I would say that Silom is a great area to stay in for families with small kids. It has the biggest park in Bangkok, the Lumphini Park, which is a great place to go for a walk with your baby and take a little time-out from the chaos and noise. In the afternoon, the local Thai people come to this park for exercising, aerobics, Tai Chi and so on. It is nice to just sit on a bench and watch the people.

      Both the Sky Train and Underground goes through the Silom area, so it is very easy to get around Bangkok when staying in this area.

      There are a few small street markets in the Silom area, and also lots of Thai food, but the biggest is the Chatuchak Weekend Market which is a little out of the main city anyway.

      We have some recommendations of nice Thai food restaurants in the Silom area here:

      Have a great trip to Thailand in November!!


      • Thank you so much for the help María and for all the recommendations. I was also checking out the link you provided about THai food! this is great as we love diverse food and cooking so for us it’s not about going to party but all about experiencing the culture and Thai food!

  37. Great! Thanks for making this blog. We will definitely use this as our guide in out future travel to thailand bangkok next year. And will read more of the articles you have offered. Kudus!

    • Thank you soooooo much, Kat!! Your comment made my day! 🙂 Glad our guide to where to stay in Bangkok could be of help to you when planning your trip!

      Have an amazing trip to Bangkok! Thanks again for commenting!


  38. Hi Maria, great page very informative. Will be travelling to Bngkok and Nov with family (kids 2 & 6). Would U know if Royal Princess larn luang hotel well located?

  39. Hi Vik,

    I don’t really know the hotel but the location is in my opinion, not the best. There is no Skytrain station nearby and you are probably a 40-minute walk away from the main sights (Royal Palace, Wat Pho etc) and about equally as far away from the modern shopping centers around Siam Square.

    In this location, I think you will be pretty dependent on taxis for getting around.

    Hope this helps a little. Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  40. Hi Maria, GREAT information!

    My wife and I will be traveling to Bangkok and Phuket for our honeymoon in November. I was wondering if you have an opinion on the ideal area, from your list, for a honeymoon getaway? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Cedric,

      Thank you! Woooow, congrats on your marriage!! Lucky you who are going to Bangkok and Phuket for your honeymoon! That will be awesome!

      The most romantic place to stay in Bangkok is by the riverside in my opinion. Here are some of the best hotels in Bangkok located too, like the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and the Peninsula Hotel. These are a bit expensive, though, so if you want a bit cheaper hotel you can check out the Avani Riverside where we stayed this February. We loved it! The infinity pool is amazing.

      Have a great honeymoon in Thailand!!


  41. Hi Maria,

    Let me start by thanking you for writing such a wonderful article! U don’t know the relief that i received after reading it! I am visiting Bangkok the next month for a business trip! However, I am thinking to extend the same for 2 more days – Sat & Sun. My focus will be shopping. I would want to visit the Chatuchak market one day and a mall the other day. Could you tell me which area I should be staying so that the market and the mall is not very far. Also, considering the market and the malls close at night, can you suggest on anything to do during the night. Any restaurants/pubs/spas/street that are a must-visit.

    Looking forward to hear from you!


    • Hi Neecky,

      Thank you so much! Sukhumvit is a nice area to stay in if you want to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market. Since there are both Skytrain stations and Metro stations in Sukhumvit area it is very easy to get to Chatuchak.

      There are great shopping opportunities in Sukhumvit area, and lots of restaurants, pubs and bars so there are plenty to do in the area at night. So I will recommend Sukhumvit area.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  42. I love everything about this post! I just fell in love with the Avani Riverside hotel, but we are only in Bangkok for a day and a half. It seems far from touristy areas, is it hard to get around/take a long time to get places? I’m thinking the Sukhumvit area would be easier to get around but want that rooftop pool/view!

    • Hi Kat,

      Avani Riverside Hotels is amazing! The rooftop pool is the best! They have free shuttle boats departing every 20 minutes that takes you to the skytrain station Saphan Taksin on the other side of the river. It is easy to get to tourist places like the grand temple, Wat Arun, king palace, Chinatown, and the shopping area Asiatique as they are also located by the river. So it depends on what you want to do during the one and a half day that you have. You can also take a taxi to/from Avani Riverside Hotel (there are several bridges crossing the river).

      Have a great time in Bangkok!


    • Hi! Helloo.. frm Philippines.
      planning to travel in Bkk on August with my cousin and 1st time to travel.. any recommendation a not so pricey hotel and a place to go for shopping and sight seeing.. and a travel time frm and to..
      Thank you in advance.

      • Hi Lou,

        Lucky you who are going to Bangkok in August! If you are looking for cheap places to stay, you should look at the hotel options that we have listed in the Khao San Area and Chinatown. These areas have plenty of cheap hotels and hostels.

        As for shopping, you should check out articles about The Best Shopping in Bangkok and The Best Markets in Bangkok.

        We have also made a recommended 3-day itinerary for Bangkok on the best things to see and do in this beautiful city.

        It takes about 45 min by taxi from the International Airport in Bangkok and into the city, and about 1 hour with the train.

        Have a great trip to Bangkok with your cousin! I`m sure you will have an awesome time! 🙂


  43. Hi Maria!

    Wonderful post!

    Myself and 2 of my friends (all girls) are planning a 1 week vacation to Bangkok in November. From your experience do you think Bangkok is a safe place for girls? We love partying (just among ourselves) and my main concern is how safe it is to get back to our hotel after the clubbing. My friends say it is all good but I think I am the paranoid one amongst us. If you could give us any useful info that would be wonderful!

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Nithya,

      Thank you so much! Bangkok is safe for girls so you should not worry. The main religion practiced in Thailand is Buddhism so the Thais are very friendly, welcoming and helpful. I have never felt unsafe in Bangkok or Thailand. And since there are three of you, you should have no problems.

      Just be aware of scams and touts around the palaces and tourist places. Be aware of people that come up to you and speaks perfect English saying that they are teachers and that the palace is closed for the day, and want to sell you special tickets. Also, the tuk tuk drivers and taxi drives can drive you to a friends shop (tailor or jewellery) before taking you to the place you really want to go. So be aware of that.

      You should not worry, Thai people are the friendliest people in the world! Have an awesome time in Bangkok!


  44. Hi Mara ,

    Love your page here, tons of useful information !! I am bringing my wife and 8 yr old son to BKK next month. Coincidentally, it the same week as the Thai’s King cremation, expecting it going to be crowded.

    I had shortlisted 2 places to stay – Either “Lohas Residences Sukhunvit” ( Big bed, big pool but far to BTS) or ” Happy 3″ (Shorter walk for wife and kid ). Having a hard time deciding, any suggestion ?

    • Hi Jason,

      Thank you! Hmm, yeah it will pre pretty crowded in Bangkok 26. – 29. of October as you say. Some sights will also be closed like the Royal Palace which are closed during the whole of October.

      Hmmm, Lohas and Happy 3 are in two different areas. Happy 3 is as you say very centrally located, close to Skytrain and the big shopping malls like Central World and Siam Paragon (within walking distance). The swimming pool is however under a roof, so if you want to do any sunbathing then you should not choose this hotel.

      Lohas do have a free shuttle that takes you to the nearest Skytrain station, so you don`t really have to walk that much. Lohas is an apartment hotel so you get an apartment (big room) with fully equipped kitchen and a washer (for clothes). The pools is not that big, but an ok size, and nicely located on top of the building with plenty of sunbathing opportunities. Lohas also has a nice gym, and some ok restaurants close by. But you have to take the Sky train to get to the big shopping malls and the river.

      It is difficult for me to say, it really depends on what you think is important for you. Good luck on choosing a hotel!

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  45. incredible page extremely enlightening. Will go to Bangkok and Nov with family. Would U know whether Royal Princess larn Luang inn all around found?

  46. Hi John,

    I don’t really know the hotel but the location is in my opinion, not the best. There is no Skytrain station nearby and you are probably a 40-minute walk away from the main sights (Royal Palace, Wat Pho etc) and about equally as far away from the modern shopping centers around Siam Square.

    In this location, I think you will be pretty dependent on taxis for getting around.

    Hope this helps a little. Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  47. Hi Maria

    Very informative article. Thanks

    We will be first time in Bangkok, arriving mid-afternoon Thu. Jan. 25 and departing on Jan 29 at I plan to book only 3 nights, so we would check out on Jan. 28.

    We will have returned after 5 days from Koh Samui.

    We wish to do touristy stuff with limited shopping. We do not want to repeat some of things in Bangkok that we would have done in Koh Samui.

    Can you please suggest, a 4 star hotel and the location so we have access to public transportation as well as access to some excursion such as the floating market etc.

    From Canada
    Thank you

    • Hi Riz,

      Thank you so much! If you want to stay close to the temples and Royal Grand Palace, you should consider staying along the riverside. We stayed at Avani Riverside Hotel this February and loved it! They have a free shuttle boat that takes you across the river to the Central Pier and sky train station “Saphan Taksin”. From the Central Pier you can take the river boat to tourist sight slike Wat Arun Temple, Royal Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

      The boutique thai hotel Lay La Long is also a good option, although not that modern and fancy as Avani and the other big 4-5 star hotels along the riverside.

      As for the floating markets, they are located about an hour drive outside of Bangkok city. So it doesn`t matter where you stay regarding the floating markets as you will have to take a taxi there anyway.

      Have a great trip to Koh Samui and Bangkok in January!


  48. many thanks, great post. first time in bangkok and will probably stay in Khao San area. we are also planning to visit skybars you’ve mentioned above 🙂 do you think that would be convenient to leave Khao San and visit those places, especially transportation wise.

