The Best Areas to Stay in Bangkok for a First-Time Visitor

Best Areas to Stay in Bangkok
Best Areas to Stay in Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok: What You Need to Know

Best areas to stay in Bangkok - Where to stay in Bangkok
Best areas to stay in Bangkok

One of the best things about Bangkok, as far as accommodation is concerned, is that many of the mid-range and high-end options have a swimming pool, which is very much appreciated in such a humid and hot city. Accommodation options in Bangkok are abundant and often variable in quality and price. However, the Thai capital can still be considered one of the cheapest destinations to stay in South East Asia. Rates for higher-end hotels are usually around USD 60, but there are some upmarket options from USD 40 a night. Mid-range hotels can cost around USD 25-30 per night and budget options can be booked from around USD 10.

Bangkok has innumerable luxury hotel options. But hostels, inns, and budget hotels are even more ubiquitous in a city traditionally focused on young, budget-minded tourism.

You will find cheaper rates during the months of August to November, however, these months are not the most advisable for a visit to Bangkok due to the presence of the monsoon, which brings torrential rains and humid heat.

The cheapest hotels tend to be around the backpacker areas of Khaosan and Chinatown and the most exclusive top-notch options are usually found around Sukhumvit and Pathumwan.

The Best Areas to Stay in Bangkok


If you’re wondering what the best areas to stay in Bangkok are, do not worry; here you’ll find a breakdown of the main districts of the city and a hand-picked selection of the best properties divided into three categories: Budget, mid-range, and luxury.

1. Best Area: Central Bangkok

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Where to stay in Central Bangkok. Click to see all hotels

It comprises a large number of neighborhoods in central Bangkok. It is an immense area, connected by all the metro and suburban systems of Bangkok (MRT, SRT, and BTS). Being the best-connected area of the city, this is normally the most recommended area to stay in Bangkok.

Below you will find the breakdown of several of the areas included in the center of Bangkok.

Best central hotels in Bangkok

    • Cheap and central hotel in Bangkok
      Budget Option

      Sukhothai Residence Ruam Ruedi is a budget hotel with great value for money and with a pool, located in the convenient Pathumwan area, near public transport options. – from USD 49.

    • Best mid-range hotel in Bangkok City Center
      Mid-range Option

      Centre Point Chidlom is located in the Lumphini Park area. It has a minimalistic décor and hard-to-beat-location. It also has a gym and outdoor pool! – from USD 59.

    • Best luxury hotel in Bangkok - The Continent
      Luxury Option

      The Continent Bangkok by Compass Hospitality, is housed in a spectacular high-rise building in the Sukhumvit district. It is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city but still has reasonable rates. – from USD 99


2. Staying in Bangkok Old Town

Staying in Bangkok Old Town- Click to expand
Staying in Bangkok Old Town- Click to expand

Next to the Chao Phraya River and located just north of Chinatown, the Old Town (Rattanakosin) is home to many of the top tourist attractions of the city. Including the most famous and revered temples and palaces.

Places of interest include the majestic Grand Palace, the stunning beauty of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and the traditional monasteries Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat, the latter widely regarded as one of Thailand’s first universities.

The historical park Sanam Luang which traditionally hosts important royal and Buddhist ceremonies, and the National Gallery can also be found in this area.

Hand-picked hotels in Bangkok Old Town

    • Cheap accommodation in Bangkok Old Town
      Budget Option

      Tim House is a very simple, backpacker accommodation, located in the old part of Bangkok. It has a friendly atmosphere and simple (and cheap) rooms. – from USD 11.

    • Hotel with a pool in Bangkok's Old Town
      Mid-range Option

      Prince Palace Hotel is a great mid-range hotel with a swimming pool located in the historical quarter of Bangkok. – from USD 44.

    • Hotel Nouvo Bangkok
      Luxury Option

      Nouvo City Hotel, is a high-end hotel. It is one of the best options to stay in Bangkok’s old town. It has a pool and fantastically low fares. – from USD 64


3. Staying in Banglamphu / Khaosan – Backpacker Central

Staying near Khaosan Road - click to see all options
Staying near Khaosan Road – click to see all options

Banglamphu is a neighborhood that is well worth a visit on any trip to Bangkok.

Although Backpacker Mecca Khao San Road is the most famous landmark here, the area near Phra Athit Road is much more eclectic with lots of bohemian bars and nice restaurants and a mix of young Thais and foreigners. It is located right next to the Chao Phraya River and has a small park and some restaurants and cafés to relax.

Hand-picked hotels around Khao San Road / Banglamphu

    • Cheap backpacker's acoommodation in Bangkok
      Budget Option

      Trang Hotel Bangkok is a three-star hotel not far from the backpacking area of Khaosan Road. It has a swimming pool and simple, clean rooms. – from USD 29.

    • Best hotel with pool in Khaosan Buddy Lodge
      Mid-range Option

      Buddy Lodge is a mid-range hotel with very high quality located on Khaosan Road. The rooftop pool is an experience to be had. – from USD 59.

