The Best Places to Stay in Bangkok, Thailand: The Best Areas and Hotels for all Budgets
Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is a massive, exciting, vibrant, diverse city with so much to do and see. As the main entry point to Thailand it’s normally the start of most traveller’s Thailand itineraries. Bangkok is also home to over 11 million people and is one of the most popular cities in the world to visit meaning this sprawling city can also get quite congested with traffic. Therefore it’s important to carefully plan where to stay in Bangkok to make the most out of your visit. So I put together this post that explains the different areas to stay with my recommendations of the best places to stay in Bangkok for all budgets from backpacker hostels to luxury hotels so there’s something to suit everyone!
The Best Places to Stay in Bangkok
The sprawling megalopolis of Bangkok has many different areas, each of which have their very own character and charm and pros and cons.
Some areas of Bangkok are very touristy – like Khao San Road, but others are more Thai, these are further away from the tourist sights but they do offer a more peaceful and authentic insight into Thai lifestyle.
Other areas that are more popular with tourists are right in the heart of the city with easy access to all of the sites, shopping districts and nightlife that Bangkok is so famous for.
There is something for everyone in Bangkok, regardless of your budget. Whether you’re looking for a cheap bed in a dorm room or an exceptionally luxurious suite, you will find it in all areas of the city.
Still, you want to choose the best places to stay in Bangkok in the area that best suits you and your needs, as each area is distinctively different.
To choose the best place to stay in Bangkok for you, you’ll want to pick an area that offers easy access to the attractions, sights and things that you want to do while in the city and also one that is most suited for your budget and interests.
It’s also important to consider proximity to public transport including the BTS or Skytrain as it’s really useful for getting around the traffic congested city.
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The Best Places to Stay in Bangkok
To help you decide where to stay in Bangkok, check out some of these most popular areas and neighbourhoods.
The Best Areas in Bangkok:
Khao San Road/Banglamphu
The legendary Khao San Road is a small road that lies within the Banglamphu area. It is somewhat of a mecca for backpackers, and has been infamously known as the best place to stay in Bangkok for newbie travellers, hippies and anyone on a tight budget. The ultra cheap days are long gone but Khao San Road/ Banglamphu is now filled with boutique hotels, trendy bars and internationally known shops. KSR is still the best place to stay in Bangkok for backpackers and one of the best places to stay in Bangkok for nightlife, you can still find a bed in a dorm, but you can also splash out and surround yourself in luxury.
Staying in this area also means that you’ll be within walking distance of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Chao Phraya Express Boat and the Saen Saep Express Boat, not to mention all the action, shops and nightlife on KSR. From this area you can also take a boat down the river to where it means the skytrain that offers easy access to the rest of the city. Check out this post with more tips for backpackers in Bangkok
Where to Stay in Khao San Road/ Banglamphu:
Backpacker: Nappark Hostel
One of the most popular backpacker hostels in the Khao San Road/Banglamphu area, Nappark Hostel is an ideal place for solo travellers on a shoestring budget. It features cosy and lively common areas making it a great place to meet other likeminded travellers. It is a clean hostel with comfortable beds, showers with hot water and pretty good wifi. Plus, it’s just a 2 minute walk away from Khao San Road. This makes it easy to get back to your bed after shopping, having a meal or a night out. Click here to book.
Budget: D & D Inn
This hotel is somewhat of an institution on Khao San Road that’s geared towards flashpackers. It has recently been refurbished to feature a modern Thai décor complete with a fantastic rooftop swimming pool, pool side bar and massage area. The views from the rooftop are incredible and this is one the best places to stay in Bangkok. Rooms here are clean and comfortable, with a flat screen TV, hot water and air conditioning. The front desk is open 24-hours and they are happy to store your luggage for a day to upwards of 1 month (for a fee of course). Click here for prices and to book.
Midrange: Chillax Resort
Located less than one kilometre away from Khao San Road, this is a popular place for those that can afford to splurge a bit but still want to be close to all the action. The hotel features a rooftop infinity pool, a fitness centre and free wifi, and there is a good restaurant onsite. Rooms are spacious and boast a large spa bath, a balcony and a mini bar and the staff are helpful. Click here for info and to book.
Luxury: Praya Palazzo
An oasis amongst this busy part of Bangkok, Praya Palace is set in an elegant mansion that sits along the Chao Phraya River. The entire hotel is inspired by Italian art and architecture, from its beautiful grounds to its well-appointed rooms and suites. This adult-only boutique hotel has just 17 guest rooms, all of which boast large windows, a king-sized bed, LCD TV, mini bar and unlimited use of free wifi. The property itself features an outdoor pool, a library, an art gallery and a great restaurant. To book or get prices, click here.
