What are the best clean and quiet places to stay on a budget in Bangkok?
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There are several good clean and quiet choices in Bangkok that are also very affordable.

Borarn House is a nice, clean guesthouse with a modern, boutique feel right in the center of Bangkok, close to the airport railway station (Ratchaprarob Station) and to Central World Plaza, with tons of shopping and food vendors. Although it’s in the center, it’s set on a small side street so is actually quite quiet. A room is 900-1200 THB (~$30-40)/night and all rooms are air conditioned.

Bhiman Inn is another very small and cozy hotel located by the Chao Phraya River and near the old historic district. The place is pretty close to the Grand Palace, Chinatown and Khao San Road as well as a lot of other historical sights. Downstairs it has a very good Thai restaurant, serving some of thebest Tom Yum Kung this side of the river. The rooms are a bit small but comfortable and affordable. Rates start night start from 800 THB (~$27).

Samran Place Hotel is another great budget option with room rates starting from 980 THB per night. The place is very close to Bangkok's major commercial shopping areas such as MBK, Siam Square and Siam Paragon (Bangkok's newest mega shopping mall with the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia). It is also located at a 5 minute walking distance from the Phaya Thai BTS Station which can take you to the Chatuchak Weekend Market as well as the nightlife districts.

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It’s quite difficult to find a budget hotel in a clean and quiet neighborhood in Bangkok as most of Bangkok’s inexpensive accommodations tend to congregate around crowded and noisy areas such as Siam Square, Silom Road and Khao San Road. However, there are a few affordable and clean places to stay, a lot of which are hidden in the peaceful side streets in the Samsen Road area, nearby Khao San Road. The rates usually start around $40 a night for a double room.

There also a few affordable yet clean and quiet accommodations in Rattanakosin Island. The rates are a little higher compared to those on Samsen Road, but a great thing about this place is that it’s near Bangkok’s most popular tourist attractions such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
Be sure to book online where you can get cheaper rates.

Here are my picks for some of the clean and budget-friendly accommodations you can find in the more peaceful areas of Bangkok:

Rattanakosin Island
Sourire@Rattanakosin Island (235 Rachadumnurn Ave., Pranakorn)
Niras Bankoc Cultural Hostel
Boonsiri Place

Samsen Road
Samsen 5 Lodge
Sam Sen Sam Place

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For the backpacker who enjoys a quiet night of catching up on some quiet reading of a night time, as opposed to drinking tower-sized Singha Beers on Khao San Road, solitude and serenity can be found down a small lane called Soi Buttri. Soi Buttri situated behind an intricately-decorated Buddhist temple provides a peaceful sanctuary when making the journey by foot to the bars, clubs and cheap eateries of Khao San. For less than 1000 baht per night, a number of small guesthouses on Soi Buttri  offer good quality rooms that shield guests from the noise and chaos usually experienced on Khao San Road. Good cheap but clean places include the Merry V Guesthouse, Maliwan Guesthouse, and the New SIAM Hotel. Travellers should note that the road perpendicular to the Chao Praya River has a few bars and could potentially be slightly noisier compared to the part of Soi Buttri that runs parallel to the river.  

Business travellers can find a cheap hotel that’s clean and quiet close to the main business centres of Bangkok.  One of the great things about Bangkok is that it’s not difficult to find a place to stay down the lengths of a quiet soi.

If you have business in Bangkok and want to be in Sathorn, the main business district, do try to avoid Sathorn Road, which is the main drag and full of traffic. Instead, try one of the boutique and budget hotels located down the side streets.  One option that could be of interest to business travellers is the Hotel Ibis Sathorn, situated on Soi Ngam Duplee. At approximately US$30 per night, the Ibis provides modern, clean and a more cost-effective alternative than staying at some of the five-star international chains.

Just a short distance away, still within the Sathorn district, travellers will find Suan Phlu, a pleasant tree-lined street situated within a five-minute motorcycle taxi to most of the major corporate offices in Bangkok. While many large expat-oriented luxury apartments seem to dominate the area, some guesthouses and independently-run hotels provide an option that doesn’t break the bank. 

One of the options worth considering for business travellers or families is the Somerset Park Suanplu at 39 Suanplu, Sathorn. This 3.5 star hotel offers free wireless internet for guests, the hotel offers access to an indoor swimming pool, table tennis and tennis facilities, as well as a fitness centre. Away from the noise of air breaks, buses, and the dreaded tuk tuk, a deluxe apartment at the Somerset Hotel costs about US$60 per night.

The city’s other tourism and business hub is Sukhumvit. By day, Sukhumvit appears like any other business district in the world – Large buildings tour the streets while as the sun goes down, traders come out with all their wares offering anything and everything imaginable. Staying in and around Sukhumvit is one of the city’s better locations, given the number of international standard of bars and restaurants throughout the area. 

Suitable accommodation is easy to find in the small laneways, or “Sois”. Most of Bangkok’s Sois are numbered based on order location, which helps to take a little of the stress away from navigating this sprawling metropolis.

 Sukhumvit Soi 22 features a number of small, cheap and reasonably priced hotels offering comfortable and clean rooms at a decent price. Honey House Hotel 2, next to Sainampheung School and opposite Silom Sauna, is about 200 metres along the Soi, heading away from Sukhumvit Road, costing approximately 700 Baht per night. This street, Sukhumvit Soi 22 is situated within walking distance of the major interchange stations for Bangkok’s underground and sky train network, Asoke (Sky train) and Sukhumvit (Underground). 



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