A western tourist can untie himself when looking for cheap hotels in Bangkok. Ideas for basic accommodation standards vary depending on where you come from. Hiram and Hetty from Houston can expect better facilities from Han from Hanoi – or even Henry and Hanna from Harrogate (UK). Let me guide you. To be sure of a luxurious stay in the western style in one of the many famous western chains. The only problem is that they can be very expensive. And let’s face it, stay at the Hilton or Marriott in Bangkok and maybe you’ll 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 reasonable accommodation standards at affordable prices. Who ultimately needs a wardrobe? Hangers are the important part – right?
You will probably know that Bangkok is the capital and capital of Thailand. It is called in Thai Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (or 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. Most of the rest are Muslims with scattered Christians. Bangkok is a choc-a-bloc with temples and gardens, plus (let’s not forget) a thriving sex industry. One of Bangkok’s strengths is its captivating combination of ancient Thai culture with Western-style capitalism.
This is my personal choice of the best cheap hotel (Bangkok):
New Siam River
21 Soi Chanasongkram Phra-A-Thit Road, Chanasongkram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200.
There is a guest house with beautiful views, located by the Chaophaya River, near the Grand Palace. Fully air conditioned, it has a coffee bar, a decent restaurant and a large swimming pool. As in most good Thai hotels, the beds are made of foam rubber. Each room is equipped with night control, cable TV and a refrigerator. High-speed Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. All rooms are non-smoking.
Be careful when booking, because New Siam River Side has two more branches. Prices for rooms start from 1390 baht (single). An air-conditioned room with a fan in 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 Silom City Inn, this hotel can be found in the middle of Bangkok’s business center, close to every key shopping mall. Silom City within a short walk of major nightlife and shopping areas, as well as Suan Lumpini Park, Bangkok Railway Terminal and the river. It has 70 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, personal safe, computer and fax connections, internal music system, color satellite TV and private bathrooms. The advertised weekly rate starts at 1150 baht per night (about $ 40) per single room, but we are told that it is possible to change.
I’m taking a nap
920-926 Rama4 Rd. (At the crossroads of Surawongse, opposite the Red Cross Society), Silom District, Bangrak 10500,
The charming TakeANap is a family hotel that has its fanatical supporters. There is a mix of single, double and bedroom rooms starting at 350 baht per night ($ 12). The singles cost about 1,000 baht ($ 34). Great for tourist tourists, not so good for business travelers or tourist families. The 30 single and double rooms are lined with different themes, most of them 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 Metro (MRT). TakeaNap is also close to nightclubs, the city center and the market area. Wardrobe freaks should be noted that the rooms come without your favorite piece of furniture, but with hangers and railings. You will also be very lucky to get a refrigerator,
168 Isaraphab Soi 33 Isaraphab rd Thra Pra Bangkok-Yai Bangkok 10600 Thailand
This apartment house offers great value to anyone on a budget. Their smart studio apartments range in price from 1,450 baht per night (under $ 50), and the double suites come in at just 100 baht more. Expect queen beds and en suite bathrooms with shower panels equipped with six (count) massage jets. The facilities are better than the average for Bangkok, ranging from a fully equipped karaoke room to tennis, restaurants, cafes and a giant chlorine-free swimming pool, filtered instead of the ecological system for non-chemical filtration of the “O-zone”. Then there is the sauna, the library “good karma” and a well-equipped games room. Sivalai Palace is highly recommended.
These are my recommended cheap Bangkok style hotels. Have a great time and let me know if you find any other gems.