Luxury to mid-range hotels, diverse nightlife, roof top bars, high quality restaurants and excellent shopping together with excellent transport links with the Skytrain (BTS) running through the district. Beware there are red-light districts just off the main road. Take care and this is an excellent location.
Sathorn contains some of Bangkok’s trendiest hotels and is the location of some of the finest rooftop bars and restaurants in the world. Excellent transport links thanks to BTS stations and is close to a number of other popular locations.
££££ – The Sukhothai Bangkok
£££ – Floral Blossom Sathorn, Banyan Tree Bangkok
Where Bangkok was born surrounded by history and an ever changing landscape and views across the river and city and many temples and museums. A number of 5 star hotels make their home her often connected to the rest of the city with private boats to make the river crossing.
Chinatown isn’t a tourist site, it is a genuine Chinese neighbourhood in the heart of Bangkok that is popular with tourists and locals alike. A night the colours and side streets offer a wide array of shops, markets and restaurants with some of the best food in town at reasonable to cheap process. We visited during Chinese New Year and it is an experience not to be missed. Not much in the way of nightlife and limited hotels but a different location for a Bangkok stay away from the tourist centres.
Silom is the business district by day but has an excellent range of shops and restaurants along with Lumphini Park and Bangkok Riverside. Luxury hotels are common in Silom but it is also the location of Patpong probably the most famous (infamous?) red-light district. If you are inspired to visit the roof top bar featured in the Hangover Part II then the Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower is for you. The BTS and MRT both have stations in Silom so transport links are excellent.
££££ – The Rose Residence, W Bangkok
The best shopping in Bangkok ranging from high end designer shops to small boutique shops and a good range of bars, restaurants and cafes. There is even a Sea Life Centre and a Madame Tussauds. The Jim Thompson House is just a short walk away. The area has excellent transport links being the main BTS interchange. The area benefits from hotels from budget through to Luxury so has something for all budgets.
££££ – Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
£££ – Sivatel Bangkok
Near to many of the temples of Bangkok it is probably best known as being the centre of the backpacker community. There are many budget hostels and hotels but mid-range hotels are becoming more common. A busy and lively area it can be an overload of senses for some. It has excellent access to the Grand Palace and Riverside areas. Wander around the soi’s (side streets) are worth the trip for the range of shops and cafes.
£££ – Riva Surya Bangkok
££ – Phrangakorn-Nornlen Hotel,
Bangkok Old Town
Just north of Chinatown is Bangkok Old Town or Koh Rattanakosin. Straddling the Chao Phraya River this is where you will find the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho. The area doesn’t have a plethora of hotels but look carefully and you might find a gem.
££££ – Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok
Bangkok can be a confusing place when you are looking to chose the ideal area for your trip. Luxury hotels can be just a street or two away from Go-Go bars and brothels. Other areas can be away from BTS or MRT stations and so harder to get around the city.
We have picked some our favourite hotels throughout Bangkok based on the following price guide (prices per night based on 2 sharing in February 2021)
£££££ – More than £350
££££ – Between £170 and £350 per night
£££ – Between £100 and £170 per night
££ – Between £50 and £100 per night
£ – Less than £50 per night
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