Finding travel accommodation can be tricky; there are so many factors to take into account, such as location, price, nearby public transportation, dining options, and many more! Luckily for you who are planning on a getaway to Bangkok, we have gathered some of the best districts to stay in Bangkok. Read further to find out which district is a perfect match for you!
Sukhumvit district is named after the Sukhumvit Road, one of the longest roads in the world. The road stretches from Bangkok to Cambodia. Sukhumvit area is formed around the numerous sois (sub-streets) that branch out from the road. It is then divided into two sections by the road: the southwest section with even-numbered sois and the northeast section with odd-numbered sois.
The so-called Sukhumvit district refers to the area between Sukhumvit Soi 1 and Soi 63. It has been a popular neighborhood among western expatriates and wealthy Thais. Because of the affluence in the district, the district offers exceptional dining, nightlife, and hotel options. In the Lower Sukhumvit area, Soi 11 is especially known for its bustling bars and clubs.
If you would like to experience the Sukhumvit nightlife with a trustworthy local guide who knows best, join this Sukhumvit Bar Crawl for an amazing night out!
*Tip: Sukhumvit is relatively far away from the historical attractions in Bangkok. If you are someone who wants to be closer to the Grand Palace or the Wat Pho, try Riverside or the Old City!
Siam is undoubtedly the center of shopping in Bangkok. It flourishes with shops of all kinds, from apparel to records and books. It’s also the home to major shopping venues, like the Central World and Siam Paragon. The grand number of shops invite many tourists on shopping sprees in Bangkok.
Over the years, Siam Paragon has attracted numerous tourists over the years. In addition to luxury shops, Siam Paragon includes restaurants; a multiplex; an art gallery; an opera concert hall; and Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, Southeast Asia’s biggest aquarium.
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is an aquarium that offers an immersive underwater experience for its guests visiting the 30,000 sea creatures. With numerous programs you can partake in, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World aims to not only present you with diverse aquatic animals but also an insightful look into marine ecology.
*Tip: If you plan on staying in Siam, make sure to take advantage of the biggest BTS Skytrain station located in Siam!
Often referred to as “the Wall Street of Thailand,” Si Lom is a major corporate district in Bangkok. The skyline of the district is lined by numerous skyscrapers that tower over the city. Within this corporate environment, there is also a flourishing number of dining options. Therefore, it is an ideal place to stay if you are looking to treat yourself to a diverse array of cuisines.
Si Lom is also home to King Power MahaNakhon, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Thailand. The architecture of King Power MahaNakhon is truly unique in that a spiral cut forms around the building. On the 74th floor, there is an observation deck where you can see the entirety of the city. During the sunset, you can behold a nice view of Bangkok painted in vibrant hues of red and orange. Ascend to the 78th, where a glass walk gives you the illusion of you floating on top of the city. If you are looking to have a luxurious evening, dine at the 76th SkyBar to witness the city glisten below the dark night sky.
Grab an incredible offer on King Power MahaNakhon Skywalk and Observation Deck here!
*Tip: As Si Lom is a corporate district, you may face congested traffic during rush hours.
Pratunam is a district best known for the market named after the district, Pratunam Market. The market is a shopping area where you can buy apparel, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Many low-end shopping sites fill up the district, making it a perfect place to visit for those shopping on a budget.
After shopping, recharge your energy by eating a buffet meal at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Although a buffet may sound intimidating to travelers on a budget, you can treat yourself while saving money by taking advantage of the great deals on Baiyoke’s buffet.
As you can tell from the name, Riverside district is located along the Chao Phraya River. Chao Phraya River is a major river in Thailand that runs through Bangkok and into the Gulf of Thailand. The stunning view of the river co-existing with the hustling city makes this district one of the most cherished and thus, expensive places to stay. Many five-star hotels are in this district, benefitting from the romantic ambiance of the river.
However, even if you are not staying on the Riverside, there are ways to enjoy the poetic scene of the river flowing through the city. Just go on the Chao Phraya River cruises that offer a beautiful panoramic view of the city from the river! Here are some of our recommendations for cruises that drifts along the river.
- Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise
- Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise
- White Orchid Dinner Cruise
- Loy Nava Dinner Cruise
- Wan Fah Dinner Cruise
*Tip: To read about how to select Chao Phraya River Dinner cruises, click here!
Unlike many parts of Bangkok, Chinatown remains relatively undeveloped. It still maintains its look from when the Chinese originally settled in the city. Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the largest in the world; therefore, it is a great spot to visit if you would like to experience Chinese culture abroad. Chinatown is especially a must-visit neighborhood if you are a foodie in Bangkok. The street food markets thrive in this region as tourists from all over the world come to enjoy a delicious snack or meal on the streets.
Although there are a lot of cheap dining options in the area, Chinatown lacks nightlife options. This might be a great downside for some travelers. Also, its transportation is not the best, compared to other parts of the city. It is important noting that while Chinatown is a popular attraction site among tourists, it is not a huge accommodation site.
Whether you are staying in Chinatown or not, to have a local take you around the best street food spots in Chinatown, join this Chinatown Walking Tour! Savor the food while you gain insight into the Chinese heritage that has developed within Bangkok.
Old City (Rattanakosin)
Old City is the home to Bangkok’s treasured historical sites, such as the majestic Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Mahathat. If you would like to immerse yourself completely in the rich history of Thailand, Old City is definitely the district you should consider.
On the north of Old City is Khao San Road, which has been known as a “backpacker’s mecca.” The road stretches for a 1km, lined with restaurants, bars, bookshops, souvenir shops, and internet cafes. The area also has many budget hotels, making it a perfect place to stay for those looking for affordable accommodations. Khao San Road is especially famous for its annual Songkran (Thai New Year) Festival, at which both locals and tourists participate in a major water gunfight.
As mentioned before, various historical attractions can be found within the Old City. Thus, truly feel the city’s opulent past by taking a walking tour around the district. You can book a private walking tour of Old City’s highlights here!
We hope you got a clear idea of where you would like to stay in Bangkok with this guide! Remember that all areas are bound to have its pros and cons – you just have to weight them out! Also, if you are looking for things to do in Bangkok, visit Trazy.com for an amazing curation of attractions and tours!