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Bangkok’s busy-ness and bustle, the many smells of it and its many colours, has the power to permeate almost everything, but it sort of stops at a respectful distance from the shrines and temples, which are the other thing Bangkok is known for. So that you get this fantastic experience of a real sea of movement and life and then ancient stillness. A foodie destination like no other, and a shopping destination like no other, so much life in Bangkok is conducted on the streets and just beside them that it’s a fantastically rewarding city to lose yourself in. And it’s hard not to. Which is why it’s so useful to have a centrally located hotel, like many on our Guru’s list of recommendations for the best places to stay in Bangkok.
Some of our recommendations will be familiar names - Bangkok is a popular destination and the big names cover it well, especially the hotel brands known for luxury, but we also have some great recommendations for you if your idea of the best places to stay in Bangkok would be a small hotel, or a hip, centrally located hotel. Our recommendations also includes some fantastic, and quite luxurious, options with room rates that start from under £100 per night.
What not to Miss
- Bangkok is a great entry point for Thailand because it’s a great opportunity to meet the Thai people and try out your communication skills. Don’t shy back from the markets or from street food, you’ll really be missing out on one of this city’s great experiences, and you’ll soon learn that it’s big smiles and an air of friendliness that prevails over the spoken word.
- It must be said again, don’t shy from Bangkok’s street food, it’s some of the world’s best. But you should also eat in its restaurants, cafes, hotels and bars - widespread immigration has lead to this being a hub of fusion cuisine, with ideas flowing in from all over Thailand, and from all over the world.
- A good place to experience both Bangkok’s food and its markets is the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which must be one of the world’s largest markets. And you can pretty much buy anything here. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the choice - imagine if eBay were a real place and that’ll give you some sort of an idea. There are antiques and handicrafts, musical instruments, Thai toys, CDs of Thai music, clothes ranging from cowboy wear to sophisticated independent labels and styles from every facet of youth culture you might imagine you belong to, there is jewellery, homeware, kitchenware, food, food and food, and then there are the pets… There are all kinds of furry, feathery and scaly friends to consider, plus everything you might need for them - even if you’re someone who believes that their pet squirrel needs a wardrobe as big as Princes Di.
- Talat Mai, is Bangkok’s Chinese Market, another cacophony of smells and flavours interspersed with people riding motorcycles, the Amulet Market is a dense network of covered footpaths and market stalls people obsessed with amulets, and Chang Chui is the unique one, with performance artists and an insect-themed restaurant.
- When it comes to the other side of Bangkok’s appeal: its temples and shrines, the highlight for many people is What Phra Kaew, an incredible temple complex of golden spires and graceful, colourful roofs, which houses Thailand’s most sacred treasure, the Emerald Buddha, and is also part of the Grand Palace, the former royal residence. The grounds are huge, and there are more than one hundred buildings, built by two hundred years worth of royal inhabitants. Even though this is a large complex it’s can feel quite busy, so if you feel a little overwhelmed by all the gilding and photographers, take a break in the mural area which is often the most peaceful. The temple of Wat Arun is part of the same complex, and it’s one of the few Buddhist temples you’re encouraged to climb on.
- Wat Pho is where you’ll see the famous reclining Buddha - and it’s just as massive as you’ve been told it will be. It also houses a huge collection of images of the Buddha. And a famous Thai massage school with two massage pavilions.
- And Wat Traimit is where you can see the fantastic solid gold Buddha. He’s 3metres tall and weighs about five and a half tonnes. This temple is in Chinatown, a fascinating area to walk around anyway.
- These are just the headliner temples, there are many more you could visit if you have time. But it’s definitely worth taking a break between temples, and a great place to do that is in Lumphini Park, a large, almost tropical feeling park arranged around an artificial lake. Here it’s possible to find peace, playgrounds and paddle-boats in amongst the traffic noise. First thing in the morning the park is full of people practicing t’ai chi.
- Dusit Palace Park and Museum also offers a great break from the Thai temple architecture, it’s a strangely European looking building packed with treasures.
