Where To Stay In Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand has in the last few years grown into a highly popular tourist destination. Bangkok, in particular, has consistently ranked among the top most visited cities in the world. The confluence of culture, architecture, nature and history has done a lot to keep millions of visitors streaming in. With the high tourist presence, the city of Bangkok has of course grown to accommodate them in terms of dining and board. Numerous hotels have sprung up in various areas and districts.

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Whether you want to experience the best money has to offer or an affordable room, you can be sure you will get it. Making a choice on where to stay in the city can be pretty challenging considering all the great options there are to choose from. To help you out, here is a rundown of the most popular areas in Bangkok and some of the well known hotels within these areas.

Places To Stay In Bangkok

1. Chinatown

Sure, there are a lot of Chinatowns in other countries. However, Bangkok’s Chinatown is an experience incomparable to any other. Exquisite roadside cuisine and lots of shopping opportunities make the trip here worthwhile. Its relative central location means that there is easy access to transport to other areas in the city. If the experience gets too good and you decide to stay a night or two, there is a wide variety of hotels to try out. The Shanghai Mansion reeks of luxury as it transports you back to vintage Thailand.

For those looking for some serenity and quiet, try the MIRAMAR Hotel Bangkok near the Grand Palace. Grand China Hotel, a four star hotel, favors those with a lower budget but quality and good service is assured.

2. Silom

A major financial district, Silom offers a range of options when it comes to dining, shopping, sightseeing and sleeping. One of the best things about this district is that it caters to those with a generous amount of money to spend and also those with tight budgets. Those who wish to experience luxury should try the Lebua at State Tower hotel. It is a five star hotel with a spectacular view of the river and the towering city of Bangkok.

The Dusit Thani Bangkok on the other hand offers a highly personalized experience with amenities such as internet, individual air conditioning, entertainment and even blackout curtains. Saphaipae Hostel is an ideal budget place with mass transit stations and religious sites located nearby.

3. Siam

This district is best known for its luxury shopping malls, gourmet restaurants and some of the best entertainment venues in Bangkok. For a family sleepover, The Twin Towers is very affordable with great amenities such as a business center, a fitness center, Jacuzzi and restaurants. It has everything you need for a perfect family stay.

If you want something more luxurious, try the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. It is a five star hotel with a unique service delivery that will give you full value for your money. The four star Evergreen Place Bangkok, close to Ratchathewi BTS, offers various recreational services including swimming and aerobic lessons, a spa and full kitchens in some of the rooms.

4. Sukhumvit

The main highlight of this area is the easy to access and highly efficient transport network. For one, it can be accessed from any of the two airports in Bangkok. To get to the main station in Hualamphong there is a metro station available as well as Skytrain links.

Below are some of the hotel options in the area:

  • Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel is definitely one of a kind. Directly accessible from Asoke Skytrain and Sukhumvit MRT, one can literally walk straight from the skywalk to the hotel. You don’t have to descend to the street.
  • The Imm Fusion Sukhumvit Hotel on the other hand offers its own unique Moroccan feel right from the cuisine to the interior and exterior décor. Other places you might want to check out include the Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park, Radisson Suites and Grande Centre Point Hotel.
5. Banglamphu

Banglamphu is best known for hosting hotels and amenities ideal for budget travelers and backpackers. This is however not to mean that the services are low quality. In fact, the major renovation in the area has attracted a lot of young travelers who come to revel in the many night spots and dining favorites. It is also near popular attractions including the Grand Palace, the Chao Phraya River and Wat Po.

If you are looking for elegance without minding the price, Praya Palazzo is the place to book. The five star hotel with its river views and vintage feel, automatically creates a feeling of home. A much cheaper option is the Erawan House with modest rooms that will keep you comfy for the night. The Diamond House, located on the same compound as a Chinese Temple, is not five star but the services will still leave you satisfied. For those looking for a really cheap place to spend the night, you cannot go wrong with the retro themed Suneta Hostel Khaosan.

6. Chidlom-Ploenchit

This is a more affluent area than most others. Thus, it is mostly filled with luxurious hotels and restaurants. Some excellent hotels to check out include Holiday Inn Bangkok and Tenface Bangkok Hotel on Ploenchit Road, Fraser Place and Natural Ville on Lang Suan Road and Plaza Athenee on the relatively quiet Wireless Road.

7. Khao San Road

Many know Khao San Road as the place to go if you are looking for the cheapest hotel or guesthouse. Here you will find everything ranging from a small room with nothing else other than a bed to a modest hotel with TV and Spa. The area offers a number of historical attractions such as the National Museum and Grand Palace.

The Buddy Lodge Hotel has rooms with balconies. There is a also a spa and a rooftop pool. NapPark has kitchen facilities, free internet, a cafeteria and a laundry room. Other budget hotels are Rikka Inn and Hotel De Moc.

8. Bangna

Famous for its several temples and the shopping mall CentralPlaza, Bangna combines the allure of easy transport with various spectacular attractions and a variety of accommodation options. If you will not visit the district for any other reason, at least go and have a meal at the Royal Dragon Restaurant. The restaurant had for 16 years, from 1992, held the world record for largest restaurant. It is so big that waiters have to use roller skates.

Just a few minutes from Suvarnabhumi airport is the three star Avana Hotel with a pool, karaoke entertainment, fitness center and spa among other amenities. The Heritage Hotels Srinakarin, also three star, may seem old and faded out from the outside. But once you step inside, the retro theme décor puts you right at home. Other available options include Dusit Princess Srinakarin (4 star) and Novotel Bangna (4 star).