    • Hi Sedef,

      Thank you so much! So cool that you are visiting Bangkok! Khao San is a great area to stay in with many cheap hotels and hostels. The downside of Khao San is that it has no Sky train or Metro so you have to take the bus, taxi, tuk-tuk or walk to the river and take the river boat. You can take the river boat up to the Central Pier and take the Sky train from Saphan Taksin station. If you want to see the Royal Palace, however, it is within walking distance from Khao San area.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok and enjoy your stay in Khao San area!


      • ok thank you, i think we’ll stick to Khao San road and use taxi or tuk tuk to go to these places. i’m looking forward to it…many thanks and great travels 🙂

  49. Thanks so much! As first timers to Bangkok the choices were quite overwhelming until your brilliant guide helped us to narrow things down. Keep up the great work!

  50. Hello. Thank you for a lovely post. We will be taking a trip to Thailand for the Chinese new year (we live in China as expats). We will spend probably 3 days in Bangkok and then head to Phuket. We will be traveling with our 1.5 yr old daughter (a great traveler who will stay out with us if we want to be out). So, we would like to be somewhere that is close (walking distance or easy subway ride) to tourist attractions and market shopping and good food. Def will want to visit Chatuchak market. The nightlife (other than market shopping) probably won’t apply for us since we will have our little one with us. Where would you recommend we stay? I was thinking either Silom or Pratunam after reading your posts. I look forward to your recommendation. Thanks!

    • Hi Kim,

      Lucky you who are going to Thailand for Chinese new year! I’m sure it will be amazing!

      Yes, I agree, since you are traveling with your baby daughter Silom (nice to go for a stroll in the big park), Pratunam, Siam or Sukhumvit will be good areas for you to stay in. All of these areas have Skytrain and Subway (MRT) which makes it easy to get around the city and head out to Chatuchak weekend market as well as the attractions along the river (the kings`s palace and temples). Siam can, however, be a bit pricy when it comes to accommodation.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok and Phuket!!!


  51. My friends and I are in Bangkok for two separate nights. We will be flying into BKK and spending a night before flying out to Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Then, we will be spending another night there after returning from Ko Samui before we head back home to the US. Do you have a suggestion for the best place to stay for only one night to get the most benefit for our time? We are all late 20s. Thanks! This guide was a ton of help already!

    • Hi Tom,

      Hmm, it really depends on what you want to see and do in Bangkok. Since you have so little time, you really have to prioritize. If shopping is your number one priority, you should stay in Sukhumvit, Siam or Silom area. These areas also have Skytrain which makes it super easy and cheap to get around the city.

      Sukhumvit is a great area with plenty of nice restaurants and hotels. The hotels in Siam are more expensive. Silom is also nice and a quieter area than Sukhumvit.

      If you want to see the temples and cultural places (like the old Chinatown) you can consider staying one night by the river.

      Have a great trip to Angkor Wat, Ko Samui, and Bangkok!! Sounds like the perfect holiday combination!


  52. First of all I love your post!
    I am flying into BKK late Thurs (3/15) at 9pm, and was wondering if there are any recommended activities at that time or just calling it a night. I plan to be in Bangkok for 3 full days before flying to Chiang Mai.

    I am traveling solo, and am not so big on the formal shopping/cinema more so cultural food/markets/sites/history, but I want to be on the go, to make the most of my 13 day trip. I was planning to stay in hostels but I was looking at many of the tours you did and they only pick-up from hotels, would it be difficult for me to navigate to the pick-up locations?

    From your activities and others I was hoping to spend my first day (3/16; early): Floating market tour; 6 am; 6hrs); Jim Thompson House (2-3 hours); heading back for the Bangkok Night Food and City Tour by Tuk Tuk (leaves at 6 pm)? Still planning to add more based on where I am and how well I am able to move around! Too excited!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thank you so much! Your planned itinerary for your first day in Bangkok looks great!

      Hmm, if your plane arrives at the airport at 9 pm, you will probably not be at your hotel/hostel until around midnight, since the immigration, getting your luggage and the transport into town take some time. If you still have some energy, you can for instance head to one of Bangkok`s many cool Skybars for a drink or two. Or go partying in Khao San Road or in Sukhumvit area.

      There is no problem arranging for pick-up at a hotel close to your hostel. Just ask Simon at Expique, and I`m sure it will work out great. Or maybe they can pick you up at the Jim Thompson house or at a hotel nearby Jim Thompson?

      You should take the Skytrain around Bangkok as much as possible, as this is the easiest and quickest way to get around the city. Taxis and tuk-tuks often get stuck in traffic and take forever.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok and Chiang Mai!!


  53. Ok, great thank you so much! You mentioned picking up luggage at the airport. I was hoping to backpack for my trip, did you backpack or simply take reg luggage? If I backpacked I wasn’t planning to check the bag (avoid it arriving late/lost).

    More importantly, I have heard many rumors about air-hostel transportation being interesting any recommendations that I could solidify now that would make it smoother in arriving to the airport?

    Lastly, 3 days in Bangkok, 4 days in Chiang Mai, and 4 in Phuket; with a few days left out of my trip to you recommend any locations that I could explore I suppose “quickly” or should I return to Bangkok explore more there since I’ll be leaving from there?

    **Last question I promise 🙂

    • Yes, we use backpacks on our trips to Asia, we have a Osprey Waypoint each: But they are too big to have as hand luggage, so we always check them in. We have never had the problem of them arriving late or getting lost. I`m bad at minimal packing, and I love shopping so I want to have some empty space in my luggage so that I can do some shopping on my trips. 🙂

      I don`t know anything about air-hostel transportation in Bangkok, so can`t help you there, sorry. We always take a taxi as it is cheap (compared to Europe and USA), safe, comfortable and convenient after a long flight from Europe, and takes us straight to our hotel. There are fixed prices for taxis from the airport into Bangkok city, 500 Baht = 16 us$.

      Hmmm, as for your last days in Thailand it really depends on what you want. If you want more beach and sea, you can for instance visit some of the islands outside of Phuket, like Phi Phi Island or Koh Lanta, or Railay. We love Koh Lanta and Railay, while Phi Phi is too crowded, party and backpacker for us 🙂 . If mountains, jungle, hill tribes and great hiking is what you want, you can head further north from Chiang Mai, to for instance Pai, Chiang Rai, or Mae Hong Son Province, which are popular among backpackers. Great scenery!

      Or as you say, you can head back to Bangkok where there is plenty to see and do. From Bangkok you can, for instance, do a day-trip or spend a night in the beautiful ancient city Ayuthaya (World Heritage Site with historic ruins). From Bangkok, you can also take a trip to Khao Yai National Park and see the rainforest, waterfalls, wild elephants, tigers, leopards, and many other species. Many hotels/hostels around Khao Yai NP arrange park tours into the forest with a guide. The closest beach to Bangkok is Hua Hin (a 3-hour taxi ride or 4-hour train trip), the beach is stunning and not so crowded as Phuket. Hua Hin is great for kitesurfing and horse riding. We really like Hua Hin.

      Hope this helped a little 🙂

      • First of all thank you so much for this great and compact guide on where to stay. It’s our first trip to Thailand and we were lost among so many great places. Now we narrowed down our options and I think the river side will be the best option for us. Keep on with your great work.

        • Hi Najla,

          Thank you so much! Awesome to hear that you find our guide on where to stay in Bangkok useful when planning your Thailand trip. You will love Thailand! It is an amazing country with the most friendly and welcoming people and some stunning beaches.

          The riverside is a great area to stay in Bangkok as you will be close to the most popular sights like the Royal Grand Palace, and the temples Wat Arun and Wat Pho, as well as the vibrant Chinatown with the best street food ever.

          Have a fantastic trip to Thailand and enjoy your stay in Bangkok!


  54. Great Bangkok blog. Stayed at Avani Riverside for 4 nights. first class hotel perfect for a multi-day stay. convenient to expressways to BKK. enjoyed the water shuttle that went from the hotel to central pier. the 20 minute ride was a good way to start and end the day.
    Took the expliquee tuk-tuk food tour. food wasn’t too good but the point of the tour was to experience how thais in Bangkok eat and to enjoy tuk-tuks during the cool of the evening. for better, but more touristy food, I’d suggest the Bangkok food tour of chinatown at night -especially if you can get Mai as your guide.
    again, great blog.

    • Hi John,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that you had a great stay at Avani Riverside Hotel. We love that hotel too, especially the infinity pool at the rooftop, and the view over the river from the hotel rooms. Like you, we loved the little boat trip on the river every morning and evening. Sounds like you had a nice tuk-tuk tour with Expique, we really enjoyed the tuk-tuk by night tour!

      Happy travels! 🙂


  55. Thank you for all of your helpful information. Finding an area to stay and a hotel in Bangkok is overwhelming. I will be traveling there in July with 5 other ladies and first of all our concern is safety and then location so as to travel to the places that we would like to conveniently. We will arrive early afternoon and that evening we would like to do a dinner cruise the next day we’d like to do a city tour and later the Tuk Tuk by night and the next day the one of the floating markets. still trying to find a hotel and an area that would be convenient to those things is what I’m having a little difficulty with if you can please make a suggestion. Based on your blog I have narrowed it down to Riverside, Sukhumvit and Salom but I know there’s some pros and cons about each one but if you can help me I sure would appreciate it. Oh and we would like to stay at a hotel that has a nice rooftop bar with beautiful views of Bangkok. We are not the partying type but we would like to have a nice place to relax in the evening and have a drink Thank you

    • Hi Jackie,

      Thank you so much! I can totally get that finding a hotel in Bangkok can seem overwhelming, there are a lot of hotels to pick from!

