Best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing

Best Area to Stay in Bangkok for Sightseeing

Bangkok is becoming a popular tourist destination, for whatever purpose of your traveling, either for shopping, sightseeing, backpacking, there is always something for you. If you are a sightseer and looking for the best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing, this article will definitely save you time searching!

Staying in the right neighbourhood will cut down the time of traveling, save money and have more time to enjoy the good stuff. Here are our top list of the best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing base on the location, the traffic and our own experience.

  • The Old City (Rattanakosin)
  • Riverside
  • Chinatown
  • Siam
  • Silom
  • Sukhumvit
  • Pratu​​​​​nam

#1. The Old City 

Rattanakosin or the Old City is the home to the most magnificent and historical attractions in Bangkok including home of Siam King The Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of Dawn Wat Arun, the Giant Reclining Buddha Wat Pho and the central of backpacking Khao San road. Sightseers will love this place as we rank it number 1 area in the list of the best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing.

Grand Palace
Grand Palace © VasenkaPhotography

There are many options that you travel to the Old City from tuk tuk, taxi, bus to ferry but I personally recommmend you taking a boat along the Chao Phraya river, it is a pleasant way to reach Bangkok’s Old town for sightseeing.

Stay in The Old City will give you a great access to the area. There aren’t as many accommodation choices as other Bangkok downtown Sukhumvit, Siam, Silom, Pratunam but it makes up by the quality of outstanding homestay and hotels.

Check out some of these hotels if you want to stay in the Old city of Bangkok:

#2. Riverside

Riverside is the most scenic area in Bangkok, with spectacular views of the Chaophraya river, world-renowned accommodation, dining possibilities and easy access to river transport to get you to Bangkok’s Old City. Many of the most popular tourist attractions are situated on the 12km banks of the breathtaking ChaoPhraya river like; Grand Palace,Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Pha Kaew.

Riverside © Ya, saya inBaliTimur

From dawn till dusk, the riverside provides plentiful picture-perfect photos. Sitting on a boat and watching the scenery on both sides of the river is pleasant, while taking a night tour is both romantic and comfortable. Travelling by boat along the riverside is one of the most scenic and inexpensive ways to explore Bangkok, avoiding Bangkok’s traffic and discovering the city by the water is definitely worth experiencing.There are number of mid-range and luxury hotels in the area and you won’t regret to stay here as there is no better place to stay than in hotels next to the Chao Phraya River.

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#3. Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown, known locally as Yaowarat, is one of the most vibrant, authentic neighbourhoods. It has fascinating temples and mesmerising street life, galleries, bars, restaurants and offer incredible selection of street food after dark.Don’t forget to check out these most famous attractions in Chinatown Bangkok like; Temple of Golden Buddha Wat Traimit, Chinatown Gate, Sampang Lane, Dragon Lotus Temple Wat Mangkon, Hualamphong railway station, street art.

China Town in Bangkok
China Town in Bangkok

Exploring Chinatown by foot is the best way to see this fascinating and unique area, be sure to wear your comfort shoes, bring your camera and be prepared for the heat.

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Shanghai Mansion

#4. Siam

Shopping is probably the main reason to stay in Siam with big shopping centers Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Square One, and Central World as well as convenient public transport will make it easier to travel to other areas in the city. Check out one of the most famous attractions in Bangkok, the art collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson at the Jim Thompson House; Bangkok Art and Culture Centre; the most popular Hindu shrines Erawan Shrine; one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World (Siam Paragon).

It is highly convenient for you to pick a hotel within a few walks to the Siam BTS station. As its location is right in the center of the capital, it is not hard to find a suitable hotel in this area as there is a wide range of accommodations to choose from.

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#5. Silom

Silom is the central business district in Bangkok, busy with business during the day and turn to lively nightlife after 5pm. It is 2km to Chao Phraya river’s eastern bank and easy to reach waterfront by BTS.Silom is not just about shopping, there are plenty of sights to see from museums, galleries to huge green parks. Do not miss out Bangkokian Museum for a journey back in time, Kathmandu Photo Gallery for art lovers, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Bangkok to have little taste of Indian architecture and Lumpini Park – a green oasis in the middle of Bangkok city.

Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park © Greg Gjerdingen

Silom is in the central of the city, easy to get around with public transport and lots of accommodations to choose from. So why not base yourself in Silom? Have a look at the hotels in and you will find one suits your taste!

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#6. Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit may not be brimming with beautiful temples or palaces but it’s still popular. With a vibrant night scene, westernised bars, restaurants, malls, and markets, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this exclusive part of Bangkok.For a sightseer, if take a closer look, you will find a variety of attractions in this area including parks and museums. They are a great escape to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of busy streets. Museums are Kamthieng House Museum, the National Science Center for Education, the Thailand Creative and Design Center and the Museum of Thai Pharmacy. Parks are Benchasiri Park and Benjakiti Park that provide a peaceful spot among the noise and the congested traffic.Sukhumvit may not be the very best area in Bangkok to stay for sightseeing but it is highly convenient to get around by BTS line and suits for every type of visitors. So, why not book your hotel in Sukhumvit?

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#7. Pratunam

Pratunam is the last area in our list of the best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing. It is highlighted with budget shopping heaven in Bangkok central. You can also easily find loads of budget accommodation and it is close to Sukhumvit and Siam in walking distance. In Pratunam, for many tourists the top attractions are shopping opportunities but there are some attractions you don’t want to miss out while traveling to Bangkok. See Bangkok at its best on the 77th floor from the Baiyoke Tower Observation Deck and the 360-degree on the 84th floor Revolving View Point. Not far from Baiyoke Tower is the charming museum Suan Pakkad Palace which is a collection of 8 traditional Thai houses surrounded by beautiful gardens. Don’t forget to check Pratunam Market, Trimuti Shrine at Central World, and rooftop bar Red Sky at Central World.

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Bangkok is a huge city, so it is important to base yourself in the right spot. Every district has it own best; If you looking for the best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing, keep The Old City and Riverside in your top list. Chinatown is the best area to stay in Bangkok for backpackers and shopping. Silom is the best area to stay in Bangkok for backpackers. Siam is the best area to stay in Bangkok for shopping. Sukhumvit is the best area to stay in Bangkok for nightlife. Choice is yours!

Best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing
Best area to stay in Bangkok for sightseeing

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I'm Linda Smith. I'm passionate about traveling and I'm here to share with you all my travel experiences and tips. I hope all these things will make your travel easier.

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