Where in Bangkok to Stay: best areas, first timers, and more!

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Are you wondering where to stay in Bangkok? You are not alone. Even though I have been to Bangkok no less than a dozen times, every time I go back I have to give myself a full breakdown of my itinerary in order to decide on where to stay for the trip. In truth, there is no best area to stay in Bangkok. Sure, there are easier areas in Bangkok to stay where you get better transport etc, but the best area to stay depends entirely on what you want to do, how you want to get around, and whether it’s your first trip.

And your budget too, of course. Here, let me dive into the nitty gritty about where in Bangkok to stay.

> See here for more tips on travelling in Bangkok and my Bangkok 4 day itinerary

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FAQ on Where to Stay in Bangkok

Where to avoid staying in Bangkok?

In general Bangkok is a safe place to stay. For those who doesn’t like to party, you can avoid Khao San Road and the streets around Cowboy Street.

What is the best amount of time to stay in Bangkok?

It’s a tough question because Bangkok is a city I keep coming back to. If you have time, I’d say a week but 4 days is a good amount of time to see the highlights.

Is Bangkok a walkable city?

You can definitely get by Bangkok on foot if you’re sightseeing in the old town or roaming Chinatown. But for the most part, Bangkok is big and the streets can be a maze with limited or pothole pavements outside of main roads.

I don’t recommend walking for distances longer than 10-20 minutes’ walk. 

Is it safe to walk in Bangkok at night?

Bangkok is a safe city and you can walk around at night in malls and tourist hot spots. I have walked back home after cocktails with friends and had no problem.

But it’s best to avoid certain areas during the night if you are alone, such as Soi Cowboy and the red light district north of Asok. 

What is the safest way to get around Bangkok?

There are many safe ways to get around Bangkok. Here is a quick breakdown of the transport options:

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  • Bus – I would avoid taking the bus as a tourist due to the constantly changing route and lack of English information.
  • Skytrain – very handy and runs along most of the major malls. You just need to get a Rabbit Card and register it at the station before using it.
  • MRT – the alternative to Skytrain, you can use your credit card to tab in and out
  • Taxi – I recommend you book a taxi through apps like Grab and Bolt so you don’t get scammed and you can avoid paying by cash
  • Motorbike taxi – you can use Grab and Bolt app to order one and it’s much faster in traffic than a regular taxi. But it takes some getting used to.

Is it safe to take a taxi in Bangkok?

Yes, Bangkok taxis are safe, but it is best to book it through a ride-hailing app such as Grab and Bolt. It will track your progress and have options to ask for assistance if things go wrong.

Bangkok Best Area to Stay

Bangkok is a vibrant and diverse city that offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for culture, nightlife, shopping, or food, you will find it in this bustling metropolis. But where should you stay in Bangkok to make the most of your trip? Here are some of the best areas to stay in Bangkok, depending on your preferences and budget.

Sukhumvit

view from hotel window on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok

Sukhumvit is one of the most popular areas to stay in Bangkok, especially for first-time visitors. It is right on the BTS Line, which makes it easy to get around the city and avoid the traffic. Sukhumvit has a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget hostels. You will also find plenty of shopping and dining options, from high-end malls like Terminal 21 and EmQuartier to street markets and food stalls. Sukhumvit is also home to some of the best nightlife in Bangkok, with elegant rooftop bars, trendy clubs, and lively Soi (street in Thai) like Nana and Thonglor.

Editor’s Pick in Sukhumvit

Innside by Melia Bangkok

If you are looking for a chic and modern hotel in Bangkok that offers you more than just a place to sleep, you might want to check out Innside by Melia Bangkok. This hotel is further east of the BTS line but right by On Nut station, which makes it easy to explore the city and avoid traffic jams.

The hotel has gorgeous modern Thai design and an open living lobby where you can work and relax, as well as a rooftop infinity pool where you can enjoy the stunning views of Bangkok. The hotel also has two restaurants that serve delicious Thai food and a good buffet breakfast, as well as a tapas bar where you can unwind with a drink.

The rooms are spacious and stylish, with comfortable beds and smart TVs. It is on the small side but bright and modern.

Hotels in Siam

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Siam is the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and entertainment district, with many malls, cinemas, restaurants, and cafes. It is also home to some of the city’s most famous attractions, such as the Jim Thompson House, the Erawan Shrine, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Siam is a great place to stay if you want to be close to the action and enjoy a variety of options for dining and leisure.

