Where to Stay in Bangkok - Guide to Bangkok Best Areas

Are you looking for the best place to stay in Bangkok? Here are our recommendations that should help you discover the best neighborhoods in Bangkok and decide where you should stay on your trip to the capital of Thailand.

1. Sukhumvit Area

Sukhumvit is the area that we always recommend for the first-time visitors to Bangkok. Sukhumvit is known as the central area as well as Central Business District (CBD) that is bustling with business centers, shopping complexes, numerous dining spots, unlimited nightlife, and a variety of hotels suitable for different budgets.

Sukhumvit Area

Nearby attractions

Terminal 21 Mall with the best spot for Cheap Eats in Bangkok, Emporium Mall, EmQuartier, Benjakitti Park, Benjasiri Park, Nana Plaza (Sukhumvit 4), Soi Cowboy (between Sukhumvit 21 and 23), Soi Arab (Sukhumvit 21), Khlong Toei Market

Transport

Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area is easily accessible as one of BTS SkyTrain lines spans along Sukhumvit Road. Popular BTS stations for tourists to stay nearby are Nana, Asok, Phrom Phong, Thong Lo, Ekkamai, Phra Khanong. Asok is the most convenient station as it is right in the center of Sukhumvit area and is directly connected to MRT Metro Sukhumvit Station that makes getting around the city very easy.

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As it is the central area, traffic conditions in Sukhumvit area can be quite heavy meaning that 15-mins trip can turn to be 1 hour long journey. Public transportation such as BTS, MRT or even Airport Rail Link should be your preferred choice if you are not willing to waste your time in traffic jams. However, during rush hour trains are packed so you shouldn’t expect much comfort.

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2. Silom & Sathorn Area

Silom together with Sathorn is another financial and business hub in Bangkok that is home for the local and international establishments, banking institutions, audit and law firms. The area consists of Silom, Sathorn, Surawong, and Narathiwas-Ratchanakarin (north of Chan Road) Roads. This area is different from Sukhumvit area as Silom gives you green spaces with a huge Lumpini Park where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere. Most of the hotels in Silom area are up-scale hotels set up in skyscrapers with trendy rooftop bars and offering top quality services to tourists. Silom Area is also packed with amazing cafes, high-end restaurants and spots for a lively nightlife. This area is a perfect place to stay for anyone looking for a good time in Bangkok.

Silom & Sathorn Area

Nearby attractions

Bangkokian Museum, Neilson-Hayes Library, Assumption Cathedral, Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, Wat Hua Lamphong, Wat Maha Phruettharam, Wat Yan Nawa, King Rama VI Statue, Soi Patpong, Patpong Night Market, Silom Complex mall, Rooftop Bars, Lumphini Park

Transport

Silom and Sathorn area can be easily reached by BTS SkyTrain. The central stop of the area is Sala Daeng BTS station which is on the same BTS line as Bangkok’s shopping district Siam Square and Saphan Taksin station (for jumping on Chao Phraya Express Boat). MRT Metro Silom station is also in the area so you can get from Silom area to Chinatown or Sukhumvit directly.

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3. Siam Area

If you’re looking for a fresh and trendy area to stay in Bangkok, Siam area is where you need to start your search. Siam is a famous shopping and entertainment district which easily reachable from different parts of Bangkok. There is a top university, restaurants, fashion boutiques and chic cafes scattered around this area. Siam area is a lively place worshiped by the upper-class teenagers for fashion shopping and hanging out during daytime.

Siam Area

Siam area consists of 3 sections:

1. Siam Square: a shopping hub for everyone

2. Ratchaprasong: an up-scale shopping area with CentralWorld and many luxurious malls such as Gaysorn

3. Ploen Chit: There are some shops and offices around this area, which is mostly home to foreign embassies

Nearby attractions

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), MBK Center, Erawan Shrine, Jim Thompson House, Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, CentralWorld, Madam Tussauds Museum, Wat Pathum Wanaram

Transport

Siam area is easily reached by BTS SkyTrain as Siam station is the station where BTS Silom and Sukhumvit lines connect. There is also Sapan Hua Chang Pier where you can get on Saen Saep Express Boat and travel to the old town of Bangkok.