- The Bangkokian Museum is good too. The Museum of Siam is worth a look as well. And the National Museum is vast - albeit a bit dusty. Most visitors also take a spin through Jim Thompson’s House, which is actually six Thai-style houses combined in a jungle-like compound, and was home to this silk merchant and CIA operative during the many years he was Bangkok’s most famous expat.
- Once you’ve had a break, head back to the wat trail to Wat Saket and the Golden Mount. The mount refers to an artificial hill - made from a collapsed stupa - with a winding staircase leading up to the temple and an amazing lookout, which has to be one of the best places to get a view of the whole city.
- Phra Sumen Fort also makes a nice change, as does the Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm.
- Many visitors also take a tuk-tuk tour, or a bicycle tour - depending on how brave/confident you are. It’s also worth taking a canal tour and seeing a cultural performance, and possibly even a drag show - the most famous being the Calypso Cabaret in Ratchathewi.
Aside from the markets, much of Bangkok’s best shopping is centred around Siam Square, Sukhumvit and Patpong have the nightclubs and nightlife, and Rattanakosin is Old Bangkok, where you’ll find many of the city’s main sights.
But don't forget that this is a popular year round destination, so if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Bangkok, do your homework and book well ahead, especially if you favour the smaller properties.
The Best Places to Stay in Bangkok
For a City Break
- The Maduzi takes a zen-like approach in their take on luxury, which really works well in this busy, central Bangkok location. There are just 41 rooms, some with jacuzzis and complimentary mini-bars, there’s a great terrace bar, a 24hour gym and a gourmet French Japanese fusion restaurant.
- So Sofitel is chic, modern and minimalist, with lots of glass and decor designed to frame the fantastic views over Lumpini Park and the rest of the city. There’s a rooftop infinity pool and a range of dining and drinking options, plus you’re moments from the green of Lumpini Park.
For Something Special
- For the best the city has to offer stay at boutique treat The Siam. Expect palatial surroundings and impeccable service, and when it’s time to go out and explore the city you can do so via the hotel’s tropical gardens, which lead down to the river and your own private speed boat. It’s a nice touch.
- The Sukhothai is a grand hotel in Bangkok’s business district with 210 colonial style rooms, impressively decorated with teak furniture and Thai fabrics. The service is excellent and there’s a spa, a large pool and a choice of three restaurants.
- Packed with antique and colonial-inspired design, the Cabochon Hotel has just eight rooms, so is understandably intimate, and the service feels very personal, despite its location nestled amongst skyscrapers. You’ll discover nooks and crannies perfect for a private drink, and a sun library bar packed with books, magazines and comics. There’s a long, lean rooftop pool which feels peaceful despite the frenetic surroundings.
Hip and Happening Bangkok
- Unapologetically fashion-oriented, W Bangkok offers five star flash to match the city it sits in. This is somewhere you might want to dress up to visit reception, but it also has family suites in amongst its 403 rooms, so it’s not just for millennials. Rooms start from around £145 per night.
Hotels with an Excellent Reputation
- The Banyan Tree Bangkok is one of the city’s better known hotels, well regarded for its upmarket drinking and dining options, and its incredible 360 degree views of the city. And you get the full force of both of these in its incredible rooftop bar, Vertigo, which does its cocktail serving on the 61st floor, arranged so the lights below really sparkle. The pool is housed in a tropical paradise, and you'll get a free 10 minute head and shoulder massage just for going to the pool…
- The Peninsula in Bangkok has a great riverfront location, and 370 of the kind of lavish rooms and suites you’d expect from this hotel brand. The decor and design are quite traditional, the spa sumptuous and the cuisine noteworthy.
- Bangkok’s Shangri-La also benefits from a fantastic location on the bank of the Chao Phraya river. Guests have a choice of opulent Thai style decor in one wing, or sleek and contemporary design in the other. There’s an elegant cocktail bar and a wide choice of cuisine on offer in the six restaurants.
