Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in Southeast Asia, and there’s a reason for that. There’s so much to see and do, from the historical architecture to the temples, beaches, countryside, exciting nightlife, and, of course, the amazing vegan scene. There’s no doubt about it, the capital city of Thailand has all the answers for where to eat and what to see, and today I want to help you figure out where to stay in Bangkok.
There are four main neighbourhoods I’m recommending in this guide: Sukhumvit (my favourite!), Siam, Silom, and Khao San (my least favourite, but it always end up being convenient to stay there). They each have pros and cons, but one thing they all have in common is that they book fast! Bangkok is not so much like other South-East Asian destinations where you can just show up and find a room. It’s really best to book in advance when searching where to stay in Bangkok.
Bangkok remains a super affordable city, so splurging a little won’t hurt here unlike in other Asian destinations. In Bangkok, you’ll get the most out of your Baht!
Where to stay in Bangkok
The U Sukhumvit is located off the main drag on a quiet street, but they provide a free tuktuk shuttle to-and-from the Terminal 21 shopping mall, BTS and MRT stations, which is extremely helpful. The rooms are massive, modern, well equipped, and as per the U’s offbeat concept, come with your choice of soap, tea and pillows (you can choose your desired level of fluffiness!) You can check in and out at the times that suit you (if you check in at 5pm, you don’t have to check out until 5pm on the day you leave – pretty cool, no?). And after experiencing the huge marshmallow of a bed, believe when I say that you will want to take advantage of that.
Maduzi hotel offers spacious rooms with Posturepedic mattresses, walk-in closet, gigantic tubs, you name it. Maduzi is a fantastic budget luxury option and you get a lot of bang for your buck. The hotel location is a major asset and the staff will go the extra distance to make sure your stay is a pleasant one. As a vegan traveller, I did find there were a lot of animal products in the room furniture (leather and cowhide), but I did appreciate the staff knowledge when it came to catering to my vegan diet. Maduzi hotel is easily located since it’s just a 5-minute walk from Asoke Skytrain Station and Sukhumvit MRT Train Station.
400m away from Asoke BTS Skytrain, Hotel Clover provides guests with easy access to the city centre, parks, and nightlife. But if you’re not down for the hustle and bustle, you can always stay in one of Hotel Clover Asoke’s air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, minibar, and a bathroom with shower. This hotel also features an outdoor pool, fitness room, restaurant, and a wonderful bar. If this will not make you say Hotel Clover Asoke is the best hotel in Bangkok, I don’t know what will.
Bangkok Tree House might be located just a few miles from the downtown core, but the real draw here is the island where it is located, a little village frozen in time where nature is sometimes taking over, the locals are friendly and the pace of living is still slow and stress-free. Grab a free bicycle and go explore the nearby jungle via the raised concrete paths, stopping for a visit at the joss stick house, floating market and cafes. The Tree House even offers a service to pack a picnic for you. And at the end of the day, when you are all tuckered out, grab some free vegan ice cream from the honesty bar, have yourself the most exotic shower of all time, tuck yourself in the silky bedding and watch a flick from the complimentary in-room collection of green movies, documentaries and animations. How cool is that?
Not many can say that they stayed at an award-winning boutique hotel in Bangkok, but if you’re one of the guests at VIE Hotel Bangkok MGallery, award-winning might be an understatement. Just 160m away from Ratchatewi BRS Skytrain Station, this hotel boasts an outdoor pool, spa, and incredibly stylish rooms. Each décor in this hotel was strategically chosen to feature exotic furniture, creative works of art, and warm soft shades to give you a feeling of plush comfort.
One of a few Bangkok’s adult-only resorts in the city, The Samsen Street Hotel, offers guests a beautiful swimming pool with rooms scattered all around it. If you can’t take Bangkok’s heat during the day or night, you can always take a plunge in the relaxing pool. A bar and shared lounge are also offered in the accommodation. Samsen Street hotel offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
Located in Bangkok’s Old Town and a five-minute walk away from Khao San Road, Chillax Heritage gives its guests a unique accommodation experience. It also offers a swimming pool and fitness centre. Tourist destinations like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Golden Mount, Grand Palace are also near the area. So, this hotel is perhaps the best place to stay in Bangkok. Chillax Heritage is definitely nothing short of chill.
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