5 Trendy Budget Accommodation Options in Bangkok, Thailand
1. Yim Yam BKK
This is Bangkok’s premier place to stay for budget travelers. Bangkok is one of the most chaotic cities in the world but Yim Yam provides a peaceful escape from all of Bangkok’s noise. With a large garden in the back and a quiet cafe in the lobby, guests at Yim Yam have a great place to catch a breather in between exploring South East Asia’s most popular city.
Yim Yam also hosts a variety of events for guests, so whether you are in a group or traveling solo, you can see more of the city while making friends with other travelers. Every week, there are free activities, ranging from yoga in the garden to free group tours to Chinatown or Muay Thai fights.
Yim Yam’s location next to a BTS sky train station also means you can see more of the city faster, cheaper, and easier. Yim Yam is farther away from the backpacker haven of Khao San and the tourist attractions of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun but a cheap taxi or tuk-tuk will get you there all the same.
2. The Cube
Located in Bangkok’s bustling business district of Si Lom, The Cube serves all sorts of guests ranging from backpackers to business travelers. They also have a garden in the back and a common area to relax in the air conditioning on a hot Bangkok day. Let’s be honest, every day in Bangkok is hot. For leisure travelers, Si Lom may not be the hottest spot but The Cube’s location next to an MRT and BTS station means that everything else Bangkok has to offer is just a few train rides away. Sukhumvit is just a couple of stops away and is Bangkok’s classiest nightlife and entertainment district.
3. Sleep Owl
For travelers looking to get off the plane and sleep, Sleep Owl is a short walk from the Don Mueang airport. Accommodation near airports tends to sacrifice a lot of things, assuming that their ideal location should serve as “good enough” for travelers looking to just spend a night. However, Sleep Owl is clean, spacious, and comfortable. The property is pretty basic compared to others on this list and its location is sparse in terms of attractions but it definitely gives you a great deal for your money.
4. Mad Monkey Hostel
For younger backpackers looking for a good time, Mad Monkey is one of South East Asia’s most recognizable names. The name Mad Monkey gets associated with a good time for a reason. One of the only budget accommodation options in Bangkok with a pool, Mad Monkey already has a leg up on its competitors. Its large restaurant and bar also provides guests and partygoers with delicious food and plenty of drinks. If you are a social traveler, Mad Monkey is your ideal location to meet fellow travelers and have some fun times.
Wat Phra Kaew
Within close walking distance of both Mad Monkey and Nitan
While it is a hostel, the rooms are a far cry from the janky bunk beds and stiff mattresses that you might find elsewhere in South East Asia. The rooms are clean, comfortable and with a maximum dorm size of 4-beds, offer a decent amount of privacy. That is, compared to some places I’ve stayed that squeezed in 40 beds in a room. Private rooms are also an option, making Mad Monkey a good place to balance relaxing and fun.
5. Nitan Hostel
Located near the infamous party street of Khao San, Nitan was a surprising change of pace from the chaos just out the door. Tucked away in a small alleyway, you are only footsteps away from the action but still secluded enough that you can sleep. Even if you are not much for nightlife, Khao San Road is a one-of-a-kind experience that every traveler needs to witness. I was completely unprepared for my first night in Khao San.
During the day, the street itself does not look like much. At night, it transforms into one of the liveliest streets in the world. Hundreds of people pack the bars and restaurants and clubs and the party inevitably pours out into the streets. You’ve got all the tourist fare you can desire at Khao San and Nitan served as a great home base for my first ever time in Bangkok. It’s prime location makes it a great choice for first-timers to Bangkok who want to be close to the action.
Post by: Eli Solidum
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