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best areas to stay when travelling in bangkok

wherewhen 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.

P1000331 copyasoke 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.

P1070470 copykhaosarn 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

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  • Reply TIFF

    thanks for this post Annie, it’s really useful!!!
    Wonder where is this cafe (looks like a restaurant or cafe) balcony places is this in the last picture overlooking the river? Is it across one of the attraction spot, the Grand Temple?


    January 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply vivian

    Such a great post, Annie! I’ve never been to BKK before but I love reading your tips! They might come in handy, you never know :) Thanks for sharing hun! xo Vivian

    January 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    Thanks for sharing this Annie! I’ve never been to BKK, but i’m definitely referring to this when i get the chance. i always plan ahead before travelling, but then still end up not following my plan at all. :P but i think thats the thing about exploring, you never know what happens next.

    January 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      exactly tiffany – sometimes you need to go with the flow to see more you know? anyways, hope you get to visit someday, i already know you’re gonna love it!

      January 28, 2016 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Chiara

    This is so helpful! Hopefully I’ll get the chance to put it to good use one day :-)

    January 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Tyric

    I would so love to go! Great post. Enjoy your day!


    January 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Chayanika Rabha

    So Beautiful photos. :)

    January 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Chayanika Rabha

    So Beautiful looks. :)

    January 18, 2016 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply sileas

    Oh I bet that comes super handy for travellers! I’d love to explore the sukhumvit neighbourhoods more but my bf’s condo is in Ari and we mostly get stuck there :p

    January 19, 2016 at 2:38 am
    • Reply annie lee

      ari has lots of cafes and restaurants worth trying these days it seems!

      January 28, 2016 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Jasmine

    YAY! I’ve been waiting for this post! I visited Thailand years ago with my family when I was a child, but I have been dying to go back! Thanks for your recommendation as a local! I will remember this when I make my plans for at rip to Bankok!

    be the plebeian

    January 19, 2016 at 8:56 am
    • Reply annie lee

      ohh i’m sure you’ll experience a whole new thailand this time around! ;)

      January 28, 2016 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Elizabeth T.

    Loved this post, Annie :) Such a thorough guide (and a place to stay for everyone, no matter your budget)! Can’t wait to go visit Bangkok one day! Such a lovely city! Have a great week <3

    XO, Elizabeth

    January 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i hope you do get to visit someday elizabeth – so many places to shop you’re gonna love it! :P

      January 28, 2016 at 10:00 am
  • Reply gail

    My bf always stayed at a hostel in an opposite of Silom called something I can’t remember lol It’s really nice, and the price is ok too!

    January 20, 2016 at 1:53 am
    • Reply annie lee

      nowadays, hostels are becoming way cooler than it used to be – don’t you agree? haha welcome back to bkk by the way gail!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Viviene Kok

    Taking note and will be back here again once I book a trip to Bangkok! Haven’t visited since 3 years back and girl needs a little update on Bangkok goodness x

    Real Life Nerd /

    January 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      oh i’m sure lots have changed in the last 3 years viviene :) in a better way!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Nadia

    Such a great guide and pieces of advice, hon. Bangkok sounds lovely, I sure hope to visit one day! Being the travel-obsessed junkies that we are, we will most likely go there by 2020 :)
    xox Nadia

    January 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i’m counting down nadia, you better make it in 4 years! :P

      January 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Great tips Annie! I want to visit Bangkok again soon so this is going to come in handy then!

    January 20, 2016 at 9:01 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      glad you find it so igrien!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:56 am
  • Reply artadorned

    Nice post, I’ll be sure to keep this in mind for future travels.

    January 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm
  • Reply Serene

    Every time I come on your blog Annie it makes me want to visit Bangkok more & more! hahaha :D I will definitely use your recommendations when I get to visit :) <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    January 21, 2016 at 5:14 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i hope you do get to visit someday serene, i think you’ll love it!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Sheree

    Saving this to my future Bangkok travel bucket list.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    January 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i hope it comes in handy!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Izzy

    This is so practical! I’ll be saving it for future reference :-)
    Thanks, Annie, have a great weekend!

    January 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      my pleasure izzy, glad you found it helpful!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    I couldn’t agree more Annie! Phrom Pong and Ekamai (and everything in between) are wonderful neighborhoods. I also used to like the area around Khaosan but not so much anymore. I guess it’s just me getting old:):)

    January 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      welcome to the hood sanne! hehe and yes, khaosan is just too young and active for my taste lol

      January 28, 2016 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Erica

    This is such a helpful guide Annie! Can’t wait to visit someday :)


    January 23, 2016 at 12:27 am
    • Reply annie lee

      can’t wait for you to visit and see how you capture the city – i love your travel posts!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Dora Toubanaki

    Wishing I could visit Bangkok! I will save this when I do!!

    January 24, 2016 at 1:25 am
  • Reply Doreen's Style Diary

    Bangkok is on top of my list of places to visit. Thank you for these helpful tips.

    January 25, 2016 at 5:46 am
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