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Where to Stay in Bangkok in 2023 | Best Areas & Hotels

Where to Stay in Bangkok in 2023 | Best Areas & Hotels

Bangkok is one of the biggest and busiest metropolises in the world. The capital of Thailand hides many splendors and complexities, and we’re here to tell you all about them.

We’ll also provide some thoroughly vetted accommodation options, so the question of where to stay in Bangkok will be a non-issue. Let’s dive in!

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Not many cities can brag that they received more tourists than London, Paris, and New York, and Bangkok is one of them.

Its versatility, inclusiveness, business climate, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural history all have their say in making the capital of Thailand one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Its humble beginnings as a merchant city, somewhere in the 15th century, didn’t promise much — similar to the beginnings of Dubai.

But the modernization of Thailand (then called Siam) in the 19th century and the Asian investment boom in the 1980s and 1990s made Bangkok one of Asia’s business and corporate centers.

Today, its population amounts to more than 10 million, while the surrounding metropolitan area consists of around 14 million people. Everybody knows that Bangkok is famous for its nightlife, shopping options, and spectacular street food.

The red districts, especially around the Khaosan Road and Patpong, are well known around the world. So are the shopping centers in the area called Siam.

But more people should care about the historical and cultural Bangkok —- the city of temples, palaces, fortifications, and museums. The Old Town of the city is as interesting as Sukhumvit, Silom, and Siam, and the magnificent Buddhist temples and worldly palaces are as fun as the nightclubs and shopping centers.

What we are basically saying is that Bangkok has two faces, but both are part of the same head and intersect in its paths. So, while we would stress that you try to experience both, choosing where to stay will largely depend on what type of attractions you’d prioritize.

To show you a balanced picture of the city, we dedicated the first three headings in our guide to the first Bangkok, and in the last two, we’ll be talking about the second, more cultural facet of this magnificent city.

The 5 Best Parts of Bangkok

Vector map of Bangkok pictured with several of the best places to stay and attractions to visit

Bangkok is huge, and the five areas we selected are just (in our opinion) the most representative and tourist-friendly in the city.

These include:

  • Sukhumvit: Generally considered as the best option for first-time travelers in Bangkok because of its exciting nightlife, good transportation options, and plenty of shops.
  • Silom: The most versatile and family-friendly area in our guide, which also provides great nightlife options but also the biggest park in the city and fine architecture.
  • Siam: The definite shopping center in Bangkok, with some of the best shopping malls in the whole world.
  • Bangkok Old Town: The historical and cultural center of the city, full of palaces, temples, and museums.
  • Khao San Road: The cheapest area on our list, close to the Old Town and the center, providing a lot of budget-option accommodations.

The Best Areas & Hotels in Bangkok

As one of the most visited tourist locations in the world, Bangkok is packed with hotels of all types and sizes. No matter what area you’re staying in, there’ll be plenty of options to choose from — from cheap two-star hotels and hostels to luxurious and extra-expensive four- and five-star accommodations.

That being said, some areas are more suitable for those travelers who are looking for luxury, and others more to the taste of backpackers who are searching for a decent budget option.

You can find decent budget options in probably all of the areas on our list except Sukhumvit, which is packed with high-end five-star hotels. But most of the budget options are located on Khao San Road, close to the downtown.

Don’t worry about luxury hotels since there are a lot of five-star and four-star options in every area presented in our guide.

1. Sukhumvit

Skytrain drives by a number of tall buildings in the Sukhumvit district, one of the best places to stay in Bangkok

a skytrain at the Sukhumvit road at the Siam Square in the city of Bangkok in Thailand in Southest Asia. Thailand, Bangkok, November, 2019/Amnat30/Shutterstock

If you want to be at the center of things in Bangkok, where the fun and the crowd are, you better choose Sukhumvit as your permanent base. There’s almost an universal consensus that this 18-mile street that stretches through the center is the most convenient location for first-comers.

There are many reasons for that but mostly because of the vibrant and exciting nightlife, the easy-to-access and navigate transport options, and a lot of other modern activities.