Sukhumvit is also one of the best places to stay in Bangkok for nightlife. The area is home to some of the city’s top restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as having some pretty upmarket apartments. Streets running off of the main road (Sukhumvit Boulevard) are numbered, with the lower number streets being home to affluent residential areas, shopping centre, hotels and restaurants. Be aware that this part of Sukhumvit may not be for everyone as it can be quite sleazy as it is also where you will find the infamous Nana Entertainment Plaza and Soi Cowboy. The area is also home to the Khlong Toei Market, the upmarket Emporium mall and arguably the best selection of food in the entire city.
Where to Stay in Sukhumvit:
Backpacker: Slumber Party Hostel by Bodega Bangkok
This trendy hostel is one of the best backpacker hostels in Bangkok. It’s a chic, lively place right in the centre of Sukhumvit. It is only minutes away from Soi Cowboy, the bars on Soi 11, the Sukhimvit MRT station and the Asok BTS station. It’s a colourful hostel with an onsite bar that has a great atmosphere, making it easy to make new friends. There are 30 rooms that are all artistically decorated and feature cosy dorm beds, each of which has their own reading lights, power outlet and shelves. The staff here is super friendly and make staying here fun, this is one of the best places to stay in Bangkok on a budget. Click here to book.
Budget: Sakura Sky Residence
If you want a bit more privacy, Sakura Sky Residence is a great option, as it’s just steps away from Emporium and the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain Station. This is a clean, boutique-style hotel that offers free unlimited wifi to its guests, as well as complimentary coffee and tea. Rooms are air-conditioned and have a safe and a minibar, as well as private bathrooms and large screen TVs. Staff is friendly and welcoming, both at reception and in its 2 Japanese restaurants. For prices and to book, click here.
Midrange: Hotel Clover Asoke
Hotel Clover Asoke is rated as one of the best mid-range hotels in the area, not only because of its fantastic location, but also thanks to its great staff. The hotel is just minutes away from the Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and the Asoke BTS Skytrain Station, and they offer free airport shuttle. Plus, if you have already checked out but are waiting for a late flight, there’s a retreat room where you can freshen up or take a nap. Rooms are bright and cheerful with large windows to let in loads of natural light. If you are a female travelling solo, they offer rooms on a female-only floor. Click here for info or to book.
This luxury 5-star hotel is an award-winning property with amenities and services to match. Rooms are extremely spacious and boast 300-thread count sheets, 180-degree rotating LCD televisions and DVD players. There’s also the option of private butler services 24-hours a day. Everything at the hotel oozes luxury, including its incredible grounds, tranquil spa, relaxing library and incredible lobby. The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel even has six dining options, one of which is a dine in the dark restaurant. Look no further for one of the best places to stay in Bangkok in luxury To book a room, click here.
Silom is one of the most diverse and exciting places to stay in Bangkok. Silom is Bankok’s version of Wall Street, Silom is the heart and soul of the city’s financial institutions, boasting skyscrapers that tower over the city and the Chao Phraya River. It’s also home to small streets that are filled with street food venders, shops and bars, as well as a few good local restaurants. In the day time the streets of Silom are filled with busy bodies on their lunch, while after dark it turns into a nightlife hotspot. In fact, Silom is known as Bangkok’s hedonistic playground, home of one of the sleaziest streets in the city; Soi Patpong. It also boasts luxury name-brand hotels, trendy rooftop bars and chic restaurants.
Where to Stay in Silom:
Backpacker: iSanook Hostel
A great value for money hostel, iSanook Hostel is a fun, colourful place that is modern and clean. Choose between an 8-, 6-, or 4-bed dorm, all of which have a shared bathroom. It’s a great if you want to be close to plenty of food options and public transportation, as the Hua Lamphong and Sam Yan MRT Stations are both less than one kilometre away. You can go on a leisurely walk to MBK Shopping Mall and Soi Patpong. Plus, they offer airport shuttle services! Click here for info or to book a bed.
Budget: Lub d Bangkok Silom
Since Lub d Bangkok Silom opened its doors in 2008 it has become one of the trendiest backpacker hostel’s in the city, this is one of the best places to stay in Bangkok for backpackers, particularly if you want to steer clear of the Khao San Road area. Facilities at this excellent hostel include a common area, a tour desk and a restaurant. It’s a social place with a great atmosphere in a great area of the city. Silom Road is just a stones throw away, while the Chong Nonsri BTS Station and the Patpong Night Market are less than one kilometre from the hostel’s doors. Click here for prices or to book.
