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8 Best Areas to Stay in Bangkok – 2020

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Bangkok is the largest city and capital of Thailand. Deciding where to stay on your vacation in Bangkok may be difficult. Here’s the list of best areas to stay in Bangkok which will help you to make the right choice according to your interests and preference!

1. Siam

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A shopping paradise in Bangkok! If you’re a shopping lover, Siam Square is definitely a great place for you to explore. It’s a place all about shopping and full of luxury shopping centre including Siam Paragon, Central World, Siam Center , Siam Discovery and much more. You can find a variety of well-known fashion brand and services, local boutique, cinemas, and restaurants here. Aside from shopping mall, there are also some tourist attractions such as Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, Art Bangkok and Culture Centre, Pathum Wanaram Temple, and Erawan Shrine.

Transport: Siam is the cross-platform interchange station for BTS or Skytrain in Bangkok. You can easily travel to everywhere with the convenient transport in Siam. 

2. Silom

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Silom is the most important financial districts in Bangkok where you can see many financial institutions and office buildings with lots of office workers around. However, the sight and character of this place transform considerably after nightfall. A lively night scene appeared with tourist and locals, as well as night market, sidewalk stalls, fine-dining restaurants, and night clubs. Aside from that, there are also plenty of interesting attractions in Silom such as Lumpini Park, Snake Farm, Bangkokian Museum, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Neilson Hays Library Bangkok and more.

Transport: Both Skytrain (BTS) and MRT have Silom connections.

3. Sukhumvit

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Sukhumit is the commercial centre of Bangkok with exciting nightlife and vibrant night scenes. It is a modern and lively area where you can find a lot of bars, club, café, luxury hotels and restaurant along the street.  You will also find the famous red-light districts namely Nana Plaza (Soi 4) and Soi Cowboy (off Soi 23) here. Sukhumvit also has some traditional houses and art galleries as well. Generally, Sukhumit is definitely an enjoyable place for you to enjoy something special and different in Bangkok.

Transport: A convenient area to stay where most of the attractions can be easily reached by public transport (Skytrain and MRT). Hotels near Asok BTS station are highly recommended which stay closely to MRT line.

4. Khaosan

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If you are a budget traveller, Khaoson is considered to be the best area for you to stay in Bangkok. Khao San Road has been described as the backpacker’s paradise in Bangkok with budget accommodations opened till late night. There is a decent variety of market stalls, bars and restaurants along the street. In brief, cheaper accommodations and food is the key benefit of staying here. Besides, Khaosan is located centrally in Bangkok and near to many historical attractions, including Bangkok National Museum, The Grand Palace, Democracy Monument, National Gallery, Phra Sumen Fort and others.

Transport: Skytrain (BTS) and MRT are not linked to Khaosan area. The most convenient and cheapest way to reach Khao San is by taking Chao Phraya Express Boat. Bus, taxi and tuks tuks will be your main means of transport in this area.

5. Riverside

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If you’re looking of a relaxing and calm place to stay in Bangkok, Riverside is the best choice for you. You will find many resort-style hotels, shops and attractions straddling the river banks, as well as the lively market that located around the ferry piers at night. At here, you can explore the scenic riverside areas with the water-taxis (Khlongs) service for a full day tour. Riverside is also considered as the historic roots lie of city as most of historical attractions located in Old City are close to the area, including The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, WatPho, Royal Barges Museum and the Legend Lives at Asiatique Bangkok.  

Transport: Boats are the best way to get around the attractions in Riverside area. Take the Chao Praya River Express Boat Service which will drop you off at any attractions wherever you request.

6. Chinatown

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Bangkok Chinatown is one of the best Chinatowns to visit in the world. Chinatown was settled by Chinese merchants in 1780, retaining a large Chinese community who still continued their own traditions and religious rituals. From here you will enjoy the unique culture with the mixture of Chinese and Thai tradition! Chiantown consists of many market stalls with variety of tasty Thai and Chinese street food and gold shops as well. This is also the place where you’ll be delighted to get a glimpse of magnificent historical architecture or attractions such as Wat Traimit, China Gate, Wat Mangkol Kamalawat, Yaowarat Road and Sephanthawong Museum. 

Transport: Boarding boat from the nearest pier to Ratchawong Pier which located within walking distance to Chinatown. Otherwise, take the MRT Blue Line to reach Hua Lamphong station, and then take a 15 minutes’ walk to reach Chinatown

7. Pratunam

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There is one of the Thailand’s tallest buildings in Pratunam, namely Baitoke Tower. One of the most attractive and interesting things is there is a floating market situated at the 75th floor of Baiyoke Tower! From the top of 340 metres tall Baiyoke Tower, there is a beautiful prospect over the city. There’s also shopping area, street markets, local vendors selling jewellery, luggage, local food and more. The attractions around Pratunam include Suan Pakkad Palace, Red Sky, Pantip Plaza IT Mall and Coco Walk Bangkok.

Transport: Pratunam is well-covered by Sukhumvit Line of Skytrain (BTS). From Ratchathewi BTSstation, it’s only taking a 15 minutes’ walk to the city centre. 

8. Thonburi

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Located on the western banks of Chao Phraya River, Thonburi is a Bangkok neighbourhood which is often ignored by tourists. If you are seeking for a quiet place to stay without crowds, Thonburi is considered to be the suitable area for you. Although the transportation in this area is not as convenient as other areas, it’s a great opportunity for you to enjoy the peaceful local life in Bangkok. The most famous activity in Thonburi is taking a long tail boat to enjoy the beautiful view of local side of Bangkok. The attractions around Thonburi that you should’t miss out include Artist’s House, Wat Kalayanamit, Santa Cruz Church, Death Museum, Amita Thai Cooking Class and Wat Prayoon.

Transport: Take the Skytrain (BTS) to Saphan Taksin station and then boarding the Chao Phraya Express Boat up the river.

This article is published by Travelog.
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