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Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

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.

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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

    Loy La Long Hotel

    A riverside antiquarian masterpiece

    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 ... Read the full review of Loy La Long Hotel.

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    4.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

    Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

    Classy player with great Chinatown-style

    479-481 Yaowarat Rd, Chinatown
    T: (02) 221 2121; F: (02) 221 2124

    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 ... Read the full review of Shanghai Mansion Bangkok .

    4.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 3 votes Midrange
  • River View Guest House

    River View Guest House

    Not exactly cheap, but still a budget option to ge

    768 Soi Panurangsri, Songvad Rd, Chinatown
    T: (02) 234 5429; F: (02) 237 5428

    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 ... Read the full review of River View Guest House.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 5 votes Flashpacker
  • Chinatown Hotel

    Chinatown Hotel

    Ageing mid-ranger

    526 Yaowarat Rd, Chinatown
    T: (02) 225 0204-26; F: (02) 226 1295

    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 ... Read the full review of Chinatown Hotel.

    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange

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

    Cozy Bangkok Place

    Our favourite Bangkok hostel

    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 ... Read the full review of Cozy Bangkok Place.

    4.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • @Hua Lamphong Hostel

    @Hua Lamphong Hostel

    Modern hostel across from the train station

    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 ... Read the full review of @Hua Lamphong Hostel.

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    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • The Train Inn

    The Train Inn

    Clean and easy option near the station

    428 Rong Muang Rd
    T: (02) 215 3055; F: (02) 219 5119

    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 ... Read the full review of The Train Inn.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Station Hotel

    Station Hotel

    Basic but handy location

    518 Opposite Hualamphong Station
    T: (02) 214 2794; F: (02) 613 9411

    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 ... Read the full review of Station Hotel.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Sri Hualamphong Hotel

    Sri Hualamphong Hotel

    Faded glory

    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 ... Read the full review of Sri Hualamphong Hotel.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

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