Budget Hotels in Siam

Bliston Suwan Park View Hotel & Serviced Residence: This hotel is a budget-friendly option that offers spacious and clean rooms, a rooftop pool, and a free shuttle service to the BTS station. However, some guests complained about the outdated furniture, the slow Wi-Fi, and the noisy construction nearby.

Aphrodite Inn Bangkok: This hotel is a cozy and convenient place that is close to many shopping malls, restaurants, and attractions. It also has friendly staff, comfortable beds, and a complimentary breakfast. However, some guests reported that the rooms were small, the air conditioning was loud, and the bathroom was not very clean.

Midrange Hotels in Siam 

The Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square: This hotel is a mid-range option that has a great location in the heart of Siam Square, with easy access to the BTS station and many shops and eateries. It also has a nice pool, a gym, and a spa. However, some guests mentioned that the rooms were old, the breakfast was expensive, and the service was inconsistent.

Luxury Hotels in Siam 
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St Regis Bangkok

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is connected to Siam Paragon and near other shopping and entertainment venues. It also has luxurious and modern rooms, a beautiful garden, and an amazing service. However, some guests commented that the price was high, the pool was crowded, and the breakfast was not very varied.

Intercontinental Sukhumvit: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a prime area near Chit Lom BTS station and Central World. It also has stylish and comfortable rooms, a stunning view of the city, and a professional staff. However, some guests stated that the facilities were old, the wifi was not free, and the check-in was slow.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is situated in a prestigious area near Ratchadamri BTS station and Lumpini Park. It also has elegant and spacious rooms, a rooftop bar, and an exceptional service. However, some guests said that the food was pricey, the pool was small, and the location was not very convenient.

St Regis Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in an exclusive area near Ratchadamri BTS station and Erawan Shrine. It also has sophisticated and cozy rooms, a butler service, and a superb breakfast. However, some guests mentioned that the spa was expensive, the lobby was dark, and the staff was not very attentive.

Hotels in Chitlom

Erawan Shrine

Chitlom is a sophisticated area in Bangkok that is known for its luxury shopping, stunning architecture, and impressive cultural attractions. Situated near the city center, this area is connected to the rest of Bangkok via the Chit Lom BTS Skytrain Station, which has covered walkways to popular sightseeing and shopping spots. It is also walking distance to Pratunam where you can find more shopping and the canal boat that can take you in and out of the city.

Chitlom is a good place to stay if you want to experience a mix of modern and traditional Thai culture, as well as enjoy some high-end shopping and dining. 

Budget hotels in Chitlom

The Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam: This hotel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a convenient area near National Stadium BTS Station and MBK Center. It also has clean and cozy rooms, a free breakfast, and a laundry service. However, some guests noted that the rooms were noisy, the bathroom was small, and the elevator was slow.

Mid-range hotels in Chitlom
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The Centara Grand at CentralWorld: This hotel is a mid-range option that is situated in a central area near Siam BTS Station and Central World. It also has modern and comfortable rooms, a rooftop bar, and a fitness center. However, some guests reported that the wifi was slow, the check-in was long, and the staff was not very helpful.

Luxury Hotels in Chitlom

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a prime area near Chit Lom BTS Station and Erawan Shrine. It also has luxurious and spacious rooms, a tropical garden, and a renowned spa. However, some guests complained that the breakfast was crowded, the pool was small, and the service was not very friendly.

Hotels in Pratunam

Pratunam is Bangkok’s vibrant shopping mecca, a place where fashion finds and wallet-friendly deals come alive amidst a labyrinth of stalls. It’s a bustling blend of commerce and culture, offering everything from trendy threads to tasty treats. 

Inbetween the air-conditioned space of Platinum Mall to the bustling Pratunam Market and the various wholesale malls, there are local eateries and massage parlours.

Luxury hotels in Pratunam: Amari Bangkok

Amari Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in Bangkok right by Pratunam Market and across from Platinum Mall. it’s about 8 minutes’ walk to Central World and Gaysorn Mall, and 15 minutes to the BTS or Airport link station.

The hotel was refurbished in 2022 with modern and spacious rooms as well as comprehensive facilities. They have an outdoor pool with pool beds, spacious and well-equipped gym, and an amazing spa.

They also have great dining options with a huge buffet breakfast, ChomSindh serving Thai food, Nila serving coastal Indian food, Prego for Italian food, and a buffet restaurant.

If you book a premium room, you can use the exclusive Siraa Club with made to order breakfast, snack time throughout the day, and free cocktail hour.

