Western tourists may come unstuck when looking for cheap hotels in Bangkok. Ideas for basic housing standards vary depending on where you come from. Hiram and Hettie from Houston can expect better performances than Han from Hanoi – or even Henry and Hannah from Harrogate (UK). Let me guide you. To be sure of a western luxury room in one of the many familiar western chains. The only problem is that they can be very expensive. And, let’s face it, stay at a Hilton or Marriott in Bangkok and you might as well be in New York, London or Cairo.
You want to stay in Bangkok, don’t you? The good news is that there are many independent hotels in Bangkok that offer a reasonable standard of accommodation at bargain prices, Who needs a closet, after all? The hook is the important part – isn’t it?
You probably know that Bangkok is the capital, and the primary city of Thailand. In Thai it is called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (o Krung Thep for short, which means “city of angels”). Bangkok has a population of over six million. The dominant religion is Buddhism, practiced by all but 5% of the city’s population. The majority of what remains are Muslims with a disappearance of Christians. Bangkok is shock-a-block with temples and gardens, plus (not to forget) a sex industry perspective. One of Bangkok’s strengths is its fascinating combination of ancient Thai culture with Western-style capitalism.
This is my personal choice of the best Cheap Hotel (Bangkok):
Siam River Side
21 Soi Chanasongkram Phra-A-Thit Road, Chanasongkram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200.
Here is a guest house with fantastic views, located on the banks of the Chaophaya River, very close to the Grand Palace. Fully air-conditioned, it boasts a café, a decent restaurant, and a large swimming pool. Like most good Thai hotels, the beds are foam rubber. Each room is equipped with a comfort control, cable TV, and refrigerator. High speed Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. All rooms ..
Find out when booking that the New Siam River Side has two other “branches. Prices for rooms start at 1390 bahts (single). An airless room with a fan in one of the other rooms starts at only 590 bahts ( $ 20).
Hotel Silom City
2 Soi Prachum (Silom 22), Silom Road, Bangkok 10500
Formerly called Silom City Inn, this hotel can be found in Bangkok’s shopping center, close to every key shopping mall. The city of Silom is within walking distance of major living and shopping areas such as Suan Lumpini Park, Bangkok Terminal, and the river. It has 70 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, personal security, PC and fax connections, in-house music system, color satellite TV, and private bathrooms. The advertised weekly rate starts at 1,150 baht per night (about $ 40) for a single room, but we are told that it is possible to exchange.
920-926 Rama4 Rd. (The Surawongse Junction, opposite the Red Cross of the Society), Silom District, Bangrak 10500,
The author called TakeANap is a family run hotel that has its fanatical supporters. There’s a mix of single, double and twin bedrooms, starting at 350 baht a night ($ 12). The singles come in at about 1,000 baht ($ 34). Great for backpackers, not so good for business travelers or tourist families. The 30 single and double rooms are all arranged in different themes, most of them are designed to give you a head start after too much beer! TakeANap is very central, a few meters from the sky train (BTS) and the metro (MRT). TakeaNap is also close to nightclubs, downtown, and market area. Cabinet makers should note that the rooms come without their favorite movable element, but with hangers and rails. You will also be lucky enough to get a refrigerator,
168 Isaraphab Soi 33 Isaraphab rd Thra Pra Bangkok-Yai Bangkok 10600 Thailand
This home offers tremendous value to anyone on a budget. Their smart studio apartments range in price from 1,450 baht per night (under $ 50) and the double apartments come in at just 100 baht more. Expect queen-size beds and private bathrooms with shower panels equipped with six (counting) masks. The facilities are better than the average in Bangkok, ranging from a fully equipped karaoke room to tennis, restaurants, cafes and a giant chlorine-free pool, filtered instead by an economical ‘O-zone’ chemical-free filter system. Then there is the sauna, the “bon karma” library and a well-equipped games room. Sivalai Palace is highly recommended.
These are my recommended Bangkok style budget hotels. Have a brilliant time and leave me if you find any other gems.