The exotic city of Bangkok in the Kingdom of Thailand is filled with great hotel accommodations befitting all manners of budget and discerning taste. What most visitors will find staying in Bangkok’s budget hotels is that the money they pay goes a long way in terms of hotel value and service.
When most people think about the words “Budget Hotel” the first thing that comes across their mind is blood stained carpet, peeling paint and a giant rat for a room mate. That is certainly not the case for budget hotels in Bangkok. Sure you’re not going to have a butler or a jacuzzi in the room. But here is what you can get in a budget hotel in the $40 USD range; Flat screen television, CD/DVD player, small swimming pool, free Wi-Fi Internet connection and daily breakfast.
If I was in a hotel in the USA I would be lucky to get a bagel included in my stay in a $40 a night hotel.
Now, here are 5 tips on choosing budget hotels in Bangkok for a trip of a lifetime.
1. Choose hotels with easy access to Bangkok’s MRT or BTS stations
The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is an underground subway train and the BTS (Bangkok Train Station) is an elevated two way train also known as the Sky Train. These two modes of transportation combined will take you to about 60% to 75% of the main attractions, historical sights and red light districts in Bangkok. So as you can see staying in a hotel near any of these stations is a major advantage. The MRT and BTS are fast, cheap and easy to use especially because signs and maps are in English. But most importantly they’re well air conditioned.
2. Stay in hotels near and on Sukhumvit, Siam, Silom and Chidlom.
There are plenty of budget hotel choices here so there’s no need to stay far off from Bangkok’s main attractions. Staying in hotels in these areas will put you right up to many shopping and other commercial sights in Bangkok.
3. Do some research about where you want to go
Not to state the obvious but wandering around Bangkok is not a great idea as the city is not organized and planned well. So if you’re main goal is shopping and sight seeing, then plan accordingly. One of the main attractions are the red-light districts such as Patpong, Nana and Soi Cowboy. These areas are filled to the rafters with all sort of bars including the infamous Go-Go bars that make Bangkok so well known. And yes there are plenty of budget hotel options around these areas.
4. Look for Serviced Apartments in Bangkok
Serviced apartments are very affordable and are great for a long stay especially if you are traveling with a family because the rooms are bigger. They offer the same hospitality as a hotel but often at a lower or more reasonable price. Certainly a great alternative to standard hotels and worth a look at. Most even include buffet breakfast in their rates. Not to be confusing, but most serviced apartments are labeled as hotels, such as Centre Point Hotels, which is a very popular serviced apartment choice in Bangkok.
5. Book ahead of time
The best times to travel to Bangkok is between October through March because the weather is cooler with less humidity. Rates are higher during these months but you can still find a lot of great value on the Internet.