Hotels in Nana

Bangkok, view from Nana station towards Asok

Nana is a lively and diverse area in Bangkok that is known for its nightlife, street food, and multicultural vibe. It is located on Sukhumvit Road, between Asok and Ploenchit, with easy access to the Nana BTS Skytrain Station. Some of the attractions in Nana include Nana Plaza, a three-story entertainment complex with many bars and clubs; Soi Arab, a street with Middle Eastern restaurants, shops, and hookah bars; and Sukhumvit Soi 11, a trendy street with many pubs, restaurants, and clubs. Nana is a good place to stay if you want to experience the vibrant and cosmopolitan side of Bangkok, as well as enjoy some delicious and cheap food.

Mid-range hotels in Nana

The Landmark Bangkok: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a lively area near Nana BTS station and Nana Plaza. It also has elegant and spacious rooms, a pool, and a nightclub. However, some guests mentioned that the rooms were old, the breakfast was average, and the traffic was loud.

Luxury hotels in Nana

The JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a vibrant area near Ploenchit BTS station and Sukhumvit Soi 11. It also has stylish and comfortable rooms, a spa, and a steakhouse. However, some guests commented that the price was high, the pool was cold, and the location was not very scenic.

Hotels in Asok

Asok mall

Asok is a central and modern area in Bangkok that is popular among business travelers, expats, and locals. It is located on Sukhumvit Road at Asok Montri Intersection, with an interchange to MRT Blue Line at Sukhumvit station. It is also close to Phloen Chit and Nana areas, which offer more shopping and nightlife options. Some of the attractions in Asok include Terminal 21, a shopping mall with a theme of different world cities; Benjakitti Park, a green oasis with a lake, a bike track, and a jogging path; and Kamthieng House Museum, a traditional northern Thai house with exhibits on local culture. Asok is a great place to stay if you want to be in the middle of everything and enjoy some convenience and comfort.

Budget hotels in Asok

The Red Planet Bangkok Asoke: This hotel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a lively area near Sukhumvit MRT station and Soi Cowboy. It also has clean and cozy rooms, a free shuttle service, and a 24-hour front desk. However, some guests noted that the rooms were tiny, the bathroom was not very private, and the elevator was slow.

The Coach Boutique Hotel: This hotel is a cozy and charming option that is located in a quiet area near Asok BTS station and The Commons. It also has stylish and unique rooms, a garden, and a cafe. However, some guests mentioned that the breakfast was limited, the location was not very central, and the staff was not very helpful.

Mid-range hotels in Asok

The Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit: This hotel is a mid-range option that is situated in a convenient area near Asok BTS station and Sukhumvit MRT station. It also has modern and comfortable rooms, a spa, and a restaurant. However, some guests reported that the rooms were noisy, the pool was small, and the staff was not very friendly.

Luxury hotels in Asok

Westin Grande Sukhumvit: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a central area near Asok BTS station and Terminal 21. It also has luxurious and spacious rooms, a pool, and a fitness center. However, some guests complained that the breakfast was expensive, the service was slow, and the wifi was not free.

Hotels in Phromphong

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Luxury mall at Phromphong

Phromphong is an upscale and trendy area in Bangkok that is known for its luxury shopping, fine dining, and art galleries. It is located on Sukhumvit Road between Thonglor and Asok, with easy access to the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain Station. It is also home to some of the city’s most affluent residents, who live in high-end condominiums and serviced apartments. The resident mall here is the EmQuartier, a mall with a futuristic design and a variety of shops and restaurants; Benjasiri Park, a park with sculptures, fountains, and sports facilities; and The Emporium Gallery, an art gallery that showcases contemporary Thai and international artists.

Phromphong is a good place to stay if you want to indulge yourself in some luxury and sophistication, as well as enjoy some culture and nature.

Mid-range hotels in Phrom Phong

The Arize Hotel Sukhumvit: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a trendy area near Phrom Phong BTS station and Benjasiri Park. It also has spacious and modern rooms, a gym, and a restaurant. However, some guests stated that the wifi was weak, the breakfast was bland, and the staff was not very professional.

Luxury hotels in Phrom Phong

Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in an upscale area near Phrom Phong BTS station and EmQuartier. It also has elegant and spacious rooms, a rooftop pool, and a bar. However, some guests commented that the price was high, the food was mediocre, and the service was not very attentive.

Hotels in Ekkamai

Ekkamai is a hip and trendy area in Bangkok that is known for its cafes, bars, and restaurants. It is also an area popular with Japanese expats and you can see it reflected in the restaurants and malls.

