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Where to Stay and How to Navigate Bangkok, Thailand

Accommodation is in no short supply in this vast city; around every corner you will find a hostel or hotel in some shape or form. However, some areas will suit some people more than others. Here’s a breakdown of the four main areas that people stay and how to get around those areas.

 

 

Khao San

First of all, consider Khao San Road and its surrounding area. Khao San is known around the world for its vibrant party atmosphere and is usually first on the itinerary for most backpackers. So, what awaits you here? The area is very touristy and this is often exploited by the local ‘business men’ with inflated taxi fares and exaggerated tour deals. However, this shouldn’t put you off; Khao San is also very close to many of the more famous cultural sights and activities in the city. (See the article: Getting the best out of Bangkok.)

 

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Demographic:

-Backpackers

-Party animals

-Culture vultures

Perks:

-Vibrant Nightlife

-Easy to reach cultural attractions

-Easy to meet fellow travellers

-Budget accommodation

Peeves:

-Locals trying to take advantage of tourists

-Very busy

-Very loud at night

-Away from the BTS/ MRT lines

 

Bangkok Siam

Sukhumvit/Siam

The heartbeat of Bangkok, that provides a little something for everyone. The area is a mix of locals, expats and tourists; you will find streets bustling with backpackers making their way home from a night out, to business men on their way to work. Sukhumvit is a mix of old meets new as well as Thai meets the west. From traditional Thai street vendors to endless shopping malls, bars and restaurants; as well as a wide variety of accommodation catering to everyone.

 

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Demographic:

-Anyone and everyone

Perks:

-Vibrant nightlife

-Excellent transport links

-Range of accommodations

-Shopping and restaurants

Peeves:

-Distance to the main cultural sights

-Bad traffic

-Things are spread out

 

Riverside

Located along the Chao Phraya River you will find many historical and cultural sites that are high on most people’s to see list. The river is away from the major hustle and bustle of the city and here lurks an array of high end hotels and cultural hotspots. The closer to Saphan Thaksin BTS station, the better your transportation options are.

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Demographic:

-Families

-Wealthy travellers

-Couples

Perks:

-Close to many cultural sights

-Transport can be excellent depending on location on the river

-Beautiful views

Peeves:

-Away from the centre

-Expensive

 

Silom

A compact area that combines office with wild nightlife. Silom has excellent transport links to the rest of the city which is helpful considering there’s not that much to do here in the day. Cue the night, where Silom comes to life. Patpong night market and the vibrant bars and restaurants are well known throughout Bangkok, an adult’s playground for fun and often sleaze.

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Transport: ○○○○

Atmosphere: ○○○○

Family: ○○○○

Demographic:

-Party animals

-Business men

Perks:

-Excellent transport links

-Vibrant nightlife

-Lumpini Park

Peeves:

-Very touristy

-Sleazy vibe

-Little culture

 

Bangkok Tuktuk

Get in, about and out

-Taxis are the norm; they’re air conditioned, available, and will take you anywhere. Always ask for the meter to be turned on as it is cheaper. However, you should note that most taxis particularly around tourist areas and at night will demand a fixed price. Nevertheless, if you are persistent and ask different drivers then eventually you should get the meter (Hopefully).

 

-Tuktuks are also common; they are always a fixed price that is higher than taxi fares. Tuktuks provide a bit of a gimmicky way to travel and aren’t the most comfortable way to get around, but they do the job.

 

-The BTS/MRT trains are the quickest and easiest way to get around and cover most areas. For Khao San and the Riverside your closest stop in Saphan Thaksin BTS which is also where you catch the Chao Phraya Express Boat.

 

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