First Time in Bangkok: Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel In Bangkok?

Choosing where to stay in Bangkok can make or break your holiday. It's worth spending a couple of minutes looking at the pros and cons of each district. You can see what's good and what's not so good before you choose where to stay in Bangkok. Once you know which neighbourhood you prefer, it's quite simple to choose a hotel.

Most people find planning a first trip to Bangkok confusing. There are so many strange foreign words to learn and contradictory advice. Sound familiar? If you are a first time visitor or just someone curious about where to stay, here's a quick rundown of the most famous and popular districts in Thailand's enigmatic capital.

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Should I book my hotel in Sukhumvit?

Sukhumvit: How to decide...

This prominent 18km long road is the centre of up-to-the-minute shopping, eating and nightlife in Bangkok, and it's fair to say Sukhumvit has something to offer all visitors. While there are touches of 'Thai-ness' on every corner, the many fashionable restaurants, bars, air-conditioned malls, hotels and clubs give the area a distinctly modern, cosmopolitan flavour. Plus, the elevated Skytrain (BTS) helps make exploring incredibly easy.

Who is it For:
  • Partygoers
  • Shoppers
  • Trendy restaurant fans
  • People who want a bit of everything (but don't mind a bit of distance between venues)
What's Good:
  • Plenty of nightlife and dining options
  • Wide range of hotel prices, styles and star ratings
  • BTS Skytrain route makes travelling easy
What's not so good:
  • Sightseeing is few and far between
  • Traffic is intense
  • The coolest venues are spread out
  • Things are spaced out so walking is often required

You like Sukhumvit? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Top 10 Hotels in Sukhumvit

    Top 10 Hotels in Sukhumvit

    Our list of Top 10 Hotels in Sukhumvit contains some of the most modern and impressive buildings in the city, such as Read More»

  • Where to Stay in Sukhumvit

    Sukhumvit Road contains one of the highest concentrations of hotels and serviced apartments, from the independently run Read More»

  • All Sukhumvit Hotels

    All Sukhumvit Hotels

    Sukhumvit hotels come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury, our alphabetical hotels section Read More»

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

From the moment you step into the chic, black marble lobby of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, with its sweeping lines and oversized Read More...

Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok

Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok is a chic five star hotel with a fabulous location 200m away from Asok BTS Skytrain and Sukhumvit MRT Read More...

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel has a familiar feel due to the successful tried and tested set-up, which Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Siam?

Siam: How to decide...

Siam is unquestionably the centre of shopping in Bangkok, home to some of the city's most popular shopping centres like MBK, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon. There's always a lively scene here, with a mix of students, office workers, trend-setting city dwellers and, of course, a throng of tourists. This is also the central BTS Skytrain Station so getting around town is easier from here.

Who is it For:
  • Extreme shoppers
  • Families
  • People who want to be in the heart of the city
  • People who want easy access to other areas of Bangkok
What's Good:
  • Amazing shopping options
  • Lots of family-friendly attractions
  • The central BTS Skytrain Station makes travelling around easy
  • Plenty of food options
  • Compact area
What's not so good:
  • Limited nightlife
  • Not the most authentic part of town

You like Siam? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Top 10 Hotels in Siam

    Top 10 Hotels in Siam

    Siam is commonly referred to as the centre of Bangkok and it is certainly the heart of the shopping district with Read More»

  • Where to Stay in Siam

    Staying in the Siam area gives you the convenience to have access to both the Silom and Sukhumvit BTS Skytrain lines Read More»

  • All Siam Hotels

    All Siam Hotels

    Siam is the best area to stay if your main purpose in the city is nothing else but shopping and more shopping. Have a Read More»

Mercure Bangkok Siam

Mercure Bangkok Siam is a modern and well appointed four star hotel in an incredible downtown location close to MBK, Siam Paragon Read More...

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam is a funky and chic hotel that is a stones throw away from the BTS Skytrain Station at National Read More...

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Just when you think there is nothing more to delight you, the Siam Kempinski pulls another trick out of the bag, raising the bar Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Silom?

Silom: How to decide...

Silom is an area of contrasts. By day, sharply dressed business folk head into the numerous high rise offices and financial institutions along Silom Road. While at night, many of Bangkok’s finest restaurants bring people from far and wide, as well as the infamous nightlife scene around Patpong.