It is located on Sukhumvit Road between Phra Khanong and Thonglor, with easy access to the Ekkamai BTS Skytrain Station. It is also a gateway to the eastern provinces of Thailand, as there are many bus terminals and minivans that depart from here.

Ekkamai is a good place to stay if you want to experience the cool and creative side of Bangkok, as well as enjoy some coffee and nightlife.

Budget hotels in Ekkamai

The Nantra Ekamai Hotel: This hotel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a cool area near Ekkamai BTS station and Major Cineplex Sukhumvit. It also has clean and simple rooms, a free breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. However, some guests said that the rooms were smelly, the bathroom was dirty, and the staff was not very polite.

Mid-range Hotels in Ekkamai

The Somerset Ekamai Bangkok: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a hip area near Ekkamai BTS station and Gateway Ekkamai. It also has spacious and comfortable rooms, a pool, and a laundry service. However, some guests remarked that the location was not very convenient, the pool was cold, and the service was not very consistent.

Hotels in Thonglor

Thonglor is an upscale and fashionable area in Bangkok that is known for its nightlife, dining, and shopping. It is located on Sukhumvit Road between Phromphong and Ekkamai, with easy access to the Thong Lo BTS Skytrain Station. It is also a popular residential area for expats, celebrities, and wealthy locals, who live in luxurious condominiums and serviced apartments.

Some of the attractions in Thonglor include The Commons, a community mall with a food court, a market, and a co-working space; 72 Courtyard, a complex with many bars, restaurants, and clubs; and J Avenue, a mall with a supermarket, a bookstore, and a beauty salon. Thonglor is a great place to stay if you want to mingle with the high society of Bangkok, as well as enjoy some fine dining and nightlife.

Mid-range hotels in Thong Lo

Centre Point Sukhumvit 10: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a peaceful area near Nana BTS station and Benjakitti Park. It also has spacious and cozy rooms, a pool, and a shuttle service. However, some guests noted the rooms were old, the breakfast was poor, and the staff was not friendly.

Jasmine 59 Hotel: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a trendy area near Phrom Phong BTS station and EmQuartier. It also has spacious and comfortable rooms, a pool, and a fitness center. However, some guests noted that the wifi was slow, the breakfast was average, and the service was not very attentive.

Volve Hotel Bangkok: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a hip area near Thong Lo BTS station and The Commons. It also has stylish and cozy rooms, a garden, and a restaurant. However, some guests complained that the rooms were noisy, the location was not very convenient, and the service was not very friendly.

Luxury hotels in Thong Lo

Hotel Nikko Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in an upscale area near Thong Lo BTS station and Sukhumvit Soi 11. It also has luxurious and modern rooms, a spa, and a bar. However, some guests reported that the price was high, the food was mediocre, and the service was not very consistent.

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a central area near Thong Lo BTS station and Sukhumvit Soi 55. It also has elegant and spacious rooms, a rooftop pool, and a restaurant. However, some guests commented that the wifi was not free, the breakfast was crowded, and the service was not very helpful.

Ratchathewi

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Ratchathewi is another great area to stay in Bangkok, especially if you are into shopping. It is close to Siam, the shopping hub of Bangkok, where you can find everything from designer brands to local crafts. Ratchathewi is also close to Phraya Thai, the end of the airport trainline making it easy to get to and from the airport. Ratchathewi has a variety of accommodation options, from boutique hotels to cozy guesthouses. You will also find some of the best street food in Bangkok, especially around Phetchaburi Road and Ratchawithi Road.

Budget hotels in Ratchathewi

Daraya Hostel: This hostel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a convenient area near the BTS station and Jim Thompson House. It also has clean and colorful rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a free breakfast. However, some guests complained that the rooms were small, the stairs were steep, and the staff was not very helpful.

Siam Eco Hostel: This hostel is an eco-friendly option that is located in a central area near Siam BTS station and Siam Discovery. It also has cozy and minimalist rooms, a garden, and a coffee shop. However, some guests reported that the wifi was slow, the bathroom was shared, and the staff was not very friendly.

Mid-range hotels in Ratchathewi 

Evergreen Place Siam by UHG: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a lively area near Ratchathewi BTS station and set back from the main road’s noises. We stayed at the regular twin rooms and a suite and it is more spacious than other newer hotels. It also has a pool and a fitness center. However, some guests noted that the rooms were old, the breakfast was average, and the service was not very attentive.

