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Bangkok is an amazing city in Thailand with many things to offer, from vibrant nightlife, delicious street food to incredible temples, shrines and historical areas that will help you understand this unique city better!

Bangkok is a very vast and diverse city with many different areas. Each neighborhood in Bangkok has its own unique feel and vibe, its downsides and advantages. Deciding where to stay during your Bangkok vacation is a very important step, as some places are rich in shopping and food options, while others have many iconic attractions that you must definitely see during your stay.

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Regardless if you are traveling to Bangkok for the first or tenth time, this article will help you choose the best area in town for your itinerary and personal preferences.

If you need help creating your Bangkok itinerary, I recommend you read my article about 3 Days in Bangkok – Your Perfect Itinerary (With Prices!)

Bangkok has something for everyone and I want to recommend you 5 of the best neighborhoods in the city with hotel recommendations for all budgets – from cheap backpacker’s hostels to luxurious 5-star boutique hotels.

NOTE: As Bangkok is a very popular destination for tourists all over the world, good hotels are always selling out very fast, so I recommend you book yours as soon as possible!

Here are the 5 neighborhoods I am recommending for a great stay in the city:

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Let’s see which are the best hotels and the best places to stay in Bangkok, sorted by price range:

1. Luxurious Sukhumvit

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Sukhumvit has something for everyone – from nightlife to shopping and eating opportunities, this is one of the best places to stay in Thailand, Bangkok!

Sukhumvit is an 18km long road located in the center of Bangkok, full of restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping centers and the best place to stay in Bangkok if you want to be where all the action happens. Even though this is not a very authentic or traditional part of the city, it is very modern and fun and you will always find something to do, as it is a real Bangkok tourist spot!

One of the best things about Sukhumvit is how easy it is to get around because of the subway (MRT) and the elevated Skytrain (BTS) that can take you from one point to another in no time.

You can find many types of restaurants with cuisines from all over the world there and some of the top hotels in Bangkok, including luxury ones. You should know that you will not be very close to all the iconic tourist attractions in Bangkok, but it will be super easy to get to them thanks to the excellent transportation system in the city!

If you think Sukhumvit is the perfect area for you, here are the hotels I recommend in this neighborhood:

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Luxury (170 US$ and up)

  • Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit 55 Thong Lo is an amazing 5-star accommodation and one of the best hotels in Sukhumvit area, with gorgeous rooms and great facilities! You will be happy to know this hotel also has an outdoor pool and a cool terrace where you can relax after a full day of exploring Bangkok!
  • Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is a 4-star luxury hotel in Sukhumvit, Bangkok with contemporary rooms. They even have an outdoor pool on the 9th floor, which is a great bonus! Novotel Sukhumvit 20 is located very close to all the attractions in Sukhumvit, especially if you are interested in some shopping in Bangkok!

Middle-priced (110 US$ – 170 US$)

  • Adelphi Suites Bangkok awaits you with an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant and a very cool fitness center! The rooms are spacious, with huge windows, great facilities, and beautiful decorations. You can even arrange day trips at the front desk, the staff is so friendly you just have to ask!
  • Hotel Clover Asoke is another great place to stay in Bangkok for a middle budget. This hotel is close to Skytrain stations and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. All the rooms are air-conditioned, tidy, spacious and super nice!

Budget (7 US$ – 110 US$)

Here are my recommendations for budget hotels in Sukhumvit:

  • Rest at Ekkamai is an incredible accommodation and one of the best cheap hotels in Bangkok, Sukhumvit (prices start at 7$/night)! You will get free Wi-Fi all over the accommodation, nice and tidy rooms and even a comfortable shared lounge!
  • Twothree A Homely Hotel will definitely make you feel like home! This awesome Bangkok accommodation has a great outdoor pool, a gym and spacious rooms that are very nicely decorated. Plus, you will benefit from free Wi-Fi and a nice seating area.

2. Trendy Siam

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Siam is the best place to stay in Bangkok for shopping and fashion lovers, as you will find all the most popular shopping centers there!

Siam area is located on Sukhumvit road as well, but a bit further away, closer to the river. Siam square in Bangkok is the best area in the city if you want to have the best shopping experience in the city, as you will be close to fashionable and modern shopping centers such as MBK, Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Central World Mall and more. The area is very glamorous, boasting with tourists and all types of locals and, just like in Sukhumvit, it is very easy to get around thanks to the Skytrain. You will be close to many great restaurants (especially Western restaurants), bars and cinemas, so staying in Siam will be the opposite of boring.

Siam is not the most traditional part of the city as well, but instead it is a family and child-friendly area, as you will not find many clubs and Thailand nightlife experiences around.

