Cheap Hotels Bangkok - Around the Khao San Road 'Backpacker' Area
Cheap hotels in Bangkok can easily be found in the Khao San Road area. The quality of guesthouses and hotels here is often not good though so I've done a review of the accommodation to help you choose somewhere nice. A better area for accommodation, I feel, is the Sam Sen Road area, just 5 minutes walk away. Slightly better accommodation than Khao San Road can be found just a minute or two walk away, around Soi Rambuttri and Phra Arthit Road.
Match the NUMBERS on the map below with the list of hotels and guesthouses below the map.
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On the Bangkok map, this area is on the left side, a little above the center. Look on the map for the number 13 on the river. Khao San Road and Chakrapong Road are marked nearby.
I've included a STAR RATING for the accommodation, from 1 to 5 STARS.
5 STAR is EXCELLENT 1 STAR is BAD
How did I decide what star rating to give?
Value for money. This is relation to other guesthouses and hotels in the area. For instance, I've given some hotels just a 2 star, but that same hotel in a city like London or even in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok would be good! So the actual quality of a 2 STAR hotel room might be higher than 2 STAR gives credit.
How the rooms and hotel looks and also the feel of the hotel.
A guesthouse might have moved from, for example, a 2.5 Star to 3 Star if there was a sociable feel to the place, perhaps the staff were really friendly.
1 US Dollar is equal to 30 Thai Baht
I've decided not to display on my website some of the places I didn't like so much (Some 2 star guesthouses/hotels and all the 1 stars). If you really want to know about these places, give me an email and I can send you the information.
The following numbers that are shown on my map above have been cut from the list:
12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 44, 49, 50, 53, 54, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62
From Si Sao Thewet were our hostel was located, we drive through a cab which is about 40 Baht a 10min dr to Khaosan. Always make sure you tell your driver your heading to Khaosan Road or you'll get lost but you don't have to worry about Thai Driver they are so kind and honest i can attest those.
Affordability and Quality options are one of the categories that you might wanna consider when shopping. Make sure to be good at haggling prices you can do as much as 40-50% from the given price. and one that i've learned when you ask for the price was "How Much" it means "Tawlay Kap/Ka" in Thai.
One of the best haggle that i got for a ket chain for an original price of 120 Baht were i had it for 55 Bath for 25 pcs. Quite a bargain right?
A little History about Khaosan:
"Khaosan" translates as "milled rice", a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous "backpacker ghetto". It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from 'mattress in a box' style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, Susan Orlean called it "The Place to Disappear." It is also a base of travel: coaches leave daily for all major tourist destinations in Thailand, from Chiang Mai in the North to Ko Pha Ngan in the South, and there are many relatively inexpensive travel agents who can arrange visas and transportion to the neighboring countries of Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, as well as Vietnam.
Khaosan shops sell handcrafts, paintings, clothes, pirated CDs, DVDs, and second-hand books, plus many useful backpacker items.
Khaosan Road in recent years has become popular with local residents, especially artists and art students. There are several pubs and bars, where backpackers meet to discuss their travels. The area is internationally known as a center of dancing, partying, and just prior to the traditional Thai New Year (Songkran festival) of April 13 to April 15, water splashing that usually turns into a huge water fight.
Dress Code: Come as you are, there are no restrictions! as long as it feels comfy for Bangkok still belongs to a tropical country, you don't wanna over sweat walking.
Opened every day 6pm to 12am. On our last day in Bangkok, we thought it might be a a good idea to check out the night bazaar. Most of the items sold here did not appeal to me. But I did buy some roasted coconut to take home and my boyfriend bought me a glycerine soap. The girl who sold us the soap was happy to make us a deal on 3 bars for 100 baht (US$3.00). She took the money and slapped the money onto all her inventory throughout her stall. We found it curious and she explained it was good luck for the evening since we were her first sale.
The food court area of the bazaar looked great but since we had ate at Safari Steak, we weren't too hungry once we found it.
Over all, it's worthwhile to see but don't expect to find some great stuff to buy.
Dress Code: Casual
Suan Lum perhaps the most luxurious (outdoor) market shopping experience in the Bangkok. Several bars along with Thai, Italian, German, and Mexican restaurants are within the market area, but away from the market's hustle-and-bustle.. On the other side of the market's temple walkway, lies a large outdoor beer garden, food court, and concert venue in one place, with assortment of inernational and Thai beers and foods, with international fare Beer and food are accompanied by live Thai cover bands performing the latest local and international hits on stage.
The Suan Lom night market is one of the places to go to when in Bangkok. It opens around 7pm and closes at 12mn. Lots of things to buy but you need to bring out your talent in haggling. Make sure to haggle 50% from their price.
Dress Code: Wear comfortable clothes. The area is not airconditioned.
In the evening, vendors are busy attracting the attention of tourist. You can find bags, shorts, handicrafts, CD, salon, slippers, nightclub...at the BTS Nana, Asok and Phrom Phong station in Sukhumvit Rd.; feel hungry? don't worry about that, cause you are in Sukhumvit Rd..
For this trip, I spent the 2 nights shopping & it was great! Pictured is MAH BOON KRONG SHOPPING CENTER (MBK) which is just next to Pathumwan Princess, the hotel I stayed in. Within walking distance are other shopping centers like Siam Discovery (love this one), Siam Center & Siam Square.
This is one of my favorite night activities.The night market near ' Phut Bridge' - bridge cross chaopaya river not far from The rattanakosin Island and next to flower market that open all night also.
Here is look like twin with JJ market ( weekend market ) but not hot. You can shopping along chopaya river under the moonlight and wind blow.
It has anything you want to buy and alot of exotic things