Where is the best location to stay in Bangkok?
If you are seeking the best area to be in, you must think of Bankok’s city center. Best Location Hotels recommends the area east of the Chao Phraya River as the absolute best area to be located during your stay in Bangkok. The river provides a stunning view in itself and is also host to some of the best attractions Bangkok has to offer.
The Chao Phraya River district offers the best of both price ranges in lodging. This district grants access to luxury hotels by the river or more budget focused hotels near silom Avenue, Patpong market or Lumphin Park, known to be the largest in Bangkok. Have your choice of a beautiful hotel to stay in while being surrounded by the trappings of a beautiful park.
Most vital to your sojourn in the land of Bangkok however is to make sure that your stay is in the vicinity of the BTS (Bangkok Sky Train). This train allows instant access to the airport and all other necessary destinations during your visit to Bangkok.
It is a great district to book affordable hotels of great quality near an excellent transportation system such as the Bangkok Sky Train.
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Phra Nakhon District:
Phra Nakhon is a very historic and interesting place to stop in your exploration of Bankok, this neighborhood is part of the old world city proper of the late nineteenth century. Many historic sites are located here included what remains of the old Chinese outpost of Sampheng. This outpost was once a very bustling Chinese enclave in the midst of Thailand, its population has dwindled a bit through the years but it is still an interesting cultural site.
This district displays an old European influence as well. The Ananta Samakhorn Throne hall constructed here during the 19th century was built after King Chulalongkorn’s visit to Europe. He was inspired to duplicate what he saw in European cities, which he did with spectacular fanfare on the Throne Hall and other structures such as the Royal Plaza and Ratchadamnoen Avenue. All of these sites are great places to take in the blend of history that occurred at these ancient cross roads.
In a great contrast to the aforementioned district of Phra Nakhon, the area of Bang Rak a sprawling part of the metropolis filled with sleek sky scrapers. Commericalism at its best these buildings are super high tech and have much more to do with the future than with the past. This is a fascinating spot to see the commercialism of the country’s major headquarters.
In the general vicinity of Bankok International Airport, This area is a good launching pad for your adventures. This location has many affordable hotels with many featuring a pickup and return to Suvarnabhumi airport. This area is also in proximity to the Rail Link Station. This is a great area to base your trip in Bangkok.
In Bangkok the Chao Phraya has always been a major transportation artery for the local population. A complex network of ferries and water taxis transport locals and tourists alike to major sites up and down the river. This water transportation system is usually the most effective way to get around Bangkok whose streets are densely congested with traffic from cars and bicycles.
Different boat lines are demarcated by the different colors they each have on their flags. These colors also correspond to different routes that the boats take, the best boat line to choose is that of the, “orange line”. The orange line covers all major tourist areas around the Chao Phraya River.
In addition to the orange line, there is a special blue flagged, “Tourist Boat”, which as the name implies makes a special effort for tourists to stop at important sites and also offers commentary in English. This boat charges extra though for this accommodation, 150 baht for a day pass. So we recommend sticking to the orange line route that goes in basically all of the same places for less money.
Much more fun though is hiring a traditional long-tail river taxi. These are available at any major pier. These do come at a price though, and tourists are generally charged a handsome amount of money for the trip. But these taxis are great for the more memorable and private experience they can bring to those willing to shell out a little extra cash!
This district also hosts some of the best nature reserves you could ever find on planet earth. This area contains the graciously beautiful, “Bang Kachao” nature reserve. This conservation area lies within an oxbow of the Chao Phraya and is just adjacent to the southern riverbank districts. This park with its green belt of forests and wildlife allows an excellent window into the workings of Mother Nature unrestrained in one of the most fascinating places in the world.
But stepping out of Mother Nature a bit and walking on back into commercial life, another stop that can not be missed along the famed boardwalk is the, “Asiatique the Riverfront, named in reference to the river itself; this is the largest waterfront shopping area, stretching across a 300 m long boardwalk. This shopping park opens daily from 5pm to midnight. The easiest way to get here is by a free shuttle boat near Saphan Taksin or to take the BTS station.