Midrange: The Grand Sathorn
The Grand Sathorn is a 4-star hotel with a mid-range price right in the heart of the business district. Rooms here are quite large and nicely decorated with modern furnishings and have a lounge area, as well as a bathroom with a separate shower and tub. Opt for a suite and you will get a kitchenette and dining area, or stay in the penthouse and enjoy its two bedrooms and separate living area. The facilities here are just as good, what with its rooftop pool and deck, cosy rooftop lounge area, fitness centre and onsite restaurant. Click here to make a reservation.
Luxury: W Bangkok Hotel
Living up to its name, the W Bangkok Hotel is a stylish, modern hotel with an Asian chic décor and atmosphere. It’s an urban playground that features a rooftop pool on the 6th floor with a poolside bar where DJs spin tunes 7 days a week. There’s also a soothing spa and fantastic concierge. Pillow menus are offered in all rooms, as is a personalized wake-up service menu, a docking sound bar system and touch screen room controls. The W Bangkok Hotel even welcomes pets and will provide you with a pet bed, water bowl, food bowl and treats. The W is one of the coolest places to stay in Bangkok. Click here to book or see prices.
Siam Square is arguably the best place to stay in Bangkok for shopaholics! Bangkok’s main shopping district, Siam Square is where you’ll find the huge malls like MBK Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Siam Paragon and Central World. It’s also home to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Erawan Shrine, Jim Thompson’s House, Siam Ocean World and Madame Tussaud’s. It’s also a haven for foodies thanks to streets like Soi Ton Son (Little Italy) and the mass amount of food courts found within the malls. Plus, it’s one of the best areas in terms of public transportation, having six BTS Skytrain stations and four Saen Saep Express Boat stops. It is not a known spot for nightlife, but if you are a shopaholic than Siam Square is definitely the area to stay in.
Where to Stay in Siam Square:
Backpacker: Cubic Bangkok
This clean and cosy hostel is right in the heart of the shopping district and just steps away from Jim Thompson’s House and the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. Choose between a bed in a dorm room or a private room with shared bathroom. There are even family rooms, complete with a queen-sized bed and a bunk-bed for the kids. Its common room and outdoor terrace are great places to make new friends, or you can also enjoy a nice chat in the onsite coffee shop. Click here to make a booking.
Budget: ibis Bangkok Siam
If you want to stay in the midst of the shopping district and want a little bit more comfort without breaking the bank then the ibis Bangkok Siam is an excellent choice. The hotel has good wifi connection, a decent restaurant and a bar, and it’s pet friendly! Rooms are clean, bright and modern, with private bathroom, LCD TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Plus, it is right next to the National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station. For prices or to book a room, click here.
Midrange: Hua Chang Heritage Hotel
The Hua Chang Heritage Hotel is somewhat of a sanctuary in one of the busiest areas of the city and one of the best places to stay in Bangkok for character, culture and heritage. It features a beautiful courtyard complete with lush gardens and an outdoor swimming pool, as well as having a lovely lounge that serves traditional Thai afternoon tea. There are 75 tastefully decorated rooms that offer complete comfort after a day of hitting the shopping malls. They all have a spa tub and separate shower, 40-inch flat-screen internet cable TV and cosy bathrobes. Click here for info or to book.
Everyone that stays in this boutique hotel gets celebrity treatment, which is one of the things that make it so popular and one of the best places to stay in Bangkok. As well as the star treatment there are also elegant guest rooms, rooftop pool, fabulous dining and luxury spa. Rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows that offer fantastic views of the area, contemporary Asian décor and a large work table, while suites have additional comforts like a separate living room and two flat-screen TVs. There are even two-bedroom suites and penthouse suites with private pools! The luxurious rooms match everything else about the property, from the Michelin star chef to the magnificent service. Click here for prices or to book.
The Riverside area includes the streets that literally run along or near the Chao Phraya River within Bangkok on the east side and Thonburi on the west. The Riverside area is a traditional area of the city, although the newly built brand name hotels has modernised the area and made it much more tourist friendly in recent years. The area is home to chic rooftop bars, beautiful temples and palaces, shopping centres and fine-dining restaurants. It’s a charming area with a fantastic mix of old and new and one of my favourite places to stay in Bangkok.
Where to Stay on Bangkok’s Riverside:
Backpacker: Oldtown Hostel
This hostel is set in a historic building on the east side of the river close to Hua Lamphong MRT Station. It’s a fun place to stay where there are plenty of board games, billiards and a lovely outdoor terrace. Private rooms, family rooms and dorms are offered, all of which have shared bathroom. There is decent wifi, a TV lounge, a library and coin-laundry facilities, all of which just add to the comfort level of this backpacker hostel. For info or to book, click here.