- The Avani Riverside Bangkok is a suave, modern building with floor to ceiling windows and luxurious bathrooms in its 245 rooms and suites - including family-sized suites. It also has spectacular views over the Chao Phraya River, both from many of the rooms and from the rooftop infinity pool. A wide range of cuisine is served in the restaurant.
- For something more unabashedly luxurious consider 137 Pillars House, Bangkok, which has just 34 vast and sumptuous suites, but also offers private butler service, and has a fantastic rooftop infinity pool - which is really useful for your smalls.
For Great Value
- The Amari Watergate Bangkok is a giant of a five star hotel, with 570 rooms, a huge fitness centre, a luxurious spa and numerous dining and drinking options. And it’s in a fantastic spot - especially if you’re looking for great value accommodation to increase your shopping spend. Rooms here start from less than £80 per night.
- For around the same rate you could also stay in the Como Metropolitan Bangkok, which has 169 generously proportioned and luxuriously minimalist rooms with state of the art bathrooms. The Thai restaurant is well known and well loved and there’s an inviting outdoor pool.
- Another great value five star option is the Oriental Residence Bangkok. This 145 room hotel is designed to feel more like a home, with ‘proper’ kitchens and large wardrobes in each room. There’s an understated French bistro downstairs for those of us who don’t cook at home either… And the room rate starts from around £110 per night.
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- Bangkok has two airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is the main airport and one of the busiest in Southeast Asia, is about 30kms to the east of the city and is linked by an Airport Rail Link - or taxis at an internationally competitive rate. And Don Muang Airport, which is 30kms north of the centre of town and was usurped as Bangkok’s main airport in 2006. The cheapest way to get into the city from Don Muang is by train, which takes about an hour, but you can also catch a cab.
- If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
- Just 14 degrees north of the equator, Bangkok is hot, humid and tropical, so for most of us the most pleasant time of year to visit is between November and February when it’s the ‘cool season’. During this time of year daytime temperatures peak at around 30°C, while during the ‘hot season’ daily highs hover between 35°C and 40°C. The wet season is between May and October, when you can expect floods and thundery showers - which cool the city down a treat and usually only last for an hour or so, but it’s probably best to avoid travelling in September or October when it’s really very rainy.
Still not sure which to book?
Best Hotels in Bangkok
Prince Theatre Heritage Stay 7 rooms from £13Bangkok (SILOM, BANGRAK,)
Set in a quirky refurbished art-deco-inspired cinema, with the original cinema screen and equipment still in place in the lobby and bar area. Design has a classic heritage feel with quirky contemporary touches. Find something to suit all budgets with both dorms and spacious suites available.Groups - With single-sex dorms as well as suites, it is ideal for those travelling in groupsLocal markets - The area around the hotel is crammed with some of Bangkok’s best street food vendors as well as plenty of historical buildingsSights nearby - Main historic sites are a short ferry ride up riverQuirky - A simple set-up with a young, arty vibe
Ibrik Resort by the River 3 rooms from £75Bangkok (Arunamarin Rd)
A hidden gem in the Boho Thonburi side of Bangkok. Tucked in off the street, is this haven of calm- think polished concrete floors, wooden bathtubs, fourposter beds and proper espresso coffee. You overlook the Chao Phraya river and are just minutes from the main sites in a water taxi.Hotel Entertainment - The cafe in the lobby is a lovely peaceful spot to sit and read while sipping on excellent Italian espressoLocal exploring - Explore the real Bangkok, removed from the tourist trail you can immerse yourself in the local cultureSights nearby - Take a water taxi up the Chao Phraya river from Wat Rakang Boat Pier just around the cornerLocal markets - You are just steps away from a real Thai market, without the tourist tat and hawkersRecommended by - I Escape
Amari Watergate Bangkok 569 rooms from £77Bangkok (Thanon Phaya Thai)
