Best Area to Stay in Bangkok – Best Hotels & Travel Tips

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Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis of skyscrapers, shopping malls, Buddhist temples, and golden pagodas. It’s a place of contrast and difference. It’s a city that’s always full of life, sometimes confusing, at other times exciting yet always enthralling.

Thailand’s capital is a city that travelers return to time after time. Once is never enough to unearth the hidden secrets that Bangkok holds, and every time you might return you will find that there is somewhere new to stay, somewhere new to explore and somewhere else to visit.

Traveling to Bangkok though can seem intimidating at first. There are so many districts and different areas spread across the city while every street has its own distinct style and history.

From the budget, backpacker scenes of Khao San Road to the glamorous restaurants and fine dining of Silom’s financial district, Bangkok has a unique area for every travel style and for every visitor’s needs.

We put this guide together to help you to decide where to stay in Bangkok, to make your trip that little bit easier to organize with a breakdown of the best places to stay in the city.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: By District


Where to Stay in Bangkok

Banglamphu is the heart of Bangkok’s old town and for many first time visitors to the Thai capital, it’s the first place they’ll end up staying in. The area is full of historic sights, traditional temples, markets, and busy streets.

There’s a bit of everything in the old town because as well as the local attractions the area has over the years become a magnet for backpackers from across the world starting their Southeast Asian odyssey on Khao San Road; a street full of bars, clubs and cheap eats that some love and others hate.


Where to Stay in Bangkok

A world away from the old town but just a few kilometers through the chaotic, packed streets of Bangkok is Sukhumvit. This is the longest road in the city, stretching for kilometer after kilometer through the center, making it one of the world’s longest city boulevards.

It’s a road that’s home to shopping malls and rooftop bars and it’s a favorite amongst ex-pats and affluent locals. The Skytrain makes it easy to navigate, while the shopping and entertainment options are endless.


Complete Guide on Where to Stay in Bangkok

You might ask why it’s worth visiting the capital of Thailand, only to stay in Chinatown. That’s hardly Thai, is it? In fact, it’s one of the most unique districts in Bangkok, as well as being one of the largest Chinatowns in the world.

The area is great for budget travelers and those looking for a bargain, while there are plenty of temples and Buddhas to see alongside lively and bustling markets and street stalls.

It’s also one of the oldest districts of modern Bangkok, dating back to the late 18th century when the city was made the capital of a Thai kingdom that has survived to this day.

Check out this Top 10 Bangkok (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) when planning your trip.


Complete Guide on Where to Stay in Bangkok

Silom is the financial heartland of Bangkok. This is where business takes place. It’s more refined, to an extent at least, and Silom is home to some of the city’s favorite restaurants and fine dining experiences.

At the same time though, it’s also home to some of Bangkok’s more infamous nightlife. The transport around Silom and access to other areas is excellent, as are the opportunities for shopping and visiting world-class malls.


Complete Guide on Where to Stay in Bangkok

Life in Bangkok happens along the river. It’s an integral part of the city, and when deciding where to stay in Bangkok, definitely consider booking accommodation Riverside.

It’s both peaceful and chaotic, an enthralling mix of speeding boats and floating markets that can be navigated by water taxi or on the local ferries.

Staying Riverside gives you the best location in the middle of it all, close to the historic sights but always in reach of modern Bangkok’s city center. There’s always more time to take a cruise along the beautiful water, any time of day, but particularly at sunset.

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