Who is it For:
  • Business people (looking for an excuse to visit the red light district)
  • People looking for vibrant nightlife
  • Returning visitors
  • People who want a compact area with everything at affordable prices
What's Good:
  • Great restaurants
  • Patpong (the iconic night market and red light district of Bangkok)
  • Downtown location
  • Wide range of hotel prices from budget to luxury
  • Easy BTS, MRT and taxi access for convenient travel
What's not so good:
  • Lacking in culture
  • Sidewalks are congested at night
  • Traffic past 17:00 can be congested

Should I book my hotel in Silom

  • Where To Stay in Silom

    The Silom area extends as far as the parallel Suriwong Road and Sathorn Road. Part of the city's main business and Read More»

  • Top 10 Hotels in Silom

    Top 10 Hotels in Silom

    Silom has the widest variety of hotels in Bangkok catering to everyone from business travellers to pleasure seekers. Read More»

  • All Silom Hotels

    All Silom Hotels

    Home to bustling nightlife and thriving offices, Silom offers an interesting mix of accommodation from chic boutique to Read More»

W Bangkok

There isnt a corner of W Hotel that does not make a good impression with a light-hearted and playful design that is exciting and Read More...

Banyan Tree Bangkok

A subtle mix of Thai and modern design embellishes the 327 rooms in the Banyan Tree Bangkok, inspired by the countrys heritage and Read More...

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn

A stay at Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn places you in the heart of Bangkok, within a 15-minute walk of Patpong Night Market Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Pratunam?

Pratunam: How to decide...

Pratunam is home to a sprawling 24 hour market and many more wholesale malls, each with packed with bargain fashion, apparel, handbags, sports gear, wig shops, and everything in between. It is a busy and bustling area with a cosmopolitan ambiance due to the wide range of tourists that come to shop to their hearts’ content.

Who is it For:
  • Young travellers
  • Shoppers on a budget
  • Wholesale business people
  • People who want to stay in a busy area
What's Good:
  • The famous Pratunam Market
  • Plenty of cheap restaurants
  • Downtown location
  • Baiyoke Tower, the tallest view point in Bangkok
  • Cheapest accommodation in the heart of Bangkok
What's not so good:
  • Traffic is intense
  • Crowded
  • BTS is 15 minutes’ walk away
  • The area is a rundown compared to nearby Siam

You like Pratunam? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Where to Stay in Pratunam

    Surrounded by a host of shopping possibilities, Pratunam offers a range from budget accommodation to upmarket serviced Read More»

  • Top 10 Hotels in Pratunam

    Top 10 Hotels in Pratunam

    Pratunam has more hotels than almost any other area in Bangkok, ranging from boutique guesthouses for those on a budget Read More»

  • All Pratunam Hotels

    All Pratunam Hotels

    Discover Pratunam's finest accommodation from cosy hotels to convenient serviced apartments, and take advantage of Read More»

Amari Watergate

Amari Watergate in Bangkok provides guests with pampering and comfort from the moment they are ushered through the front door, Read More...

Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Centara Grand at CentralWorld is a 505 room five star hotel that is located within one of the largest shopping malls in Asia.If Read More...

Novotel Bangkok Platinum

Novotel Bangkok Platinum is ideal for those who want to shop till they drop during their time in Bangkok, is located in the heart Read More...

Should I book my hotel on Riverside?

Riverside: How to decide...

Bangkok's riverside is where Bangkok's historic roots lie; the traditional heartland of this magical city with origins that read like an epic novel. Nowadays, the city has moved on and the riverside reflects a constantly changing scene; water-taxis ferrying commuters and heavily laden rice barges chugging upstream, set against a backdrop of glittering temples and palaces, historical landmarks and luxury, five-star hotels.