      So cool that you and your friends are going to Bangkok! You should not have concerns for your safety, Bangkok is safe and has the most friendly people. I think staying at the Riverside or in Silom area will be best for you.

      We really love the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel. It is located in a quiet area, all rooms face the river and have an amazing view of the river and the city. Avani Riverside also has one of the best Sky bars and rooftop swimming pools in Bangkok. The perfect place to relax in the evening and enjoy the view. There is a shopping mall in the basement of the hotel too, very convenient.

      You can take taxis from the hotel. To get to the nearest Sky Train station, you can take the free shuttle boat from the Avani hotel, across the river to the Sky Train station Saphan Taksin. The free hotel ferry runs every 20 min from the hotel and takes about 10 min across the river to the Sky Train station. Sky train is the best way to get around the city, as the taxis and tuk-tuks can get stuck in traffic for hours.

      If you want to stay in the Silom area, close to the big nice Lumphini Park, a great option would be the Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok with an amazing open air rooftop bar and restaurant. There is a subway/MRT station close by and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the nearest Skytrain Station. We have been to this rooftop bar many times, and love it.

      Have a great time in Bangkok in July!


  56. Hello Maria, this is a mind blowing blog and I’m so grateful I found it. You guys are truly impressive. I have a question for you. First time travel to Bangkok for us. If you had to choose b/w the two Marriott’s in Sukhumvit (Marriott Marquis Queens Park or Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit) for location’s sake…which would it be? I guess that rooftop bar is hard to beat at the the Bangkok Marriott Hotel??

    Thanks for any help. Being central is key and so any tips on this decision would be great. Thanks!

    • Hi Stefanie,

      Thank you so much!!

      Hmm, if I were you I would have booked the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit as it is very close to a Sky Train station (Thong Lo Station), only a 5 min walk. You should use the Sky Train as much as possible. It is the perfect way to get around the city as the traffic is crazy in Bangkok and taxis and tuk-tuks can get stuck in traffic for hours. Also, the Sky Bar at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit is a huge plus! 🙂

      Have a great time in Bangkok!!


  57. hey maria, great blog! just perfect for a first time traveler like me.

    Planning for a family trip, with 2 teenage kids in Apr/May. Family want to stay away from red-light areas, but dont mind crowd. we are laid back family, who wish to relax than visit all tourist places. looking for acco in moderate budget (~$100). Sukhumvit seems apt considering shopping, food, transport convenience. any suggestion?

    • Hi Satish,

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that our article could be of help to you! 🙂

      For you, I would recommend staying at either Sukhumvit or Silom area. Both of these areas have BTS/MRT which is very convenient for getting around the city. Many of the hotels in these areas have free shuttle tuk-tuk that takes you to the nearest station.

      Sukhumvit has two red-light districts, however, but you can easily avoid them as it is only two streets. One is the Nana Placa in Soi 4 (Nana Tai) street. The other is in Soi Cowboy street (a very short street). The rest of Sukhumvit is nice with lots of restaurants, cafes and shopping, and many nice hotels.

      Silom also has shopping and restaurants, and a huge nice park called Lumphini Park where we love to go for a walk or run in the afternoon.

      Another option is to stay on the riverside where there are many really nice hotels with big rooftop swimming pools and nice view over the river and the city, like the Avani Riverside Hotel. The sunset is breathtaking here and the swimming pool is awesome! Many of these hotels by the riverside also have a free shuttle boat that takes you to the BTS station Saphan Taksin, from where you can get around the city. The nice shopping/restaurant market Asiatique is also located by the riverside. Opening hours: Every day 17:00 – midnight. To get to Asiatique, take the free shuttle boat from Central Pier/ Sathorn (sky train to Saphan Taksin). The boat departs every 15 minutes, from 16:00 – 20:00.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok with your family! I`m sure your teenage kids will love this city!


  58. Hi maria, thankyou so much for ur blog .
    I’ll go to bangkok this month and this is my first time, i’ll arrived at DMK .
    I have 2 main agenda at Bangkok:
    1. I’m looking for a romantic place, i’ll stay for one night for this one. So , which area will u suggest for me ?
    2. I want to shop at Bangkok night market, actually i still confused which night market is better. So, which area that can provided me to reach as many as night market i can, it’s okay if i have to move from one area to another.
    I hope you’ll reply this . Which area is better for this 2 agenda, or which area that easier for me to move from one area to another

    • Hi Ryan,

      Thank you so much! Happy to hear that you find our blog and articles about Bangkok useful when planning your Bangkok trip! 🙂

      I will try to answer your questions the best I can:

      1. The most romantic area to stay in is the riverside in my opinion. The sunrise and sunset over the river are amazing! We loved the Avani Riverside Hotel (stayed there last year).

      2. A nice night market is the Asiatique which is located on the riverside. There is a free riverboat going there from the Central Pier (the Sky train station Saphan Taksin). It would be easy to get to Asiatique if you are staying at a hotel by the river. This is a modern and more upper-class market with restaurants and nice shops selling both clothes, shoes, accessories, and hand-made souvenirs.
      Opening hours: Every day 17:00 – midnight
      Location: by the river
      How to get here: Take the free shuttle boat from Central Pier/ Sathorn (sky train to Saphan Taksin). The boat departs every 15 minutes, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

      Another huge night market is the Rot Fai Market, Srinakarin. This is the biggest night market in Bangkok and has everything from everyday fashion clothes, vintage stuff from all over the world, and many cheap snack bars.
      Rot Fai Market, Srinakarin:
      Opening Hours: 17:00 – midnight (Thursday – Sunday)
      Location: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square)
      How to get there: Take the BTS to the station On Nut (closest station but still requires a taxi journey)

      This market also has a little brother the Rot Fai Market, Ratchada, which is in the city if you don`t want to travel that far.
      Rot Fai Market, Ratchada:
      Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00 (Thursday-Sunday)
      Location: Ratcadaphisek Road (close to Esplanade Shopping Mall)
      How to get there: Take the MRT to the station National Cultural Centre

      Just around the corner from the famous weekend market, Chatuchak is the JJ Green Nightmarket. This is a hip and cool market popular among young Thai people. A cool place to hang out even if you don`t want to go shopping.
      JJ Green Market
      Opening Hours: Thurs – Sun 17:00 – 02:00
      Location: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak
      How to get there: Take the MRT to the station Chatuchak or the BTS to the station Mo Chit

      A really cool market is the Chang Chui Plane Market, which offers clothes, art and things made out of recycled and scrap metal. There is even a huge Air Bus plane on display at this market. And it has a nice dining and cafe area.
      Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
      Location: 462 Sirindhorn Rd, on the western outskirts of Bangkok

      As long as you stay in an area that has Sky train (BTS) or Underground (MRT) it will be easy for you to get around the city and to go to these night markets. The areas Riverside, Sukhumvit, and Silom has BTS/MRT.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! And enjoy the night market shopping!


  59. Hello Maria,
    I love your post! I am trying to book a hotel for a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids ages 10, 12, 13) and it is proving to be difficult as most hotel rooms accommodate 2 or 4 people max. Since it will be hot in June, we would like to stay very close to public transportation, ideally on the river (so we can take the boat to see the sights). Is there a hotel with suites that you would recommend (that is not outrageously priced).

    Lastly, would you recommend going to see the umbrella market?


    • Hi Emily,

      Thank you so much! I tried searching for hotels at the Riverside for you guys (2 adults and 3 kids aged 10,12,13) at, and I totally see your point that it is a bit difficult to find one room for all of you. One option is to have two rooms next to each other.

      Here are some options for you that look nice and are at an ok price level (I just picked a random date in June, 13.-14. June, so you much check the prices for your dates):

      Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside (swimming pool, right by the river, perfect location close to Asiatique market with restaurants and shopping) – Two bedroom Thai deluxe suite, 2 twin beds + 1 queen bed = $294 (breakfast included)
      Naga Residence (no swimming pool, nice location right by the river) – family room with balcony, 2 twin + 1 king bed, $96
      Royal River Hotel (swimming pool, right by the river) – superior quadruple room, 2 twin and 2 full bed, $82 (breakfast included)
      Ibis Bangkok Riverside (swimming pool, right by the river) – 2 twin rooms, each with two twin beds, ask that the rooms must be next to each other, $114
      New Siam Riverside (swimming pool, nice location at the riverside, not the newest hotel but looks ok) – 1 triple room w/ 3 twin beds + 1 double room w/ 1 king bed = $138 (breakfast included)

      We have not been to the umbrella market (train market) yet, but it looks like fun! I`ve heard they mainly sell food and vegetables, so not that much for tourists to buy. I`m sure it`s fun to walk around and have a look especially if you are lucky and a train arrives and goes through the market. The market is set up along a railroad track I think, and when the trains approach they take the stalls away and set them up again after the train has passed. The market is located in Maeklong, about a 90 minutes drive by car outside of Bangkok, so it will be a half-day trip. If it`s worth it really depends on how much time you have in Bangkok in total.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok in June! We will probably be there in June too, can`t wait to be back in this awesome city again! 🙂


  60. Hi! Arriving at Suvarnabhumi at 9pm on a Saturday night, and hopping on another plane at Don Mueang mid morning the next day. Any suggestions on what area to stay in that is convenient for this transfer, but will still be a good introduction to Thailand? Thanks!

    • Hi Michelle,

      Hmm, I am really not sure if it`s worth the trip into Bangkok city since you will have so few hours between your flights. You will not have time to experience or see anything of the city anyway.

