Where to stay in Bangkok
Heading to Bangkok can be a confusing business if it’s your first time. Thailand’s capital is undoubtedly busy, vibrant, and downright huge, and it’s important to base yourself in the right part of the city, so you’re not wandering around aimlessly, trying to find the things you’re looking for, or spending precious money on commuting.
In order to help you out, I’ve broken down the main areas of Bangkok, certain places you might like to stay, away from the immediate city centre and it’s neon-lit, non-stop metropolitan vibe. Of course, Bangkok is sprawling, and there are countless parts of the city you might like to visit, but on the whole, I’ve whittled it down to the main ones, in order to help you plan your next visit.
North Sathorn and South Sathorn are both roads perfect for the first time visitor. If you want a truly upmarket feel to your part of the city, then I don’t think you could get better than this personally. Modern high rise buildings sit side by side with big named hotel chains, and I doubt you’ll struggle to find a posh restaurant for your evening meal. Personally, I would recommend Sathorn for anyone wanting a suburban part of the city, so you have the major sights in easy reach, but you’re not right in the middle of it.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Siam, it’s quite famous. This is where the wealthy and affluent live, but I think the great thing about this part of the city is that it’s extremely easy to around, using the Skytrain transport links. Plenty of restaurants, night-life and culture is dotted around, and there’s shopping aplenty too.
I think Sukhumvit has a more residential, authentic vibe about it than any other part of the surrounding city. This is where you will find ex-pats and many different cultural ethnicities, so it’s a great place to head for learning languages, traditions, as well as trying different cuisines. Again, you can easily get around via the Skytrain, and nightlife and authentic street markets are found very easily indeed.
Undoubtedly, Riverside is the best place to stay for those wanting to explore Bangkok’s sightseeing opportunities. Personally, this is where I would stay, and although it’s not the cheapest part of the city, it pays in many different ways, so it’s worth it in the end.
I doubt many of you would want to stay completely central in Bangkok, because you simply wouldn’t get any peace and quiet to sleep, so surrounding areas just a short distance away are the best option to go for.
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