Luxury hotels in Ratchathewi

Vie Hotel Bangkok – MGallery: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in an exclusive area near Ratchathewi BTS station and Siam Paragon. It also has luxurious and modern rooms, a spa, and a restaurant. However, some guests commented that the price was high, the food was mediocre, and the service was not very consistent.

Phaya Thai/Chatuchak

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Phaya Thai/Chatuchak is a good area to stay in Bangkok if you want to experience a more local vibe. It is near the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the largest and most famous markets in the world, where you can find anything from clothes and antiques to plants and pets. Phaya Thai/Chatuchak is also near some of the green spaces in Bangkok, such as Chatuchak Park and there are plenty of good local eats around Victory Monument. Phaya Thai/Chatuchak has a range of accommodation options, from modern hotels to homestays. The hotels here are likely to be more spacious as well.

Budget hotels in Phaya Thai/Chatuchak

True Siam Phayathai Hotel: This hotel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a quiet area near Phaya Thai BTS station and Victory Monument. It also has clean and simple rooms, a pool, and a free shuttle service. I like the Thai design but the road it is located on is tiny and you might encounter some traffic congestions.

T Hostel Victory Monument: This hostel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a lively area near Victory Monument BTS station and King Power Duty Free. It also has clean and colorful rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a free breakfast. However, some guests mentioned that the rooms were hot, the bathroom was shared, and the staff was not very helpful.

Best Western Chatuchak: this is THE hotel to stay at if you like a stylish stay and love shopping. It’s right next to Chatuchak Weekend Market and 1 minute away from Kamphaeng Phet MRT. It faces the BangSue station with a spectacular view of the sunset and an onsite bar Plot Twist where you can watch the sun goes down.

The room are also very functional and clean, and it has a good city view facing On Tor Tor market.

Mid-range hotels in Phaya Thai/Chatuchak

The Quarter Ari by UHG: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in an exclusive area near Ari BTS station and La Villa Ari. It also has luxurious and modern rooms, a pool, and a fitness center. However, some guests commented that the price was high, the food was average, and the service was not very friendly.

VIX Bangkok Hotel @ Victory Monument: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a convenient area near Victory Monument BTS station and Century The Movie Plaza. It also has stylish and comfortable rooms, a restaurant, and a laundry service. However, some guests stated that the wifi was slow, the breakfast was poor, and the staff was not very professional.

Luxury hotels in Phaya Thai/Chatuchak

Pullman Bangkok King Power: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a central area near Victory Monument BTS station and King Power Duty Free. It also has elegant and spacious rooms, a spa, and a restaurant. However, some guests remarked that the facilities were old, the food was expensive, and the service was not very attentive.

Sathon/Riverside

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Sathon is a good area to stay in Bangkok if you want to enjoy a more relaxed and upscale atmosphere. It is along the Chao Phraya River, which offers stunning views and scenic boat rides. Sathon has some of the most luxurious hotels in Bangkok, such as The Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula. You will also find some of the finest dining options in Bangkok, from Michelin-starred restaurants to rooftop bars. Sathon is also near some of the cultural attractions in Bangkok, such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the Grand Palace.

Budget hotels in Sathon Riverside

Prince Theatre Heritage Stay Hostel – Silom: This hostel is located in a historic area near Chong Nonsi BTS station and Patpong Night Market. It also has cozy and vintage rooms, a cinema, and a free breakfast. However, some guests complained that the rooms were dark, the bathroom was shared, and the staff was not very helpful.

Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a convenient area near Surasak BTS station. It also has spacious and modern rooms, a pool, and a restaurant. However, some guests reported that the Wi-Fi was slow and the breakfast was average.

Mid-range hotels in Sathon Riverside

The Grand Sathorn: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a central area near Saphan Taksin BTS station. It also has stylish and comfortable rooms, a rooftop pool, and a fitness center. However, some guests noted that the rooms were noisy, the pool was small, and the staff was not very attentive.

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a scenic area along the Chao Phraya River near Saphan Taksin BTS station and Wat Yannawa. It also has luxurious and spacious rooms, a garden, and a spa. However, some guests commented that the food was mediocre, and the service was not very consistent.

Luxury hotels in Sathon Riverside

All the splurge options are right by the Chao Phraya River and are one of the most luxurious options in the city:

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: of all the other luxury hotels it is the closest to Saphan Taksin BTS station and Oriental Pier. It also has elegant and cozy rooms, a butler service, and a superb breakfast. However, some guests mentioned that the facilities were old.