9. Chatuchak

Popularly Known as J.J., Chatuchak Weekend Market is an enormous market located in the district of Chatuchak. With over 200,000 visitors on a daily basis, it is a shopping experience that you should not miss. Other popular sites include the Chatuchak Park complex with the Train Museum, Queen Sirikit Park which is a botanical garden and the Central Plaza Lat Phrao.

After you are done with the day’s shopping and sightseeing chose form one of the many hotels in the area. Mystic Place Rooms offers an explosion of color and art. Street graffiti, unique color themes and weird art are all part of the charm. The Sofitel Centara Grand Bangkok one the other hand is the very definition of luxury and elegance. There are 8 restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

For some quite and peace, head over to Ziniza Place which has a Muslim prayer room, a restaurant and fitness center.

10. Don Muang

Don Muang hosts the Royal Thai Air Force Base and Royal Thai Air Force Museum. The district is mostly business in nature with not much of shopping or recreation to offer. There are however plenty of hotels that will make up for this with the best of recreational amenities for individuals and families. Most of the hotels are however designed for business travelers.

The 4 star Amari Don Muang Hotel has free shuttle services to BTS Mochit, a massage service and executive rooms. You can also enjoy a variety of international cuisine as well as enjoy the fitness center and outdoor pool.

The Rama Gardens Hotel is an ideal accommodation when you visit IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center. Close to the airport, transport is easy and quick. Other amenities include a sports complex, six restaurants and internet access. If these two don’t fit your tastes, there is also the 3 star Miracle Grand Convention Hotel.

11. Sathorn

Sathorn is most synonymous with Wat Yan Nawa — a very old and architecturally unique temple. Development over the years has turned the district into an up market area with posh restaurants and five star hotels. Most if the hotels are located along the popular Sathon Road after which the district is named.

Metropolitan Hotel is where everything from décor to the rooms and even the amenities speak of luxury. This is where the world’s most powerful people come to relax and catch up on the latest in cuisine, design, fashion and lifestyle.

Some of the other five star accommodations you should certainly consider include The Ascott Sathorn and Banyan Tree. For something more budget friendly the three star Baan Pranond Bed & Breakfast and the four star Somerset Park Suanplu Serviced Residence are also excellent options.

12. Pratunam

Other than being the host of the largest clothing market in Thailand, Pratunam also hosts of numerous hotels, more than almost any other district in Bangkok. The best thing about this area is its 24 hour lifestyle. You can go on tours all day, enjoy a buffet dinner in the evening, shop at night and still find a place to crash before morning arrives.

Amari Watergate Bangkok Hotel is just 10 minutes away from the Sky Train line. But if you’d prefer not to walk, taxis are in plenty. The Sukosol is also close to many transport amenities and offers a more artistic themed experience. For an experience you will never forget try the Baiyoke Sky Bangkok Hotel which is the tallest building not only in Bangkok but also in Thailand. You can enjoy a wide variety of cuisine, breathtaking views and five star services.

13. Ratchaprasong

Ratchaprasong is known as the shopping district for a good reason. It has some of the biggest shopping malls in Bangkok including Central Chidlom, Gaysorn, Amarin Plaza and Big C. The Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel is perfect for shoppers since it has a shopping arcade within its complex.

As for Intercontinental Bangkok, you can walk directly from it to Gaysorn through a connecting bridge. Other world class hotels include Arnoma, Hansar, Four seasons and Holiday Inn.

14. Petchburi

This lacks the busyness of most other districts in the capital. Consisting of big farms and agricultural businesses it is the perfect place if you want some serenity but still be close to important amenities such as transport. There is an MRT underground station, lots of tuk-tuks and taxis.

Almost all the hotels are four star meaning that you get great service at affordable prices. Some hotels to consider are One Bangkok Hotel, Amari Atrium Hotel and FX Hotel.

15. Ratchadapisek

Well known for its night life and cultural entertainment, Ratchadapisek offers good approximity to places like the Chatuchak Weekend Market. With a number of MRT stations and lots of taxis, transport is as efficient as you would expect.

The Bangkok Chada Hotel with its rooftop pool and 24 hour dining is one of the best accommodations. For business travelers, Amanta Ratchada Serviced Apartment has a business center and executive rooms.

Other options include The Emerald Hotel, Grand Mercure Fortune Bangkok and Hip Hotel Bangkok.

16. Bangkok Riverside

This is where you experience the best and finest of Bangkok. Luxury five star hotels, views you will not be able to look away from, world class cuisine and an unbeatable transport network are just some of the things awaiting you at Bangkok Riverside.

Some of the most popular hotel names in the area are Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers Bangkok, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok and the famous Praya Palazzo which can be accessed only through a river barge.

17. Suvarnabhumi

A lot of the hotels in this district are easily accessible from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is one of the closest to the airport, only 0.15km away. You can check in at anytime and checkout after 24 hours. Louis’ Tavern Transit hotel is located in the airport’s transit area. You can see the runway from the hotel.

The YHA Bangkok Airport Hostel is great for budget conscious travelers. It has air conditioning and internet access. Other great accommodation places are Convenient Resort Hotel, Ploy Khumthong Boutique Resort Hotel and Vismaya Hotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel.

18. Victory Monument

Near the famous Victory Monument landmark, the hotels nearby cater mostly to business travelers. For those looking for pocket friendly accommodations consider The Victory Executive Residences or the Royal View Resort Rangnam.

For more up market accommodation services try the Pullman Bangkok King Power with a duty free mall and executive lounge.

Wherever you stay, the most important thing is to enjoy what Bangkok has to offer, have as much fun as you can and make the trip an experience of a lifetime.