Shopaholics, rejoice – Amari Watergate Bangkok’s location is prime for mall-lovers. The five-star hotel also boasts an expansive fitness centre, a luxurious beauty spa and a huge range of dining options. An upmarket and absolutely top-notch choice for a city stay!Local exploring - With many of Bangkok's sights a short walk away you can easily wander around getting to know this vibrant cityLocal markets - Take a stroll around the bustling Pratunam Wholesale Market which is practically right on your doorstepSights nearby - The stunning Temple of the Golden Mount (Wat Saket) is only a couple of miles away-a must visit!Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Maduzi 41 rooms from £83Bangkok (Khlong Toei, Klongtoey)
A zen-like approach to luxury means the Maduzi keeps calm in the heart of Bangkok. Chic rooms feature jacuzzi tubs and complimentary mini bars whilst head chef Yuya serves up gourmet French and Japanese dishes. Sundowners can be sipped on the terrace and guests can keep fit 24 hours a day.Cooking classes - Everyone loves Thai food and you can take home those famous flavours at Baipai Thai cooking school.Local markets - Khlong Toei market is one of the largest in the city.Sights nearby - Wat Traimit (or the Golden Buddha) is a must visit.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Shanghai Mansion 76 rooms from £64Bangkok (Samphantawong)
A decadent retro hotel set in the heart of Chinatown, one of Bangkok's oldest districts. Quirkily designed rooms feature heavy four poster beds, rich hues and indulgent bathrooms. An atmospheric bar pays live jazz and there's a spoiling spa for those looking to unwind.Local exploring - Ideally placed in the heart of the city for easy explorationSights nearby - Visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and the Temple of Dawn with easeLocal markets - Right on Yaowaraj Road, home to famous street food stalls, fresh fish markets, traditional tea and Chinese medicine shopsLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - I Escape
Praya Palazzo 15 rooms from £97Bangkok (Bangyeekhan)
A remarkably beautiful Italian style mansion, turned hotel on Chao Phraya’s eastern bank. The vibe is very much Italianesque from the interiors to the garden figurines. The restaurant serves traditional Thai cuisine and the pool offers views over the river. Truly a peaceful haven from the chaos.Hotel Entertainment - Plonk yourself in a lounger by the pool and watch the world slip past on cargo ships and ferries up and down the riverCity Style - This intimate heritage hotel offers a different approach to Bangkok, think cocktails by the pool and riverside diningSights nearby - Within easy reach of the main sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat PoHotel boats for hire - The hotel will happily hire you a boat to explore the river at your leisure
Sala Arun 9 rooms from £80Bangkok (Phrabarommaharajchawang, Phranakorn)
An intimate, elegantly designed boutique hotel, set on the historic Ratanakosin Island. Rooms are simply dressed yet chic with dark polished wooden floors, patterned tiled bathrooms and private terraces. The restaurant offers fabulous river views and serves traditional fare. Charming.Local exploring - Located on historic Ratanakosin Island it is ideally placed for those wanting to explore the capital's historic sites on footValue chic - Smart accommodation at very reasonable pricesSights nearby - Just 100 m from Temple of Reclining Buddha and the Temple of Dawn is just on the other side of the riverLocal markets - The Flower Market is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and a 10-minute drive from the famous Khaosan Road
COMO Metropolitan Bangkok 169 rooms from £105Bangkok (Sathorn)
Cool, calm and collected - the COMO Metropolitan brings understated, five-star luxury to the heart of the capital with neutral decor, impeccable facilities and an acclaimed Thai restaurant. Rooms are sprawling and feature state of the art bathrooms. Plus there is an inviting outdoor pool.Families - The decor might be deceptive but with child friendly menus and babysitting, it's great for the whole familyCity Style - Uber chic hotel in the beating heart of BangkokSights nearby - The Sathorn area is known for its abundance of templesSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Riva Surya 68 rooms from £106Bangkok (Phra Nakhon)
A superb boutique hotel, with all the bells and whistles of a much pricer spot, on the banks of Chao Phraya River. The rooms vary from standard to downright luxurious, think balconies and expensive linens. With two tasty restaurants, a pool, and in room massages you could really do a lot worse!Local exploring - Ideally placed on Chao Phraya River, where water taxis and tours can whisk you down stream on tours of the sitesLocal markets - Grab a water taxi and head down to one of Bangkoks famed floating markets, filled with tourists but worth seeingValue chic - Surprisingly cheap for such a lush spot- with 200 thread count sheets, private balconies and top notch foodSights nearby - Water tours nip past the hotel several times a day, hop on and visit the city's temples and teak housesRecommended by - Tablet
