Decide what you want from your accommodation before anything else: most places have WiFi, but not all have lifts or air-conditioning, and not everywhere is easily accessed by public transport. While in low season, you may not need to book in advance, it's strongly recommended in the peak months of November to February. There are options for every budget in each district, but the best location depends what you want out of your trip.
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Best places to stay in Bangkok
- Banglamphu: close to the main monuments, best nightlife and great food, plus plenty of budget options. Downsides: not easily reached on public transport.
- Chinatown: close to Hua Lamphong, Bangkok's main train station; lots of cheap to mid-range accommodation, excellent food spots. Downsides: noisy and polluted.
- Ratanakosin & Thonburi: right next to the city's most famous sights, like the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Downsides: few budget options, and not easily reached on public transport.
- Riverside, Silom & Lumphini: high-end hotel options with river views and convenient Skytrain and Metro connections. Downsides: pricey.
- Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi: lots of options if you want to be near the shops and Skytrain. Downsides: doesn't feel like "authentic" Bangkok.
- Sukhumvit: mid-range and upscale hotels and international dining. Downsides: lots of tourists!