If you are looking for an authentic Asian vibe, Bangkok Old Town would be a better option, but more on that later. The famous elevated Skytrain (BTS) and the subway line (MRT) are the two main reasons for the popularity of Sukhumvit since they make all transport easy and fast.

With their help, you can travel an 18-mile road in no time and move from one activity to the next in a matter of minutes. But let’s be honest and say it outright that people mostly come to Sukhumvit (and to Bangkok in general) for its nightlife.

Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza are probably two of the most famous red districts in the world. They are full of bars and clubs: Nana Plaza on Soi 4, for example, boasts more than 30 bars and clubs.

The other magnet for tourists in this part of the city is the shopping centers, which offer shops of all types and sizes and various great food courts.

You’ve probably already heard about the Terminal 21 shopping mall, Emporium (famous for expensive brands), and Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall (which is more affordable.

Speaking about accommodation, Sukhumvit is literally packed. Some of the best and most luxurious hotels in the city can be found in this neighborhood.

But you won’t find anything lower than a three-star hotel, and if you are looking for more budget options, you should choose some other district, like Khao San Road.

Things to Do

  • Most of the people come to Bangkok, especially for one part of Sukhumvit — its red districts. Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza are probably two of the best-known places of their kind in the world. Both of them are full of nightclubs and bars of all kinds.
  • If you prefer to spend your time shopping in big shopping centers, Sukhumvit has a couple of them, different in size and the type of products they offer. Terminal 21 shopping mall is probably the most famous: it is designed like an airport and has nine levels. The Emporium is the most posh and boasts the most expensive shops; lastly, Ekamai Shopping Mall is the best option for shoppers without a lot of money.
  • Sometimes you need to take a break from the hard-core parties and the crowded shopping centers and relax a little bit. Right next to the Emporium shopping mall lies Benjasiri Park, which is built around an ornamental lake and is full of artistic sculptures.
  • Quite unexpectedly, Sukhumvit also has two interesting museums that may interest some history buff amongst the party animals: first, the Kamthieng House Museum, which is an ethnological museum placed in a 19th cemetery house; second, the Museum of Thai Pharmacy, which tells the interesting story of Thai medicine.

Where to Eat

  • Red Oven serves a combination of Italian and international cuisine with an accent on seafood. It offers a great scenic view and is particularly suitable for large gatherings or business meetings. We recommend the oysters and everything else from the seafood palette.
  • Spectrum Lounge & Bar is a bar, generally European restaurant, and grill house, selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice. Located in the Hyatt Regency, it offers a great rooftop bar, usually with a live band, and a perfect chance to grab a bite and have a drink.
  • Goji Kitchen + Bar is one of those rare places in the world that deserved to be named the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best. It serves dishes both from the Japanese and the general Asian traditions and also has a nice bar.

Sukhumvit Budget Hotels

  • twothree a homely hotel – SHA Extra Plus is a very comfortable three-star hotel that has more to offer than your typical budget place. With a swimming pool, fitness center on the premises, nice garden, 24-hour desk, and tasty breakfast, the hotel is particularly suitable for couples.
  • Rezt Bangkok is another more than nice three-star hotel that comes at a lower price when you consider the circumstances. It has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and parking, a beautiful garden, tea and coffee makers in every room, and daily housekeeping.

Sukhumvit Mid-Range Hotels

  • Hotel Clover Asoke – SHA Extra Plus is a perfect three-star hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. It offers free Wi-Fi and parking, family rooms with coffee and tea machines in each of them, a fitness center, spa and wellness center, and a bar on the premises.
  • LA49 Hotel – SHA Certified is another great three-star hotel with a pool and a lot of other interesting things. Of course, there’s free parking, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, a fitness center on the premises, and a balcony where you can have a drink.

Sukhumvit Luxury Hotels

  • Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal21 is a very luxurious and expensive five-star hotel that boasts two swimming pools, a gym, a spa and wellness center, a restaurant, and a bar on the premises. There’s also an airport shuttle available and a great breakfast.
  • SKYVIEW Hotel Bangkok – SHA Extra Plus is another super-luxurious five-star hotel that has a lot to offer. It has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and the parking, a swimming pool, rooms with views of parks and skyscrapers, an on-site restaurant, a bar, and a fitness center.

