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Silom and Surawong Rd

Silom Rd is the heart of Bangkok's business district and there's plenty of typical tourist hotels in the area -- including properties by Holiday Inn, Le Meridien and Sofitel -- but there is also a growing scene in flashpacker hostels. So if you're a backpacker wanting to spend time in the Silom and Surawong area and not wanting to hump across from Khao San, don't fret -- we've found some budget digs for you.

  • Mile Map Hostel

    Mile Map Hostel

    Great value dorms in a vibrant area

    36/4 Pan Road, behind Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Silom, Bangkok
    T: (02) 635 1212;

    Part of a recent surge of hostels to emerge in Bangkok, Mile Map opened at the tail end of 2012 and offers simple, spacious dorms and privates in one of Bangkok’s most sought-after areas. With ... Read the full review of Mile Map Hostel.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Saphai Pae Hostel

    Saphai Pae Hostel

    Flash bunks in the business district

    35 Surasak Road, Bangkok
    T: (022) 382 322;

    A short walk from Surasak BTS (sky train) station between Sathorn Road and Silom Road in one of Bangkok’s largest gem selling districts, Saphai Pae Hostel is among the city’s best budget options ... Read the full review of Saphai Pae Hostel.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • The Inn Saladaeng

    The Inn Saladaeng

    Good value for money in an expensive neighbourhood

    5/12 Sala Daeng Rd
    T: (02) 637 5533; F: (02) 636 2600

    The Inn Saladaeng offers great value for money for its location a few minute walk from Silom Road. The rooms are spotlessly clean and stylishly decorated, with flat screen TVs, refrigerators, free ... Read the full review of The Inn Saladaeng.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • HQ Hostel Bangkok

    HQ Hostel Bangkok

    Industrial flashpacker hostel

    5/3-4 Silom Soi 3, Bangrak
    T: (02) 233 1598, (083) 496 0915; F: (02) 233 9657

    With a slick black-and-white urban theme, HQ Hostel is one of several newish spots in Bangkok to aim for trendy, tech-savvy twenty-somethings. The name stands for “headquarters”, and the vibrant ... Read the full review of HQ Hostel Bangkok.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Om Yim Lodge

    Om Yim Lodge

    Relaxed and comfortable

    72-74 Naradhiwas Road
    T: (02) 635 0169;

    If looking for a relaxed and comfortable place to stay with more of a guesthouse feel than the big hotels that dominate the vibrant Silom part of Bangkok, Om Yim Lodge is worth a look. Although they ... Read the full review of Om Yim Lodge.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Silom Art Hostel

    Silom Art Hostel

    Over-the-top funkiness

    198/19-22 Soi Silom 14, Silom Road, Bangkok
    T: (026) 358 0702; F: (026) 357 825

    Opened in 2012 on a sidestreet off lively Silom Road in Bangrak, Silom Art Hostel probably wins the prize for the most colourful accommodation in a city known for its bright and eclectic nature. If ... Read the full review of Silom Art Hostel.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Lub d Silom

    Lub d Silom

    Slick flashpacker hostel

    4 Decho Rd, Bangrak
    T: (02) 634 7999; F: (02) 634 7510

    Opened in 2008, Lub d Silom was one of the pioneers of Bangkok’s trendy hostel craze. While a select few of the city’s less hyped hostels offer an (at least) equal experience for less cash, Lub ... Read the full review of Lub d Silom.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
  • Rose Hotel

    Rose Hotel

    Refurbished and good mid range value

    118 Surawong Rd, Bangrak
    T: (02) 266 8268-72; F: (02) 266 8096

    For the location, at the eastern end of Surawong Rd, just a short walk from Silom Rd, the refurbished Rose Hotel is a good value mid range property, with surprisingly comfortable, well put-together ... Read the full review of Rose Hotel.

    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Take a Nap

    Take a Nap

    Friendly and central, pack earplugs

    920-926 Rama 4 Rd (near the corner of Surawong Rd), Bangrak
    T: (02) 637 0015, (02) 637 0016;

    Popular for its pop-art private rooms, well-equipped dorms and exceptionally helpful staff, Take a Nap continues to compete in Bangkok’s ever-expanding hostel scene. While nothing about it blows ... Read the full review of Take a Nap.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • The Urban Age

    The Urban Age

    Friendly and low key

    130/6 Silom Soi 8, Bangrak
    T: (02) 634 2680;

    While Urban Age may lack the style and flash of the other grander Silom hostels, it more than compensates with a particularly welcoming, traveller-style atmosphere. Check the very well-utilised ... Read the full review of The Urban Age.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • YHA Bangkok Downtown

    YHA Bangkok Downtown

    The only budget choice on Silom

    395/4 Silom Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 636 8687;

    This is one of the most sparklingly clean hostels we have ever seen, boasting luminous white interiors. The dorm is overpriced if you're travelling in a group, but for a single traveller wanting to ... Read the full review of YHA Bangkok Downtown.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker

Chao Phraya riverfront

The area between Charoen Krung Road and the Chao Phraya River is home to some of Bangkok's flashest and most expensive hotels, including the Shangrila and Oriental, but that's not to say there are not a couple of more moderately priced digs worth seeking out.

  • Swan Hotel

    Swan Hotel

    No ugly duckling - great value!

    31 Soi Charoen Krung 36, Bangkok
    T: (02) 235 9271; F: (02) 630 9199

    For location and price, the Swan is hard to beat in the Silom area. A u-shaped building set around a swimming pool, the double rooms are well sized, light and airy, and though the singles feel a bit ... Read the full review of Swan Hotel.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • The Chilli Hostel

    The Chilli Hostel

    Funky and fresh

    53/15 Soi Charoen Krung 37, Bangrak, Bangkok
    T: (02) 639 5707; F: (02) 639 5808

    One of many fresh and funky new hostels to hit the Bangkok scene over the last few years, The Chilli Hostel is anything but ordinary. Tucked down a narrow alley away from the tourists but close to ... Read the full review of The Chilli Hostel.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • New Road Guest House

    New Road Guest House

    Great budget option

    1216/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 630 6994; F: (02) 237 1102

    Hidden away on Charoen Krung Road at the river end of Surawong Road, the New Road Guesthouse has a stack of backpacker friendly rooms spread across two properties that represent excellent backpacker ... Read the full review of New Road Guest House.

    3 stars Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker

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