The Peninsula Bangkok: If you want to treat yourself to a luxurious stay in Bangkok, The Peninsular Bangkok might be the perfect choice for you. You can enjoy the stunning views of the river and the city from your room or from the pool deck.

Shangri La Bangkok: the hotel  has luxurious and spacious rooms, a tropical garden, and a renowned spa. However, some guests remarked that the breakfast was crowded, the pool was small, and the service was not very friendly. The hotel garden is great for relaxing with palm trees, waterfalls, and flowers. 

Capella Bangkok: Capella is a great choice for special occasions if you want to experience a personalized and intimate stay in Bangkok. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the river and the skyline from your room or from the bar. I also enjoyed their Stella Bar (which you can visit without staying).

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River: it is a stylish and contemporary stay where you can admire the views of the river and the temple from your room or from the terrace.

Old City Rattanakosin

Soi Chana Songkhram, Banglamphu, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Old City Rattanakosin is the best area to stay in Bangkok if you want to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Thailand. It is where you can find some of the most important temples in Bangkok, such as Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic), and Wat Suthat (Temple of the Giant Swing). Old City Rattanakosin is also where you can find some of the most impressive palaces in Bangkok, such as The Grand Palace and The Dusit Palace. Old City Rattanakosin has a variety of accommodation options, from traditional hotels to heritage houses. You will also find some of the best local food in Bangkok, especially around Tha Chang Pier and Tha Phra Chan Pier.

Budget hotels in Rattanakosin Old Town

Mojo Old Town: This hotel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a historic area near the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. It also has clean and cozy rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a free breakfast. However, some guests complained that the rooms were small, the stairs were steep, and the staff was not very helpful.

Mid-range hotels in Rattanakosin old town

Siri Oriental Bangkok Hotel: This hotel is a mid-range option with spacious and comfortable rooms, a pool, and a restaurant. However, some guests reported that the wifi was slow, the breakfast was average, and the service was not very friendly.

Luxury hotels in Rattanakosin old town

Villa De Pranakorn: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in an exclusive area near the Democracy Monument and Khao San Road. It also has elegant and modern rooms, a garden, and a spa. However, some guests commented that the price was high, the food was mediocre, and the service was not very consistent.

Khaosan Road

Khao San Road

Khaosan Road is the ultimate area to stay in Bangkok if you are looking for a fun and lively backpacker scene. It is famous for its cheap accommodation, bars, clubs, massage parlors, tattoo shops, and street vendors. Khaosan Road is also near some of the historical attractions in Bangkok, such as Wat Saket, Democracy Monument, and the National Museum. Khao San Road is mainly a backpacker’s hub, so you’ll most likely find hostels here. You will also find some of the best street food in Bangkok, especially pad Thai, fried insects, and banana pancakes.

Here are some pros and cons for the following hotels in the style of laughtraveleat.com:

Budget hotels in Khaosan Road

Sloth Hostel Khaosan: This hostel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a lively area near Khao San Road and the Grand Palace. It also has clean and cozy rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a free breakfast. However, some guests complained that the rooms were small and the stairs were steep.

Bed Station Hostel Khao San: This hostel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a convenient area near Khao San Road and Democracy Monument. It also has stylish and colorful rooms, a pool, and a free shuttle service. However, some guests noted that the rooms were noisy, the pool was small, and the staff was not very attentive .

NapPark Hostel @ Khao San: This hostel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a central area near Khao San Road and Wat Chana Songkhram. It also has cozy and minimalist rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a free breakfast. However, some guests mentioned that the rooms were hot, the bathroom was not very clean, and the staff was not very helpful.

Mid-range hotels in Khaosan Road

The Ember Hotel: The Ember Hotel is a modern and chic hotel that is a calm oasis near Khaosan Road. It also has elegant and spacious rooms and rooftop bar. However, some guests commented breakfast is limited.

Chinatown

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Chinatown is one of the most vibrant and colorful areas to stay in Bangkok, especially if you are a foodie and a bargain hunter. It is where you can find some of the best street food in Bangkok, from dim sum and roast duck to ice cream and bird’s nest soup. You can see here for food recommendations for Chinatown.

Chinatown has a variety of accommodation options, from budget hotels to boutique hotels. You will also find some of the most interesting attractions in Bangkok, such as Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha), Yaowarat Road, and Sampeng Lane.