Budget: Kaloang home
Kaloang home is just that, a traditional Thai style home located right along the river. Everything in the hotel is teak, and rooms also boast traditional Thai stained glass windows. Plus, they all have have air-conditioning, a bar fridge and private bathrooms. The orchid garden and riverfront terrace restaurant are excellent features of this hotel and make it that much more unique in terms of budget hotels in Bangkok. The only downside is its location, though some may see this as a plus. It is in a less busy area of the city, though it’s a fantastic area to walk around and explore. Click here to make a reservation.
Midrange: Riva Surya Bangkok
This boutique hotel not only sits along the river, but it is also close The National Gallery, the Bangkok National Museum and Khao San Road. It’s a stylish hotel with a contemporary décor and gorgeous grounds that include a riverfront pool and riverfront terrace restaurant. They also serve a fantastic breakfast! There are 68 comfortable rooms onsite, most of which boast views of the river. Plus, the hotel can organise limousine service and airport transfer. Click here for prices and to book.
Luxury: The Peninsula Bangkok
The Peninsula Bangkok is nothing short of exceptionally and definitely lives up to the Peninsula name. It’s a luxurious hotel with a lot of Thai charm and sophistication that is matched with modern amenities and amazing views that make it one of the best places to stay in Bangkok. If you’re looking for world-class service, The Peninsula Bangkok won’t let you down. Neither will the incredible rooms that boast magnificent river views, a spacious walk-in closet, an executive desk and a marble bathroom. The suites are a whole different world, what with their stunning landscaped terrace, outdoor whirlpool, separate dining room and private study. Let’s not forget about the dining options, the riverside bar, the spa and the three-tiered swimming pool. For info or to make a reservation, click here.
Bangkok Survarnabhumi International Airport
Although the airport itself is in Samut Prakan Province, the Airport area (aka Lat Krabang) is the area that borders the busy air hub and where all of the hotels can be found. This is the best place to stay in Bangkok if you need to catch a flight, in fact the only real reason to stay in this area of Bangkok is to have easy access to the airport, although a walk around the area is highly recommended. There are some pretty unique things to see, like life-sized super heroes, beautiful temples and some non-touristy shops. It’s a pretty local area, with menus outside of the hotels being in Thai and street venders speaking very little English.
Where to Stay near Bangkok Survarnabhumi Airport:
Backpacker: Garden Room Hostel
Although there are actually no dorms here, it’s called a hostel because of its backpacker feel and rates. Rooms are plain but cosy, with double bed, air-conditioning, private bathroom and an alarm clock to wake you up to catch an early flight. Plus, they give free toiletries, so there’s no need to unpack your bags to search for your personal products if you’re only making a quick stop. There’s wifi throughout, even in the lovely gardens. Click here to book a room.
Budget: ZEN Rooms Ladkrabang 48
There are 48 rooms at ZEN Rooms Ladkrabang 48, all of which have a private bathroom, a balcony, air-conditioning, cable TV and coffee/tea making facilities. They even have a hair dryer, a desk and room service, making it a great budget choice if you want to stay close to the airport. The reception desk is open 24-hours to cater to travellers coming and going at odd hours due to flights making arguably the best place to stay in Bangkok if you need to be near the airport. If you have an afternoon to spare, you can spend it at the outdoor pool or relaxing in your cosy room. For more info or to book, click here.
Midrange: Siam Golden Place Suvarnabhumi
The Siam Golden Place Suvarnabhumi is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a bit more comfort. Rooms here are spacious and have large windows, private balcony, minibar and a kettle. The private bathrooms are also large, with walk-in showers and separate bathtub, which is great way to soothe your muscles after a long-haul flight. The hotel features a fitness centre, a spa, a pool and a lounge, as well as offering business services. There’s also an okay restaurant onsite too. Click here to make a reservation.
Luxury: Ammata Lanta Resort
This lavish resort features 27 pagoda-shaped villas all that have their very own private pool! The have a kiln-design and boast a private garden, private outdoor terrace and views of the property’s lush gardens. You can even go all out and get a villa with an outdoor Jacuzzi or chose a two-bedroom family villa if you’re travelling with your kids. The rest of the property is just as magnificent as the villas, what with a top-notch fitness centre, beautiful figure-8 shaped pool, tranquil spa and great restaurant this is one of the most opulaent places to stay in Bangkok. Plus, they offer free round-trip airport transfers. Click here for prices and to book.
So I hoped you’ve found my tips and recommendations for the best places to stay in Bangkok useful. Check out my other posts on Bangkok and Thailand and if you’ve stayed in a great hotel in Bangkok let me know in the comments below and your recommendations can help out other travellers! 😊