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Where to stay in Bangkok

Some people find it hard to decide where to stay in Bangkok. After all, there are 50 districts within the city, all offering unique experiences. You can live like royalty in the Old City, home of the Grand Palace. Alternatively, you’ll find 24-hour fun at Prantuan and resort-like hotels at Riverside.These districts are just some of the best areas to stay in Bangkok. Not only do they offer a good mix of high-end, mid-range, and affordable hotel options, but they're also close to several landmarks that you can check out during your stay.

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  • Sukhumvit

    If you want your Bangkok holiday to be packed with activities, you should stay at Sukhumvit. During the day, indulge your inner shopaholic by visiting nearby shopping centres, such as Terminal 21. As night falls, spend time drinking and socialising at Soi Cowboy. It's also easy to get to other Bangkok attractions from Sukhumvit by using the BTS Skytrain.

  • Siam Square

    Stay in one of Siam Square's hotels if shopping is the main aim of your holiday in Bangkok. Shopping centres and designer boutiques will be nearby, but you're also close to the Jim Thompson House, Erawan Shrine, and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre for when you desire a culture fix.

  • Silom

    Considered the centre of Bangkok's business district, Silom has plenty of luxury hotels on offer. You can do some gentle exercises at Lumphini Park before embarking on a day of exploring. Enjoy the various museums and antique stores nearby. If you want to see a more vivid side of Bangkok, head to the red light district of Patpong.

  • Pratunam

    Can't sleep? Whether it's jetlag or the excitement of being away, there are many places in Prantunam that are open 24 hours. For instance, most people shop at the Prantunam Market from 11am to 8pm, but you'll see a different side if you drop by at night. There's also a shrine you can visit if you want extra luck in your love life.

  • Old City (Khao San)

    If you're looking to immerse yourself in Thailand's rich history and culture, there's no better place to stay than the Old City centre. You'll see landmarks such as the Grand Palace, the Museum of Siam, and Wat Pho. You'll also be close to the bustle of Khao San Road, a great place to meet other travellers and swap stories.

  • Riverside

    Feel like you've escaped Bangkok's frenetic pace by staying at a Riverside hotel. This area is home to hotels with large swimming pools, expansive grounds, and excellent service. You'll also be treated to views of Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the Grand Palace. If you wish to venture into the city, just hop on the BTS Skytrain and you'll be there in no time.

  • Chinatown

    With a good mix of budget-friendly and boutique hotels, accommodation in Chinatown is worth consideration. Staying here will inevitably lead you to some interesting local places and experiences. Visit the market lanes and good eateries around the district, as well as the world's largest statue of Buddha, made entirely from solid gold, at Wat Traimit.

Frequently asked questions

With so many options, narrowing down an area to stay can be overwhelming! As a general guide, Sukhumvit is great for shopping and nightlife, the Riverside area is where you will find many of Bangkok’s best hotels while Khao San offers many mid-range and budget-friendly options.

If you're looking to experience the vibrant culture, delicious food, and bustling city life of Bangkok, you'll need at least a few days to really take it all in. You don’t want to go so hard you need a holiday to recover from your holiday (although we can help with that too).

Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate and as such, has three seasons – hot, rainy and dry. As a guide, the driest months tend to be December and January however the shoulder seasons from November to February are usually pretty good weather-wise. The hottest month is April, and the rain tends to  start around mid-May and reaches its peak in September.

Sorry to answer your question with a question, but what isn’t there to do in Bangkok? Bangkok offers endless ways to fill your days and nights, from sightseeing to sipping and snacking your way around various street food vendors, from shopping to relaxing day spas – it’s all at your fingertips.

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Generally, driving a car in Bangkok and attempting to find parking is more challenging than it’s worth. The easier option is to hire a car and driver through the hotel, hire a taxi driver (or a motorcycle taxi, known as motorsai) or, for short trips, jump on a túk-túk. There’s also trains and boats depending on your destination.

Pack your sunscreen, comfortable shoes, modest clothing for the temples and a sense of adventure for a memorable holiday in Bangkok! Some other travel essentials including sanitiser and wet wipes, bug spray and international power adaptor would also serve you well. Forgot something? Don’t stress, you’ll be looking for excuses to hit the shops.

Bangkok is a captivating and bustling city with something for every kind of traveller – whether you’re here for the luxury resorts and the bliss-inducing spas or you’re here for the street food markets, colourful culture, awe-inspiring sites and thrilling nightlife. You can curate your perfect holiday with just a little bit of planning and research ahead of time. We recommend making a list of must-see sights and going from there.

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