Oriental Residence Bangkok 145 rooms from £108Bangkok (Lumpini Patumwan)
For those seeking a home away from home, the Oriental Residence Bangkok’s considerate approach to luxury distinguishes it from other five-star options. Rooms boast fully-stocked kitchen and expansive wardrobe space to mimic the comforts of home while there's an understated French bistro downstairs.Local markets - Explore the bustling street markets of Bangkok.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby Temple of the Golden Mount.Views - Great views from hotelDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
Arun Residence 7 rooms from £87Bangkok (Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Island,)
This intimate hotel, set on the banks of the Chao Praya River, is an oasis of calm in the busy city. Rooms are decorated in a traditional Thai style and feature either mezzanines or private terraces. The riverside restaurant and bar is an ideal spot for watching the magnificent sunsets.Local exploring - Arun Residence sits on the banks of the Chao Praya River and in walking distance of Wat Prak Kaew and the Grand PalaceLocal markets - Within easy walking distance of the numerous markets including the flower market and Chinese MarketSights nearby - The hotel is located close to the Wat Arun temple and the Grand PalaceViews - Great views from hotel
Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel 245 rooms from £115Bangkok (Thonburi)
Enjoy panoramic views from an infinity pool at this contemporary hotel with a riverside location. Find slick rooms complete with floor to ceiling windows, clean design and luxurious bathrooms. A wide range of eating options both international and thai. A chic base to explore the city from.Local exploring - A luxury contemporary city base with free shuttle boat to Sathorn Pier for easy access to the city.Sailing - Explore the Chao Phraya River and its canal maze on a traditional tail boat.Local markets - Jump into any of the bustling markets and sample Bankok's famed street food.Sights nearby - Be sure not to miss the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Golden Mountain.
Baan 2459 4 rooms from £118Bangkok (Samphanthawong)
Tucked away in the heart of Chinatown this intimate B&B is bound to surpass all expectations. The four spacious rooms are beautifully styled with elegant teak furniture, roll-top baths and a choice selection of artworks. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the speciality coffee is a real plus!Local exploring - A small spot set in the heart of Chinatown; ideal for getting out and exploring the city by footSpecial Offer - Stay for more than one night and avail the 50% discount that is offered!Local markets - Stroll the streets of Chinatown and sample the city's famed street foodSights nearby - A stroll through Pak Khlong Talat market is an absolute must
Banyan Tree Bangkok 327 rooms from £121Bangkok
One of Bangkok’s better-known hotels, Banyan Tree Bangkok offers a range of upmarket drinking and dining options, spectacular 360-degree views across the city and all the modern conveniences of a five-star hotel.Sights nearby - Grand Palace is four miles away.Local markets - Navigate the bustling market places of Bangkok.Lively - Hip and happening.Spa
Riva Arun 25 rooms from £93Bangkok (Phraborom Maharajawang, Phra Nakhon,)
A boutique property set alongside Chao Phraya River. Chic rooms aren't exactly spacious but are light, crisply styled and offer fabulous panoramic views. The thai rooftop restaurant is a real draw and a lovely place to enjoy an evening tipple after a day exploring the city.Local exploring - Within walking distance of Bangkok’s main historic monuments, such as the Royal Palace, Wat Po and Rajnee pearlLocal markets - Within easy walking distance of the numerous markets including the flower market and Chinese MarketSights nearby - The hotel is located close to the Wat Arun temple and the Grand PalaceViews - Stunning views from the rooftop restaurant
W Bangkok 403 rooms from £142Bangkok (Silom)
Unapologetically flashy and fashion-orientated, The W melds 5-star luxury with all the mod-cons that its jet-setting, millennial clientele expect.Local markets - Want it? You'll almost certainly find it at Chatuchak Market, one of the largest in the world.Cooking classes - Blue Elephant Cooking School allows students to take home those popular Thai flavours.Sights nearby - Bangkok has plenty of temples but Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most resplendent.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.