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2. Silom

Red light district of Silom pictured at night for a piece on the best places to stay in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand – March 14, 2017 : Patpong night market on silom road internationally tourist popular visited to Patpong, known as a red light district/PongMoji/Shutterstock

Silom is Bangkok’s financial district by day, but after working hours, it becomes one of the most exciting places in the city, where everything connected to business is transformed into pleasure.

In the same way as Sukhumvit, Silom has a lot of places for a wild night out and even some more red districts. But it’s also very safe and has the largest park in Bangkok. That’s why it’s usually considered as one of the most family-friendly areas in the city.

First, let’s talk about the nightlife. In Silom, you’ll find Patpong, one of Bangkok’s most infamous red districts. The biggest concentration of nightclubs, cafes, and bars are located in this part of the area.

Also, while you’re here, you can experience the Patpong Night Market, where you can buy a souvenir or some kind of memorabilia.

At Silom, shopping and going out go hand in hand because the night market is located inside Patpong, right next to the adult entertainment venues. But the biggest attraction in Silom is definitely Lumpini Park, both the biggest and oldest park in the whole city.

It was selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice and offers tracks for jogging and cycling (but only between 10:00 and 15:00). Smoking is strictly forbidden, and so are dogs and any other pets — aside from service dogs.

All in all, a tranquil place, which is in complete contrast to the bustle of business and the nightlife of Bangkok. Other things that are worth visiting in Silom are connected to architecture, culture, and history.

These include:

  • King Power Mahanakhon, the tallest building in Thailand and its skywalk;
  • The religious sites and buildings, such as Wat Hua Lamphong and Sri Mariam Man Temple, which hold the center of spirituality in Silom;
  • The museums, like The Bangkokian Museum and Patpong Museum.

In terms of accommodation, Silom is both similar and different from Sukhumvit. Similar because it offers a bunch of high-end and luxurious hotels of all kinds and sizes, and different, as it offers a lot more budget options in the form of two-star hotels and hostels.

The restaurants, on the other hand, are quite amazing, with a lot of places that were selected as the 2022 Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best.

Things to Do

  • If you want to experience the nightlife, the crowds, and the adult entertainment of Silom, there’s only one place for you to go: the area called Patpong. Here you’ll find most of the bars and nightclubs where you can have a drink, but also some of the most famous and frequented adult entertainment venues. Also, for the shoppers, there’s the unusual Patpong Night Market.
  • On the other hand of the spectrum, there are some very interesting religious buildings and institutions in Silom. First, there’s the Sri Mariamman Temple, which is the oldest Hindu temple in the city, founded in 1827, and one of the most visited parts of the neighborhood; second, Wat Hua Lamphong which is the place of worship for the Buddhists.
  • If you want to relax and have a stroll while not being surrounded by skyscrapers but by trees and flowers, make sure you visit the biggest and oldest park in Bangkok, the Lumpini Park. It’s great for strolling and relaxing, but also for cycling. But make sure you don’t smoke or bring your dog with you since both of those things are forbidden in the park.
  • Finally, one attraction that you just can’t miss in this part of the city is climbing up the King Power Mahanakhon. With its 314 meters (or 1,030 ft), it is definitely the tallest building in the whole of Thailand. While you’re there, go to Mahanakorn Skywalk, which is the highest observation deck.

Where to Eat

  • Sirimahannop is an Asian restaurant and a bar located on a boat, where you can both savor some specialties and cruise along the sea. The restaurant was selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best, and it is a great place for special occasions.
  • Paii is another 2022 Travelers Choice Best of the Best, but now from the domain of Asian and Thai seafood. It’s an upscale place that takes great care in presenting its delicious river prawns or crab fried rice and also boasts a jazz band.
  • Praya Kitchen is an international seafood and sushi restaurant that was selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice. It’s located on one of the best rooftops in Bangkok, has a nice bar, and the food is cooked in front of you by seasoned and proven professionals.

Silom Budget Hotels

  • Urban Hostel Bangkok is a very cheap hostel located in the center of Bangkok. It has a shared lounge and a terrace (with a view of the city) and free Wi-Fi throughout the premises. There’s also an airport shuttle available and a very tasty breakfast in the morning.
  • Ekanek Hostel is another very cheap hostel that doesn’t offer much, aside from the great location and low price. It offers free Wi-Fi and free air conditioning, but there’s also a laundry service and daily housekeeping.