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4. The Riverside Area

The Riverside Area can be found along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and covers Charoen Krung Road, Charoennakorn and Rama III Road. The Riverside area offers a relaxing atmosphere with spectacular views of the river and is becoming increasingly popular among tourists as it is close to most of the cultural-historical attractions that are a must-see for Bangkok’s first-time visitors. There are several luxury hotels, high-rise condominiums, and corporate buildings located on both sides of the river, many of them linked to BTS SkyTrain by private shuttle boat services.

The Riverside Area

Nearby attractions

Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha), Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha), Grand Palace, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Asiatique the Riverfront, The Royal Barges Museum, Phra Sumen Fort, Church of Santa Cruz, Holy Rosary Church, Bang Khun Phrom Palace, Wat Kalayanamit, Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market), Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruises

Transport

Getting around the Riverside area is easy with Chao Phraya Express Boats, Cross River Ferries and chartered boats. Reaching other Bangkok areas is also not a problem as you can take a boat to the central pier (Sathorn Pier) and transfer to BTS SkyTrain at the nearby Saphan Taksin BTS Station for continuing your trip to the city.

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More hotels and other accommodations on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok can be found here: 20 Best Hotels on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

5. Khao San Road Area

Khao San Road area is the most popular location to stay in Bangkok between backpackers. If you are looking for a party, this is your place! Khao San Road is located in Banglamphu area, just North of and just outside of the old city, the area where many famous temples, Grand Palace and other historical attractions can be found. Khao San Road is also the best area for night time hangouts with dozens of restaurants and bars, tattoo shops and massage salons.

Khao San Road is by far the cheapest area to stay in all of Bangkok as there are many budget accommodations available. However, the road itself is busy and bustling with tourists all night long so the noise from the street can make it impossible to sleep. There are streets nearby such as Soi Rambuttri, Sam Sen Road where you can find a better stay and escape from the noise and chaos.

Khao San Road Area

Nearby attractions

Democracy Monument, October 14 Memorial, Phra Sumen Fort, Santichaiprakarn Park, Wat Bowonniwet, Wat Chana Songkhram, The National Gallery

Transport

Khao San Road is easily accessible from both airports of Bangkok as you can take a direct bus S1 from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and direct bus A4 from Don Mueang Airport (DMK). Historical and cultural attractions are within the walking distance. Khao San Road area is not far from the Chao Phraya River so you can take the boat for sightseeing. The most important piers are Tha Chang (for the Grand Palace), Tha Tien (for Wat Pho) and Rachawongse (for Chinatown). All Chao Phraya Express Boats go to Sathorn Pier, where you can transfer to BTS SkyTrain. Beware of taxi and tuk-tuk drivers in the area as usually they operate on their flat rate and will hardly miss a chance to rip you off.

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6. Suvarnabhumi Airport Area

Suvarnabhumi Airport area is suitable for those who are waiting for a connecting flight or have a flight departing early in the morning. The accommodations at Suvarnabhumi Airport are very convenient but quite high priced. Otherwise, there are many reasonably priced hotels in the nearby Lat Krabang District and most of them offer shuttle service between the airport and hotel.

Suvarnabhumi Airport Area

Nearby attractions

The Paseo Mall, Mega Bangna Mall, The Mall Bangkai, Wat Lan Boon, Suvarnabhumi Outdoor Market, Train Market Srinakarin

Transport

Taking a taxi is the most convenient option for traveling around if you are staying in Suvarnabhumi Airport area. Taxi to/from the airport should cost less than 100 baht. Airport Rail Link is another useful choice as Lat Krabang station is just 1 stop from the airport. Central Bangkok can also be easily reached by Airport Rail Link as it’s the cheapest and fastest way for getting into the city from Suvarnabhumi area. You can take a train to Ratchaprarop station which is just 200 meters from the Pratunam shopping area.

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7. Pratunam Area

Pratunam area is a commercial district in Bangkok that is very popular between retailers and foreigners. Pratunam is located in the heart of the city, at the intersection of Petchburi Road and Ratchaprarop Road, and also includes the areas of Victory Monument, Ratchathewi and Makkasan. Pratunam area features numerous shopping centers and accommodations for a good price.