      The driving time from Suvarnabhumi Airport to for instance Sukhumvit Road (a popular area to stay in with lots of hotels and restaurants) is around 45 min. The driving time from Sukhumvit Road area and out to Don Mueang Airport is also around 45 min. (in another direction than Suvarnabhumi), but on Sunday mid-day the traffic can be pretty bad and you might be stuck in traffic.

      So you can either stay at a hotel close to Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Muang Airport, but none of these areas have much to see or do, at least not the Don Muang Airport area. If you decide to stay in downtown Bangkok, I think Sukhumvit area will be a nice place for you to stay in as it is easy to get into and out of with a taxi or Sky Train/ Metro.

      Have a great trip to Thailand!


  61. Thank you so much for the summary!! I was having a headache on where to start searching, and after going through your page, i made my accommodation booking in five minutes! My fastest record so far! Really appreciate it!

    • Hi Yi,

      Thank you so much!! Wow, five minutes, I`m really impressed! 🙂 Awesome that we could help you out with finding accommodation that fast!

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  62. Hello Maria! First of all, this is definitely the best article I’ve ever read. Thank you so much for spending lots of time sharing your experiences and suggestions. My fiance and I will arrive in Bangkok around 8am Sunday and leave at 6.30pm on Tuesday (3days,2nights). We are planning to visit the Floating market, def the Chatuchak market, and basically all the cultural food/markets/sites/history stuffs. We’re not planning so much on luxury shopping in the shopping mall. Planning to stay at Lohas Residences Sukhumvit or do you have any better suggestions?

    And can you please please suggest us any other places we can go to make the best of our time in Bangkok for these 3 days, 2 night? Thank you in advance 😀


    • Hi Syaza,

      Thank you so much!! Glad to hear that this article could be of help to you when finding out where to stay on your Bangkok trip! We have stayed at Lohas Residences Sukhumvit several times and we like it. The apartment rooms are great, it`s nice to have a kitchen. They also have a free tuk-tuk shuttle that takes you to the nearest Sky train station, although it is only within a short walking distance. So Lohas is a good choice.

      The things you have already planned on seeing in Bangkok sounds great! We have written a 3-days itinerary of the things we recommend seeing in Bangkok:

      Have a great time in Bangkok!


  63. This is a killer list. Wow. Such amazing info. We are heading back to Bangkok after 15 years and this was so helpful. Great job! Big thank you!

    • Hi JP,

      Thanks a million!! Your comment made my day! 🙂 So cool that you are heading back to Bangkok after 15 years! I guess the city has changed a bit over the years, at least some areas like Siam which is very modern and western.

      Have a great time in Bangkok!


  64. Very informative, thank you for sharing your experience.

    Not after shopping, nightclubs or business, Instead I wish to explore culture, tradition and history. I have read that many temples, the Palace and other cultural landmarks are situated in the Old City, yet supposedly it is NOT the the best area to stay in.

    Having read your article Riverside seems like the district to stay in. I would like to not go over US$70 or so. The Lay La Long looks beautiful but expensive. Any alternative with similar character would be greatly welcomed.

    The same request also for Sukhothai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Thank you all.

    • Hi Edward,

      Thank you so much! The Riverside is a great area to stay in! The sunrise and sunset over the big Chao Phraya river are beautiful, and the temples and Grand Palace are located by the river so they are easy to get to by a river ferry boat.

      Hmm, no sorry I don`t know of any hotels that are similar to Lay La Long, it is quite unique. The Sala Arun Hotel looks nice too and has a similar location and view as Lay La Long. It looks like it cost a little over us$70, but it is with breakfast. Inn A Day also looks very cool, located by the river, with a charming decor, beautiful view and cool vibe.

      A cheaper but still very nice accommodation option by the Riverside is the Siri Poshtel Hotel. It looks nice and has a good location by the river.

      Hope this helped a little. Have a great trip to Bangkok! Sorry, we have not been to Sukhothai, Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai yet, but plan on heading there this spring. So will write some articles about these places in a few months. 🙂


  65. Hello,

    I have just stumbled across your blog, and find it so informative and wonderful to read. Thank you.

    I am in the final stages of planning our trip to Thailand myself (43) and Daughter (23)

    We will be coming from MN arriving in BKK on the 19th 9pm, not set in stone yet but we plan to be in Chiang Mai for the lantern festival on the 21st. Was planning on staying in BKK for 2 nights first we would not get to our room until very late night maybe close to midnight and then one more night. Do you think I just stay longer than that or can we see some things in one day.

    We plan on then heading from Chiang Mai to Krabi then for 6 nights. and then we are totally crazy but on the way home stopping in India for a visit to the Taj so we have a lot on our plate but want to see it all.

    So a few questions,

    Where to stay in BKK is it a good idea to stay near airport for two nights and train in for a full day of exploring then be close to airport for flight to Chiang Mai or should we do something different.

    I think I read somewhere you went to Railay Beach THoughts?

    My idea was flying from Chiang Mai to Phuket since there is a direct flight there staying for 2 nights then driving to krabi and staying somewhere for 4 nights?

    Do you have any thoughts on this. Anything you can suggest is much appreciated.

    • Hi Carla,

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that you like our blog and find it useful when planning your trip to Bangkok! 🙂

      I recommend that you stay in the city of Bangkok and not out by the airport. Then you will have a full day to explore Bangkok and don`t have to use several hours getting in and out of the city. Also, from MN (Minneapolis?) I think you will land at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, while most inland flights in Thailand departs for Don Mueang Airport. These two airports are on opposite sides of Bangkok. There is basically nothing to see or do out by the Don Mueang Aiport so it`s pretty boring staying in that area.

      I think you should stay by the Riverside and take inspiration for what to do on your one day in Bangkok from Day 1 of our 3-day Bangkok Itinerary. Then you get to see the highlights of Bangkok, and the riverside is a beautiful area to stay in. We love the Avani Riverside Hotel, but there are many nice hotels in that area.

      Your Thailand itinerary looks great! Good idea to fly up to Chiang Mai (I have not been there yet, but we plan on going there this May), and fly down to Phuket and Krabi. Then you will get a little bit of everything of what Thailand has to offer – the big city feel in Bangkok, jungle trekking and temples in Chiang Mai, and beach bliss in Phuket/Krabi.

      Yes, we stayed at the Railay Beach in Krabi, and loved it! The beach gets a bit crowded around 12-14 o`clock as many tourist boats on a day-trip to Railay enters the beach, but once they leave it returns back to a quiet beach paradise. Koh Lanta is also very nice (an island outside of Krabi), there is a ferry to Koh Lanta from Krabi and Phuket.

      Wow, lucky you who are going to India on your way back home to see Taj Mahal! I have not been there yet, I´m sure it will be wonderful!

      Have a great trip to Thailand and India with your daughter!


    • Hi Carla,

      Thanks a million! So happy to hear that you find our post about where to stay in Bangkok useful! 🙂

      Happy travels! 🙂


  66. Great overview! I have really needed that. My husband and I are planning our 4th trip to Thailand, and 3rd to Bangkok. We have lived in the Pratunam and the Silom area, and are now thinking about staying in Banglamphu because it’s so different than the other areas. However, I am a bit reluctant because of the lack of BTS/MRT. Is it alright to stay in this area without feeling ‘trapped’ in the area? I know the ferry is close but….. 🙂 I’m not truly convinced, I do love having ‘my’ BTS close by.

    • Hi,

      Thank you so much! I totally get your concerns about staying in Banglamphu area as I too love the Skytrain. But, as you say, Banglamphu is close to the river so you can easily get on a riverboat to Central Pier and take the Skytrain from Saphan Taksin station. Or you can take a taxi or tuk-tuk to the nearest Skytrain or MRT station.

      Have an amazing time in Bangkok!!


  67. Hello, and thank you for the comprehensive article. We will be in Bangkok for 4 days and were thinking of the Riva Surya because it looked to be walking distance to major sights. Good choice, or are Riverside or Sukhumvit better to for both culture/history, and then restaurants. We’re not clubbing or major nightlife folks, but would like to stay somewhere interesting – I know we may not be able to do it all! Many thanjs!

    • Hi Martha,

      Thank you so much! The Riva Surya hotel is located right by the river and is within walking distance to the sights along the river like the Royal Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho. You can also easily take the riverboat to the Central Pier where you can jump on the Sky train (the station is called Saphan Taksin) and you can get travel to the rest of Bangkok from there. So I would say that Riva Surya hotel is a good choice!

      Have a great time in Bangkok!


  68. This blog is AMAZING!! We have been a little hesitant about our trip and this has helped so much! Wondering if you’ve been to Chang Mai yet? Any words of wisdom where to stay and what to see would be soooo great! Excited to experience the Thai culture and food. We arrive in Thailand on May 28th. Thinking of doing Chang Mad first and then heading south to Bangkok and ending with the islands.

    • Hi Paula,

      Thanks a million for your nice comment!!! 🙂 No, sorry, we have not been to Chang Mai yet, but plan on going in June/July so will write a guide to Chang Mai then.

      Have heard it is a nice city, so sounds like a great idea to do Chang Mai – Bangkok – the Islands! Have a great trip to Thailand! Crossing my fingers that you will have some sun as the rainy season is on its way.


  69. Hello Maria,

    Well written blog. However, for my case, this would be my 1st time going to Bangkok. Will be going there with my wife and a baby. Any recommendations on the hotel and location for us to stay ? My main objectives would be shopping and strolling around the area for street foods (preferably halal food if have) and stuff. Hope to receive favorable recommendations from you !

    • Hi Zainal,

      Thank you so much!

