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, Grab car, or a 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 opinion 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

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)

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

1. Khao San/ Banglamphu Area

Map of Khao San and Banglamphu area

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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 which 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 reservation expect very long lines.
  • Bangkok National Museum
    Explore Bangkok’s largest museum, Bangkok National Museum, and learn about Thailands 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 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, 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 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 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 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, fitness center, tennis courts, 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 from 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 (opened fall 2016) 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. 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, river view, and a deep wooden bathtub. The staff is lovely, speaks English well, and serves up some very tasty fresh Thai flood 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 it with modern comforts, and a restaurant serving tasty Thai food. The balconies open out right on the river and is 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 has 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 expats 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 the 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 five minutes’ 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.
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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 a 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 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 convenient 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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Hotel Sib Kao
Sib Kao is a new mid-range hotel that is an excellent fit if you are looking for a value for money, modern, clean, comfortable hotel in a fantastic location and don´t mind the lack of pool or gym facilities. The rooms are small but clean and fresh with large and super comfortable beds, minibar, air-con, free wifi, and flat-screen TVs with international channels and even free Netflix access (which we loved!). The main selling point is the fantastic location about 200m (a 3-minute walk) away from the Asoke Skytrain Station, Sukhumvit MRT Station, and the Terminal 21 shopping mall, one of Bangkok’s largest and coolest malls.
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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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Matchbox Hostel
A unique modern dorm room concept where the dorm rooms are divided into individual bed pods. Each pod has an LCD tv (!) and privacy curtains that make you feel like you have a private room. There is space to hang out and socialize on the fifth floor and roof. Located on Soi 33, it is close to nightlife, shops, and restaurants.
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Analog Hostel
A fairly new (opened 2015) family-run hostel with dorm rooms (4, 6, and eight beds in female, male, and mixed dormitories) that are getting rave reviews right now. The stylish rooms and bathrooms are spotlessly clean, and you get free coffee/ tea, toiletries, and wifi. The hostel has a common chilling area and a TV room where you can meet new friends and hang out. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator and a microwave where you can make your food.
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4. Silom Area

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Why Stay In Silom Area?

Silom is considered as 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 going for a walk/ run in Lumphini Park, find a bench to sit and watch the many people doing aerobics and Thai Chi. 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 some few unique features that set it apart from the 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 the 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 has a great reputation, but we sadly did not have time to try it 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 experience 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. BangkokThis is Marriott’s newest hotel in Bangkok (opened November 2017), and it is super popular right now. 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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Baan K Managed by Bliston Hotel (3 stars) – Apartments
One of the best choices in the Silom Area when it comes to mid-range hotels is the Baan K Managed by Bliston Hotel. It is located close to the Subway station “Lumphini” (5 min walk) and Skytrain station “Sala Daeng” (10 min walk), as well as the Lumphini Park. The hotel even offers a free tuk-tuk service to the Skytrain and Subway station.

It is an apartment hotel where the rooms are big and have a fully equipped kitchenette, and most rooms have a balcony. The breakfast is simple but included in the rate, as well as good wifi. This apartment hotel offers excellent value for the money!
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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 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 it isn´t all 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. Here is also Scala Theatre, the last genuinely classic movie theater in Thailand, built in 1969. Scala hosts film festivals and shows movies that typically don´t get shown at the modern cinemas.

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 entrepreneur of the famous Thai silk.
  • 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 the Thai teenagers go shopping crazy at MBK – the oldest shopping mall in Bangkok.
  • 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 aquarium 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 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 are 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)

pool at Centara Grand Centraworld Bangkok

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. 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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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 is 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 looks 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 and seems excellent. The wifi is excellent. The swimming pool looks nice and quite big, with sunbathing beds in the sun.
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Chao Hostel (2 stars)
This is a brand new hostel close to Subway station “National Stadium Station”, and a short walk to the Siam shopping malls. The interior is very fresh and a bit “hipster” looking. Some of the rooms even have a hammock! It feels more like a boutique hotel than a cheap hostel. A real budget gem in the rather expensive Siam area!
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Lub d Bangkok – Siam Square (2 stars)
This hostel is located right next to the Subway station “National Stadium Station” so staying at this hostel makes it very easy to get around the city. It is also close to all the shopping malls and the Jim Thompson House.

The hostel has a modern, fresh design and bright, stylish rooms. Twin/ double rooms only have shared bathrooms; they also have dorms. Drinking water is free if you bring your water bottle. Fast and free wifi is available everywhere in the hostel.
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6. Chinatown Area

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Why Stay In Chinatown?

Staying in Chinatown used to the sole domain of budget travelers but the recent influx of more upscale yet affordable boutique hotels are bringing ever more visitors to this lively and colorful part of town. With two new metros (MRT) stations opening in the fall of 2019, making Chinatown much more accessible, 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 ’s ‘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. 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 head out of Bangkok from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) the next morning and are looking for a cheap place to stay, Chinatown is a great option.

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 is a Chinatowns 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 alley-ways 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 has 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 you can take the Subway MRT to Hua Lamphong Station and walk from there. More MRT stations are opening in Chinatown in September 2019.

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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Centra Central Station Hotel Bangkok
If you are looking for something a little more upscale than Chinatowns normal guesthouses and hostels, this mid-range western hotel may be just what you are looking for. Situated close to Hua Lampong railway station it is also a popular choice for travelers waiting to take an early train.
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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 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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Pho Place
This is a quite new and fresh hostel (opened 2015) that is located in the heart of Chinatown and is currently getting some great reviews. The rooms are clean and modern and come with an LCD TV, free Wi-fi, air-con, and fridge. Located in a side alley, like many small places in Chinatown, this one can be a little hard to find.
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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. The guesthouse is starting to show its age, but the rooftop restaurant is still a cool place to have a drink while watching the sunset over the river. The river ferry station Pier 4 is very close to the guesthouse, so taking the ferry from here to famous attractions such as Wat Arun is easy.
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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

Top End

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 quite 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 pretty big. 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 (opened in 2015). 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 that opened in 2013. 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

Top End

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 Fourwings.

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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Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa (5 stars)
This hotel is located among beautiful surroundings right next to the golf course. The hotel looks like a very relaxing and luxurious place to stay but at the same time affordable. The rooms are huge, the pools are beautiful, and the hotel is brand new with modern design.

It is, however, on the golf course and far away from other restaurants and bars/pubs, but the hotel has an in-house restaurant. It looks like you have to pay around 450 Thai Baht extra per day for wifi (a stupid policy if you ask me…).
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Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport(4 stars)
This is very close to the airport, only 2-3 minutes with the free airport shuttle. The hotel is located close to entrance four at the airport. You can easily walk to/from the airport through the air-conditioned underground walkway. The same walkway leads to an Airport Rail Link station if you want to head into Bangkok downtown (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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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. With two new MRT stations opening up in the fall of 2019 Chinatown is changing quickly.
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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 old and quieter neighborhoods where you can find beautiful boutique hotels within easy walking distance of the major attractions such as The Royal Palace.
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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.
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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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