“Where to stay in Bangkok”?
This is a frequent question for first time Bangkok travellers and if you have never been to the capital of Thailand before, the choice of hotels can be daunting.
So where should you start?
One thing to realise, is that there is no real "centre of Bangkok", so it is important to select the correct Bangkok district to stay in, based upon what you wish to do and then look for a hotel in that district.
Read these brief descriptions of tourist locations that visitors choose to stay in and match them with your visit plan.
If you already know where you wish to stay, then use the Agoda Search box to find an hotel in your preferred Bangkok district.
Alternatively, go to the Google Map of Bangkok at the bottom of this page, select your preferred Bangkok location and Agoda will present you with a selection of hotels in that area.
If you want to stay in Bangkok, then the Sukhumvit area is popular with European and Japanese tourists wanting easy access to both nightlife and shopping.
Located directly on the BTS Skytrain line with easy access to the city it is a great choice for people coming to Bangkok for the first time.
There are many bars, English style pubs and Japanese clubs in this part of town and there is a lot of varied night life between Sukhumvit Sois 6 and 12.
The large Asoke intersection is home to the red light district of Soi Cowboy, here you can go and have beer, take time for a chat or see some pole dancing. Read more...
If you are a family wanting to stay in Bangkok and specifically looking for two and three bedroom suites in Sukhumvit then go and browse more at this link. Condos or hotel apartments in Bangkok can work out both cheaper and more convenient for larger family groups.
This is right at the heart of the historic city of Bangkok.
In Chinatown you will find old shophouses, narrow streets and all sorts of markets and temples.
The Chinese have long been known for their appreciation of gold and in this area there are gold shops a plenty.
Chinese parades and lion dancing are to be found around the Chinese New Year period; a celebration and spectacle that is not to be missed.
Proximity to the river and many major temples makes this part of Bangkok a firm favourite with tourists seeking something different.
Book a Chinatown hotel and your stay in Bangkok will have a unique cultural richness that will give you memories to treasure for years to come.
Check out the range of Chinatown Hotels at Agoda now.
Silom is mostly a business district but for entertainment purposes – it’s also home to the legendary Pat Pong night markets.
By day – the streets are bustling with business.
From sunrise to sunset, the streets are filled with people on bicycles, motor scooters, rickshaw taxis and people in business suits rushing by with mobile phones glued to their ears.
But at night – the side streets are instantly transformed, flanked by theme bars, karaoke night clubs and a healthy “red light” range of sex shows for those travellers who are curious.
If you’ve never been to this district at night, there are expensive dangers you might want to avoid. Like going upstairs to “private sex shows,” where you’ll get pegged for thousands of Baht (the local Thai currency).
If you do travel the streets in this district after hours, we suggest checking out this selection of up-market hotels here.
Considered by the locals as the “place to go,” for shopping for clothes or electronic gadgets and computer hardware – this is the place you must come if you plan on shopping.
Home to Bangkok’s clothing wholesale markets, the streets of Pratuman District are filled with colorful fabrics and clothing ranging from hats, scarves, shirts, dresses, pants and everything else you could ever want or imagine.
Read more about Pratunam and view a selection of good hotels that put you in the thick of the action.
Obviously this area around Suvarnabhumi Airport is for those in transit and who don’t have time to stay in Bangkok, or just want to leave the airport to freshen up.
There is a range of 5-Star and budget hotels around the Bangkok Airport that are ideally suited for the short stay traveller.
Some of these budget Bangkok airport hotels are only a few minutes away by car and offer a free one way or round trip transfer included in the room rate.
Check out my recommendations for Bangkok Airport hotels.
If you are an international transit passenger and don't want to leave Suvarnabhumi Airport then check out the Louis' Tavern dayrooms in Bangkok Airport.
The Riverside area is exactly that.
What better place to stay in Bangkok than along the working river that divides the city into old and new.
Located on the banks of the Chaophraya River are some of Bangkok’s finest hotels, most with fabulous views of the river and its surroundings.
This part of Bangkok is around one hour from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, depending upon the time of arrival, but gives easy access to the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and many river tours.
If you do choose an hotel on the West Bank of the river then the hotel will usually have some sort of shuttle boat to take you to the other side.
Here you are located closer to Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the River Kwai and being on the river gives so many additional transport options.
You can also easily take a day cruise to see the historic temples in Ayutthaya and return by coach. Riverside is a great area to spend a few days if you interested in the historic side of Bangkok.
Lone travellers or couples can view a suggested range of Riverside hotels.
Larger groups may interested in a selection of Bangkok Riverside two bedroom suites.
The choice of where to stay in Bangkok has never been more difficult, but Siam has easy access to Ocean World; the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere, the Central World shopping centre and Gaysorn Plaza along with the Mahboonkrong shopping centre (MBK).
Take your choice from designer brand clothes and accessories through to the inevitable fakes and copies sold on the street stalls.
Siam is the major upmarket shopping area of Bangkok and additionally the hotels in this location have easy access to the BTS Skytrain.
If you like shopping and modernity then spend a few days in Siam.
Check out the range of Bangkok hotels near to Siam.
If you feel like being pampered in the Royal Suite of the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok then you should check out the ultimate in luxury for the important person in your life.
Maybe you are looking to stay in Bangkok backpacker accommodation or somewhere more affordable where lots of young travellers hang out?
Then the Khaosan Road area is where you want to be.
Backpackers from all over the world come and stay here.
You will find cheap accommodation and lots of opportunity to hook up with new like minded companions to continue your travels with.
Small coffee shops, internet cafes and boutique establishments have sprung up, so much so that you may have trouble realising that you are in Thailand and not your home country.
Located adjacent to the Banglamphu markets and the Chaophrya River make visiting any of Bangkok's tourist attractions very convenient.
There is no BTS Skytrain access to this part of town, but there are plenty of taxis and tuk tuks.
Check out the range of Khaosan Road Hotels at Agoda now.
No brief overview could ever do justice to the diversity and variety that each area of Bangkok exhibits, but a few words of description of the key features may help you make a decision about where to stay in Bangkok.
So whether you are travelling for pleasure or business, make Agoda Bangkok your preferred hotel booking partner.
When planning your next Bangkok trip select from one of these many areas to stay described in my Bangkok Google map.
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