      Silom is a nice and easy area to stay in, which also has the big park Lumphini where you can go for a quiet stroll with your baby. Silom has both MRT and Skytrain so it´s easy to get around the city from here. Silom has some great shopping and restaurants, but the main shopping malls are in Siam area.

      Chinatown is the best place to go for street food. Also, Sukhumvit Area has great street food, nice hotels, and some good shopping options. Sukhumvit has plenty of Skytrain stations.

      If you will be in Bangkok for a weekend, the Chatuchak Weekend Market (Saturdays and Sundays) is awesome for street food and shopping in general.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok with your family!


    • I would say BTS Nana and Suvhumvit area has a lot of Thai Halal Food. Though these areas might not be so suitable with a baby due to it being fairly busy and crowded.

  70. This is Super Cool Insight!!! I found a great deal to stay in Amaranta Hotel in Huai Khwang. My first time traveling with my girlfriend and her mom. Would you recommend this area? Or would this area be to far to all the tourist area’s like Grand palace, floating markets etc?

    • Hi Mike,

      Thank you so much! Huai Khwang is an ok area to stay in. I also see that Amaranta Hotel is only a 5 min walk from the Huai Khwang MRT Station which makes it easy to get around Bangkok.

      Amaranta Hotel is not close to neither Grand Palace nor floating markets (although the floating markets are a bit out of the city anyway so it doesn´t really matter where in Bangkok you stay). But you can get to the Grand Palace and the other tourist attractions along the river (Wat Arun and the Golden Buddha) by taking the MRT from Huai Khwang Station to Silom Sation, and change to the Skytrain (Sala Daeng station) and take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station. From there you can take the riverboat ferry up the river to the Grand Palace. Taking the ferry is a lot of fun!

      We just came from Bangkok and used the app Grab a lot. It is very easy and convenient, and cheap too. I really recommend using the Grab app to get a taxi or private driver in Bangkok.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok with your girlfriend and her mom! I`m sure you will have a great time!


  71. Hi Maria,
    Thanks to your blog, I made the most of my first trip to Bangkok by staying in three parts of the city! It’s not as crazy as it sounds… I was there for five nights and then again for one after a two week hiatus to Sri Lanka. I spent the first two nights at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn. What a fabulous hotel! From the location right next to a skytrain station, the superbly equipped fitness room/gym and the largest breakfast buffet spanning several Asian cuisines as well as Western dishes, all of which were of the highest quality.

    Then I moved on to the Avani Riverside. It was such a treat to escape the hustle and bustle of the other side of the river while taking in gorgeous views from the rooftop. Rooms were spacious and very clean. The access to a phone that calls 20+ countries for free was an added bonus. However the concierge team was the most helpful of any I’d met.

    When I returned for one night, I had the very pleasant experience of staying at the Clover Asoke. Wow! So delightfully decorated and it even had a women only floor. They even have a shower for guests who check out and would like to rinse off before traveling. The staff couldn’t have been kinder! They were extremely hospitable and made me feel so at home. The location is also a highlight next to the MRT and skytrains. I will definitely return to Bangkok and likely each of the place I stayed.

    Thanks again for describing the different parts of the city! Highly recommend others explore all that Bangkok has to offer in its different areas.

  72. hi maria!

    thank you for all the infos u provided !!

    so i wanted to ask you, where would you stay today? so did all the clubing and rave thing, so now, going for the second time, im looking for a more quieter and peaceful location to stay, even thou i dont mind going to busy places to visit and what knot, but id rather stay somewhere thats not so much a family place, but not a trendy spot as well … 😉

    thanks again!

    • Hi Silvia,

      Thank you so much! If you want a more quiet and peaceful place, I would recommend the riverside. There are plenty of really nice hotels in that area with great views of the river. The sunsets here are stunning.

      Have a great visit to Bangkok! 🙂


  73. Hello,
    We are heading to Bangkok in January for 3 or 4 nights and our travel agent has suggested the Century Park Hotel at 9 Ratchaprarop Road. Would you recommend this area? We are not too interested in shopping malls and nightlife…more cultural/historical attractions and food. Thank you!

    • Hi Karen,

      Looks like the Century Park Hotel lays in the Khao San/ Banglamphu Area in this guide, but far away from the party streets. We have not stayed at the Century Park Hotel, but it looks OK, and has some OK reviews on TripAdvisor. You will have to walk 15-20 min to the nearest Skytrain Station (Victory Monument), but if that is ok with you then it should be fine.

      Have a great time in Bangkok! 🙂


  74. Thanks for putting this together. It’s very helpful. Although I have been to Bangkok a few times in the past, I was struggling to get to grips with which area to stay in for an upcoming trip in Jan. I’m veering towards either a riverside hotel or the So Sofitel.



    • Hi Bridget,

      Thank you so much for your nice comment! Yeah, Bangkok can be a bit overwhelming as there are so many different areas and districts to choose from when deciding where to stay. We love staying by the riverside! It is close to some of the top sights of Bangkok, like Wat Arun, the Royal Palace, Chinatown, Kao San Road, and Wat Pho, has lots of delicious street food, and markets, and the sunset by the river is stunning!

      So Sofitel is a great hotel, one of the absolute best in Bangkok. It is perfectly located in the Silom area, right by the lovely Lumphini Park. Silom is also one of our favorite areas to stay in with lots of nice restaurants and shopping. We actually stayed in the Silom area this July, and loved it! Both the Skytrain and MRT runs through Silom, which makes it a very convenient area to stay in.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok in January!


  75. Hi Maria!

    Your blog is a godsend! Thank you for this.

    I wanted your opinion – I’m going with my Mom and Dad (but I’m more adventurous than them and they are in their 60s while I’m in my 30s). They like to do shopping and some walking around while I like to do more adventurous things. But this trip I want them to relax. We are planning to do a full day experience at the Wildlife Friends Foundation so one day will be there. But after that, mainly I’m planning to stay in Bangkok with them. Which hotel/area do you recommend would be best suited if we took a day trip to WFFT (we are going to book a roundtrip pickup in Bangkok for this) and for the next few days, probably just eat/shop, and potentially visit one of the temples/Wat Pho.

    I was thinking in Sukhimvit, any advice or recommended hotels?

    • Hi Amanda,

      Thank you so much for your nice words about our blog! Really appreciate it!

      Ah, I totally get the situation you are in with your parents, mine are exactly the same! 🙂 They like to relax while I like to explore the places we visit.

      Sukhumvit is a great area to stay in as it has plenty of nice hotels, restaurants, and great shopping. It also has the Skytrain running through the area, making it convenient to get around the city to the Siam area (great shopping!) and the river with the temples (Wat Pho and Grand Palace).

      Depending on your budget, the Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel is the best hotel in Sukhumvit. You will not go wrong by booking this hotel if it is within your budget.

      We stayed at the Novotel Sukhumvit 20 a couple of months ago (July) and loved it. It is a mid-range hotel. It is brand new so the rooms are very fresh and beautiful and have great city views. They have a nice pool area great for relaxing with a fantastic view of Bangkok. There is a 7-Eleven/ convenient store just across the road of the hotel, and several restaurants as well as a German bakery in the same street as the hotel.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok with your parents! I`m sure you will have a wonderful time!


      • Hi Maria,

        So.. I looked into your hotels and I ended up booking the Novotel.. but I didn’t read clearly enough and instead of the Novotel Sukhumvit 20, I had booked the Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit. (Ahh, I didn’t know there were so many Novotels..) and it is too late to cancel now. Do you have any feedback of this place? It seems to be in the vicinity of Novotel Sukhumvit 20 as well but definitely at least 15 minutes away. Room booked was for 3 people but I couldn’t see pictures that could fit 3 people. Hopefully this place is okay. Any feedback if you have any?

        • Hi Amanda,

          The Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit seems like a really nice hotel too. It is very close to Phloen Chit BTS station which is convenient as it makes it easy for you to get around the city.

          Have a fantastic stay in Bangkok!


  76. With all do respect,you literally saved my ass.I was in the process to cancel my trip to Thailand,my first one.
    It was overwhelming trying to figure it out where to stay while there….until you come out into the picture.
    Great information,real professionals .
    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Ricardo,

      Wow, thanks a million for your awesome comment! You made my day! I am so happy that you did not cancel your trip to Thailand as you will love this beautiful country!

      Have a fantastic trip to Thailand and an amazing time in Bangkok! Thanks again for commenting!


  77. I will be in Bangkok arriving on 12/29 any suggestions during that time? Suggestions for New Years Eve? I know I definitely want to do a night tour. Great site!

    • Hi Crystal,

      Thank you so much! Lucky you who will be celebrating New Year’s Eve in Bangkok! You should definitely go on a night tour, I really recommend this Night Tour by Tuk-Tuk Tour by Expique, it is awesome!

      There are plenty of cool rooftop bars in Bangkok which is great to be at on New Year’s Eve. The Moon Bar at Banyantree Hotel is my favorite. Also, the area in front of Central World shopping mall and Khao San Road is where all the partying is going on on New Year´s Eve in Bangkok if you are looking for that kind of New Year celebration. Asiatique Market by the river is also a nice place to hang out on New Year´s Eve, as well as joining a river cruise on the Chao Phraya River that runs through the city.

      Have a fantastic trip to Bangkok! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  78. Hello!

    I found your Bangkok guide extremely useful-thank you!

    I have just returned from a trip around Laos & Vietnam – & started & finished in Bangkok

    General Feedback from DEC18 trip

    -Baan K apartment hotel = very good. RECOMMENDED
    It was quite nice being close to Lumphini Park – especially to view the resident monitor lizard population!

