The Western tourist can be neglected when looking for cheap hotels in Bangkok. Ideas for basic accommodation standards vary depending on where you come from. Hiram and Hettie from Houston probably expect better options than Han from Hanoi – or even Henry and Hannah from Harrogate (UK). Let me guide you. Convinced of the luxury of Western style, you can stay in one of the many 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 be in New York, London or Cairo, too.
Would you like to stay in Bangkok or not? The good news is that there are many independent hotels in Bangkok that offer reasonable accommodation at affordable rates. Who ultimately needs a wardrobe? Hangers are an important part – aren't they?
You probably know that Bangkok is the capital and capital city of Thailand. In Thai it is called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (or Krung Thep in short, which means "city of angels"). Bangkok is home to more than six million people. The dominant religion is Buddhism, practiced by all but 5% of the city population. Most of the rest are Muslims with Christian dispersion. Bangkok is a frontier block with temples and gardens and (so we don't forget) a thriving sex industry. One of the benefits of Bangkok is the exciting blend of old Thai culture with Western-style capitalism.
Here's my best selection of cheap hotels in Bangkok:
New Siam River side
21 Soi Chanasongkram Phra-A-Thit Road, Chanasongkram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200.
Here is a top-level guest house with magnificent views, next to the Chaophaya River, very close to the Grand Castle. Fully air-conditioned, it has a coffee bar, a decent restaurant and a large swimming pool. Like most good hotels in Thailand, the beds are made of foam rubber. Each room is equipped with a nightstand, cable TV and a refrigerator. High-speed Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. All rooms are non-smoking ..
Be careful when booking as there are two other branches on the New Siam River Side. Room rates start at 1390 baht (single). The air-conditioned fan room at one of the other guest houses starts at just 590 baht ($ 20). ).
Hotel Silom City
2 Soi Prachum (Silom 22), Silom Road, Bangkok 10500
Formerly known as the Silom City Inn, this hotel is located in the heart of Bangkok's business center, close to every major shopping mall. Silom City is within easy walking distance of major nightlife and shopping, as well as Suan Lumpini Park, Bangkok Railway Terminal and the River. It has 70 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, personal safe, PC and fax connections, in-house music system, colorful satellite TV and bathroom. The weekly advertising rate starts at 1150 baht per night (approximately $ 40) per room, but we are told that swaps are possible.
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920-926 Rama4 Rd. (Surawongse Crossing, opposite Red Cross Society), Silom District, Bangrak 10500,
The deliciously named TakeANap is a family business with fanatical supporters. It offers single, double and shared rooms ranging from 350 baht per night ($ 12). Singles come in at about 1,000 baht ($ 34). Great for backpackers, not so good for business travelers or tourist families. All 30 single and double rooms are arranged in different themes, most are designed to give you a headache after too much beer! TakeANap is very central, just a few meters from the Sky Train (BTS) and the Metro (MRT). TakeaNap is located near nightclubs, city center and market area. Wardrobe hairdressers should note that rooms come as a favorite piece of furniture, but with hangers and rails. You will also be very lucky to get a fridge,
168 Isaraphab Soi 33 Isaraphab rd Thra Pra Bangkok-Yai Bangkok 10600 Thailand
This apartment building offers tremendous value to anyone on a budget. Their smart studio apartments range in price from 1,450 baht per night (less than $ 50), and double apartments come in at just 100 baht. Wait for queen beds and bathrooms in bathrooms with shower panels equipped with six (count them) massage jets. The facilities are better than the average in Bangkok, ranging from a fully-equipped karaoke room to tennis, restaurants, cafes and a gigantic chlorine-free swimming pool, filtered with an environmentally friendly "O-zone" non-chemical filtration system. Then there's a sauna, a library of "good karma" and a well-equipped game room. Sivalai Castle is highly recommended.
These are my suggested cheap Bangkok hotel styles. Have a great time and let me know if you find other gems.