Bangkok's Best Budget Hotels and Hidden Value Sleep Spots



The Bangkok budget hotel scene has never been better. From stylish hostels to small boutique hotels, there is a wealth of choice without draining your pockets. Funky and atmospheric seems to be all the rage these days, and the colorful and artistic Phra Nakorn Norn Len is the pick of the litter, with individually styled and painted rooms located in a charming part of old Bangkok. Other similar budget options in old Bangkok neighborhoods include Baan Dinso and Loy La Long. For modern and convenient, consider Imm Fusion, which is just steps from a skytrain station, or the nearby Klassique, making it easy to get into the center. For those who can't bear to be out of the heart of the city, Lub d  has to be the world's most stylish hostel and has private rooms as well at excellent prices, and the S33, of the boutique S Group, has an affordable option right in the middle of one of Bangkok's most posh neighborhoods. Back out on the Chao Phraya River, the Ibis Bangkok Riverside gives all the pleasantries of sitting next to the banks of the river without any of the usually associated high end prices. For a budget value stay where you choose just how many amenities you want to pay for, nothing can be the Asok branch of Tune Hotels, the popular chain that is redefining the budget market. 


Spiffy clean rooms, comfortable beds, and all the basic amenities (free WiFi, cable TV, minibar, electric hot water kettle) for a decent stay, plus access to public transport make this a good choice. While they have dropped the Best Western...  Read More


Located in an old Thai home with teak wood floors and set in the timeless Giant Swing neighborhood, far from the glitzy malls of modern Bangkok, Baan Dinso is more fit for a royal stay, but it comes at unbelievably great value prices. Part of...  Read More


The original Luxx was one of the pioneers of the small boutique hotels in the Bangkok market, and now they have expanded to include the larger Luxx XL which features larger rooms normally only found in some of the cities upscale luxury hotels....  Read More


While the prices at this hidden gem at the edge of Chinatown are not rock bottom, they are the cheapest for such an atmospheric spot along the Chao Phraya River. Loy La Long is a beautiful old Thai teak wood house tucked into an alleyway and...  Read More


Lub d Bangkok Silom Hostel
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Lub D Silom is the winner of several awards for its cleanliness, service, and all out effort to be the top hostel in Bangkok, but in addition to also being a hostel it provides private rooms in the budget hotel category. Perfectly located in the...  Read More


The S Group of hotels has several properties in central Sukhumvit, all of which are classy boutique digs with pretty hefty price tags. The S33 Compact is a pleasant exception, and it offers great value for the money. The modern minimalist rooms...  Read More




No mention of budget hotels would be complete without the inclusion of Tune Hotels. The Malaysian chain offers a spiffy almost business class style stay at rock bottom prices. You can sometimes get your room for the price you'd pay to share a...  Read More


Usually one pays a premium for having a place to stay on the Chao Phraya River. Not so at the Ibis Bangkok Riverside. This charming hotel is located in a tranquil spot on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya, and is just minutes away from all...  Read More


An extremely stylish budget hotel, Imm Fusion is certainly one of the best bargains to be found in Bangkok. Located just steps away from the On Nut BTS Skytrain station, access into central Bangkok is just a short ride away, and the surrounding...  Read More


Phra Nakorn Norn Len is one of Bangkok's most unique stays and an artistic boutique style option at budget prices. The hotel is owned by an artist and offers rooms that are each completely different, with vibrant colours, paintings, and...  Read More


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Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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