The western tourist can take off when looking for cheap hotels in Bangkok. The ideas of the basic accommodation standards vary according to their origin. Hiram and Hettie from Houston can expect better facilities than Han from Hanoi, or even Henry and Hannah from Harrogate (UK). Let me guide you. To be sure of a luxurious western-style stay in one of the many familiar 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 it could also be in New York, London or Cairo.
You want to stay in Bangkok, right? The good news is that there are many independent hotels in Bangkok that offer reasonable accommodation standards at bargain prices. Who needs a closet, after all? Hangers are the important part, right?
You will probably know that Bangkok is the capital and the main city of Thailand. In Thai it is called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (or Krung Thep for short, which means "city of angels"). Bangkok has a population of more than six million. The dominant religion is Buddhism, practiced by all but 5% of the city's population. Most of what is left are Muslims with a dispersion of Christians. Bangkok is choc-a-bloc with temples and gardens, in addition (so we don't forget it) of a thriving sex industry. One of the strengths of Bangkok is its fascinating mix of ancient Thai culture with Western-style capitalism.
This is my personal choice of the best cheap hotel (Bangkok):
New side of the Siam river
21 Soi Chanasongkram Phra-A-Thit Road, Chanasongkram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200.
Here is a luxury guest house with excellent views, located next to the Chaophaya River, very close to the Grand Palace. With air conditioning, it has a cafeteria, a decent restaurant and a large swimming pool. As in most good Thai hotels, the beds are foam rubber. Each room is equipped with bedside control, cable TV and refrigerator. High speed Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. All rooms are non smoking.
Be careful when booking because the New Siam River Side has two other branches. Room prices start at 1390 bahts (single). An air-conditioned room with fan in one of the other guest houses starts at only 590 bahts ( $ 20)
Silom City Hotel
2 Soi Prachum (Silom 22), Silom Road, Bangkok 10500
Formerly called Silom City Inn, this hotel is located in the center of Bangkok's business center, close to all the key shopping centers. The city of Silom is a short walk from the main nightlife and shopping areas, as well as Suan Lumpini Park, the Bangkok train terminal and the river. It has 70 rooms, all with air conditioning, personal safe, PC and fax connections, internal music system, color TV with satellite and private bathroom. The advertised weekly rate starts at 1,150 baht per night (around $ 40) for a single room, but we are told that it is possible to exchange.
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920-926 Rama4 Rd. (At the crossroads of Surawongse, in front of the Red Cross Society), Silom district, Bangrak 10500,
The cute TakeANap is a family-run hotel that has fanatical followers. There is a combination of single, double and shared beds, from 350 baht per night ($ 12). Singles reach approximately 1,000 baht ($ 34). Ideal for backpackers, not so good for business travelers or families of tourists. The 30 single and double rooms are decorated with different themes, most of them designed to give you a headache after drinking too much beer! TakeANap is very central, a few meters from the sky train (BTS) and the metro (MRT). TakeaNap is also close to nightclubs, the city center and the market area. Locker room fans should keep in mind that the rooms come without their favorite furniture, but with hangers and a rail. You'll 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 great value for anyone on a budget. Its elegant studio apartments are priced at 1,450 baht per night (less than $ 50) and the double apartments cost only 100 baht more. Expect queen beds and en suite bathrooms with shower panels equipped with six (count them) massage jets. The facilities are better than the average Bangkok, from a fully equipped karaoke room to tennis, restaurants, cafes and a gigantic chlorine-free pool, filtered instead by an ecological zone & # 39; O-zone & # 39; Non chemical filtering system. Then there is the sauna, the "good karma" library and a well-equipped games room. The Sivalai Palace is highly recommended.
Those are my recommended cheap hotels in Bangkok style. Have fun and let me know if you find other gems.