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Accommodation

The Sukhumvit area's accommodation is arranged here by proximity to the different BTS skytrain stations. A stone's throw from super-modern Siam Square, Phloenchit is a convenient option. Heading further east, Nana and Asoke put you close to some of Bangkok's liveliest (and seediest in places) nightlife. Slick malls and hi-so restaurants define Phrom Phong and Thong Lor. Ekkamai, Phra Khanong and On Nut will be too far out for some, though others will appreciate the relatively short distance to Suvarnabhumi Airport.


Ploenchit

The beginning of Sukhumvit Road can be viewed as an extension of the shopping and office districts of nearby Siam Square, with mostly tall and shiny high-rises set on some seriously pricey real estate often occupied by major hotels. This is a good area if you want to avoid the seedy (in places) scene found a bit further east while remaining close to the skytrain and central Bangkok. Ironically, two of the hotels listed here shrug off the norm by occupying one-of-a-kind buildings constructed in the mid-20th century.


AriyasomVilla
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
65 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Bangkok
T: (02) 254 8880, (02) 253 8800

Heritage architecture and an exquisite design combine with strong facilities and thoughtful service to make AriyasomVilla stand out in Bangkok’s upscale accommodation scene. With an intimate feel that’s similar to smaller bed and breakfasts, the hotel has enough space and extras to be called a small resort. Those who can afford to stay here will be soothed, pampered and intrigued. A garden... Read our full review of AriyasomVilla.

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Legacy Express Bangkok
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
29 Sukhumvit Rd (corner of Sukhumvit Soi 1), Bangkok
T: (02) 655 7474

One of several Bangkok hotels run by the Compass Hospitality group, Legacy Express is a good choice for flashpackers seeking a clean and comfy room in a very convenient location -- and little else. While the name and facade says “chain hotel” loud and clear, the rooms are done up with fun swirl-pattern pillows on good-quality mattresses, modern carpets, framed photos of old Bangkok scenes and... Read our full review of Legacy Express Bangkok.

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Oasis Inn
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
230/8 Sukhumvit Soi 1 (in the alley directly south of Bumrungrad Hospital), Bangkok
T: (02) 655 5181, (02) 542 285

The Oasis occupies a pair of small buildings painted bright yellow and red, located across the street from one another on a sleepy lane next to Bumrungrad International Hospital. It’s an obvious choice if you’ve come down with malaria or fancy some plastic surgery, but the location is strategic even if medical care isn’t in your plans. Rooms are all similarly outfitted with air-con, TVs,... Read our full review of Oasis Inn.

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The Atlanta
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
78 Sukhumvit Soi 2, Bangkok
T: (02) 252 6069, (02) 252 1650

One of the Thai capital’s oldest and oddest hotels, The Atlanta hasn’t changed much since opening back in 1952. The spartan rooms and uptight rules are definitely not for everyone, but vintage enthusiasts wanting to check out an unusual slice of mid-20th century Bangkok will find an institution, quite unlike any other. You may recognise The Atlanta’s foyer from a film or two. The... Read our full review of The Atlanta.

Nana and Asoke

The area around Nana and Asok BTS stations is one of Bangkok’s most vibrant, convenient and popular, boasting stacks of big-name hotels like Sofitel, Westin Grande and Aloft. This includes the lively Sukhumvit Soi 11 and multi-lane Asoke-Montri Road, but also some quieter streets with a few great hostels to choose from. Two out of Bangkok’s three red-light districts are also found here, but they’re mostly contained in their respective streets: Soi Cowboy and Sukhumvit Soi 4. The area also hosts an enclave of Middle Eastern travellers along with swanky nightclubs, loads of restaurants, upscale spas and an interchange between the skytrain and subway.


Bodega Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
120/13-15 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok
T: (02) 117 1012

Good vibes, funky art and a banging social scene all make Bodega Hostel a prime choice off Sukhumvit Road. While the cool young staff and fun atmosphere are the main draws, guests can also count on clean and comfy dorms at reasonable rates. Don’t be surprised if Bodega entices you to stick around longer than expected while forgetting all about Khao San Road. Great atmosphere. Opened in late... Read our full review of Bodega Hostel.