SO Sofitel 238 rooms from £154Bangkok (Bangrak)
A chic contemporary hotel well located overlooking Lumpini Park. Chic rooms are uber modern with plenty of glass, minimalist style and luxurious bathrooms. A rooftop pool is the ideal place to unwind after a day's exploring. Boasting a wide array of dining and drinking options. Superb.City Style - An elegant 5 star property complete with rooftop pool, chic bars and fabulous restaurants.Great walks - Take a stroll around the picturesque Lumpini Park.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive gold guilded Grand Palace.Views - Great views from hotel
Shangri-la from £158Bangkok (Bangrak)
A grand hotel sat on the banks of the Chao Praya River. Chic rooms are either sleek and contemporary or feature opulent Thai style depending on which wing you reside in. Boasting a wide range of cuisines in the six restaurants and an elegant cocktail bar. Perfectly situated for accessing the city.City Style - A chic five star property adding some serious glamour to any Bangkok stay.Sights nearby - Be sure not to miss the awe inspiring Wat Arun.Romantic - Good for couples.Opulent
Bangkok Publishing Residence 8 rooms from £136Bangkok (WAT SOMMANAT, POM PRAP SATTRU PHAI,)
A stylish and intimate eight bedroom hotel in the heart of Bangkok. Channelling old-world charm the rooms are atmospheric with cast-iron beds, polished wooden floors and large whirring fans. Indulgent breakfasts are served, there's a well stocked library and the city's sights are in easy reach.City Style - Located on busy Lan Luang Road, it's a 10-minute walk to Khao San Road and a 15-minute taxi ride to the royal palaceLocal exploring - Bicycles, with helmets, are free-of-charge, as are electric scooters and skateboardsWriting a novel - The Bangkok Publishing Residence is partly an artist retreatSights nearby - Democracy Monument is a focal point of the Parisian-style Avenue that runs from the north end of Sanam Luang to the Golden Mount
The Sukhothai 210 rooms from £177Bangkok
A grand hotel located in Bangkok's business district. Colonial style rooms are expansive and impressive with teak furniture and Thai fabrics. The service is slick and a large pool, pampering spa and choice of three restaurants make this a very comfortable stay.City Style - An opulent colonial style luxury property, ideal for chic city stays.Sights nearby - For a little bit of India in Thailand visit the colouful Sri Mariamman Temple.Great walks - Take a stroll through the nearby Suan Lumpini park.Swimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
Ariyasom Villa 24 rooms from £155Bangkok (Wattana,)
A garden oasis in the heart of downtown Bangkok. Elegantly furnished rooms feature high ceilings, antiques, traditional artworks and teak details. Boasting an award-winning vegetarian and seafood restaurant. Ideal for those seeking tranquility with a central location.Local exploring - In the heart of downtown Bangkok, just off Sukhumvit Road, 10 minutes from Ploenchit sky train stationHideaway - The hotel is a peaceful garden oasis in the heart of BangkokLocal markets - "OR TOR GOR" market, near Chatuchak weekend market. Possibly the best food market in all of Thailand, a great place to visitSights nearby - Hotel must-sees include The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun and Jim Thompson House
The Peninsula 370 rooms from £205Bangkok (Klongsan)
A smart five star property boasting a superb riverfront location. Rooms are lavish yet have a pleasing touch of traditional design. Suites are spectacularly large and impressive. The spa is sumptuous and cuisine noteworthy. A great all-rounder of a property.City Style - A riverfront property offering five star luxury at its finest.Local markets - Explore lively Chinatown and Phahurat Market holding Thailand's largest textile market.Sights nearby - Be sure to make a stop at the spectacular Wat Mahathat.Views - Great views from hotel
Chakrabongse Villas 7 rooms from £158Bangkok (Tatien,)