Who is it For:
  • Wealthy travellers
  • Couples looking to escape downtown Bangkok but remain within the city
  • Families who want a resort style vacation
What's Good:
  • Stunning views
  • Most romantic part of Bangkok
  • Relaxed ambiance
  • Cooling river breezes
  • Many five-star hotels
What's not so good:
  • A little far from downtown (depending how far from the BTS Skytrain you are staying)
  • Few budget options

You like Riverside? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Where to Stay in Bangkok Riverside

    Packed to the brim with historic sights and a connection to the city's colourful past, the riverside is one of Bangkok's Read More»

  • Top 10 Hotels Riverside

    10 Best Riverside Hotels

    Bangkok Riverside hotels are surely the finest the city has to offer. World-renowned five-star properties hug the Read More»

  • All Bangkok Riverside Hotels

    All Bangkok Riverside Hotels

    Riverside hotels are abundant in number, and you can find a list of riverside hotels in an alphabetical order, along Read More»

Anantara Bangkok Riverside

Set on a massive plot of land along the banks of the Chao Praya River, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa provides enough Read More...

Shangri-la Bangkok

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Bangkok and its Riverside location offers the best in Read More...

Chatrium Riverside

The 396-room Chatrium Riverside Hotel offers a relaxed and luxurious stay in Bangkok with all the facilities you would expect of Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Chinatown?

Chinatown: How to decide...

Busy, bustling and packed with market stalls, restaurants, shrines and the greatest concentration of gold shops in Bangkok, Chinatown is an experience not to miss. After sunset, the entire strip becomes a food haven for gourmands who flock here to enjoy street-side cuisine.

Who is it For:
  • Backpackers
  • Budget travellers
  • People who want vibrant and colourful Bangkok
What's Good:
  • Huge amount of excellent street food
  • Cheap, local-style shopping at the markets
  • Frantic street life
  • Great photo playground
What's not so good:
  • Very busy part of town
  • Not many hotels

You like Chinatown? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Top 5 Hotels in Chinatown

    Top 5 Hotels in Chinatown

    Chinatown in Bangkok can be a confusing place even for long-time visitors to Bangkok so finding the best hotel is Read More»

  • All Chinatown Hotels

    All Chinatown Hotels

    Chinatown offers a unique and colourful atmosphere to visitors, and while you are here, why not stay in one of the Read More»

  • All Sukhumvit Hotels

    See the Hotels People Like Best in Chinatown

    See the hotels people loved most in Chinatown after their stay. We have arranged them by guest ratings, so you can see Read More»

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

Enjoy over 2000 full-content Newspapers and Magazines form over 100 countries on your tablet, smartphone or laptop.Available free Read More...

Miramar Hotel Bangkok

MIRAMAR Hotel Bangkok is a chic boutique with a location close to the Grand Palace and Khao San Road in the old town, and yet far Read More...

Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok

Centra Central Station Bangkok, a relative newcomer in the city, is an ultra modern, sophisticated urban retreat, which caters for Read More...

Should I book my hotel in the Old City?

Old City or Khaosan: How to decide...

The Old City (Rattanakosin) is home to Bangkok's most spectacular and revered historical attractions, among them The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho. Not only part of the Kingdom's rich past, but intrinsic to it, a day or two exploring here provides a deep insight into the heart, soul and psyche of the Thai people. Also part of the Old City, Khao San Road is jam-packed with budget guesthouses, internet cafés, lively bars and clubs.

Who is it For:
  • Sightseers
  • Backpackers
  • Anyone looking for budget accommodation
What's Good:
  • Many famous landmarks and museums
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Authentic Bangkok life
  • Great photo playground
What's not so good:
  • Transport to other areas of the city is tricky

You like the Old City? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Top 10 Hotels In Bangkok Old City

    Top 10 Hotels in Old City

    Our Top 10 Hotels in Bangkok Old City have all been handpicked by our experts on the ground, who have tried and tested Read More»

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    All Hotels in the Old City & Khaosan

    The best way to experience the flavour of the Old City is to stay in the area. Find the right hotel for you, with Read More»

  • All Sukhumvit Hotels

    See the Hotels People Like Best in Old Town & Khao San

    See the hotels people loved most in Old City after their stay. We have arranged them by guest ratings, so you can see Read More»

Riva Surya Bangkok

Just minutes walk from the pier at Pra Athit, Riva Surya is a visual delight, with as much consideration put into the hotels Read More...

Casa Nithra Bangkok

Casa Nithra Bangkok offers a four-star luxury boutique stay in Thailand thriving capital located on Bangkok 176 Samsen Road, Phra Read More...

sala rattanakosin

Sala Rattanakosin is a beautiful boutique hotel which offers one of the best views in the city, overlooking the river and directly Read More...

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