The cultural, culinary and shopping heartbeat of the country, Bangkok hooks its spicy claws into everyone who passes through and leaves an unforgettable imprint. Whether you’re breaking into a sweat while devouring the ultimate burst of flavor that is tom-yum soup, or trying to relocate your sanity while navigating the many twists and turns at a local market, you never forget your first Bangkok experience.
Hotels in Bangkok
Frequently voted one of the world’s best value destinations for hotels, Bangkok is usually a satisfying experience, whether you’re a backpacker, a shopper, or looking for a comfy bachelor pad.
The great secret of the city is to book into a 5 star hotel for the price of a 3 star, complete with spas, skyrise bars and riverfront locations. Try the glamorous Lebua at State Tower if you have a head for heights.
The Thais do hospitality fabulously, with their famous smile, graceful service and attention to pampering. Rooms are typically large, lavishly furnished and modern.
Where to stay
The city is huge with some distinct hotel districts. Khao San Road, for example, is budget hostel heaven, close to the historic district but not easily accessible by public transport.
Sukhumwit road has the largest choice, suitable for shoppers, night owls, and skytrain convenience. Expats love the area too for its entertainment, trendy eateries and access to malls.
Silom is a business district; here you’ll find all the posh hotels with a tad of glamour from the days Somerset Maugham and the like took up residency in the Mandarin Oriental, beside the river.