BANGKOK! Where to go? where to stay? where’s what and what’s where?? In this video I’ll tell you all you need to know about getting around Bangkok, the city centers and best areas to look for short-term rentals.
Unlike most cities, Bangkok doesn’t have one designated city center. There isn’t a train station named grand central or the like, no specific downtown area. Bangkok doesn’t have one hub for tourists, but actually, it has several. The major tourist areas are: Khao San/ Banglamphu Area, Bangkok Riverside, Pratunam, Chinatown, Sukhumvit, Silom, and Pathum Wan (known to locals as Siam).
Airbnb listings can oftentimes be confusing or just misleading, claiming the location is in the “city center”. The question is “which city center?”
In terms of mass transport, food, accommodations, entertainment & shopping, there are 3 central subway stations: Siam, Asoke and Silom – the intersection of the Dark Blue, Light green and Dark green train lines forms the areas in Bangkok which can be considered central.
Siam is known by its concentration of mega-shopping malls. This is old Bangkok. You can literally find
anything in these malls, including food courts that take up a few floors. Good deals are to be found here.
Asoke attracts lots of expats and it happens to be close to red-light district Soi Cowboy and Nana.
Silom runs through the business district which also encompasses Bangkok’s “little Tokyo” Soi Thaniya. Silom is also home to the famous red-light district of Patpong and its array of adult shows. Gay entertainment is found just around the corner on Soi 2 and Soi 4.
Chinatown has great street food vendors who cook up a storm. Transportation however is a bit more complicated than other areas and accommodations are generally more expensive. Hotels make up the majority of accommodations in Chinatown, with very few private residences available for short-term rental.
Khao San Road , famous for backpackers and its younger bar scene, Khao San is located in the north east
part of Bangkok proper. This area offers cheap accommodations and 24/7 party scene. On the down-side, there isn’t much of a local experience here, mass transportation is problematic and there are plenty scammers and peddlers to boot. If you have some cash, the parties and bar scene in Sukhumvit 11 will be more your flavor.
Grand Palace: For many, The Grand Palace is the number one designation in Bangkok. I think it’s definitely a must-see, but Bangkok has a lot of other great places as well. I’ve included a list of my favorites in the link hope you’ll enjoy them too.
There are all types of accommodations and certainly a variety of prices to choose from in Bangkok. If you have a nightly budget of around 50-70 USD, the areas around Sala Daeng Road or BTS Ploenchit would be ideal locations. If your budget is less than that – try searching around Lumphini MRT.
Just remember, all amenities like shops, restaurants, street food and such, are normally concentrated within a 1 km radius from BTS/MRT station. If you’re further away, it’s probably best to look elsewhere.
Link to Lumphini MRT listings under 25 usd per night:
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