Oh, and while you’re there, you have to go to at least one Skybar and enjoy an amazing view and delicious drinks!

Because Siam is one of the most popular areas in Bangkok, it is only natural that the hotel rooms are being booked fast, so I suggest you find your perfect accommodation as soon as possible! Here are the hotels I recommend in Siam area:

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Luxury (170 US$ and up)

  • Pathumwan Princess Hotel is an award-winning 5-star luxury hotel in Bangkok located in Siam area. It has very stylish and clean rooms and excellent service! One of the best things about this hotel is that it is right near MBK Shopping Center!
  • Mercure Bangkok Siam Hotel is one of the best 4 star hotels in Bangkok that offers beautiful views over the city and the neighborhood! Each room has free Wi-Fi, a minibar, a fridge and all the other facilities you may need during your stay!

Middle-priced (110 US$ – 170 US$)

  • Happy 3 is my first recommendation for a middle-priced stay in Siam. This hotel is located very close to Skytrain stations and I’m sure you will enjoy the indoor pool! This Bangkok accommodation is also close to MBK Shopping Center and Siam Paragon Mall!
  • Nine Design Place awaits you with beautiful rooms, flat-screen TV, private bathrooms and all the facilities you will need for a great stay in the city! Needless to say, you will be close to all the important attractions in Siam area!

Budget (7 US$ – 110 US$)

  • Grey Sheep Hostel is one of the best budget accommodations in Siam! It is only a 20-minute walk from Patpong and I am sure you will find there everything you need for a pleasant stay in the neighborhood! Plus, the shared kitchen is a big plus!
  • ibis Siam Hotel Bangkok is an amazing budget hotel that won’t make you break the bank during your stay in this neighborhood. This accommodation is close to shopping malls, restaurants and every other place you might want to visit in Siam. Plus, it is also pet-friendly!

3. Traditional Bangkok Riverside

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If you want to enjoy stunning views in the most romantic and historical part of Bangkok, you should choose the Riverside!

If you are not fond of the modern and glamorous parts of the city and want to enjoy the traditional vibe of Bangkok, Riverside is a very scenic area full of temples, historical attractions, shrines, and the Royal Palace – it is a very popular tourist spot! Even though this area is a bit more expensive, it is a great place to enjoy the authentic roots of the city and see how the capital of Thailand was born. To be honest with you, I think this would be the best area for a first time visitor of the city!

Bangkok Riverside is stretched along the Chao Praya river and one downside of stay in the Riverside neighborhood is that you will be a bit more far away from the downtown area and you will only have one Skytrain stop (Saphan Taksin) and no Subway, so getting around will not be that easy and fast. But you can still take the ferries down the river to get from one point to another or just use a taxi (they’re cheap in Thailand) or a tuk-tuk.

On the other hand, Riverside is the place where you will find the most luxury, 5-star hotels in the city. Here are my recommendations:

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Luxury (170 US$ and up)

  • Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is one of the best resorts in Thailand located in the Riverside area, overlooking the Chao Phraya River. The rooms are decorated in Thai-style, they’re spacious and sparkling clean. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and a private boat shuttle that can take you to the closest Skytrain station, which is extremely convenient!
  • Chatrium Bangkok Hotel Riverside Is another great 5-star Riverside Bangkok hotel that awaits you with an outdoor pool as well, but also a great spa and fitness center that you can use during your stay. More than this, you will also be able to choose from 6 dining options and benefit from free parking and free Wi-Fi.

Middle-priced (110 US$ – 170 US$)

  • The Grand Sathorn is a 4-star, middle-priced hotel in the Riverside area with amazing facilities. This hotel has an awesome rooftop pool overlooking the entire neighborhood! You will be able to use a free river boat shuttle that can take you around, or you can take a train to the city center to see all the attractions there.
  • Riva Arun Bangkok has super stylish and clean rooms and 4-star amenities and facilities. You will surely enjoy your meals on the open-air restaurant with gorgeous views over the river!

Budget (7 US$ – 110 US$)

  • Ibis Hotel Bangkok Riverside is my first recommendation for travelers who wish to stay in the luxurious Riverside area on a tight budget. Ibis Bangkok Riverside hotel awaits you with beautiful, stylish rooms, a great restaurant and bar, and perfect facilities. Plus, a free shuttle will take you to the closest Skytrain station whenever you want!
  • Prince Theatre Heritage Stay is my second budget recommendation for this neighborhood and a very nice hostel set in a 1900’s film theatre! They await you with nice rooms, daily continental breakfast, and a cool on-site bar that is actually a cinema room refurbished to look like a bar where they serve signature cocktails inspired by original films!

4. Versatile Silom

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Silom is a great area with amazing restaurants, an iconic night market and vibrant nightlife, so you will never get bored while there!