Silom Mid-Range Hotels

  • Bed By City Hotel is a decent three-star hotel with a great location. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the premises, air conditioning and satellite TVs in every room, and a private bathroom. There’s also a 24-hour desk and daily housekeeping.
  • Amara Bangkok Hotel is a more than a mid-range four-star hotel with a lot to offer — in other cities it would be considered a luxury accommodation. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, room service, and great breakfast every morning.

Silom Luxury Hotels

  • SO BANGKOK – SHA Extra Plus is a very luxurious five-star hotel inspired by five elements: water, fire, earth, and air — but also metal. It boasts an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant and a bar, a fitness center, and a wellness and spa center.
  • The Sukhothai Bangkok – SHA Plus Certified is a five-star garden paradise in the middle of Bangkok. It offers spacious rooms clad in teakwood, one of the best restaurants in the city (Celadon Restaurant), an outdoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness center, and a gym.

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3. Siam

People walking about the Siam Square in Bangkok, one of the best areas to stay on a trip to Bangkok

Bangkok Thailand – July 10 2022: people walk to the new look of Siam square in Bangkok Thailand. Siam square is popular among teen and tourists in Thailand/Wongsakorn Napaeng/Shutterstock

Bangkok is generally a shopping paradise, full of shopping malls and boutiques, but one area stands out as the de facto best shopping option in the whole city — Siam.

Located on the already mentioned Sukhumvit Road, it boasts some of the most elite and high-end shopping malls in Bangkok. Aside from that, it is also quite safe and family-friendly.

There are at least five of them that are worth your time, and we’ve listed them in the order of their popularity. Each of them requires around a day to completely check out:

All of the shopping malls are equipped with large food courts and full of restaurants of all shapes and sizes. One thing is certain — Siam is the best place in Bangkok for trying out Thai food.

We can’t argue with the fact that Siam is such an attraction mainly because of the shopping centers. However, there are some other things that deserve a piece of your time too.

  • Jim Thompson House is an interesting museum full of Asian and Thai art
  • Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) works in the art domain too
  • Madame Tussauds Bangkok is where you’ll meet your heroes clad in wax
  • Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World for nature lovers

Siam is also great for tourists because of its accommodation options: there are hotels in all price ranges and with different numbers of stars.

Both budget travelers and the ones looking for luxury will leave Siam satisfied: the first because of the many two-star accommodations, and the second due to the luxurious five-star super-fancy hotels.

Things to Do

  • Shopping is definitely the first thing you should do if you’re spending your Bangkok trip in Siam. The concentration of shopping malls in this part of the city is practically unreal. Go to Siam Paragon to buy something expensive; to CentralWorld with your kids; to MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center) if you’re not sure what you need; Platinum Fashion Mall if you have some extra time; and Siam Center to see the first “real” shopping center in Thailand.
  • Lovers of nature should definitely go to Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium filled with seawater. Definitely one of the largest and the most interesting attractions in the city, it boasts more than 8,000 sea creatures of all sizes. Just don’t visit the aquarium if you aren’t planning to spend at least two or three hours.
  • Jim Thompson House is also one of the more popular and interesting locations in Siam — and a 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best selection. Full of Thai art and art objects from Asia, the museum was formerly the house of the American Jim Thompson, who started the Thai silk industry. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Lovers of art should also visit the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) — yet another 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection. We recommend that you spend at least two hours strolling the galleria to enjoy the artwork to the fullest. You’ll see for yourself that Asian and Thai art are a force to be reckoned with.

Where to Eat

  • Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is an authentic Asian and Thai restaurant with a bunch of vegan and vegetarian options. A 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection, it offers things like frozen red curry, lobster salad, beef, souffle, and a lot of other interesting and well-prepared things.
  • Uno Mas is a Mediterranean and seafood restaurant that also has a great bar and a wide range of drinks. Another 2022 Travelers’ Choice, it offers a great view, along with the perfectly prepared food with a lot of attention to detail. We recommend that you try both the suckling pork and the garlic shrimp.
  • Red Sky is the third 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection on our list (there are much much more in Siam), offering a great combination of European and French cuisines. It’s a perfect choice for special occasions, anniversaries, and birthdays because of its formal and elite atmosphere.