    -iCheck Inn – Sukhumvit 19 – terrible – very low quality & shabby! NOT RECOMMENDED
    I think the other iCheck Inns in Bangkok are similar 2star at most!

    -Sachas Hotel Uno – Sukhumvit – very good – BUT hotel is very noisy – RECOMMENDED

    -FX Hotel Metrolink – Makkasan – very good & good place to stay if you have an early flight from BKK – rail link to airport & metro 2 mins walk. RECOMMENDED

    Thanks once more

    Nick Gilroy

    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks a million! Great to hear that you found our Bangkok guide useful when planning your Bangkok stay! Hope you had a great trip to Laos and Vietnam!

      Thank you so much for sharing your hotel experiences, and giving us tips on hotels that you recommend and do not recommend. Very helpful! Will definitely check out some of the hotels in your list on our upcoming trip to Bangkok in a couple of weeks.

      We visited York a few years ago, by the way, loved it! Loved the York Minster where we also joined a church service and saw a concert which was a great experience! Being Norwegians, it was interesting to learn that York was once the capital of a Viking territory, then called Jorvik. We felt a bit like “home”. 🙂


  79. If I’m arriving at Swarna Airport, planning to stay in Pattaya for a day+Night and 2 days+nights in BKK city, where should I go first (Pattaya/BKK City)? My Departure is from Swarna Airport in the last evening. Planning to stay in Sukhumvit in BKK City, not sure in Pataya yet. Flexible trip with your suggestions. Hotels not booked yet.

    • Hi Alee,

      It does not matter in which order you go to Pattaya and Bangkok. If you want to head to the coast and the beach first for some relaxing, then you should go to Pattaya first. But if you are keen on experience a big city with shopping, restaurants and so, then you should go to Bangkok first and afterwards head to Pattaya to relax on the beach.

      It takes 1,5 hour to drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya. And it takes about 45 min to drive from the airport into Bangkok city, depending on the traffic and where you stay. The drive from Pattaya to Bangkok takes about 2 hours. You have to drive these distances anyway if you want to visit Bangkok and Pattaya, so it does not matter which one you choose to visit first.

      Personally, I think I would have picked Pattaya first, and then Bangkok. Then I could do some shopping in Bangkok (gifts and so on) before going back home and I did not have to bring all my shopping items to Pattaya. 🙂

      Have a great trip to Pattaya and Bangkok!


  80. thank you so very much for this! my fiancé and I are planning to get married in Thailand. This has made decision making so much safer and easier! you’re awesome! id love to exchange contact info! please let me know 🙂

    • Hi Bridget,

      Thank you so much for your nice comment! Wow, congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! Awesome that you are planning on having your wedding in Thailand! There are so many beautiful places in Thailand which are perfect for weddings, so I`m sure it will be fantastic and a real dream-come-true-wedding! 🙂

      Don´t hesitate to contact me through our contact page or send me an email if you have any questions:

      Good luck with planning your Thailand-wedding!

      All the best,

  81. Hi Maria!
    I am heading to Bangkok for two days and not sure where to stay. This blog is extremely helpful but almost overwhelming with information and I can’t choose because everything sounds great. We are looking to do some temple tours but still want to walk around markets and do some gift shopping. We just graduated so are on tight budgets but want to pack as much in as possible during our time!

    Which area/hotel do you think would be best for us?
    What would be your suggestion of top things to do during our short time?


    • Hi Shannon,

      Thank you so much! Hehe, sorry that you feel that it is too overwhelming. 🙂

      Since you are on a tight budget, you should check out the accommodations in the Khao San Road area. We stayed at the Casa Vimaya Hotel in Kao San Area last year (July 2018) and it was great! Brand new and fresh with a lovely swimming pool on the roof, and the service from the friendly staff was amazing. You can check out Casa Vimaya HERE.

      Khao San is the backpacker area of Bangkok and is right by the river Chao Phraya River that runs through the city. This area doesn´t, unfortunately, have a Skytrain or MRT station yet. But you can take the river ferries on Chao Phraya River (very cheap and fun) to get to the Skytrain (Saphan Taksin BTS Station at Central Pier).

      Or you can walk to Victory Monument (Panfa Leelard Pier, 1 km or 15 min walk from Kao San, just north of the Golden Mountain) and take a river/ canal ferry from there to Siam, Hua Chang Pier (the main shopping area of Bangkok with all the huge shopping malls). From there you can catch the Skytrain from National BTS Station. The river ferries is a fun, quick, and more local way to go around Bangkok.

      Or you can, of course, catch a Grab/ taxi/ tuk-tuk to get around the city.

      Khao San Road has a great street market perfect for gift shopping. But if you are staying in Bangkok during a weekend, then I recommend that you go to the Chatuchak Weekend Market (every Saturday and Sunday). It is my favorite Bangkok market and they sell basically everything! 🙂 It is cheap too so you can really do some bargain.

      As for the top must-do things in Bangkok, I recommend that you do Day 1 of our 3-day Bangkok Itinerary. It covers the highlights of Bangkok and is very convenient for you if you are staying in the Khao San area.

      On your second and last day in Bangkok, you can, for instance, go to a market and do some shopping. I have written a guide to my favorite Bangkok markets: 6 Markets In Bangkok You Should Not Miss

      Have a fantastic 2-days in Bangkok!


  82. My wife and are going to Bangkok for 5 days would also like to stop in Phuket, or Pattaya do you recommend doing a day trip (s) or actually stay in a hotel in Pattaya or Phuket? Is travel from Bangkok to Pattaya Phuket easy ?

    • Hi Neil,

      You can drive to Pattaya (taxi, minibus or Grab), a 2,5 hours drive one way. To Phuket, however, you must take a plane as Phuket is located on the southwest coast of Thailand. The plane ride to Phuket takes 1,5 hour one way from Bangkok.

      I would recommend that you stay at least one night in Pattaya or Phuket, at least in Phuket at it is pretty far away from Bangkok. To Pattaya, you might go there for a day-trip if you go there early in the morning.

      Have a great trip to Thailand!


  83. First off, thank you for taking the time to write such a great guide to Bangkok. I am going from 04/28 to 05/01 with my mom, I am pretty decided on the riverside area but torn between staying at the AVANI riverside or ANANTARA riverside, they seem very different I know. What do you think?
    Also I was hoping to get away for a day and a night to a beach, what do you recommend: Hua Hin or is there access to a pretty island close by?
    I really appreciate your time
    Thank you

    • Hi Karen,

      Thank you so much! Awesome that you are going to Bangkok at the end of April with your mom! You will love Bangkok!

      Great choice of staying in the Riverside area. Both Avani and Anantara are awesome hotels, and they are located just next to each other. They share the same pier by the river and you actually walk through Anantara to get to Avani. There is a big shopping mall in the basement of Avani, very convenient.

      I would say that Avani is newer and more modern than Anantara and all the rooms at Avani are facing the river so you have a fantastic view of the city and river. The sunsets are amazing! Avani also has an amazing rooftop infinity pool which we love, and there is also a bar/ small restaurant next to the pool. I would say that Avani is more aimed toward adult guests and not small children.

      Anantara is a bit older than Avani and has a more Thai style architecture. I feel that Anantara is more a resort kind of hotel, very popular among families with kids. The swimming pool is located in a beautiful garden with palm trees and is very family friendly. But the swimming pool was pretty packed with kids when we stayed there. You are, however, going there in low season (shoulder season, right before the monsoon season starts kicks in), so it might not be that many people staying at these hotels in April/ May. So it really depends on what you are looking for. Our favorite hotel in Bangkok is Avani. 🙂 But you can not go wrong no matter which of these two hotels you choose, they are both great!

      Hua Hin is the closest beach to Bangkok, and is beautiful! We have been there many times. Hua Hin is where the people living in Bangkok usually goes for a beach getaway. It takes three hours to drive there one way (taxi or Grab). You can also take the train to Hua Hin.

      Another option, if you want to go to a pretty island, is Koh Samet. The small island Koh Samet is beautiful and has white beaches. It takes about the same amount of time to drive to the ferry pier to Koh Samet as it does to Hua Hin, about three hours. But you have to take a ferry out to Koh Samet so it will probably take more time to get there, maybe 3-5 hours one way in total depending on the traffic and the ferry.

      Have a fantastic trip to Bangkok with your mom!


  84. Hello,
    My wife and I along with another couple are planning a trip to phuket in November but plan to stop for 4 nights before in Bangkok and on the return leg 4 nights in Hong Kong. We are all in out late 40s and early 50s taking a major holiday without our teenage children! We love shopping, street food and like to experience some of the local culture. Where would you recommend we base ourselves in Bangkok and Hong Kong if you have experience of travelling there as well. Should we stay in hotels or consider apartments? Welcome your thoughts and advice as I am getting overwhelmed with volume of choices being the designated organiser for the group! Your blog has been the easiest to follow and understand. Thanks Ade

    • Hi Ade,

      Great to hear that you are going to Thailand in November! We are actually island hopping in the Krabi area right now. Are in Railay now, next up is Phuket. You will love it, it is stunning here! 🙂

      I think that a good area for you to stay in Bangkok would be the Riverside area. There are some great hotels here, like our favorite hotel the Avani Riverside Hotel. You also find probably Bangkok´s finest hotel here, the Mandarin Oriental.

      In the Riverside area, you are close to Chinatown (the oldest part of Bangkok packed with delicious street food), the temples, royal palace, and Asiatique market. You can easily take the ferry along the river to get between these places, or you can walk. Check out our favorite places to eat in Bangkok, some of these places area in the Riverside Area.