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Fu House Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
77 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok
T: (098) 654 5505

Fu House Hostel manages to be bright and homely, warm and cool, all at the same time. Set in a restored 50-year-old house down a fairly quiet side street, the small hostel puts you within easy walking distance of the public transport, nightlife, dining and other conveniences of Bangkok’s modern side. This might just be our top hostel pick on Sukhumvit. No bad things to say about it. After... Read our full review of Fu House Hostel.

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3Howw Hostel at Sukhumvit 21
Backpacker - Under 600B
32/9-12 Asoke-Montri Rd (Sukhumvit Soi 21), Bangkok
T: (092) 520 3339

Expanding beyond its successful original property near Khao San Road, 3Howw Hostel opened a bigger and sharper urban-style hostel within sight of Asok BTS station in 2014. The spotless dorms and private rooms should do the trick if you seek a more luxurious experience over in Bangkok’s modern side. An excellent flashpacker-style hostel. Vying with Saphai Pae for the title of Bangkok’s... Read our full review of 3Howw Hostel at Sukhumvit 21.

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COW Hostel and English Club
Backpacker - Under 600B
16/6 Sukhumvit Soi 19 (first alley on the right if coming from Sukhumvit Road)
T: (02) 000 7353

Every now and then we come across a place to stay that’s truly more than just a place to stay. Opened in July 2014 in the vibrant Asok area, COW Hostel offers comfy dorms for less than we’d expect. Beyond that, it hosts a casual English conversation club that meets in the evenings — with free beds for English speakers who are willing to put in some time. Moo. Run by an affable Korean man... Read our full review of COW Hostel and English Club.

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RetrOasis Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
503 Sukhumvit Rd (between sois 27 and 29), Bangkok
T: (02) 665 2922-3

If you can forgive the goofy name, RetrOasis Hotel sells great-value flashpacker rooms in a convenient location. Some will interpret it as little more than a mid-size motel, but those who see the glass half full might appreciate an urban-resort atmosphere that you won’t find elsewhere in the Sukhumvit area. Sun-bathing in Bangkok on the cheap. Set just back from Sukhumvit Road itself, a pair... Read our full review of RetrOasis Hotel.

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S15 Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
217 Sukhumvit Rd (corner of Sukhumvit Soi 15), Bangkok
T: (02) 651 2000

Shooting for sophisticated guests who prefer glossy glass and muted greys over creaky wood and bright colours, S15 is a fairly large midrange hotel within an easy walk of either Nana or Asok BTS stations. An entrance right on Sukhumvit Road leads you into a sharp lobby with high ceilings, post-modern sculptures, leather sofas and a subtle scent of jasmine. Accessed by a lift, the cheapest... Read our full review of S15 Hotel.

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Baan Sukhumvit Inn
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
3/13-14 Sukhumvit Soi 18 ; 392/38-39 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok
T: (02) 204 0301-3, (02) 258 5622

The personable owners of Baan Sukhumvit Inn run two small bed and breakfasts within a three-minute walk of one another. Both are set in nondescript shophouse-style structures at the corners of quiet side lanes, about a 10-minute walk from Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT stations. Because the two are so similar and so close together, we’ve combined them into a single listing. Take a load off at... Read our full review of Baan Sukhumvit Inn.

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Suk 11
Backpacker - Under 600B
1/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11 (Soi Chaiyot) (behind 7-eleven), Bangkok
T: (02) 253 5927

An eclectic mash-up of traditional Thai touches, long bamboo-thatched corridors and a policy that encourages guests to write on the walls, Suk 11 remains one of Bangkok’s most popular guesthouses, especially for young travellers. You’ll find decent rooms, memorable atmosphere, lively location and, unfortunately, some staff members with bad attitudes. From the outside, the building looks... Read our full review of Suk 11.

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The Blocks Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
1/3-4 Sukhumvit Soi 10 (down the first side alley on the left after entering the soi), Bangkok
T: (090) 909 3565

Industrial-chic The Blocks is yet another design-y hostel geared to budget travellers looking to stay near the happening nightlife of lower Sukhumvit. While rather cramped, the dorms have some unexpected features and the common areas rival some of Bangkok’s pricier hostels. A solid all-round hostel. Opened in 2014, The Blocks occupies a block-like building that was gutted and redone with lots... Read our full review of The Blocks Hostel.