If you will be staying in the area, you will be able to enjoy a stroll in Lumphini Park – the biggest park of the city, catch some fresh air and enjoy the locals doing their daily Thai Chi there.

Except being the green lungs of the city, Silom is also famous for having Patpong Night Market and their “Red Light District” there.  Just like any other downtown area in Bangkok, Silom has accessible public transport, but it is not as traditional and you may sometimes feel like you are not in Asia. But one thing is sure: there is always something to do in this neighborhood!

By day Silom is a business and financial area, but at night everything changes! If you are a party and clubbing lover, I suggest you go on the two famous streets: Patpong 1 and Patpong 2 and enjoy the amazing bars and clubs that are open all night long. If you are not that fond of partying until the morning, you can visit the other streets in this area and you will easily avoid all that music and noise and enjoy a relaxing time there.

Silom is full of hotels for all kinds of budgets, but being such an iconic neighborhood thanks to Patpong, these are selling out very fast! I recommend you book your Bangkok accommodation as soon as possible, and here are some suggestions that might help you choose:

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Luxury (170 US$ and up)

  • SO Sofitel Hotel Bangkok Silom is one of the best 5-star hotels in Bangkok! The rooms are stunning, with a décor inspired by the 5 essential elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. You can rent bicycles at the hotel or relax in the outdoor pool. Plus, this 30-stories hotel is super close to Lumphini MRT Subway Station!
  • Tower Club At lebua is another gorgeous 5-star hotels in Silom area that provides world-class facilities and service. During your stay, I recommend you enjoy a drink at the Skybar and a luxurious meal at their award-winning restaurant! Let’s not forget about the outdoor pool and private balconies with stunning views!

Middle-priced (110 US$ – 170 US$)

  • Siri Sathorn Hotel Silom Bangkok is a very nice hotel where you can book service apartments for your stay in Silom! The rooms are very spacious and clean and you will have a stunning view over the city! Plus, you can always relax at the outdoor pool and pampering spa!
  • Amara Bangkok Silom Hotel is located only 6 minutes away from Patpong, in Silom area. The on-site restaurant is great, delicious daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center and a bar. And the rooftop pool is simply gorgeous!

Budget (7 US$ – 110 US$)

  • The Backpack Hostel Bangkok is an excellent option for a budget accommodation in Silom area. The rooms are very simple yet cozy and you will have free Wi-Fi during your stay and a very nice shared lounge where you can unwind and make friends with the other backpackers!
  • Urban Hostel Bangkok is my other budget recommendation for this neighborhood. This hostel has extremely good prices and great service, including free Wi-Fi, a terrace, air conditioning and some rooms even have a nice patio!

5. Partying Khao San

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Khao San is the old city where all the iconic attractions are located and the perfect place to see the authentic Bangkok life!

A walk in Khao San neighborhood means visiting amazing Bangkok attractions and museums such as Wat Pho, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, among others. This special neighborhood will show you the true side of Thailand and a bit of the city’s history. It is also a great place for budget travelers and a cool Bangkok backpacker area, as you will find here many affordable hotels and hostels (and not many luxurious 5 star hotels, in fact, it is more of a backpacker destination).

If you are a party animal, this is definitely the place to be! There are tons of bars, food stalls, and nightclubs in the area, this place truly never sleeps. On the opposite, if you are traveling with kids/for work and you are planning to get some sleep, there is probably going to be a lot of loud music, so I would not recommend Khao San for a quiet stay.

I stayed in Khao San during my first visit of Thailand and I liked it because it is a great place to meet people (I was traveling alone), the only downside is that it does not have an MRT station close, so you would have to take a taxi after the metro.

Even if you don’t choose to stay near Khao San road, I recommend you visit this area at least for a day. While you’re there, you must try the street food which is very affordable, visit the landmarks and maybe even get a massage at the end of the day.

Here are the hotels I recommend near Khao San Road:

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Luxury (170 US$ and up)

  • Praya Palazzo is a superb 5-star hotel located close to Khaosan Road and The Grand Palace. The rooms and the entire hotel is decorated in a very elegant way and it provides world-class services. During your stay, you will be able to enjoy the outdoor pool, the great art gallery and free Wi-Fi!
  • Riva Surya Bangkok is another great option for anyone who wants to feel like a princess/price during their stay in the Old City! This beautiful hotel is only 5 minutes away from Khao San road and it offers stunning views over the river and indoor and outdoor dining options!