    • Luxury hotel around Khaosan - Riva Surya
      Luxury Option

      Riva Surya Bangkok is a very fancy hotel, with exquisite décor located in Banglamphu, a five-minute walk from Khaosan Road. It has a pool, a spa and a gym. – from USD 99


4. Staying in the Sukhumvit District

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Where to stay in Sukhumvit – Cick on the map to see all hotels

Sukhumvit Road Bangkok’s main artery. This long avenue, which actually extends from here all the way to Cambodia, is the central street and one of the top tourist area of the city. It is home to excellent hotels, the best restaurants, bars and plenty of nightlife, as well as shops, cinemas, public transport, and everything that any visitor may need.

Hand-picked hotels in Sukhumvit

    • Super cheap hotel in Sukhumvit
      Budget Option

      Better Bed is a super cheap hotel in Bangkok’s city center. It has simple rooms and very budget friendly fares. It also has a 9/10 rating on the booking engine. – from USD 20.

    • Central boutique hotel in Bangkok
      Mid-range Option

      Hotel Clover Asoke is a little gem of a hotel. It is an uberchic boutique property located near Asok station. It has a 9.3/10 rating, so it’s one of Bangkok’s favourites. – from USD 59.

    • Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
      Luxury Option

      Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, is a top-end hotel, designed to satisfy the highest expectations. It’s outdoor pool is a true haven of piece in the middle of the bustling city. – from USD 144


5. Staying in Pathumwan

Dónde alojarse en Pathumwan – clica para ver todos los alojamientos

Pathumwan has it all and it’s in the middle of the city. Some of Bangkok’s most exclusive hotels are located here, such as the Muse Hotel. Local and international food options are infinite and you can spend the whole day shopping at its many malls.

Hand-picked hotels in Pathumwan


6. Stay in Bang Rak – Luxury by the river

Map Bang Rak
Accommodation in Bang Rak – Click to expand

Much of Bangrak is on the Chao Phraya River, where you can find some vestiges of why Bangkok was known as the “Venice of the East”. Bangrak also has plenty of restaurants and romantic places to watch the sunset and the river go by.

This area is halfway between the central business district and Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s largest urban green oasis and a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Hand-picked hotels in Bang Rak

    • Cheap hotel in Bangrak
      Budget Option

      Grand Sathorn is a very high quality hotel with very low prices, located nearby the Saphan Taksin station. – from USD 44.

    • The best areas to stay in Bangkok
      Mid-range Option

      Hotel Furama Silom is located on Silom Road, one of Bangkok’s liveliest places. It’s a four-star hotel. – from USD 49.

    • Luxurious skyscraper in Bangkok
      Luxury Option

      Tower Club At lebua is a true icon of the Bangkokian skyline. It offers wonderful views over the city from its luxurious rooms. It also has one of Bangkok’s best infinity pools. – from USD 114


7. Staying in Sathorn – Quiet, central and well-connected

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Staying in Sathorn – Click to see all hotels

Sathorn is an elegant district located in between the area southwest of Lumphini Park and the river. It is a pleasant upscale neighborhood that concentrates a good amount of embassies, private housing estates and luxury condominiums. It is well connected by MRT and BTS and, despite being next to the lively Silom district, it is a quiet and residential area. The nearby Lumphini Park offers an oasis of tranquility amid the asphalt jungle that is Bangkok. The shopping areas of Siam are located just two or three stations away.

Hand-picked hotels in Sathorn

    • Cheap accommodation in Bangkok-Sathorn
      Budget Option

      Aim Sathorn Hotel is a budget hotel in Sathorn. Located 12 minutes walk away from MRT station Khlong Toei. It has simple and clean rooms. – from USD 26.

    • Hotel with a pool in Bangkok Sathorn
      Mid-range Option

      Aetas Lumpini has an ideal location, near Lumphini MRT station. It’s a superior hotel with a rooftop pool. – from USD 64.

    • Luxury Sathorn - Banyan Tree
      Luxury Option

      Banyan Tree Bangkok, is a fantastic luxury hotel and one of the most famous skyscrapers in Bangkok. It’s 10 minutes away from Lumpini Station. It has a pool, spa and a lovely and lively sky bar. – from USD 99


8. Staying in Bangkok’s Chinatown – Central, lively and eclectic

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Staying in Bangkok’s Chinatown – Click map to expand

Undoubtedly, one of the most vibrant districts of Bangkok, Chinatown has it all. It is one of the best places in town to get lost in its narrow, pedestrianised streets lined with charming shop-houses.

From temples to commercial galleries to spectacular gastronomy, Chinatown should be a must-see on any Bangkok itinerary.

Hand-picked hotels in Chinatown

    • Cheap hotel near the station
      Budget Option

      Hotel Royal Bangkok@Chinatown is a four star hotel with budget-friendly rates located in the Chinatown district of Bangkok. It has an outdoor swimming pool.- from USD 34.

    • Staying in Chinatown mid-range hotel
      Mid-range Option

      Centra by Centara is located next to the main railway station in Bangkok. It has a futuristic design and spacious rooms. – from USD 44.

    • Hotel with charm in Bangkok
      Luxury Option

      Shanghai Mansion Bangkok is a boutique hotel housed in a historic building dating back to the end of the 19th century. Its decoration recreates the charm of 1920s Shanghai. one of the best hotels to stay in Bangkok. – from USD 74

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