Siam Budget Hotels

  • Lazy Sunday hostel is a very cheap accommodation with a great location, quite close to some of Siam’s most popular shopping malls. It doesn’t offer much, but it has free Wi-Fi on the premises, air conditioning, a 24-hour front desk, and room service.
  • Happy 3 is a very nice but not very expensive three-star hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. It also has a restaurant and a bar on the premises, a nice breakfast every morning, free parking, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. The place is particularly suitable for couples.

Siam Mid-Range Hotels

  • ibis Bangkok Siam is a decently priced three-star hotel with a perfect view of the city. It offers a lot of things, like a restaurant and a bar on the premises, facilities for disabled people, free parking, air conditioning and Wi-Fi, and a great breakfast every morning.
  • Holiday Inn Bangkok, an IHG Hotel is a not-so-expensive four-star hotel. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a spa and wellness center, a restaurant, and a bar on the premises. In terms of transport, it has free parking and airport shuttles.

Siam Luxury Hotels

  • Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is an elite five-star hotel with rooms furnished in a traditional Thai way. It offers an airport shuttle and free parking in terms of transport, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a fitness center on the premises.
  • Pathumwan Princess Hotel – SHA Extra Plus Certified is another upscale five-star hotel that offers a nice vista of the city. Again, it offers an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and a bar, a spa and wellness center, a fitness center, and a tasty breakfast every morning.

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4. Bangkok Old Town

Woman standing by a TukTuk outside Wat Pho temple

BANGKOK, THAILAND – APRIL 12, 2016 : Tricycle taxi of Thailand on street and background of Wat Phra Chetuphon (locally known as Wat Pho). Here is destinations of landmarks traveler/Puwanai/Shutterstock

Bangkok is well known as the business, shopping, and partying center of Southeast Asia to almost everybody. But it should be emphasized that the history of this megalopolis goes back to the 15th century, and it has a lot to offer in terms of culture and history.

Lying right next to the Chao Phraya River, with one of the most striking vistas of the city, Bangkok Old Town presents the biggest historical attractions of the city.

Wat Phra Chetuphon is one of the most significant Buddhist temples in the region, with one of the biggest collections of Buddha images in Thailand.

Established sometime in the late 17th century or the early 19th century, it boasts one of the largest “Reclining Buddha statues” in the world, which is 46 meters long. To the north of Wat Phra Chetuphon lies the second most significant historical building in Bangkok — simply known as The Grand Palace.

One of the most visited destinations in Thailand, this magnificent complex of buildings has served as the residence for the kings of Siam since the 18th century.

The courtyards are simply fantastic, but don’t forget to visit the Queen Sirikit Museum — and its fabulous textiles — or the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre and witness its unforgettable masked performances.

That said, the most visited place in the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew, better known to tourists from the west as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

It is considered as the holiest place in Thailand and the official place of worship for both the monarchy and the state.

It is a typical example of Thai practices crystallized in an architectural form. The old town is filled with tourists from all around the world and is chock-full of hotels, motels, and hostels in all price ranges.

That means that it’s suitable for people who want to save a bit of money (they can choose from a bunch of two-star accommodations) but also for those who prefer a bit of luxury.

Things to Do

  • You can’t brag that you’ve visited Bangkok if you haven’t set foot in The Grand Palace. Selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Best of the best, it is definitely one of the biggest attractions in all of Thailand. After you’ve visited the palace and its gardens, make sure you go to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the central religious institution in the country.
  • To the south of the Grand Palace lies Wat Phra Chetuphon, also one of the most important Buddhist temples in the country. Buddhism has always been fascinating to western people, and here, everybody can see one of the biggest collections of Buddha images in the world, including the huge Reclining Buddha.
  • If you want to take a break from all the glory and splendor of Bangkok’s historical monuments, move to the nearby Chinatown. As one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world (established two hundred years ago), it offers a myriad of shopping and eating options, large dynamic crowds, and a lot of places for buying souvenirs.
  • Bangkok’s Old Town is packed with temples, and we only scratched the surface in this heading. We can only recommend two more important religious buildings that are definitely worth your time: the Temple of the Golden Buddha, with the famous gold image of Budha, and The Golden Mount, which offers one of the most striking views in Bangkok’s old town.