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Phrom Phong and Thong Lor

Continuing east up Sukhumvit, the area around Phrom Phong and Thong Lo BTS stations is less seedy, more trendy (at least in places) and with notably large communities of Japanese expats and hi-so Thais. Though very convenient and with a terrific dining, shopping and nightlife scene, the vibe is more laid-back than around Asoke and Nana, with more condos than big-name hotels. If you don’t mind being a bit further from the rest of Bangkok, you’ll have some very good small hotels to choose from.


Cabochon Hotel
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
14/29 Sukhumvit Soi 45, Bangkok
T: (02) 259 2871-3

Offering a taste of colonial-era ambiance in the middle of modern Bangkok, Cabochon Hotel blends abundant antiques with high-end luxuries and impeccable service. The mid-size boutique hotel is one of the classier upper-range choices found in the Thai capital. Not your average upscale Bangkok hotel. The modern-built yet elegantly old-style four-storey building emerges from behind tall-reaching... Read our full review of Cabochon Hotel.

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Hotel California
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1/61 Sukhumvit Soi 30, Bangkok
T: (02) 661 5133

Clean rooms with all of the bells and whistles for 600 baht are increasingly tough to come by in Bangkok, and they’re almost unheard of in the Sukhumvit area. Along with an intimate vibe and excellent location, Hotel California offers exactly that. You can check out any time you like, but you might not want to leave (sorry, we couldn’t resist). “Such a lovely place … “ First off,... Read our full review of Hotel California.

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MHC Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
8/4 Sukhumvit Soi 28, Bangkok
T: (02) 259 9884, (081) 173 3767

Set in a quiet but convenient spot off Sukhumvit, MHC Guesthouse is an affordable choice for families, couples and solo travellers wanting to avoid the big, impersonal hotels without sacrificing comfort. If you have a passion for aviation, the pilot owner will happily show you around his model airplane collection. Pilots welcome. With plain white walls, tinted windows and a few potted plants... Read our full review of MHC Guesthouse.

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Napa Place Bed and Breakfast
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
11/3 Napha Sap Soi 2 (off Sukhumvit Soi 36), Bangkok
T: (02) 661 5525

Personable service and enormous rooms at very reasonable rates make Napa Place Bed and Breakfast a terrific midrange choice near Thong Lor BTS station. Families and comfort-minded travellers will appreciate a B&B that, first and foremost, focuses on taking good care of its guests. Where private living rooms come standard (or just about). First off, Napa Place is not a good fit if you’re keen... Read our full review of Napa Place Bed and Breakfast.

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Padi Madi Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
2/7 Sukhumvit Soi 53, Bangkok
T: (02) 662 4272

The Thong Lo area is best known for trendy wine bars, pricey boutique hotels and hi-so nightclubs. Going against the grain of this upscale market, Padi Madi Guest House delivers affordable rooms right next to Thong Lo BTS station. Considering the prices, they’re surprisingly stylish too. It looks better once you go inside. Set in part of a large brick building at the corner of Sukhumvit and... Read our full review of Padi Madi Guest House.

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Seven Design Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
3/15 Soi Sawasdee 1 (off Sukhumvit Soi 31), Bangkok
T: (02) 662 0951

The Seven Design Hotel is what happens when a nondescript building in a busy urban area collides with a truly creative and imaginative eye. Six guestrooms plus one ground-floor lounge are designed to the tune of seven colours, each representing a day of the week in Thai culture. Look no further if a really good bed is your top priority. All rooms are equipped with exceptionally cushy king-size... Read our full review of Seven Design Hotel.

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Ekkamai, Phra Khanong and On Nut

The accommodation surrounding Ekkamai, Phra Khanong and On Nut BTS stations put you at least six skytrain stops from Siam Square and a solid hour’s journey from the historic Rattanakosin district. The pluses of staying here include very easy access to the eastern bus terminal and relatively close proximity to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Sukhumvit’s livelier areas are a short cruise up the skytrain line, and some interesting art galleries are found in the Ekkamai vicinity.


