Visiting Bangkok? It’s high season this time of year, which means hotel rooms are more expensive than usual, as well as more booked out. I don’t mind traveling in high season, although it’s obviously more expensive than visiting in lower traffic months like April or May.
Luckily, Bangkok is packed with small boutique hotels that offer a great place to stay without the costs of a bigger, more well known hotel. I’ve listed my favorites below, along with some tips to help you get more for your money when you’re visiting Bangkok, whether in the high or low season.
One of my absolute favorite hotels, Tenface is located close to Ploen Chit BTS station and has huge, extremely luxurious one bedroom suites. The rooms here are nice and modern but don’t cost as much as most four and five star hotels, making it a great place to stay if you want plenty of space without the usual price tag.
Just be aware that it’s a short walk (or much quicker shuttle ride) from the hotel to the BTS Skytrain.
S Sukhumvit Suites
Located right beside Asoke BTS station, S Sukhumvit Suites is another one of my favorite Bangkok boutique hotels. The rooms here are a little on the small side but they’re cheap, comfortable and extremely modern, as well as in one of the best locations in town.
The only downside of this hotel is that it’s close to Soi Cowboy (you can find it on most lists of guest friendly hotels in Bangkok), meaning you’ll have to deal with a little bit of noise at night in the area around the hotel.
Akyra Thonglor Bangkok
Akyra is one of my favorite luxury hotels in Bangkok. It’s smaller than most and has a great location in Thong Lor, making it easy to get from the hotel to some of Bangkok’s most popular bars and restaurants. If you want to be close to the nightlife but far away from the sleazy side of Sukhumvit, this is definitely a hotel to consider.
Now, for some tips:
Bangkok gets busy in high season, so it’s important to book ahead, even if you’re staying in a smaller and less well known boutique hotel. It’s also a good idea to price shop, since two equally good hotels might have totally different prices based on demand and popularity.
As for location, stick to hotels that are within five to 10 minutes walk of the BTS. This way, you won’t be stuck walking in the hot weather to get around the city (even though Bangkok isn’t that hot during high season).
Have a good trip and enjoy your stay!