Where to Eat

  • All Meals Sawasdee is an international Thai restaurant with a lot of healthy, vegetarian and vegan options. A 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection, the restaurant — aside from the quality food, has very reasonable, even cheap prices.
  • Snooze Coffee House is a European coffee place that was selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice. The place is particularly suitable for breakfast and brunch, with a lot of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. We recommend the breakfast wrap and the pancakes.
  • The Sixth is an International and Asian fusion restaurant with a lot of vegan and vegetarian options. It is a small restaurant with a casual atmosphere, particularly well known for spicy recipes, the chicken, and the curry.

Bangkok Old Town Budget Hotels

  • Tim Mansion is a very nice two-star hotel with a lot of things to offer, usually not present in budget options. There’s a bar and a restaurant on the premises, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning throughout the premises, and a nice garden.
  • Peace Factory Hostel is a very cheap but quite decent two-star hostel that doesn’t offer much aside from the cheap price and the suitable location. There’s free Wi-Fi on the premises and private parking, air conditioning, and daily housekeeping.

Bangkok Old Town Mid-Range Hotels

  • CHERN Bangkok is a great three-star hotel with an outdoor pool. There’s free Wi-Fi, free air conditioning, and free parking available, as well as a fitness center, a garden, and a restaurant on the premises.
  • Feung Nakorn Balcony Rooms and Café is another great three-star hotel with sensible prices but with a lot of things to offer. It has a restaurant and a bar on the premises, an outdoor swimming pool, and a tasty breakfast.

Bangkok Old Town Luxury Hotels

  • Villa De Pranakorn – Relais & Châteaux is a very luxurious five-star hotel with an indoor swimming pool. Every day you’ll wake up with the smell of American Breakfast. There’s also a fitness center, a restaurant and a bar on the premises, and facilities for disabled guests.
  • Park Hyatt Bangkok – SHA Extra Plus is a very luxurious five-star hotel located in the neighboring area of Chinatown. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a spa and wellness center, a bar, and a superb breakfast every morning.

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5. Khao San Road

Vespa outside some old buildings in one of the best parts of Bangkok in which to stay, Old Town

BANGKOK, THAILAND – November 04, 2018 : Street View Of Old Building At Si Kak Sao Chingcha Intersection In Bamrung Mueang Road Area Phra Nakhon, Bangkok Thailand, Vintage Tone/Chuchawan/Shutterstock

If the Old Town was all about history and culture, Siam about shopping malls, and Sukhumvit and Silom about nightlife, Khao San Road is usually considered as one of the world’s prime backpacking destinations.

Very close to the downtown of the city and just less than a mile from the Old Town, it’s definitely the cheapest area in our guide. We recommend this place to every budget traveler who still wants to be in the center, near the hustle and bustle of the city, and near to its major attractions.

Khao San Road is basically a street that’s 412, that’s very well connected to the big attractions of the Old Town, such as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and the majestic Grand Palace — all of which we covered earlier.

If you don’t mind walking — since Khao San Road is not really connected with public transport like the rest of the neighborhood —- you can visit each of them in no time.

You won’t be alone since thousands of other backpacking tourists will have the same idea. Being on one of the most famous streets in Bangkok — if not the most famous — has its perks.

You can see all kinds of people from all around the world, go to some interesting shops, and try some spectacular street food.

It is well known that Bangkok —- and especially Khao San Road — is a street food paradise. But there’s more to Khao San Road than budget attractions, such as Bangkok’s National Art Gallery, for example.

Then, there’s the gigantic Democracy Monument located centrally in the city and Phra Sumen Fort, also known as the Fortifications of Bangkok. That said, the biggest reason for placing Khao San Road on our guide is its very cheap accommodation options.