Refill Now!
Backpacker - Under 600B
191 Pridi Banomyang (Sukhumvit 71) Soi 42, Yak 5, Bangkok
T: (027) 132 055-5

Refill Now! is no ordinary hostel. From the ground-floor hangout zone that feels like it could be in a pricey boutique hotel, to the mini swimming pool, to the thoughtful info packets given to all guests and the swish immaculate dorms, this place does not cut any corners. But is it for everyone? Have a seat and find out. The purpose-built four-storey building features a very spacious open-air... Read our full review of Refill Now!.

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Beat Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
5/5 Sukhumvit Soi 69 - 69/1, Bangkok
T: (02) 178 0077

Opened in mid-2014 off Sukhumvit Road, the Beat Hotel blends comfort and a creative edge into a large, modern space. From gallery-worthy wall murals to individually stitched pillows, the place was pieced together by local artists. Solid midrange value, strong common facilities and an “art market” location help to make this one of Bangkok’s coolest boutique hotels. Is that a roller coaster... Read our full review of Beat Hotel.

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Pridi Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Corner of Pridi Banomyang Rd (aka Sukhumvit 71) and Pridi Soi 35, Bangkok
T: (089) 103 1388

Named after the non-touristy avenue where it’s located, Pridi Hostel offers the homely atmosphere of a bed and breakfast in a budget-friendly package. The location may be too far from the action for some, but if you’re looking for a friendly, classy and exceedingly comfortable hostel, Pridi is worth the extra five minutes in a taxi. Pretty, isn’t it? Set in yet another renovated shophouse... Read our full review of Pridi Hostel.

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VX The Fifty
Backpacker - Under 600B
285/2-4 Sukhumvit Soi 50, Bangkok
T: (02) 331 8256

Opened in 2013 in Bangkok’s southern reaches, VX The Fifty covers everything we look for in a hostel for those looking to avoid a party scene. The location will be too far from the action for some, but others will appreciate the quiet atmosphere and easy access to the skytrain. For the right sort of traveller, this is among the best-value hostels in town. A clean, well-rounded hostel at... Read our full review of VX The Fifty.

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Imm Fusion Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1594/50 Sukhumvit Rd (just northwest of Sukhumvit Soi 50), Bangkok
T: (02) 331 5555

The Moroccan-themed Imm Fusion Hotel serves up decent-value rooms in a setup that’s one-of-a-kind in Bangkok. Read on if you seek affordable comfort and a swimming pool, and don’t mind an out-of-the-way location near On Nut BTS station. Colours in common spaces can be a shock. Set in what was once an alley between two buildings, Imm Fusion’s lobby is a clever piece of work. Asphalt has... Read our full review of Imm Fusion Hotel.

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The Mix Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1533/3 Sukhumvit Rd (just west of Sukhumvit Soi 69), Bangkok
T: (02) 381 8542

This tall and slender budget hotel occupies a shophouse-style building that’s literally two steps from an entrance to Phra Khanong BTS station. Such effortless access to the skytrain is a good reason to stay here, but the rooms aren’t too shabby either. Spread over five floors accessed by a narrow stairway, the characterless but modern rooms get the job done with glossy white-tile floors,... Read our full review of The Mix Hotel.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport

Newly developed as a direct result of Suvarnabhumi Airport’s opening in 2006, the Lat Krabang area in the city’s far eastern reaches has a handful of good-value small hotels. If you want the absolute closest bed to your departure gate, splurge for the Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Suvarnabhumi is far removed from the rest of Bangkok and we wouldn’t recommend staying here unless you’ve got an early departure or late arrival.


The Great Residence
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1892/1 Latkrabang, Bangkok
T: (02) 326 7206, (02) 326 7741

A new location for the longstanding and popular Queen’s Garden near Suvarnabhumi airport, the Great Residence has the same owners, a similar set-up and many of the same friendly staff, but a new name. (The old Queen’s Garden is, at time of writing, undergoing a makeover.) The Great Residence. Their new location is closer to the airport than before, being right next to the airport bus... Read our full review of The Great Residence.

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Where to next?

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


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