      By staying in the Riverside area, you can easily do Day 1 of our recommended Bangkok Itinerary as the sights of Day 1 is in that area of the city. Day 1 is the must-see sights of Bangkok in my opinion. 🙂

      If you stay in the Riverside area, you are also a bit away from the “chaos” of Bangkok. The busy party of the city might feel a bit overwhelming if you visit Bangkok for the first time.

      The easiest way to get around the city is by Skytrain. If you want to take the Skytrain from the Riverside area, you have to go to the Central Pier where you can easily walk to Saphan Taksin Skytrain Station (2 min walking). You can easily get to Central Pier by river ferry.

      Other areas you can consider staying in, that are more “modern” and has more nightlife, are:
      An area with lots of restaurants, bars, nightlife, big modern shopping malls, and has lots of Skytrain Stations so easy to get around the city.

      A modern area with many top-end hotels and restaurants, Bangkok’s biggest park Lumphini, and shopping malls. Silom area has both Skytrain and MRT (underground) so easy to get around the city.
      One of our absolute favorite hotels in Bangkok is located in Silom, the So Sofitel Hotel. A fantastic hotel!

      If you should book apartments or normal hotel rooms, is very much up to your preferences. If you want to stay together, you can book an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms so that the four of you share the living room and kitchen. If you want to stay in apartments, I recommend the Oriental Residence Bangkok in Silom. We stayed there last year, in July, and loved it.

      If you want to be able to do some cooking in Bangkok, then you should book apartments. But since you only have 4 days in Bangkok, and the city has sooooooo much delicious and cheap food, I think that you should eat out as much as you can. We never cook ourselves when we are in Bangkok, and hardly does the people living in Bangkok. 🙂

      As for Hong Kong, I recommend that you choose a hotel on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. The “problem” with Hong Kong is that the hotels usually have small rooms. We stayed at the Island Pacific Hotel the last time we visited Hong Kong, and we liked it. Big comfortable rooms and the hotel is located on Hong Kong Island so it was easy to access all the sights.

      Have a fantastic trip to Thailand and Hong Kong in November!


  85. hi there..

    where would be the best area to stay in one of your top picks in bangkok where everything is accessible to transportation or landmarks to go to..

    thanks and best of luck..

    • Hi Candice,

      The Riverside area of Bangkok is close to most of the main sights of Bangkok, the sights that you find in Day 1 of our recommended Bangkok Itinerary. Our favorite hotel in the Riverside area is the Avani Riverside Hotel. This hotel has its private ferry that will take you across the river to the Central Pier or to Asiatique Market for free.

      You can easily take the river ferry between the different sights along the river. The best and quickest way to head to other areas of Bangkok is by Skytrain. You can take the ferry to Central Pier and from there take the Skytrain from Saphan Taksin Skytrain Station (2 min walk from the pier).

      Sukhumvit area and Silom area are great areas to stay in if you want easy access to public transportation as these areas have both Skytrain and MR/ underground.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  86. Planning to go Bangkok….Can you please suggest what is the best place to stay?

    To access market, clubs, river side boat dinner and etc.

    • Hi Neil,

      If you want nightlife in Bangkok, with clubs, pubs, restaurants, and shopping, then Sukhumvit is the perfect area to stay in. This area also has the Skytrain which makes it quick and easy to get around the city.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  87. Hi there! Thanks for this very informative blog. We’re heading to Bangkok next month and I placed a couple of reservations and some of which were right in the districts you mentioned here. Still a bit hesitant though, as I’ve been reading through their reviews. So far I found budget friendly places with mixed reviews in Watthana but then I found this really nice apartment in Chatuchak. I see that Chatuchak is not in your list. Do you have any insights on this particular district? Thanks a lot in advance!

    • Hi Tricia,

      Thank you so much! Awesome that you are visiting Bangkok next month!

      Chatuchak is not on our list as it is a bit out of the city center of Bangkok with not that much to see or do and few tourist attractions. Chatuchak is a nice residential area with some hotels and a few shopping malls. The biggest attraction is the Chatuchak Weekend Market which is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

      Chatuchak is, however, well connected with the city center of Bangkok by Metro/ Subway (Chatuchak MRT Station) and Skytrain (Mo Chit BTS Station). It takes about 25 min to get from Chatuchak to Siam area (central Bangkok) with the Skytrain, so it is not that bad. You can, of course, also take a taxi or Grab car.

      Have a fantastic time in Bangkok next month!


  88. Maria!!! Well done! The best travel blog I’ve read in my life. Love your tone and the details. Thank you very much! Ana

    • Hi Ana,

      Awwww, thank you so much!!! You made my day! ❤️ Thanks for commenting!

      All the best & happy travels!


  89. Thanks for all this information. I’ll be in Bangkok from Nov. 14-28. If I stay in the Bang Rak area it’s good to know I can catch a Muay Thai fight before I leave.

    • Hi Kenny,

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that you found our post useful! Awesome that you are going to Bangkok at the end of November!

      There are three places to watch a Muay Thai boxing fight in Bangkok:

      Lumphinee Boxing Stadium – It is often referred to as the New Lumphinee Boxing Stadium. The old Lumphinee Stadium used to be close to Lumpini Park in central Bangkok (Bang Rak), but they built a new and bigger stadium in 2014 and kept the old name. It takes about 30 min to drive from central Bangkok to the New Lumphinee Boxing Stadium one way.

      Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium

      Channel 7 Boxing Stadium – Located right next to the Chatuchak park, a 15-min drive from downtown Bangkok.

      MBK shopping mall also has monthly Muay Thai fights, you can check their Facebook Page for information on what dates the fights are.

      Read more about Muay Thai fights in Bangkok here.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok in November!


  90. Very useful guide! Thank you so much! Plan to visit Bangkok for the first time and got a lot of great tips both on where to stay and what to do/see.

    • Thanks a million, Irada! ????❤️ Awesome that you find our guide on where to stay in Bangkok useful when planning your Bangkok trip!

      Have a fantastic trip to Bangkok! I’m sure you will love it and have a great time!


  91. Hi! Thanx for an genuine travel guide!????

    We are going on a 3 week trip in cambodia and maybe Laos, with a stop in BKK. Since we are thai food lovers do u recommend us to stay in the Silom area, or do you recommend another area in BKK?
    Best regards Roger and Justina

    • Hei Roger and Justina,

      Thank you so much! Wow, awesome that you are going to Cambodia and maybe Laos for three weeks! It sounds like an adventure!

      The Bang Rak area of Silom (closer to the river), especially the long street Charoen Krung Road, has plenty of delicious Thai food. You will be staying within walking distance to the Thai restaurants along Charoen Krung Road if you stay at for instance the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse.

      Also, the real hub for Thai street food is Chinatown. Our favorite hotel in Chinatown is the Shanghai Mansion right in the middle of all the delicious street food along Yaowarat Road and its side streets. We stayed there last May.

      If you, however, stay in the Riverside area, you will be within easy reach of both the Bang Rak area and Chinatown.

      Have a fantastic trip to Bangkok, Cambodia, and maybe Laos!


  92. Thanks for your great guides to Bangkok! My wife and I are visiting Thailand for the first time next month. This one is of great help in selecting where to stay in Bangkok. Your 3-day itinerary will make sure we don’t miss the great things to do there.

    Friends that visited Bangkok recently highly recommended the Shangri-La Bangkok. How would you compare it to the Avani Riverside among hotels in riverside Bangkok?

    • Hi Jose,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that you find our Where To Stay In Bangkok guide and itinerary useful when planning your Bangkok trip!

      The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is also fantastic but it is older and much bigger than Avani Riverside. Shangri-La has one of the biggest fitness centers of all hotels in BKK, 10 000 sqm with daily aerobics and dance lessons!

      Shangri-La is a huge hotel, and it has ten dining options just within the hotel, while Avani only has one restaurant. Avani is, however, connected to the Riverside Plaza shopping mall with lots of restaurants and cafes. Shangri-La even has its own dinner river cruise, the Horizon II River Cruise, serving international buffet.

      Avani has an amazing rooftop infinity pool with fantastic views of the river, while the pool at Shangri-La is on the ground.

      Location-wise, Shangri-La is on the opposite side of the river from Avani. Shangri-La has a very convenient location, right next to the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station, making it easy to get around the city.

      Both the Shangri-La and Avani are excellent hotels! Have a great trip to Bangkok next month!


  93. This was super duper helpful! I do have one question though: you mention the Baiyoke Sky Hotel as being a Bangkok landmark (“It has Thailand`s tallest building, the 88 floors high Baiyoke Sky Hotel, a Bangkok landmark, that can be seen from far away.”) but it’s not on your list.

    Is it a good idea to stay at that place, or is it a tourist trap?

    • Hi Debayan,

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that our guide on where to stay in Bangkok is helpful to you!

      We have not stayed at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel yet, but it has a fairly central location and is located in an ok area of Bankok. But I don’t much about the hotel expects its score and reviews on the booking sites and Tripadvisor.

      The building is a landmark in Bangkok since it is the city’s tallest building, but other than that it is nothing special about the building. It is not like the Eiffel tower or anything, it is not famous or worth a visit except if you are staying at the hotel of course.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  94. Just wanted to say thank you for this guide! Will be visiting Thailand for the first time in 6 weeks time and have no idea where to stay in Bangkok! This was immensely helpful and in-depth!

    • Hi Zara,

      Thanks a million! Awesome that you are going to Thailand for the first time! Yay! I’m sure you will love this fantastic country! The Thai people are super friendly and welcoming, the beaches are stunning, and the food fantastic.

      Have a great time in Thailand and enjoy Bangkok!


