Photo: Chinatown boasts excellent street side eating.

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While Chinatown is good for midrange places to stay, most of the cheap hotels and guesthouses are either short-term places best avoided or particularly grimy and poor value. If you're after a budget bed, try around Hualamphong train station where there are a couple of hostels and some cheap hotels.


While the budget options are not great, Bangkok's Chinatown does offer some good options in the more mid-market price range. The Shanghai Mansion offering a very central location, while two riverside options put you at just a ten-minute walk from the heart of Chinatown.

Loy La Long Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
1620/2 Song Wat Road (inside Wat Pathum Khongka), Bangkok
T: (02) 639 1390

On a Chinatown back street, a hand-painted sign hangs lopsided from a tree along the footpath that fronts an ancient wat. It leads us past the temple’s chedis and monks’ quarters, into a narrow alley where a couple of kids play with a shaggy dog. Here, tucked along the Chao Phraya River in a restored century-old teak wood house, we find our dream hotel: Loy La Long. Poodle sold... Read our full review of Loy La Long Hotel.

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Shanghai Mansion Bangkok
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
479-481 Yaowarat Rd, Chinatown
T: (02) 221 2121

This stylish addition to Yaowarat raised the stakes for top-end accommodation in Chinatown when it opened in 2006, and continues to set the standard. The Mansion has 76 rooms, a restaurant and jazz bar on the third floor, and a Grand Ballroom on the top floor. The rooms are a feast for the senses — dark red drapes contrast with soft pastel walls, soft lanterns cast glowing light across rich... Read our full review of Shanghai Mansion Bangkok .

River View Guest House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
768 Soi Panurangsri, Songvad Rd, Chinatown
T: (02) 234 5429

This eight-storey guesthouse wins the prize for being Bangkok's trickiest place to find despite being easy to see from the river. The views from the restaurant are superb; while the food is pretty standard guesthouse fare, it's a great place to relax with a beer. A renovation of all of the rooms and the restaurant was almost completed when Travelfish visited, bringing the value-for-money ratio... Read our full review of River View Guest House.

Chinatown Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
526 Yaowarat Rd, Chinatown
T: (02) 225 0204-26

The 75-year-old Chinatown has reasonable rooms with standard mid-range facilities: TV, hot water, air-con and minibar. Older, carpeted rooms can retain the smell of a thousand cigarettes — don't hesitate to ask for one of the newer, wood-laminate floored rooms. Deluxe rooms have multiple, tall tinted windows that have decent views, yet keep the room cool. The hotel is located at the eastern end... Read our full review of Chinatown Hotel.

Hualamphong train station

A couple of cheap hotels lie within walking distance of Hualamphong that may be useful if you arrive late or are leaving early, but none of them are very good.

Cozy Bangkok Place
Backpacker - Under 600B
41/146-148 Soi Sunthon Phimon (off Rama IV Road), Bangkok
T: (026) 119 178, (089) 895 4625

In contrast to Bangkok’s trendy, urban-style hostels that sometimes have an air of pretension, we appreciate the spots that aim for a more homely atmosphere. The problem is that these often lack modern facilities and professionalism. Hidden down a side street near Hualamphong rail station, Cozy Bangkok Place lives up to its name without sacrificing modern amenities and comfort. All things... Read our full review of Cozy Bangkok Place.

@Hua Lamphong Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
326/1 Rama IV Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 639 1925

Located across the road from Hualamphong rail station and on the doorstep of the same named subway stop, @Hua Lamphong Hostel offers spic-and-span dorms and private rooms with a fair amount of extras that we wouldn’t expect for the budget prices. It doesn’t win big style points, but for those seeking a modern and efficient place to stay away from Khao San Road, this is a solid choice. Clean... Read our full review of @Hua Lamphong Hostel.

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Station Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
518 Opposite Hualamphong Station
T: (02) 214 2794

Located down a food stall soi to the left of Hualamphong station when exiting (look for the sign up high reading Station Hotel), the Station has clean though very basic rooms. The beds are prison cell-style but they're functional and the air-con rooms are reasonably quiet. Be aware that fan rooms allow noise and mosquitos through semi-open walls and have asian-style squat toilets while air-con... Read our full review of Station Hotel.

The Train Inn
Backpacker - Under 600B
428 Rong Muang Rd
T: (02) 215 3055

This newer entry amongst the station-adjacent properties is fairly clean and well-maintained. The shared bathroom rooms are reasonable value for the neighbourhood, while the en suite rooms are overpriced. The shared bathrooms have hot water shower, western toilets, and are adequate if a little bit dark. Rooms come with cable TV and sinks in-room, and can be a bit noisy from the Karaoke bar next... Read our full review of The Train Inn.

Sri Hualamphong Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
445 Rong Muang Rd, Hualamphong
T: (02) 214 4016

This old-style Chinese hotel must have been gorgeous before World War 2, but the charm has faded and the rooms are now more grime than grand. Rooms are very big, but it gets a fair bit of short-term trade and other hotels in the area offer better value. To get there, exit the station, turn left and walk down the soi that runs beside the station. The hotel is before the bunch of dodgy travel... Read our full review of Sri Hualamphong Hotel.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Chinatown? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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