There are nearly 300 hotels in Bangkok, but finding the right one for your style and budget doesn’t have to be hard. The city is flush with stunning options in a broad range of neighbourhoods, from the famous Khao San Road to options just off the Chao Phraya River. For what you get here, you would expect to pay three to five times the price in Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai or Tokyo. From chic boutiques to towering skyscrapers, this city in Thailand has some of the best cheap hotels in the world.
Khaosan Road is known as a backpacker’s hang-out, complete with chain restaurants, massage parlours, tattoo shops and very cheap accommodation. One of the standouts is the Buddy Lodge, a hostel with a raucous rooftop pool, outdoor bar, booming nightclub and comfortable rooms. Ideally located, it’s close to some of Bangkok’s biggest attractions, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the Bangkok National Museum. Request a room with a balcony to soak in the madness of the Khaosan Road.
When you stay at Triple Two Silom, it’s almost like getting two hotels in one. Its sister property, the Narai, is right next door and gives you access to its pool and gym. At Triple Two, you’re getting a chic boutique with sunken marble bathtubs and bright-blue couches. The hotel is in the Silom neighbourhood, which is known not only for its salacious Patpong streets but also for its array of restaurants, such as the world-famous Nahm. Triple Two’s best dining destination is the Mint, which has both indoor and outdoor space, and serves cocktails and tapas.
From its scarlet-painted facade and Pollack-like art murals to its neon-lit sculptures, Siam@Siam is awash with colour. Rooms have pops of orange and gold with large windows that look over the National Stadium across the street. Beyond the never-ending art touches, the hotel is also known for its gastronomic selections, which includes two separate rooftop spots, a bakery and an all-day dining den that’s set up like a New York loft. A vertigo-inducing infinity pool looks out over Siam, which is renowned for its enormous shopping centres.
Western architecture meets classic Thai design at Hua Chang Heritage Hotel – constructed in 1909 and located next to the Chaloem La 56 Bridge. The hotel’s mix of styles is pervasive throughout the property, with vintage furnishings and Thai-style fixtures. It also has some high-end amenities, such as 24-hour butler service, a lavish pool and a library. The area is a bit out of the way, but it’s still within walking distance of the Jim Thompson House Museum and the mega-malls of Siam.