Middle-priced (110 US$ – 170 US$)

  • Baan Noppawong is my first recommendation for a great value for money in this neighborhood. This hotel in hosted in one of the few colonial houses left in Bangkok and it only has 7 guestrooms where you can stay. The rooms are beautiful, with wooden floors and ceilings and Thai antiquities!
  • Old Capital Bike Inn is another great option which awaits you with nice, clean rooms decorated with hand-painted porcelain and classical furniture! You will benefit from free Wi-Fi during your stay and a great breakfast and I recommend you serve a delicious coffee at their on-site coffee shop!

Budget (7 US$ – 110 US$)

  • Bangkok Saran is my first recommendation for budget travelers staying in this area of the city. This is one of the most gorgeous 3-star hotels in Bangkok, located only 10-minutes away from Khao San road by foot and it offers gorgeous city views from the rooms! Of course, you will also get free Wi-Fi and you can choose from different types of rooms, including a single or a 5-person room.
  • Baan Nai Trok Khaosan Hostel is a very accessible accommodation located only 9 minutes away from Khao San Road. This nice place features a beautiful garden, tidy rooms, a shared lounge and all the other facilities you may need for a good stay in the city!

Best hotels for families in Bangkok

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Even though Bangkok is an extremely lively and diverse city with a vivid nightlife and many fun activities, at the same time it is a very family-friendly place with different areas and hotels that can provide the peace and relaxation needed for a great vacation.

There are many child-friendly hotels in Bangkok for all budgets and preferences. Here are my recommendations:

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Luxury (170 US$ and up)

  • Banyan Tree Bangkok is my first recommendation for families who want to be spoiled with luxury during their stay in Bangkok. The spacious rooms offer gorgeous views over the city and the guests can enjoy free non-alcoholic drinks from the minibar. During your stay, I suggest you spend some relaxing time at Vertigo and Moon rooftop bars and enjoy yourself!
  • Oriental Residence Bangkok is another amazing 5-star hotel in Bangkok that offers world-class service. The rooms are bright and they also have a kitchen, which is super convenient especially if you are traveling with smaller kids! This gorgeous hotel is located super close to Lumphini Park, a beautiful place where you can take a walk and relax with your children!

Middle-priced (110 US$ – 170 US$)

  • ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai is my first recommendation for a great hotel that offers good value for money. This accommodation is super close to Khao San Road and it offers a great on-site restaurant and even an outdoor pool where you can relax! You can also benefit from laundry and dry cleaning services if you wish to.
  • Novotel Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit Ploenchit is another great 4-star hotel located extremely close to Ploenchit BTS Skytrain Station, in Sukhumvit area. This great hotel awaits you with an outdoor pool, a fitness center, sauna rooms, and even personal trainers!

Budget (7 US$ – 110 US$)

  • Talakkia Boutique Hotel is one of the best budget places and a gorgeous boutique hotel in Bangkok to stay together with your family! You can book the special Family room with private bathroom and enjoy free Wi-Fi, on-site dining, clean rooms with city views and a delicious breakfast every morning!
  • Cubic Bangkok is another one of the best budget places in Bangkok for families traveling to the city on a tight budget. This hotel is located close to MBK Shopping Mall and it awaits you with shared bathrooms, washing machines, dryer, and excellent prices! Plus, you can relax at the rooftop terrace with splendid views over the city!

Hotels near Bangkok Airport

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If you are in Bangkok only for a short stay and you want to be as close to Suvarnabhumi Airport as possible, I suggest you book a room at an airport hotel!

Here are my suggestions for this area – I am recommending one luxury hotel, one middle-priced and a budget hotel:

  • Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is my luxury recommendation for this area. This hotel offers high-quality service and facilities and it is located only 10 minutes away by foot from the airport. Guests can use their free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes, which is very convenient. Other than that, you can relax at their outdoor pool or even get a massage!
  • Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport is my middle-priced recommendation for travelers who wish to stay close to the airport. This accommodation is located 6km away from the airport and guests can benefit from a free two-way airport shuttle! You will surely enjoy the outdoor pool, on-site restaurant and contemporary-style rooms!
  • At Residence Suvarnabhumi is the perfect budget hotel close to the airport! This accommodation is only 3.7km away from the airport and it also has a free shuttle service that you can use. You will also benefit from the on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi and even a laundry service!

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Conclusion

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This was my list of recommended Top 5 areas to stay in Bangkok, all hotels are sorted by price, I hope it will be useful for planning your stay – be it a business trip, family vacation, getaway with friends, honeymoon or anything else really!

Bangkok has many things to offer for all types of tourists, from delicious street food to authentic shrines, temples, palaces, beautiful parks and an overall feel of a city that never sleeps!

I hope this article will help you choose the best area and hotel in Bangkok that will suit your travel style and personal preferences for your Thailand holidays!

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If you want to find out more about this amazing country, you can find all my articles about Thailand here.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to tell me in the comments below. I am always curious to hear from my readers!

Yulia


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