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Where to Stay in Bangkok
Travelers on a budget will likely be pleased with Bangkok’s affordable hotel prices. Luxury boutiques often cost much less in the sprawling Asian metropolis than what they would in equivalent international cities. Those that want to be close to the city’s most well-known tourist attractions should look for accommodations near Old Bangkok, home of the remarkable Grand Palace. If you’d rather be in the center of modern Bangkok, check out Siam Square, the hottest shopping district in the city. Or make reservations in Silom and wake up to breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River.
Bangkok Hotel Tips
Bangkok can get pretty hot and steamy. That’s why travelers usually choose to visit the city from November through March when the weather is quite a little more comfortable. However, this influx of travelers means prices are higher, so you may have difficulty trying to find low-priced flights to Bangkok. Even room rates, which are usually fairly cheap, may rise significantly during the peak tourist season. If you travel between May and October, remember to bring an umbrella. This is Bangkok’s rainy season, which at its wettest can lead to downpours two out of every three days.
Backpackers will feel at home staying near the Khao San Road. This area on the northern part of Old Bangkok provides budget travelers with some of the cheapest accommodations and restaurants in the city.
Bangkok Hotel Recommendations
For those that want a taste of the high life, make reservations with the Sofitel Bangkok Silom. This five-star luxury hotel is located in the heart of the city, providing guests with easy access to great entertainment, restaurants and public transportation. Take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool or relax in the Jacuzzi. Afterward, relax in your ultra-chic guest room, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows and hardwood floors. Or book a massage at the hotel’s Anne Semonin Spa.
Or consider a stay at the equally lavish Shangri-La Hotel. Also located in the Silom area, this lavish boutique rests on a lush garden that looks out onto the Chao Phraya River. The hotel grounds feature a riverside swimming pool, tennis courts and a fitness center that offers a range of classes. Reserve a stay in the hotel’s Krungthep Wing and take in beautiful river views from your private balcony.
If you’re a real budget traveler, you may be able to find some rock-bottom deals in Bangkok’s old town. Although you might not get the five-star treatment you’d find in Silom, you can still count on a comfortable stay. Compare rates at Sawasdee Banglumpoo Inn or the Sawasdee Welcome Inn.
Bangkok has a fairly comprehensive public transit system, which is a good thing since the congestion of the city’s streets will likely frustrate most drivers. Although it bypasses some of the most popular tourist destinations, the Skytrain provides transport to certain key areas of the city, including Silom. Another rail option for visitors is the subway, known as the Metro, which runs through the center of the city. Buses are plentiful and can take you to virtually any part of Bangkok. Or for a scenic trip through the city, hop on one of the many Chao Phraya River Express Boats.
Mae Hong Son