This is definitely the most budget-friendly area in the city and the only real option for travelers looking for cheaper accommodation but still want to spend their trip near the center of the city.

Things to Do

  • One of the first things you should do if you’re staying on Khao San Road is to visit the nearby Old Town — it’s only a mile away! Here you can see some of the biggest and most important historical and religious monuments in Thailand, like the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Chetuphon, and Wat Phra Kaew.
  • If you’re a big fan of art, painting, and sculpture, then Bangkok’s National Art Gallery is the right place for you. The gallery is not huge, and you can probably check all of its artworks in only one go. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and the entry fee is 30 Baht for visitors from Thailand and 200 Baht for foreign tourists.
  • Phra Sumen Fort is the name given to one part of the fortification that was built to protect Bangkok in the past. It’s built in octagonal shape and surrounded by a beautiful park. You may even give yourself a project and visit all the fortifications that sprawl here and there in Bangkok.
  • If you want to take a break from everything — from shopping, going out, and sightseeing — we recommend that you go and have a Thai massage. There are a bunch of very cheap and affordable places along Khao San Road where you can go and relax.

Where to Eat

  • The Silk Road is a Chinese and Cantonese restaurant that was selected as the 2022 Best of the Best Travelers’ Choice. They’re famous for their Peking duck, the suckling pig, and the pigeon, but there are a lot of vegan and vegetarian options too.
  • Amritsr Sukhumvit 22 is an Indian and Asian grill restaurant, selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice. The restaurant has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options and a rich wine bar, but we mostly recommend the curry and the nan.
  • Akira Back is yet another 2022 Travelers’ Choice best of the best (as you can see, there are a bunch of them in Bangkok), but this time, it’s all about Japanese cuisine and sushi. It offers both an awesome sushi plate and a nice view of the city.

Khao San Road Budget Hotels

  • Bangkok Saran Poshtel is a decent three-star hotel that comes at a low price. First of all, it offers free Wi-Fi and an airport shuttle, a great location (around one mile from Bangkok National Museum), and a nicely prepared breakfast every morning.
  • The LOL Elephant Hostel is a very cheap accommodation that doesn’t offer much, aside from its suitable location close to the main attractions of the city and its low cost. The hostel has free Wi-Fi and air conditioning, a pretty terrace, and a garden.

Khao San Road Mid-Range Hotels

  • Baan Noppawong is a perfect mid-range three-star hotel, with rooms furnished in an elegant way and wood ceilings — all of them arranged according to the principles of feng shui. It also offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and parking.
  • Old Capital Bike Inn – SHA Certified is another decent three-star hotel. This one offers a free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning on the premises of the hotel, a 24-hour front desk, room service, and a jacuzzi.

Khao San Road Luxury Hotels

  • Praya Palazzo – SHA Plus is a great five-star hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. An oasis of peace right in the middle of Bangkok, this luxurious hotel offers a restaurant on the premises, as well as a spa and wellness center, and a tasty breakfast every morning.
  • Chillax Heritage Hotel Khaosan – SHA Extra Plus is a luxurious four-star hotel that has a lot to offer. There’s free Wi-Fi and air conditioning, a swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant on the premises, a 24-hour desk, and room service.

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So, Where Should You Stay in Bangkok?

Reaching the end of our road left us both satisfied and stunned by the beauties and intricacies of Bangkok. To get our heads straight, let’s do a quick recap and repeat some of the most important points about all the areas that we’ve covered.

Sukhumvit is the obvious choice for a first-comer since it has a little bit of everything: a good transportation system, a lot of shops, and a vibrant nightlife.

Silom is more versatile and family-friendly than Sukhumvit, with a lot of nightclubs and bars too, but also boasts the biggest park in Bangkok and a lot of significant architecture.

Siam is the definite shopping center of the city and a location with one of the highest shopping centers in the whole world.

Bangkok’s Old Town is, on the other hand, the definite cultural and historical center of the city, with the most important palaces, museums, and temples in Thailand.

Khao San Road is close to both the center of the city and the Old Town, and definitely the cheapest and most budget-friendly area in our guide.

So, with so much to see and do, what are you waiting for — book your trip to Phuket and experience all that this amazing province has to offer!