Where to stay in Bangkok as a tourist?
There are four different areas we recommend you to stay in Bangkok as a tourist, namely Sukhumvit, Silom, Phaya Thai and Khao San Road thanks to their connectivity to public transportation or the typical characteristics of these areas. Your best options are either Sukhumvit or Silom, but when you're a younger traveller Khao San Road might be your best choice. If you only stay shortly in Bangkok, Phaya Thai has the best connection to the airports, which saves you valuable travel time.
The best areas to stay in Bangkok for tourists are:
Sukhumvit is the main artery of Bangkok and this long street has plenty of accommodations for tourists. One of the BTS Lines (Sukhumvit Line) is built over this busy main street and makes it an ideal area in Bangkok for tourists. One of the benefits of this huge area is that you can find basically every type of hotel in every price class possible. In the middle of the most important neighbourhoods of Sukhumvit, namely at Asoke, you can find the MRT connection. Because of this connection, you can travel all around Bangkok by public transport and can travel flawlessly to the city’s highlights. Also, at Sukhumvit, you can find some of the most exciting (and somewhat notorious) nightlife. But if you really are a party-type, we recommend you read our article about the best areas to stay for nightlife. For cheaper options, stay around On Nut BTS Station. For fancy hotels, stay around Phloen Chit and Chit Lom area. The combination of the connectivity and the lively neighbourhoods makes Sukhmumvit one of the most popular areas to stay in Bangkok for tourists.
For food recommendations, check out one of our following articles:
- Best Thai restaurants near Sukhumvit
- Best restaurants in Asoke and Nana
- Best restaurants in Phrom Phong
- Best restaurants in Thonglor
- Best restaurants in Ekkemai
- Best restaurants in On Nut
With a good variety of hotels, vibrant nightlife and great access to the city’s highlights, Silom is one of the most popular areas in Bangkok for tourists. Similar to Sukhumvit, Silom has a connection to both the MRT and the BTS, which give you the benefit of travelling easily to all corners of Bangkok. The only downside is that it’s quite the challenge to reach Silom from both airports by public transport. Silom and connected neighbourhoods offer a wide variety of rooftop bars, which are excellent to enjoy the sunset while sipping a cocktail and enjoying a spectacular view but that’s also applicable to the hotels: you can find amazing hotels in Silom and near the riverside that offer an amazing view. Silom is located close to popular touristic areas such as Chinatown (Yaowarat), and Lumphini Park and with a short MRT ride, you are within minutes of Wat Pho and The Grand Palace thanks to the extended metro line. Also, when using the BTS, you are close to Saphan Taksin, which is where the Chao Praya riverboat service starts. All in all, Silom is a great area to stay for tourists due to these connectivities.
For food recommendations, check out our article about the best restaurants in Silom. Also, we recommend you visit one of the following restaurants located near Banthat Thong Road, which is home to some famous local restaurants: Jeh O Chula and Aey Seafood.
3. Phaya Thai
Phaya Thai is a relatively quiet area (especially compared to Khao San Road) that is popular among younger tourists. You can find plenty of good hostels in this area as well as cheaper hotels. It’s located close to the city centre and has a direct connection to Suvarnabhumi Airport thanks to the Airport Railway Link (part of the BTS). This connection makes it ideal for those who are not staying that long in Bangkok and it can save valuable time using this public transportation. A quick ride to Siam with the BTS and one hop-over from the Sukhumvit Line to the Silom Line and you can easily visit most of Bangkok’s highlights. If you’re visiting Bangkok during the weekends, Phaya Thai is of all the areas we recommend, the closest to Chatuchak Weekend Market, the largest weekend market in the world. Although there are slightly better areas to stay in Bangkok for tourists, Phaya Thai is by far the most ideal for those who don’t spend many nights in Thailand’s capital.
For food recommendations, check out our articles about the best local restaurants near Victory Monument and boat noodles in Bangkok.
4. Khao San Road
For young travellers, Khao San Road is the most popular area to stay in Bangkok thanks to its vibrant nightlife that mainly focuses on travellers in their early twenties. Around Khao San Road, you can find plenty of affordable hotels and hostels with connecting Rambutri Road as a great alternative. Although city highlights such as The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun are relatively close to Khao San Road, it’s not connected to public transport and tourists depend mainly on taxis and tuk-tuks that are known for their scams. You can, however, take the boat service near Khao San Road to certain areas that are connected with public transport stations, but it’s a bit of a hassle. Nonetheless is Khao San Road a popular area to stay in Bangkok for tourists and many young first-timers will book accommodation close by.
For food recommendations, check out our article about the best restaurants near Khao San Road.
Relevant articles & further reads:
Bangkok 1-day itinerary
Bangkok Nightlife Guide
Best local Thai restaurants in Bangkok
Things to do in Bangkok
Places to visit in Bangkok
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