You finally booked that trip from Siem Reap or Phnom Penh to Bangkok! Now where will you stay? Finding a hotel, hostel, Airbnb or HomeAway room rental can be a time consuming and daunting task, especially if you are visiting a city that you are unfamiliar with. We have done the legwork on the ground to help you select the best locations around the city depending on your reasons for your stay in Bangkok. Here is a helpful guide to help you book a hostel or hotel in Bangkok that will serve as the perfect starting point to help you easily navigate the city like a local.
With online booking websites such as Agoda, Priceline, and Hotels.com, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with special deals and sponsored advertisements just to save a few dollars a night. In reality, such options can be more costly when you add in transportation costs to and from them. Bangkok is an expansive city full of over 8 million people, but it also has one of the best public transportation systems in the world that can allow your disposable income to stretch a bit further.
Price vs. location in Bangkok
You already know you can use Camboticket for your bus tickets, and possibly for an experience or two. The search for hotels in Bangkok can be a bit more complex. The wisest suggestion for booking hotels would be to pull up Google Maps. Unless you are exclusively spending your time in the old city area (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Khaosan road), we highly recommend that you book your stay within walking distance to one of the BTS or MRT mass transit stations scattered throughout the metropolis. Every 100 baht ($3.25 US) taxi or tuk-tuk ride that you take will add up quickly so it would be in your best interest to avoid those costs altogether by staying somewhere that allows you quick access to the city.
Where to stay in Bangkok
There are several hotbeds of tourist, expats, and backpacker enclaves in the city of Bangkok. Below is a breakdown of the most popular areas and attractions in the local area to further assist you in your quest for a great deal. We have categorized them based on their locations in the city of Bangkok not by price to enhance your holiday based on the proximity of attractions and amenities.
Thonglor and Ekkamai Section
This very trendy and hip section of Bangkok has a myriad of choices for hotel and hostel accommodations, as well as quality eateries, top-notch bars and dance clubs. It is north of Sukhumvit Road in the Watthana section of Bangkok. Sukhumvit Soi 55 is Thonglor street, and Soi 63 is Ekkamai.
There are three BTS stops in this area: Phrom Phong, Thong Lo, and Ekkamai. The Arize Hotel (a smaller, boutique style hotel), Adelphi Grande, and the Hilton are near the Phrom Phong station is should you have a larger budget and want to stay in a more luxurious hotel. Close to the Thong Lo station you can find the Grand Tower Inn or the ritzy Grande Centre Point. Nearest the Ekkamai station you will find more residences than hotels, but it is a great area if you are planning on a longer stay in the city due to the abundance of coffee shops and small eateries.
There is plenty of dining in the area including the popular Vientiane Kitchen where you can dine on authentic Isaan cuisine while watching traditional Thai dancing along with a live band.
Nana and Asok Section – The Center of Sukhumvit
The Nana and Asoke sections are where most of the late-night entertainment on Sukhumvit can be found. This section is packed with hotels and hostels along Sukhumvit road as well as down the streets that branch off.
Stay near either the Nana BTS station or the Asoke BTS/Sukhumvit MRT station. One of the most popular malls with the locals, Terminal 21, is located at the connection of the MRT & BTS lines and is chock full of great restaurants and shops for even the pickiest of consumers.
Popular hotels in the area of Nana include the Ambassador Hotel, on Soi 11, the Majestic Grande, located on Soi 4, or the ultra-posh Landmark Hotel, on Sukhumvit road but a few steps from the Nana BTS. If you are looking for a bargain hotel in between both of the Skytrain stops the Best Comfort offers quality affordable rooms.
Near the Asoke BTS/Sukhumvit MRT stations are the Dream Hotel, Taipan Hotel (close to Soi Cowboy), or the ultra-affordable Red Planet on Sukhumvit 14 alley. If you are looking for a fancier, higher-budget hotel, there is the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit and The Westin Grande Sukhumvit.
Near Nana or Asok there are tons of options for food and beverage mere walking distance from any hotel or hostel you should choose. For late night coffee and dessert, visit Holly’s Coffee, a 24-hour coffee shop on Sukhumvit in between Asok and Nana (close to Terminal 21).
Siam Central – The Center of Bangkok Shopping
This highly coveted area of the town by tourists, ex-pats, and locals alike and is located between the National Stadium BTS station on the Silom line and the Chit Loam stop on the Sukhumvit line (Siam being the central plaza in between where you can switch Skytrain lines)
Unfortunately, there are not many bargain hotels or hostels in the area due to the high property values, but there are plenty rooms around $100 a night at either the Holiday Inn Express or the Novotel. You can also enjoy some of the finest luxury amenities at the five-star Siam Kempinski.
Luxurious Siam Hotel
Khaosan Road – Backpacker Central
If you happen to be planning on touring the Grand Palace and Wat Pho tours, as suggested in our Top 5 Things to do in Bangkok or want to go trinket shopping along with bargain drinking and dining, this is your best option for areas to stay. Be aware, this part of the city–also known as the Old City–is far away from public transportation. It will cost you around 200 baht (approx $7 US) to get from one of the closest BTS stops to the Khaosan road area.
Unless you plan on partying all night and enjoy a raucous environment, we recommend that you stay on Soi Ram Buttri for a little more peace and quiet while still being stumbling distance from all of the action.
Most of the rooms are very affordable, but we recommend A&A Guesthouse, of the Four Sons Village (which are located next to each other). Be advised that the room sizes and quality of the furniture is lower in this area, and is reflected in the prices that you are charged per night.
Should you be interested in more reading on things to do, how to get around the city, or general advice we have conveniently linked all of our blogs regarding Bangkok below for you. Enjoy your trip to one of the hottest tourist locations in the world!