Pratunam Area

Nearby attractions

Baiyoke Tower II Observatory and Revolving Roof deck, Bangkok Dolls Museum, Phaya Thai Palace, Suan Pakkad Palace, Thai Labour Museum, Victory Monument, Pratunam Market, Talad Neon Night Market, Platinum Fashion Mall, Indra Square, Krungthong Plaza, Palladium Night Market

Transport

Pratunam area can be reached by BTS SkyTrain as Ratchathewi, Phaya Thai and Victory Mounment BTS stations are located in the area. Phaya Thai BTS station is connected with same named Airport Rail Link station, making a trip to Airport Rail Link Ratchaprarop station (the nearest station to Pratunam Market) easy from anywhere in Bangkok. At Pratunam Pier, there is Saen Saep Express Boat service available for getting to the old town of Bangkok. Pratunam area is easily accessible from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) by a direct bus A3. What are the options for traveling to Pratunam from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), check here: How to get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Pratunam Area.

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8. Chinatown Area

Chinatown area also known as Yaowarat is one of the oldest and unique cultural areas of Bangkok. The streets of Chinatown are full of colorful buildings and decorations. The area boasts its multi-cultural environment. Chinatown is a good place to stay for food lovers or people planning to visit all the main attractions of Bangkok. There are many boutique accommodations, garments and the prices here are affordable.

Chinatown Area

Nearby attractions

Wat Traimit (Temple of Golden Buddha), Chinese Heritage Centre, Yaowarat Road, Odeon Circle, Sampheng Market, Guan Yin Shrine, Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong)

Transport

You can easily come to Chinatown by public transportation. You can take MRT Metro from anywhere in the city to Hua Lamphong MRT station which is the nearest to Chinatown. Taking Chao Phraya Express Boat is another convenient option for getting to Chinatown as you can board the boat at Sathorn Pier (near Saphan Taksin BTS station) and get off at Rachawongse Pier.

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9. Chatuchak Area

Chatuchak Area is a good place to stay if you need to be around Don Mueang AirportMo Chit Bus Terminal or Mochit Van Terminal. The area is far from most of the malls and tourist attractions as the only famous place around is Chatuchak Weekend Market. However, both MRT and BTS lines pass this area so it's easy to get to anywhere in the city. The nearby Soi Ari is a hip place with plenty of cheap dining options. Accommodation in this area is slightly cheaper than in other areas.

Chatuchak Area

Nearby attractions

Chatuchak Weekend Market (JJ Market), Chatuchak Friday Night Market, Children's Discovery Museum, JJ Mall, Queen Sirikit Park, Railway of Thailand Museum, Wachirabenchatat Park, Or Tor Kor Market, Ratchayothin night market, Elephant Tower, Central Plaza Lat Phrao, Union Mall

Transport

There are direct buses A1 and A2 from Don Mueang Airport to Chatuchak area. BTS SkyTrain and MRT Metro are an excellent way to get in and around this area and other parts of the city. The main BTS stations in Chatuchak area are Sanam Pao, Ari and Saphan Khwai, before reaching its final destination at Mo Chit where you can change to MRT at Chatuchak Park station. Going around by taxi is also possible, but insist on the meter.

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10. Ratchadaphisek Area

If you are a person of new generation who is passionate about the lively lifestyle in large cities, Ratchadapisek area is the place where you should consider staying in Bangkok. Ratchadaphisek Area known as Ratchada is a commercial and residential area in the city center and is becoming a new hip area. The area is popular with Chinese and Japanese tourists, but not as popular as the Sukhumvit area for western tourists. Ratchada area not only has many chic community malls, chillax cafes, night clubs and huge massage parlours, it also has unique and stylish accommodations available for a good value.

Ratchadaphisek Area

Nearby attractions

Ratchada Train Market, Siam Niramit, Thailand Cultural Centre, Fortune Town, The Esplanade Mall, Royal City Avenue (RCA)

Transport

Ratchadaphisek Area is convenient for traveling by MRT Metro which runs along a good length of the road, making it easy to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market or Central Latprao Shopping Mall, and to connect to BTS SkyTrain or Airport Rail Link. The main MRT stations in Ratchada area are Phetchaburi, Phra Ram 9, Thailand Cultural Centre, Huai Khwang, Sutthisan and Ratchadaphisek. Taxi is another way to get around the area.

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Tips

If you want to have a complete experience of staying in Bangkok, book a hotel with one of the best infinity pools in Bangkok and/or featuring one of Bangkok's amazing rooftop bars and restaurants.

If you have a specific plan for your Bangkok visit, Contact us and we will do our best to recommend you the best area for your stay in Bangkok.