A handful of rooms and suites set alongside the river within the royal complex. Choose a suite for a truly romantic stay, decorated with traditional carved furniture and boasting enormous bathtubs. The restaurant serves spectacular thai dishes and you're just minutes from the buzzy city. Fabulous.Local exploring - Particularly popular among those who enjoy city walks, visiting sights, appreciating architecture and exploring local marketsViews - The view from the floating pavilion is pure Bangkok: across the Chao Phraya’s waters are the Temple of Dawn and Wat KalayanamitRomantic - With leafy gardens, tall palms, colourful frangipanis, raised wooden decks and a flower-ringed swimming poolSights nearby - Just a 15-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Temple of the Reclining BuddhaRecommended by - I Escape
Okura Prestige 222 rooms from £187Bangkok (Lumpini, Pathumwan,)
A sumptuous and modern 5-star hotel located on Embassy Row. Contemporary and grown-up interiors feature soft grey hues, sharp lines and large expanses of glass. With an emphasis on fine-dining there are no less than three restaurants one of which is Michelin starred. A smart city choice.Local exploring - The property is a stone's throw from the downtown Sukhumvit Road area and a few steps from shopping and dining opportunitiesBusiness meetings - Situated between "Embassy Row" and the leading commercial district, convenient for both business and leisure travellersFoodies - Excellent Michelin-star cuisineSights nearby - It's a quick 30-minute taxi ride to the Royal Palace and surrounding historical sites
Siam Kempinski 400 rooms from £197Bangkok
Large and luxurious, this is a has-it-all property. Rooms are stylish and decadent with indulgent bathrooms, large works of modern art and crisp style. Offering a choice of three eateries and a full service spa it's hard to leave this spot but, once you do, the city is right on your doorstep.Spa - Spa centre offering beauty, body and massage treatmentsCooking classes - Thai cooking classes offered at the hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.Lively area - In the thick of the action.
137 Pillars House, Bangkok 34 rooms from £360Bangkok (Wattana)
This boutique hotel is bold and unabashed when it comes to luxury. From its private butler service to the sky-high rooftop infinity pool and 34 sumptuous suites, 137 Pillars House promises its guests the ultimate urban experience.City Style - The contemporary design, attentive service and luxury suites make this one of Bangkok's sleekest establishments.Local markets - Explore the bustling streets of China Town and sample local dishes from the street vendors.Sights nearby - Visit the ever-impressive Grand palace and Wat Prakeaw.Swimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok 368 rooms from £358Bangkok
Part of the iconic Mandarin Oriental group, this historic luxury hotel boasts a position on the banks of the Chao Praya River. Rooms are elegant and have a traditional feel with rich hues, antiques and spectacular city views. Three restaurants serve delectable cuisine. An indulgent and central spot.Sights nearby - A short walk away are the Buddhist temple of Wat Suan Plu, the Haroon Mosque and the Assumption CathedralLocal markets - Wander down the public piers for a stroll among the bustling flower markets or eclectic art galleriesCooking classes - Cooking classes available to childrenHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
The Siam 39 rooms from £491Bangkok (Dusit)
A privately owned boutique hotel with palace-like grandeur and phenomenal levels of service. Sprawling tropical grounds lead down to the Chao Phraya riverbanks where a private speed boat awaits. In house, unwind in the spa, feast on gourmet cuisine and sip delectable cocktails at the art-deco bar.Local exploring - Well located on the city side of Chaopraya River with many sights easily accessible.Honeymoons - Luxurious and wonderfully private, the ideal escape for couples.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive Vimanmek Teak Mansion located in the nearby Dusit Park.Cooking classes - Daily classes are held with the hotel's chef starting in the local markets.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith