The 8 Best Airbnbs in Bangkok

Bangkok is a complex city with a mix of old and new influences
Bangkok is a complex city with a mix of old and new influences | © Gang Liu / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 October 2019

Bangkok Airbnbs entice travellers with a captivating mix of old and new, offering stays in Chinese shophouses, traditional Thai villas or high-rise condominiums with rooftop swimming pools. Whether you’re after something modern or classic, you’ll get to sample more of Bangkok life with these top Airbnbs.

Bangkok is an amazingly complex city, famed as much for its ancient canals as for its snazzy rooftop bars and glitzy shopping malls. The best Airbnbs in Bangkok offer a blend of past and present, too – you can sleep in an industrial designer loft or a traditional teak villa by a swimming pool. From the alleyways of Chinatown to the high-rise nightlife areas of Sukhumvit and Silom, explore the best of Bangkok from these superb places to stay.

The minimalist-industrial Mustang Nero

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No two rooms are alike at The Mustang Nero Hotel
No two rooms are alike at The Mustang Nero Hotel | Courtesy of The Mustang Nero Hotel / Booking.com

Bangkok’s most Instagrammed Airbnb, with hundreds of exceptional reviews, the Mustang Nero features 10 wildly decorated rooms, set in a renovated old commercial building. Rooms combine a minimalist-industrial look with jungle plants, stuffed animals, antique furniture and a very eclectic vibe. It’s set across the street from the hipster W District night market and nearby Phra Khanong wet market, so you’ll never go hungry. The heart of Sukhumvit Road’s nightlife and shopping area is just a 15-minute Skytrain ride away. There are even six live cats living here, along with all the taxidermy.

The stylish Thonglor loft

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This Thonglor loft is set in a renovated 1990s shophouse
This Thonglor loft is set in a renovated 1990s shophouse | Courtesy of Wie / Airbnb

The owner of this airbnb is a lighting designer, and it’s no surprise that the stylish Thonglor loft is one of the brightest stays in town. It’s set in a renovated 1990s shophouse, and there are four cosy rooms, all featuring lots of windows for plenty of natural light. The prices are a real steal for the neighbourhood, which is Bangkok’s trendiest. You don’t get a kitchen, but there’s a café downstairs, and the city’s most profiled bars and foodie hotspots are all part of the Thonglor scene right outside your door.

The interior-designed warehouse

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This Airbnb feels like a living museum
This Airbnb feels like a living museum | Courtesy of Pannipa / Airbnb

Welcome to the new face of Airbnbs in Bangkok, where locals don’t just rent out rooms, but design them, too. Set on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, the interior designer son of the owners took an old warehouse made of brick, covered it in tropical plants and ivy and filled it with antiques and curios, making it feel like a living museum. It’s in a traditional neighbourhood without too many tourists, and yet has a Skytrain station (Krung Thon Buri) as well as river ferry to whisk you off to all the malls, restaurants and bars across the way. Breakfast is included in the price.

The luxury serviced apartment

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This Airbnb boasts a balcony with dizzying views of the cityscape
This Airbnb boasts a balcony with dizzying views of the cityscape | Courtesy of Bannprime / Airbnb

If you’re looking for a room with a view in the heart of the city, it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s a luxury two-bedroom apartment that boasts an open-plan kitchen, huge bay windows, a swimming pool and of course a balcony with dizzying views of the cityscape. It’s not cheap, but you’ll also get a regular cleaning service. An added plus is the location, just steps from the Nana Skytrain station and Sukhumvit Road, where you’re surrounded by a staggering choice of popular restaurants, bars and shopping outlets in one of the city’s most central locations.

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  • The original shophouse in Chinatown

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    Stay in an original shophouse in Chinatown
    Stay in an original shophouse in Chinatown | Courtesy of Pupe / Airbnb

    Much of Bangkok marches headlong into the future, but at this original Chinese shophouse dating back a century, you’ll get to revel in Bangkok’s past. The downstairs serves as the owner’s charming tapas bar El Chiringuito, just one of a handful of bohemian themed bars that have made Soi Nana alley one of the city’s most happening art and nightlife destinations, while upstairs is a two-bedroom duplex apartment decked out with Chinese antiques and retro memorabilia. There’s no kitchen, but who needs one when the street stalls and endless array of Chinatown eats are just a few blocks away. An added bonus is the proximity to the new Chinatown subway station, connecting you to the rest of the city.

    The cosy 20th-floor condo

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    It's a one-minute stroll to the Saphan Kwai Skytrain station
    It's a one-minute stroll to the Saphan Kwai Skytrain station | Courtesy of Yanyong / Airbnb

    Bangkok’s heat and traffic can be debilitating, which is just one reason Airbnbs with a swimming pool are popular. This 20th-floor cosy condominium unit has received rave reviews from hundreds of guests for its cleanliness and its pleasant decor. It has a kitchen and street food is also available just outside; it’s also just a one-minute stroll to the Saphan Kwai Skytrain station, making it incredibly convenient. Throw in a rooftop pool with a city view and you’ve got one excellent package.

    The quiet poolside villa

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    Enjoy some poolside rest and relaxation
    Enjoy some poolside rest and relaxation | Courtesy of Jenjira / Airbnb

    You don’t need to go to Koh Samui or Phuket to enjoy some poolside rest and relaxation. This great-value stay is a traditional Thai wooden villa that resembles a temple with its sloped gabled roof, and features an open-air kitchen (stocked with some basics) downstairs, along with its biggest draw, a swimming pool. Set in a private gated community, it’s a quiet escape from the city, but do note that you’ll need to take taxis or motorbikes to get around, as it is quite far out. Then again, you might never want to leave.

    The traditional shophouse residence

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    Get a bird’s-eye view of the temple Wat Traimit
    Get a bird’s-eye view of the temple Wat Traimit | Courtesy of Bua / Airbnb

    This apartment is named Ba Hao, or “house number eight”, which makes you one lucky guest if you secure a booking in this renovated 40-year-old traditional Chinese shophouse residence, as eight is considered an auspicious number in Chinese culture. Three apartments are set upstairs from the bohemian Ba Hao Chinese bar below, the best of which is this fourth-floor room, which is decked out in a mix of old-school Thai and hipster Chinese decor and features a balcony and a bird’s-eye view of the temple Wat Traimit. There’s a shared living room one floor down, where guests can avail themselves of a giant TV with free Netflix, plus there’s a complimentary Thai breakfast. It isn’t cheap, but it’s classy and unique.

    This article is an updated version of a story created by Kyle Hulme.

    These recommendations were updated on October 14, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.