Budget hotels in Chinatown Bangkok

Arawana Express Chinatown: This hotel is a budget-friendly option that is located in a vibrant area near Hua Lamphong MRT station and Chinatown. It also has clean and simple rooms, a free shuttle service, and a 24-hour front desk. However, some guests remarked that the rooms were small and the location was not very scenic.

Mid-range hotels in Chinatown Bangkok

Hotel Royal Bangkok@Chinatown: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a lively area near Hua Lamphong MRT station and Chinatown. It also has modern and comfortable rooms, a rooftop pool, and a fitness center. However, some guests said that the wifi was slow and the breakfast was crowded.

ASAI Bangkok Chinatown: This hotel is a mid-range option that is located in a convenient area near Wat Mangkon MRT station and Chinatown. It also has cozy and minimalist rooms, a rooftop bar, and a fitness center. However, some guests noted that the rooms were noisy, the bathroom was small, and the staff was not very professional.

Luxury hotels in Chinatown Bangkok

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok: This hotel is a splurge option that is located in a historic area near Hua Lamphong MRT station and Chinatown. It also has luxurious and spacious rooms, a spa, and a restaurant. However, some guests commented that the price was high, the food was average, and the service was not very helpful.

The Mustang Blu: This hotel is an instagrammable option near Chinatown. It also has stylish and colorful rooms, a pool, and a coffee shop. However, some guests complained that the price was high, the location was not very central, and the service was not very consistent.

Baan2459 Heritage Boutique Hotel: This hotel is a heritage option that is located in an old area near Hua Lamphong MRT station and Chinatown. It also has elegant and spacious rooms, a garden, and a spa. However, some guests reported that the wifi was weak, the breakfast was poor ,and the staff was not very friendly .

Best area to stay in Bangkok for the first time

Bangkok is a vibrant and diverse city that offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for culture, nightlife, shopping, or food, you will find it in Bangkok. But where should you stay in Bangkok for the first time? There are many areas to choose from, each with its own charm and personality. But I’ll focus on transportation ease and things to do in the area for you:

Asok

Asok is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok for the first time because it is well-connected to the rest of the city by the BTS station and the MRT station Sukhumvit. You can easily get to other popular attractions like Chatuchak Market, Chinatown, and Lumpini Park by public transportation.

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Asok also has a lot of shopping and dining options, especially at Terminal 21, a mall that has different themes for each floor. You can find everything from Japanese food to Turkish ice cream here. Asok also has some nightlife spots, such as Soi Cowboy and Sukhumvit Soi 11, where you can enjoy some drinks and music.

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Siam

Siam is another great area to stay in Bangkok for the first time if you love shopping and entertainment. Siam is the heart of action and shopping in Bangkok, with many malls, cinemas, restaurants, and cafes.

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You can shop till you drop at places like Siam Paragon, Central World, MBK Center, and Siam Discovery. You can also visit some cultural attractions, such as Jim Thompson House, Erawan Shrine, and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. However, Siam is also very crowded and busy, so you can expect traffic jams and noise. If you don’t mind the hustle and bustle, Siam is a fun and convenient area to stay in Bangkok.

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Ratchathewi

Ratchathewi is a good area to stay in Bangkok for the first time if you want to be close to the airport train line, the BTS, and the Old City. Ratchathewi is located near Phaya Thai station, where you can catch the Airport Rail Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport. You can also take the BTS to other parts of the city, such as Siam, Asok, and Thonglor.

Ratchathewi is also close to the Old City, where you can visit some of the most famous temples and landmarks in Bangkok, such as Wat Pho, Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Khao San Road. Ratchathewi is a quieter and cheaper area than Siam or Asok, but still has some shopping and dining options nearby.

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Best place to stay in Bangkok with family

Bangkok is a great destination for families who want to experience a different culture and have fun. There are many things to do in Bangkok with kids, such as visiting temples, museums, parks, and zoos. But where should you stay in Bangkok with family? You want to find a place that is comfortable, convenient, and safe for your family. Here are my recommendations:

Riverside

Riverside is one of the best places to stay in Bangkok with family if you want to enjoy the scenic views and boat rides along the Chao Phraya River. You can find many nice hotels here, such as the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, and the Ibis Bangkok Riverside. You can also use the ferry to get to some of the most famous attractions in Bangkok, such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and the Flower Market.

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However, be careful of scams when taking the ferry, as some operators may charge you more than the official price or take you to unwanted places. Always check the route and the fare before boarding, and avoid any touts who offer you a private boat or a special tour.

