Are you planning a trip to Bangkok? Awesome! This post is for you! I’m sure you will have a blast in this amazing city. I’ve traveled all over Bangkok and I’d like to share some advice on where to stay for your trip. The first thing you need to figure out is what area you want to stay in.
My number one piece of advice is to stay close to the BTS Sky Train or the MRT Subway.
Preferably walking distance but if you need to take a quick motorbike taxi to reach the Subway it’s no big deal. Generally speaking, apartments are cheaper the further you get away from the city center and the trains. Trust me, living close to the trains is worth every Baht and will make your life in the city so much easier and enjoyable.
The traffic in Bangkok is brutal at certain times of the day so you want to avoid using taxis if possible. The BTS and MRT are clean, efficient and very cheap. Next you need to decide what area of the city you like. The main tourist areas of Bangkok are Sukhumvit Road and Khao San Road.
Khao San Road is a backpackers ghetto and it’s for young kids who are just passing through town for a few nights. There is no easy access to the trains and this is the most scam ridden tourist trap in Bangkok. Avoid this area unless you want to drink Chang with a bunch of kids who just graduated high school. The only positive is that it’s close to many of the popular temples and the Chao Praya River so you can easily spend a few days doing the tourist activities. After that I would move closer to the city center.
I prefer to stay around lower Sukhumvit Road. Here you have easy access to all of the bars, clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, red light districts, massage parlors as well as the BTS and MRT. Every street or “Soi” has it’s own vibe and level of craziness.
The next thing you want to determine is how long will you be in Bangkok? Anything less then a month just stay in a hotel. Bangkok has a ton of great hotels in every price range. I always check Agoda for reviews and pricing.
For a cheap clean room close to the action check out the White Orchid Inn. This is a small hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 4, also known as Soi Nana. Prices range from 550 – 750 baht per night. The rooms are basic but they are comfortable enough for a short stay on a budget. It’s priced right and you can’t beat this location if you love Thailand’s Naughty Nightlife! Nana is one of the most famous red light districts in the world. You can literally step right outside of your door and into a bar. If I need a cheap place to crash for a few nights I stay at the White Orchid Inn.
If you can spend a bit more I highly recommend The Grand President Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11. In fact, that is where I am staying right now. There are better hotels but I think this is the best you can get in this price range. The Grand President is in the center of all the action on the best party street in Bangkok. There are several excellent night clubs, bars and restaurants right outside my door. It’s great to go on a date with a beautiful Thai girl and then stroll right back to your hotel on the same street!
You can check this link for current prices. The location is perfect! The rooms are nice and there is a pool on the roof. I always stay at this hotel when I can afford it. Any decent hotel that is walking distance to the BTS Sky Train stations Nana or Asoke will be just fine for your trip.
If you want to stay at least one month you have more options. An apartment will always be cheaper then living in a hotel but I find it difficult to find a short term lease in Bangkok. Most places want you to stay at least three to six months. Even though I have been living in Bangkok for a while I am always hesitant to sign a long lease. There are many reasons why you might want to move after a month or two.
After a lot of searching I have found some short term rentals. My criteria is simple. Must be in a central location close to the trains, must have air conditioning and it must be cheap enough that it’s worth staying there instead of a hotel.
The Grand President Hotel on Soi 11 will rent you a room for 36,000 per month. That’s not a bad deal considering the location and everything you get… But sometimes I need a cheaper room and I can live without the extras. Here are my top picks for short term apartments. All of these places will rent you a room for one month.
The Blooms Residence 203/1 Soi Sribumphen, Yen Arkard Rd., Thungmahame, Silom / Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand 10120
This is a cheap hotel that will rent you a small room for 7,500 per month. That is fully furnished and includes everything including cleaning twice a week. I believe wifi is an extra 500 baht per month. It’s on a quiet boring street but you can walk to the MRT in less then ten minutes. Also, there are many motorbike taxis outside waiting to take you anywhere. It’s also a short walk to Lumpinee park which is convenient.
Baan Pornthip 199 Soi Sethi Thaweesup , Sukhumvit 22, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Toey Bangkok 10110
This apartment building has no website and they don’t answer the phone… You will have to stop by and talk to them. You can rent a small furnished room for around 8,000 Baht per month plus water and electric. It’s a 15 minute walk to Asoke BTS or you can just hop on a motorbike taxi outside. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area and you are also close to one of my favorite parks in the city, Benjakiti Park.
Bua House Apartments 473/10-11 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Toei, Khlong Toey Bangkok 10110
Right around the corner from Baan Pornthip you will find Bua House Apartments. This place is hidden in a small Soi off Soi 22. I walked by it a bunch of times before I actually found it. The place is decent for the money. Rooms start at 13,000 Baht per month. Call or stop by in person but be sure to ask for the manager. Like most places in Thailand the employees are completely clueless and don’t speak English.
How the fuck do you work at an apartment building and not know how much apartments cost or if you have any available at this time??! Welcome to Thailand… There are several more apartments in this area above the 20,000 Baht mark but if I was willing to spend that kind of money I would just stay at a hotel for the month. Most hotels will give you a good discount if you are staying for at least 30 days. If you like your hotel, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they can give you a deal.
Now if you want to stay at least three to six months you have endless options. You can find clean, modern, affordable apartments all over the city. Once you know what neighborhood you like check out these websites.
Search these sites by your price range and areas of interest. You will find plenty of great places. I suppose I should settle down and rent one place for a year… But I like having freedom of movement.