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Where to stay in Bangkok

Bangkok’s places of interest and leisure are so widespread that many of the areas in the city represent a good location to stay. With so many choices, it can be difficult to be sure if you’re picking the right one for you – this guide looks to give you a better idea so that you can best enjoy this wonderful city.

Popular neighborhoods in Bangkok

Sukhumvit

Good for
  • Cafes
  • Nightlife
  • Families
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Sukhumvit runs southeast through Bangkok. Adventurous types will enjoy exploring its side streets, which contain everything from cozy cafés and spas to lively nightlife and luxury hotels. Right off of Sukhumvit, visit the Science Center for Education which includes a planetarium, aquarium, and computer center. Families will enjoy Dinosaur Planet, an amusement park. While this is off the beaten track for tourists looking for sightseeing and attractions, the Skytrain (BTS) makes it easy to discover the calmer pockets of Thai culture on offer in Sukhumvit.

Hotel prices in Sukhumvit

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$52
4 stars
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$77
5 stars
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$129
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Thonglor

Good for
  • Dining
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
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Thonglor, just one stop east along the Bangkok SkyTrain from Sukhumvit, is a paradise for foodies. The area is host to some of the city's finest restaurants, boasting the forward-thinking Thai cooking of Badmotel, freshly roasted coffee at Roast, and a number of stellar options for craft beer and cocktails. After an excellent meal, the young, urban crowds that populate Thonglor will head out for a night on the town, and you should join them. From low-key lounges to pulsing beats, to the uninterrupted panoramic views at the Octave Rooftop Lounge, you're certain to find the right place for you.

Hotel prices in Thonglor

3 stars
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$47
4 stars
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$69
5 stars
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$102
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Ekamai

Good for
  • Boutiques
  • Dining
  • Shopping
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Ekamai is the posh Sukhumvit district's stylish residential neighbor to the southeast. Here you'll find adventurous dining options, unique boutiques, and top drinking spots like Mikkeler, the self-named Danish brewery's craft beer bar. Head to the Ekemai Mall to find all this under one roof. Also worth visiting is the airy, Japan-themed Gateway Mall, which holds a staggering number of diverse shops and inexpensive eateries.

Hotel prices in Ekamai

2 stars
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$30
3 stars
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$35
4 stars
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$29
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Silom

Good for
  • Markets
  • Scenery
  • Business
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Silom reigns supreme for business-minded men and women southeast of Downtown Bangkok. Skyscrapers decorate this financial district and provide pleasant accommodations for visiting professionals. The area also offers cultural sights, such as the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. There are a variety of restaurants and markets to sample at mealtime; otherwise, take a stroll through Lumpini Park, one of the city's oldest and largest parks, for a more tranquil lunch break. Silom's Patpong Night Market offers a one-of-a-kind experience for nightlife goers and frugal shoppers willing to wheel and deal at the open air night market.

Hotel prices in Silom

3 stars
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$37
4 stars
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$54
5 stars
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$118
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Sathorn

Good for
  • Architecture
  • Culture
  • Sightseeing
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Sathorn is just a short distance south from the popular Sukhumvit area. Here, you'll find the old-world tranquillity of the Wat Yannawa Temple and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha in the heart of modern Thailand. There are many upscale hotels in this area as well. When in the area, you'll also want to take a picture of the famous Robot Building that overlooks South Sathorn Road. Headquarters for the United Overseas Bank, this quirky piece of architecture looks just like a robot, with boxy features, eyes, and antennae.

Hotel prices in Sathorn

3 stars
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$31
4 stars
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$60
5 stars
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$115
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