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Phaya Thai

Phaya Thai station, Airport Rail Link, Ratchathewi, Bangkok

Phaya Thai is another great place to stay in Bangkok with family if you want to be near the airport link and the BTS. You can easily get to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport by taking the Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai station. You can also take the BTS to other parts of the city, such as Siam, Asok, and Thonglor. Phaya Thai is less chaotic than along Sukhumvit Road, which is often crowded and noisy. You can find some quieter and cheaper hotels here, such as the Vic3 Bangkok, the Siam Swana Hotel, and the True Siam Phaya Thai Hotel.

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Siam

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Siam is the heart of everything in Bangkok, and a good place to stay with family if you love shopping and entertainment. Siam is conveniently located for the BTS network, which connects you to other areas of Bangkok. Siam is also a glitzy shopping area with many malls, cinemas, restaurants, and cafes. There are also excellent activities for kids right on the doorstep, such as Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, Madame Tussauds, and KidZania. The night scene is fairly tame in Siam, meaning that there will hopefully be a few awkward questions to answer and not so much noise to keep you awake at night. You can find many hotels in Siam, ranging from budget to luxury, such as the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, the Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square, and the Lub d Bangkok Siam Hostel.

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Apartment Hotels in Bangkok (short and long-stay options)

Bangkok is a city that you can easily fall in love with and want to stay longer. Whether you are working remotely, studying abroad, or just enjoying the city life, you might want to find a long-stay option in Bangkok. One of the best options is to stay in an apartment hotel, which combines the benefits of a hotel and an apartment. You can enjoy the amenities and services of a hotel, such as cleaning, laundry, and security while having the space and privacy of an apartment. Here are my recommendations:

Staybridge Suites Thonglor

If you are looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay in Bangkok’s lively Thonglor area, Staybridge Thonglor might be a good option for you. This hotel offers spacious and modern suites with fully equipped kitchenettes, a washing machine, and sofas.

You can also enjoy the amenities and services of the hotel, such as the pool, the Japanese onsen, the sauna, the gym, the free hot breakfast, and the social evening gatherings. There is a space called the Den where you can sit, read, and work, with free water and coffee available.

The hotel is located close to the BTS Thonglor station, which makes it easy to access other parts of the city. They have a free tuk tuk but the road can be congested, so walking (around 7 minutes) might be a better choice..

Staybridge Suites Sukhumvit

Staybridge Sukhumvit is another option for those who want to feel at home in Bangkok. This hotel is located on Sukhumvit 24, about 12 12-minute walk to Phrom Phong BTS and EmQartier. The hotel offers cozy and stylish suites with kitchenettes, a washing machine, and a small sitting area.

The facilities are the same as Staybridge Thong Lor but it’s even bigger in Sukhumvit. The hotel also hosts social nights with complimentary appetizers and drinks for guests to mingle and have fun.

It is comparatively further from the BTS but it is close to an alternate main road compared to Thong Lor which makes it less likely you’ll be stuck in traffic by taxi or the free tuk tuk shuttle. The hotel is spread over 2 buildings but it’s connected by several pedestrian bridges. And I love that they have a food delivery counter for any Grab food or Line food order.

Shama Lakeview Asoke

If you prefer a larger service apartment near the CBD then Shama Lakeview Asoke is a great choice. It’s located between the Queen Sirikit MRT and Asok BTS Station (Sukhumvit MRT) in a quieter street overlooking the park.

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They have a 24/7 gym with comprehensive equipment and also an outdoor swimming pool. There is also a shuttle service that takes you to the Queen Srikit MRT near the Convention Center or to Sukhumvit MRT.

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There are also 2 cafes and a buffet restaurant on site where your breakfast coupon is valid. There are tons of natural light and a washing machine with washing powder provided. If you are someone who needs more space, then this is a fantastic choice.

Sitara Place Serviced Apartments and Hotel

Sitara Place Serviced Apartments and Hotel is a family-run business that aims to provide guests with warm memories of their stay in Bangkok. The hotel is located in Ratchada Soi 3, a local neighborhood that is close to the MRT Phra Ram 9 station and the Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 mall. The hotel offers spacious and fully furnished studios with kitchenettes, balconies, and city views.

You can also make use of the amenities and services of the hotel, such as free Wi-Fi, secure parking, the gym, the self-coin-operated washers and dryers, and front desk support. Some of the drawbacks of staying here are that the hotel is not very close to the main tourist attractions of Bangkok and that the hotel does not have a restaurant or a pool on site. But it is a great budget option.

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