Thailand’s capital has some fantastic hotel options comprised of five star luxury to extreme budget digs. Many high-end Bangkok hotels are clustered around the riverside area, overlooking busy Chao Phraya River.
Khao San Road has cheap, basic lodgings while Siam, Silom and Sukhumvit districts have a range of exclusive and mid-range hotels.
Lodging guide – Bangkok
As one of the most prominent cities in Asia, Bangkok is blessed with a wide range of accommodation options in the various districts of the capital. In each of the tourist-friendly areas it is usually possible to find five star luxurious US$300-a-night hotels to midrange US$75-a-night accommodation, and even budget lodgings under US$10.
Chinatown lodging: an interesting and busy area of Bangkok, Chinatown has a bit of a seedy reputation for historically being filled with brothels and drug dens. But the area has been cleaned up in recent years and is not as touristy as other areas of Bangkok allowing visitors to experience a more authentically Asian stay.
Riverside lodging: this area is home to some of the most luxurious accommodation in the capital. Generally hotels overlook the Chao Phraya river (River of Kings) and the area is calmer than other parts of the city, allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxing stay. The riverside is close to the BTS Skytrain which provides transport to most of the shopping and entertainment neighbourhoods of Bangkok.
Siam lodging: located in the heart of the city this area can be surprisingly quiet at times, although during the day it is the epicentre of Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams. Around Siam Square is where the main shopping malls of Bangkok are to be found, such as Paragon and the MBK centre. The BTS Skytrain has a stop here which makes getting around the rest of the city a breeze.
Sukhumvit lodging: the Sukhumvit area spreads down the length of the Sukhumvit Road which is a favourite district for the expat community to live. Bangkok hotels here are usually of a mid to high range and perfect for the bustling, and even naughty, Thai nightlife in this area. Farang (foreigner) bars and restaurants are commonplace along Sukhumvit Road and there are even some street markets catering mainly for tourists.
Khao San Road lodging: some visitors love it, some hate it. What is undeniable is that this area of Bangkok has remained popular with foreigners over the decades despite Thailand’s changing tourist scene. Backpackers remain the main lodgers in this area despite a plethora of swanky boutique hotels moving in, and accommodation remains cheaper here than anywhere else in Bangkok. The tourist attractions of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are within walking distance and the nightlife doesn’t stop until the sun comes up! Check out our Khao San Road guide.