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  • 10 Cheap Bangkok Guesthouses

    Basic, Affordable Stays in Bangkok

    Guesthouses in Bangkok offer comfortable, affordable places to stay whilst keeping things simple, usually with limited facilities and services compared to a hotel. If things like swanky swimming pools and 24-hour room service aren’t high on your priority list when travelling (and you want to save a bit of money along the way), then one of these Bangkok guesthouses might just be for you.

    Although never going overboard on the luxuries, we’ve found 10 top picks across the city that promise spacious, clean and comfortable rooms from as little as 500 baht. We’ve made sure that they include all the essentials too, like en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and reception desks – so no shocks when the time comes to check in.

  • Rooms at this backpacker-friendly guesthouse go back to basics, with little in the way of décor or amenities other than a comfy bed, four walls and an en suite. That said, the range of superior, twin and standard doubles are spacious, ultra clean and there’s also a balcony option looking over the canal down below. On top of that, location is ideal, situated on the delightful Sumen Road – close enough to walk to all the nightlife action of Khao San Road, but far enough away to avoid the crowds and noise. Don’t forget to check out the cute rooftop bar either (called Jahm-Jun) and admire the views across to Phra Athit’s ancient fort. The elevator to the top is one of the oldest and slowest we’ve ever stepped foot in, but don’t worry – it’s only five stories high. Read More...

    Thonglor is known to be one of the more expensive areas of Bangkok, but this budget guesthouse proves you can still get a room there on the cheap. Just steps away from the BTS, you can grab a private double room at Padi Madi at less than 1,000 baht a night. These start at a ‘cosy’ 14 square metres, but added extras like the ultra-comfy beds, satellite TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, tidy en-suite bathrooms and friendly service more than make up for the lack of space. And don’t forget you’re right in the heart of the capital’s most happening neighbourhood, so there’s added incentive to make the most of your time by getting out and about. Read More...

    Many hotels in Bangkok claim to be ‘steps away from the BTS’, but few can actually deliver on this promise quite like this modest little guesthouse. Literally stumbling distance from the stairs leading up to Ekkamai BTS (see the photo for proof), 63 Bangkok Boutique Bed & Breakfast offers a range of clean comfortable and brightly decorated rooms. They are small (starting at 18 square metres), but you do get a private bathroom, TV screen, free Wi-Fi and true to its name, breakfast is thrown in too. Read More...

    Rooms at this quaint Bangkok guesthouse boast plenty of space, whilst the teak flooring, large windows and whitewashed walls all help the whole environment feel a lot less claustrophobic than many other guesthouses in this price bracket. Sleeping quarters are set over a couple of different buildings surrounding a lush green garden in the middle, good for topping up the tan or knocking back a few drinks with the fellow travellers. Location is just a stone’s throw away from the mass of hotels, shops and general chaos of Pratunam, and the Airport Rail Link at Rajaprop is walking distance too. Read More...

    Set in a two-story colonial-style house made almost entirely of teak, Baan Dinso is a favourite amongst the boutique backpacking crowd thanks to its budget-mid range prices, friendly family vibe and ultra-convenient location in Bangkok’s Old City area. Rooms are a mix bag to say the least; their best, which look out across the spectacular Democracy Monument roundabout, have clearly been given the most attention with smart wooden flooring and modern furnishings, whilst a couple of their twins and singles at the back are more 1980s-motel than anything, although you’ll be paying less than 1,000 baht for these. Read More...

    This fun, family-run guesthouse promises an intriguing concept: every room is themed around a different country that the owners have visited on their travels. This means you could end up sleeping just inches from the floor on Japanese futons in ‘Sumo Village’, waking up with a view of the (painted) ocean in ‘French Vintage’, or enjoying the traditional oriental charms in their ‘Chinatown’ room. Location might be a problem for some, situated outside Bangkok’s city centre, but the good news is that the Airport Rail Link at Hua Mak is walking distance, and the friendly owners can book you a tour straight from the guesthouse’s doorstep. Read More...

    Don’t be put off by the staid lobby or cheap looking entrance; rooms at Hi Baan are big, colourful and altogether charming. Bright tinted windows add an artistic element to the guesthouse, and all rooms come well equipped with air conditioning, TV, en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Standard doubles start at under 1,000 baht, and for a few hundred baht you can upgrade to their triple room for an extra bed and extra space.


    Tara Place


    The location of Tara Place is a backpacker’s dream. Khao San Road is five minutes’ walk away, whilst the nearby Chao Phraya river offers both an excellent sightseeing opportunity, as well as a quick and cheap means of getting up and down to some of the city’s most famous attractions. Rooms are modern, spacious and all come with en-suites, flat screen TV, air conditioning and there’s a choice of standard doubles or twins. Other guesthouse essentials downstairs include a computer station, laundry facilities and 24-hour reception desk. Read More...

    We’ve searched long and hard, but never have we found a private room right on Sukhumvit Road that is this cheap – and genuinely clean and comfortable. Just over 500 baht – the price of a cocktail in some bars we know – gets you their bright fan room, whilst for a couple of hundred baht extra you can upgrade to an air-conditioned double. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout, and all rooms at The Rainforest Guesthouse have small TVs, en suites and are cleaned daily. True to its name, there’s a cute café downstairs at the lobby, a decent place to meet travellers on a budget giving the more traditional backpacking quarter of Khao San a miss in favour of the more diverse Sukhumvit area. Read More...


    The recently opened Sakul House is another top choice for travellers on a slightly more flexible budget looking to be located close to some of Bangkok’s key attractions. Situated on the ever-popular Soi Rambuttri (a small street which retains the backpacker-vibe of Khao San, just with a fraction of the noise and crowds), the guesthouse offers a range of Standard, Superior and Triple rooms, convenient for groups of three wanting to squeeze in together and save the cost of an extra night’s room. Price might be a few hundred baht more than some of the nearby competition, but each room is pretty big, and comes with a private balcony and terrace overlooking the guesthouse’s own private garden. Read More...

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