  95. Thank you for this post!! We ended up staying at Thanabhumi and Riva Surya and loved them both! Also, out of the dozens of restaurants we ate at during our stay, The Sixth was our favorite–unbelievably delicious. So thank you for the recommendation, we would not have found it otherwise!

    Seriously, this made planning so much easier and we had such a fantastic time in Thailand!

    • Hi Clarissa,

      Awwwww, thank you soooooo much!!! You totally made my day with your nice comment! Fantastic to hear that you fell in love with The Sixt too! Best Thai food in Bangkok in my opinion. 🙂 And that you had a great stay at Thanabhumi and Riva Surya.

      Thanks a million for commenting! We love to hear from our awesome readers like you! 🙂

      Best regards,

  96. Hi Maria! Thank you for making this brilliant guide to Bangkok! We usually travel with a group tour package, because we are pretty anxious on going to places we have never been, and most of the time we are not enjoying the travel, as you know how it is when you are in a package trip.

    Anyways, we are planning to visit Thailand in April, first time on our own, that is how I came across your blog. Since we are staying there for a week, we would like to see as much as all the places you have listed here, though I’d like to know if it is possible. I mean, how difficult and costly it is to stay 2 days in Khao san, and move, again 2 days in Riverside, and so on? Also, if you can suggest other than Suvarnabhumi area, what other option we get that is also closer to the airport for our last day.

    Thank you!

    • Hi DaiJin,

      Thank you so much!! Awesome that you are going to Bangkok for a week in April for the first time!

      No, I don’t recommend that you stay in ALL of these areas of Bangkok city. Changing the hotel every or every second day is very tiring and time-consuming. You should just pick one area and one hotel, and stay there for the whole week. Or max two different hotels if you want to.

      You can, for instance, stay in the Riverside area (where most of the cultural sights and temples are located) and in the Siam or Sukhumvit area if you want to do some shopping.

      As for tips on things to do and see in Bangkok, check out our recommended 3-Day Bangkok Itinerary.

      Bangkok is a big city, but not that big. You can easily get around the city by the Skytrain, subway, river ferry, and taxi/ Uber/ tuk-tuk. It is also easy to get to the airport from downtown Bangkok, either by the Airport Rail Link line or taxi/ Uber. It only takes about one hour to get to the airport from downtown, depending on the traffic. So no need to stay close to the airport on your last day unless you have an extremely early flight.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok in April!


  97. Hello, thank you for your site, it is very helpful. My wife and I are making our first trip to Thailand in early April and spending 3 nights in Bangkok. I was thinking of staying in the Khao San Road area at Riva Surya or Villa De Khaosan because it seems we can walk to Raan Jay Fai, Khao San Road, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra. Do you think that is a good plan, or is staying along the Riverside at Avani going to provide us easy access to these places and be a better overall place to stay?

    • Hi Doug,

      Thank you so much! Awesome that you and your wife are going to Thailand in April and are staying some nights in Bangkok!

      I think it is a great idea to stay in the Khao San area since you only have three nights in BKK. Then you are within easy access to some of the main sights of Bangkok. Both Riva Surya and Villa De Khaosan are excellent choices within walking distance to the main sights in the area – Khao San Road (a 5-min walk), Grand Palace (a 15-min walk), and Wat Pho (a 30-min walk).

      Riva Surya is located right by the river and has a stunning river view with the most fantastic sunsets. It is also very easy to jump on the river ferry boat to head to Wat Arun Temple (on the other side of the river), Asiatique Market, and to other parts of the city like for instance Chinatown. You can also, of course, take a taxi or Grab to other areas of Bangkok.

      By staying in Khao San Area, you can easily follow Day 1 of our recommended Bangkok Itinerary.

      Have a fantastic trip to Thailand in April and enjoy your three nights in Bangkok!


      • Thank you Maria, you are a huge help! Do you also think Riva Surya and Villa De Khaosan could arrange transportation to Ayutthaya for us or is that something we can do easily on our own? Have you been to Ayuttaya and is it worth going? One last question, is Chatuchak Market worth visiting?

        • Hi again Doug,

          You can easily arrange transport from Bangkok to Ayutthaya yourself. Grab (the app) works excellent in Thailand, we use it a lot every time we visit Thailand and we have had no problems or issues. It works perfectly in Bangkok as well.

          We actually mostly use Grab and rarely regular taxis in Thailand anymore as the taxi drivers frequently don’t want to drive on the meter. With the Grab app you always know the price up-front. I have also added my credit card into the Grab app so all our Grab rides get paid by my credit card so I don’t have to worry about bringing cash or wonder if the driver can give change. You also get a receipt in the Grab app which you never get from regular taxis in Thailand.

          We actually visited Ayuttaya last year (2019) and it was fantastic! We took the train one way (from Bangkok to Ayutthaya), but booked a car through the Grab app on our way back and it worked perfectly. It was much more comfortable and easy by car as the car picked us up at our hotel and drove us to our next hotel. 🙂

          I really recommend doing at least a day-trip to Ayutthaya or spend the night (we spent two nights there). The ancient city of Ayuttaya is beautiful with awesome temples. We also really enjoyed all the lovely street food markets that pop up all around Ayutthaya in the afternoons and evenings. We did a boat trip on the river through Ayuttaya in the afternoon and it was lovely. We had a great time in Ayuttaya! We will write an article and travel guide about Ayutthaya, it is on my to-do-list. 🙂

          Chatuchak Market is awesome and my favorite market in Bangkok. It is totally worth a visit, although it is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Chatuchak is the perfect place to buy souvenirs, clothes, and gifts to bring back home, but also the food is great there. You can read all about my favorite markets in Bangkok here.


    • Thanks a million, Marc! It means a lot! So happy to hear that you find our guide to where to stay in Bangkok helpful!


  98. I usually have stayed down south in Krabi Town/ Ao Nang area where my girl’s family lived. After a year of COVID, I can’t wait to get back to Thailand. A friend now lives in BKK, so I can’t wait to explore a bit of the city while I’m there. I was just vaccinated, plane tickets are cheap, and I’ll be there soon. Thanks for the effort to put this together. I’m sure I’ll hit the ground and figure it out as usual, but it’s great to get myself a starting point.

    • Hi Rich,

      I totally get that you want to head back to Thailand, I want it really bad too! Lucky you who got vaccinated already. Norway is, unfortunately, a bit slow in the vaccinating plan and is getting too few vaccines, so we are still waiting. But as soon we are vaccinated we will head over to Thailand too, after a trip to Sri Lanka. Can’t wait!

      Have a great trip to Thailand! You will love Bangkok, it is a fantastic city! Thanks for commenting!

      All the best and stay safe,

  99. Hello. I have enjoyed your posts. We are traveling to Bangkok in late September (9/27/2022) during the rainy season. I am wondering about staying on the river during this time of year. The description is perfect for me as a place to stay (I am not a shopper nor nightlife person but like to visit temples and historic sites). I have heard stories about flooding in BKK.

    • Hi Kathy!

      Thank you so much!

      September is the month with the most rain in Bangkok. This week there is lots of rain and floods, and the canals are full, but they expect it to calm down over the weekend. Also, floods and rain are all over the city, not only by the riverside. This week is particularly bad as all the narrow canals are full, it is raining a lot, and there is a high tide. It will be better after tomorrow (Saturday) when the high tide period is over.

      Actually, the river area is one of the better areas to stay in as there the water has a place to go, compared to the Siam and shopping area where the canals are narrow and there are only concrete and streets. And since you are going to Bangkok at the end of September, it will hopefully be less rain and flooding. The river area sounds like the perfect place to stay for you, where you will be close to all the temples, museums, historic sites, and areas like Chinatown and the Grand Palace.

      Have a fantastic trip to Bangkok!

      All the best,

  100. Hi Maria, thanks for sharing this. Your article is the most helpful one I’ve found! Quick question for you, we’re deciding between staying at Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit or Marriott Hotel Surawongse. Since you’ve stayed at both, which one would you recommend more? It’s our first visit to Thailand and we’ll be in Bangkok for five nights. Will be working at the hotel in the morning and going out to explore in the afternoon. Aside from going to the most popular touristy spots, we want to explore all the good food places in Bangkok as well. Probably a more relaxed schedule since we also have to work.

    • Hi Kemi!

      Thank you so much for your kind words about our blog! Really appreciate it!

      We have stayed at both Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and Marriott Hotel Surawongse. They are both excellent hotels with much the same high-quality 5-star service, with modern and comfortable rooms and great rooftop pools. They also both have a fantastic open-air rooftop bar. So hotel-wise, they are much the same.

      What is different is the area they are located. Since you say you would like to explore good food places in Bangkok, I think Marriott Surawongse is best suited for you. From there, you can easily walk to the old Bangkok along the river and to Chinatown. Here you find the best Thai food in Bangkok, with many old restaurants making the same food for decades, and lots of delicious street food. We have listed several of our favorite places to eat Thai food in Bangkok here. Many of these are located within walking distance of Marriott Surawongse. You are also close to the main tourist sites like Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

      The only “drawback” of Marriott Surawongse is that it takes about 15 min to the nearest Skytrain station (Chong Nonsi BTS), if you want to go around the city much. In comparison, it only takes 2 min to the nearest Skytrain station (Thong Lo BTS) from Marriott Sukhumvit. And our room at Marriott Surawongse did not have a desk, but a comfortable sofa and a table. So if you like to work at a proper desk, you might want to go for Marriott Sukhumvit. Our room at Marriott Sukhumvit had a huge desk and proper chair, so it was perfect for work.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! If you want tips on what to do, check out our What To Do In Bangkok article.

      All the best and Merry Christmas,


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