Where is the best area to stay in Bangkok?

Thailand’s capital city is a hub of cultural, spiritual and commercial activity. While you’re here, visit floating markets, golden palaces, temples and shrines. Whether you’re gazing in awe at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), or marvelling at the Grand Palace, you’ll be amazed at the splendour of Bangkok’s monuments. Sample some of the best street food the country has to offer and take a cooking class to learn specialty Thai dishes. Do some shopping at one of the many markets, or venture into one of the air conditioned mega-malls. As night falls, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the infamous Bangkok nightlife.


If you want to be near to amenities during your trip, the best areas to stay in Bangkok are the Pathumwan and Bang Rak districts. In Pathumwan, you’ll find international cuisine from Mexican restaurants to Indian curry houses. You’ll be close to Siam Paragon, one of Asia’s biggest shopping malls where you’ll find Siam Ocean World, a renowned aquarium. In Bang Rak, you’ll be close to the river, with several romantic dining spots and some high rise bars with fantastic views of the city. Nearby, Patpong Night Market is a popular place to go shopping for souvenirs. These areas have great transport links with a choice of Tuk Tuks, Skytrains and MTR rail stations.

Hotel   Price per night
Baan K Managed By Bliston
12/1 Soi Sathorn 2, North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Silom, 10500 Bangkok
65€ - 69$
The Heritage Bangkok
198 Soi Narathivas 3, Narathivas Rd., Silom, Bangrak,
58€ - 61$
Hotel   Price per night
Centre Point Silom
1552/2 Soi 50, Charoenkrung Rd., Bangrak,
91€ - 96$
Novotel Bangkok Fenix Ploenchit
566 Ploenchit
96€ - 102$
Hotel   Price per night
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
48 Soi Charoenkrung40, Charoenkrung Rd. Bangrak, 10500 Bangkok
349€ - 370$
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
494 Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok
226€ - 240$
The Sukhothai
13/3, 28/1-4 South Sathorn Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn, 10120 Bangkok
203€ - 215$
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu
203€ - 215$

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Around Chao Phraya River 

In Bangkok the Chao Phraya has always been a major transportation artery for the local population. A complex network of ferries and water taxis transport locals and tourists alike to major sites up and down the river. This water transportation system is usually the most effective way to get around Bangkok whose streets are densely congested with traffic from cars and bicycles.


Different boat lines are demarcated by the different colors they each have on their flags. These colors also correspond to different routes that the boats take, the best boat line to choose is that of the, “orange line”. The orange line covers all major tourist areas around the Chao Phraya River.


In addition to the orange line, there is a special blue flagged, “Tourist Boat”, which as the name implies makes a special effort for tourists to stop at important sites and also offers commentary in English. This boat charges extra though for this accommodation, 150 baht for a day pass. So we recommend sticking to the orange line route that goes in basically all of the same places for less money.


Much more fun though is hiring a traditional long-tail river taxi. These are available at any major pier. These do come at a price though, and tourists are generally charged a handsome amount of money for the trip. But these taxis are great for the more memorable and private experience they can bring to those willing to shell out a little extra cash!


This district also hosts some of the best nature reserves you could ever find on planet earth. This area contains the graciously beautiful, “Bang Kachao” nature reserve. This conservation area lies within an oxbow of the Chao Phraya and is just adjacent to the southern riverbank districts. This park with its green belt of forests and wildlife allows an excellent window into the workings of Mother Nature unrestrained in one of the most fascinating places in the world.


But stepping out of Mother Nature a bit and walking on back into commercial life, another stop that can not be missed along the famed boardwalk is the, “Asiatique the Riverfront, named in reference to the river itself; this is the largest waterfront shopping area, stretching across a 300 m long boardwalk. This shopping park opens daily from 5pm to midnight. The easiest way to get here is by a free shuttle boat near Saphan Taksin or to take the BTS station.

Other neighborhoods to stay in Bangkok

Phra Nakhon District

Phra Nakhon is a very historic and interesting place to stop in your exploration of Bangkok, this neighborhood is part of the old world city proper of the late nineteenth century. Many historic sites are located here included what remains of the old Chinese outpost of Sampheng. This outpost was once a very bustling Chinese enclave in the midst of Thailand, its population has dwindled a bit through the years but it is still an interesting cultural site.


This district displays an old European influence as well. The Ananta Samakhorn Throne hall constructed here during the 19th century was built after King Chulalongkorn’s visit to Europe. He was inspired to duplicate what he saw in European cities, which he did with spectacular fanfare on the Throne Hall and other structures such as the Royal Plaza and Ratchadamnoen Avenue. All of these sites are great places to take in the blend of history that occurred at these ancient cross roads.


Bang Rak

In a great contrast to the aforementioned district of Phra Nakhon, the area of Bang Rak a sprawling part of the metropolis filled with sleek sky scrapers. Commericalism at its best these buildings are super high tech and have much more to do with the future than with the past. This is a fascinating spot to see the commercialism of the country’s major headquarters.


Lat Krabang

In the general vicinity of Bangkok International Airport, This area is a good launching pad for your adventures. This location has many affordable hotels with many featuring a pickup and return to Suvarnabhumi airport. This area is also in proximity to the Rail Link Station. This is a great area to base your trip in Bangkok.