Cheap Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand
The historic and bustling city of Bangkok is the economic, social, and political centre of Thailand, and one of the largest in all of Asia. Currently home to over nine million residents, this immense metropolis can be broken out into several distinct neighbourhoods. No matter which section of town you choose to visit, cheap hotels in Bangkok are everywhere.
One of the most popular areas for budget tourists is the historic district of Banglamphu. Many of Bangkok’s most famous attractions are here, including Grand Palace, the huge, glittering compound that served as home to the royal family for several hundred years. Nearby, visit the enormous gold reclining Buddha at Wat Po, the historic temple Wat Phra Kaew, Democracy Monument, the National Museum, and the National Theatre. This neighborhood is also famous for Khao San Road, filled with bars, clubs, shopping, restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and cheap hotels and hostels catering to budget-minded travelers. The Viengtai Hotel makes for a convenient home base while seeing the sights in Banglamphu, and offers its guests, internet access, a swimming pool, and free daily breakfast.
Sukhumvit and Chidlom-Ploenchit
The Sukhumvit and Chidlom-Ploenchit areas are also very popular with tourists, because there are plenty of hotels, shopping and nightlife to be found. If you’re looking for a respite from the take a walk through Benjasiri Park – also known as the Queen’s Park because it was built to commemorate HRH Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday. There are many beautiful Thai sculptures throughout the park, and you’re likely to find locals engaging in Tai Chi or yoga. Another beautiful but little-known attraction is Kamthieng House, a historic home originally built in Northern Thailand in the 1800’s and later transported to Bangkok to preserve its historic value. Here you can learn about the traditional arts and history of Thai culture, and the grounds have been transformed into a beautiful Thai garden. When staying in Sukhumvit or Chidlom-Ploenchit, the ideal hotel is the Imm Fusion Sukhumvit, which is a small, artistic boutique hotel. It features a swimming pool, fitness centre, and free daily breakfast.
Silom is Bangkok’s corporate and financial centre, home to many of the largest companies in Thailand. It is often referred to as the Wall Street of Thailand, with glittering skyscrapers lining the streets. Originally formed around a series of canals that facilitated local trade, this area still retains a European feel with many old hotels, and access by boat from the rest of Bangkok is still a popular mode of transport. After dark, watch as the famous red light area of Patpong comes to life. Consider staying at the Mirth Sathorn Hotel. It is centrally located, and each room comes with a private balcony.
When you want to do some serious shopping, head to Ratchaprasong, home to huge shopping malls and arcades. Check out CentralWorld, the second-largest mall in all of Southeast Asia, or pay a visit to Big C Ratchadamri to find not only shopping, but a fitness centre and movie theatre. A beautiful cultural icon in this neighbourhood is the Erawan Shrine, where you’ll discover art, antiquities, and a beautiful temple - all contained within an immense four-headed elephant. If you’re looking for a beautiful place to stay in Ratchaprasong, head to the Aspen Suites Bangkok. Their contemporary rooms feature high-speed internet access, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players, and breakfast is included.
No matter which neighbourhood you decide to call home while you’re in Bangkok, you’ll find cheap hotels, a wide variety of food, and plenty of smiling faces waiting to greet you. The exotic Land of Smiles certainly has something to offer every visitor, no matter their budget.
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