Bangkok is a big city with cheap hotels that cost around 1000 Baht and less. Khao San Road is one such notable place for affordable guesthouses and hostels with very cheap room rates. But the hotel industry in Bangkok has changed considerably today and a huge shift in affordable lodgings can now be found right in the hub of nightlife and shopping in central Bangkok.
Finding an affordable hotel in central Bangkok is the best way to visit most of the sights and attractions in Bangkok. Best of all there are many train stations next to most budget hotels in the center of the city. Bangkok’s vehicle traffic is the worst during most times of the day and the MRT subway trains and BTS Sky Trains can save tourists a lot of travel time. Khao San Road is one of the best valued areas for backpackers and budget travelers, however the location is quite far and nowhere near the trains.
Today one of the best areas in Bangkok with budget rates can be found in the Pratunam district. It’s a lively district with many wholesale clothing markets and restaurants compacted into a tight area. Pratunam Market is where most budget travelers come to find western sized clothing particularly brand name jeans and football jerseys of their favorite teams.
Pratunam has a lot of cheap hotels ranging between 500 Baht to 1000 Baht with decent room quality but not much in the way of service. However if you can afford to pay a little over 1000 Baht per night it is possible to find a newer hotel with free internet or perhaps breakfast. Hotels in Pratunam are near a few BTS Sky Train stations but most requires a 10 to 15 minute walk. Good news is that there are many popular shopping centers next to Pratunam that are at a walkable distance. Or if you are feeling adventurous then hop on a tuk tuk for a quick ride to your destination.
Another popular section of Bangkok with budget hotels is right along Sukhumvit road. It’s true that Sukhumvit is expensive when it comes to food and yes even hotels. However there are many budget hotels in Sukhumvit with room rates hovering in the lower 1000 Baht price range. And the quality of these bargain priced hotels is decent with clean rooms. Though there are many hotels in Sukhumvit in the mid 500 Baht range and lower you may want to check the room out before you shell out your hard-earned cash.
The Khao San Road area in Bangkok is still a great area as a base to explore the city. But tourists today have a greater variety of budget hotels to choose especially in Pratunam and Sukhumvit. Both offer travelers a cheap hotel with clean rooms and near public transportation to make their holiday in Bangkok stress free and enjoyable.
So if you’re looking for a great holiday vacation in Bangkok but don’t want to overspend on hotels check out Pratunam and Sukhumvit. Both areas are right in the heart of central Bangkok close to transportation, shopping and nightlife with budget hotels around 1000 Baht.