What are the best areas to stay in Bangkok?

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Bangkok is often thought of as the jewel of Southeast Asia and it’s easy to understand why. This Thai city boasts a tremendous variety of unique culinary experiences, world-class entertainment, and breathtaking history and architecture. With so much diversity it is difficult to determine the best areas to stay in Bangkok, so we’ve provided a comprehensive overview of some of the hottest neighborhoods in Bangkok. Bangkok is easily accessible from both Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport is generally the place where international visitors will arrive when first touching down in the city. Don Mueang International Airport has some international flights but more domestic flights.

Here are some of the best areas to consider for accommodation in Bangkok:

1. Sukhumvit

If you want luxury hotels, top-notch restaurants, and lively nightlife, Sukhumvit is the place to go. This is where many ex-pats live and where tourists can find the top facilities in Bangkok. Many cosmopolitan clubs and restaurants line Sukhumvit while calm and atmospheric cafes are hidden in the sois leading off the main street. The Skytrain runs the length of Sukhumvit making it easy to explore. Also, Sukhumvit is famous for two red-light districts, Nana Plaza on Soi 4 and Soi Cowboy, just off Soi 23. Prostitutes on the streets are a common sight and some people may be put off by the blatant sex industry.

2. Silom

With a less spectacular view than the Riverside area and the fact that it’s not quiet at all, Silom is still one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok for first-timers, but for many other types of travelers too. Silom is actually a business district in Bangkok, but due to its convenient public transport connections, an excellent area. Also, Silom is located close to city highlights such as Lumphini Park and Chinatown, but nowadays also to The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Skywalk Mahanakhorn, and many more. You can also find several of the best rooftop bars Bangkok has to offer here, which is an ideal activity for couples, but most nightlife takes place in other parts of the city. That’s why we believe Silom is more suitable for families and couples. The famous adult entertainment area called Patpong is located in Silom but lost most of its charm over the last few years.

3. Riverside

Hop over to the other side of the Chao Phraya River and see the city’s Riverside, one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Bangkok. This tranquil and lovely area is away from the hustle and bustle of some other more popular neighborhoods, and it has some old-time charm as well. It’s also home to several major attractions and temples. At night, visitors love to wander the streets of this neighborhood and sample a dazzling array of local foods. Night markets are one of Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions and Bangkok is a foodie’s dream!

4. Old City (Rattanakosin)

Rattanakosin is Bangkok’s Old Town and as you can expect, it’s surrounded by many important, historical buildings. It’s the area where you can find The Grand Palace and Wat Pho, but also Wat Saket and many other old temples. One of the best things about Rattanakosin is that you can find an abundance of brilliant, local eateries here. Some of the most famous local restaurants are located in these parts of Bangkok. Especially around Maha Chai Road and Dinso Road, you find some legendary eateries. For example, Pad Thai Thip Samai, the most famous Pad Thai restaurant in the country is located here. And right next to Thip Samai, you can find Jay Fai, which is a local restaurant that’s awarded a Michelin Star. Other amazing restaurants are Mit Ko Yuan, Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream, Kor Panich, Tee Yen-Ta-Fo, and Krua Apson, just to name a few. You are located near several major highlights and even the famous Khao San Road is not close to here, but Rattanakosin is pretty boring during the evening.

5. Khao San Road

Khao San Road is the most popular street in Bangkok. Known for its droves of tourists from all over the world, amazing street food, incredible nightlife and so much more, this iconic road attracts everyone from gap year kids to more seasoned backpackers. It is the place to grab a cold one and do some people-watching. You can find just about anything on the famous Khao San Road, so if you’re looking for some unique souvenirs and a night that you’ll never forget, head out to this backpacker mecca.

6. Siam

Siam is located in the heart of Bangkok and has direct access to the two BTS lines, which is a huge advantage. You can also find several major shopping malls, including Siam Paragon, Siam Center and MBK Center. Shopaholics will most definitely appreciate staying in this part of Bangkok. And when you’re done shopping and visiting the malls around Siam, you can easily take the BTS to nearby BTS Stations where you can find several other malls, all the way to Ekkemai. But there are two things that you need to know when staying so centrally.

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