when it comes down to travelling i’m rather flexible and open minded. although i usually have rough ideas on what i’d like to do or see once i arrive at the destination, i rarely plan ahead from a-z. but one thing i do plan ahead is deciding on where to stay. i don’t think i’m yet brave enough to land at a foreign land without knowing for sure i have a place to sleep. and i’m sure it goes for a lot of you too.
since bangkok is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and i often get e-mails asking for advice on where to stay when visiting bangkok, i thought why not make your lives easier by giving you an insider tip on which area is best suitable for different kind of travellers? when it comes to hotels, hostels or airbnb there are myriad of choices in all the areas mentioned. the first three are in reference to the bts skytrain stations so see here for more information.
phrompong to ekamai for hi-so cafe dwellers
anywhere along the line from phrompong to ekamai is considered the “hi-so” aka “high society” neighborhood in all of bangkok and probably the most popular place to live among expats here. a lot of supercars, luxury malls like emporium and emquartier, fine dining options and hipster cafes can be found in this area.
asoke to siam for hardcore shoppers
starting from asoke to siam there are tons of shopping options for you. popular malls like terminal 21, central embassy, central chitlom, central world, siam paragon can be found along this line. not only is there an mrt, a metro station right off asoke that can take you to places like chatuchak weekend market and hua lamphong railway station, all the malls mentioned are directly linked to skytrain stations. does it get more convenient than this?
sathorn / silom for sophisticated globetrotters
booming business and financial district of bangkok – the area is easily accessible by bts saphan taksin and silom station. it’s vibrant, it’s fancy, it’s always buzzing with energy. it’s home to many hidden gem restaurants, hotels that are on the luxury side of price range and popular rooftop bars like sirocco and vertigo.
khaosarn for budget backpackers
if you’re travelling on a budget khaosarn, one of the popular destinations for backpackers around the world, is probably your best bet. but don’t go there for the purpose to experience thailand the “authentic” way because unfortunate side effect of being so popular is that they have become very commercialized. nonetheless, it’s a great location for budget travellers and is close to many temples and historical sites.
of course there are many other neighborhoods not mentioned here that are nice and traveller-friendly but if i were to advice you like i would to my friends and family, these four would it be (first two being my top preference). in fact, almost every corner of bangkok is rather easily accessible by cab, bts and mrt so at the end of the day it all comes down to what suits your budget and style.
keep travelling! x