Photo: Chinatown boasts excellent street side eating.

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While most travellers hit Chinatown on a day excursion, anyone wanting to really sink their teeth into the food scene will find some excellent places to stay. Check into one of the hotels along Yaowarat Road if you want the lion’s share of Chinatown’s street food at your fingertips. Try the Riverfront or Talad Noi for a quieter atmosphere within walking distance of Yaowarat. You’ll also find several places to stay in the immediate vicinity of Hualamphong Rail Station.

Yaowarat Road

Though it doesn’t burst with accommodation options, Yaowarat Road has some long-running hotels and a fantastic boutique spot for those looking to stay in the heart of Chinatown.

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

Shanghai Mansion pulls off the classic elegance of an upscale Shanghai cigar den in the pre-World War II days. The Chinese decor extends to every corner, from the happening jazz bar to the fish pond to the carvings engraved in the wooden bed frames. Helpful staff and a terrific Yaowarat Road location also help to make this one of the better boutique hotels in Bangkok. Welcome to Shanghai, in... Read our full review of Shanghai Mansion Bangkok .

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Hotel Royal Bangkok at Chinatown
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
409-421/4 Yaowarat Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 226 0026

Towering over Yaowarat Road, the huge Hotel Royal Bangkok at Chinatown is a business-style option with a central location and comfortable rooms. The best part is a rooftop swimming pool boasting a broad vista over Chinatown, the Chao Phraya River and even to the Sathorn business district. Who says Chinatown lacks tranquility? All 290 rooms spread over 15 floors were gutted and redone in 2015,... Read our full review of Hotel Royal Bangkok at Chinatown.

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Pho Place Guest House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
99 Yaowarat Soi 7, Bangkok
T: (02) 639 1600

Opened in 2015, Pho Place Guest House has five floors of immaculate rooms set at the end of a quiet side lane off Yaowarat Road. The staff has a reputation for going above and beyond what’s expected to ensure that guests have a great stay in Chinatown. Ganesha welcomes you. The building doesn’t grab the eye from outside — wall-size ground-floor windows front a small concrete car park with... Read our full review of Pho Place Guest House.

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Location summary: One of our favourite places to stay in Bangkok is hidden behind a temple along the riverfront, just off atmospheric Song Wat Road and within easy walking distance of Ratchawong Pier.

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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Talad Noi

Squeezed between central Chinatown to the north, the Chao Phraya River to the west, Hualamphong Station in the east and the old European quarter to the south, Talad Noi is often overlooked despite a picturesque atmosphere and convenient location. Some cool art galleries and bars have popped up here in recent years.

Oldtown Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
1048-1054 Charoen Krung Rd (corner of Soi 28), Bangkok
T: (02) 639 4879

Since opening in 2014, the Oldtown Hostel has gained a solid reputation thanks to good-value dorms and private rooms in a heritage building with lots of common space. A standout restaurant also joins the helpful staff in a location between two historic neighbourhoods to make it one of the better budget options to hit Bangkok in recent years. Make yourself at home. Designers did a fine job of... Read our full review of Oldtown Hostel.

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River View Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
768 Soi Phanurangsi (off Soi Chow Su Kong), Bangkok
T: (02) 234 5429

Going strong since the 1980s, the River View Guest House continues to draw a mix of younger travellers and old backpackers hoping to relive their glory days. The renovated rooms and back-lane Talad Noi location make it a fine choice for those looking to experience a more offbeat slice of Bangkok. And, of course, you get some river views. They did a fine job of sprucing up the place a few years... Read our full review of River View Guest House.

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Hualamphong train station

The area immediately surrounding Hualamphong Rail Station has some cheap options that will do the trick if you need a place to sleep before or after a long train ride. Though convenient to the MRT subway, you’ll need to walk for a kilometre or two to reach central Chinatown from here.

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. The back way to... 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 decent dorms and private rooms with a fair amount of extras. It doesn’t win big style points, but for those seeking a modern and efficient place to stay before or after catching a train, this is a solid choice. Clean and simple. The six-bed mixed dorm has a... Read our full review of @Hua Lamphong Hostel.

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The Train Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
426-430 Rong Muang, Bangkok
T: (02) 215 3055, (084) 542 1946

Located steps away from Hualamphong Station, The Train Guesthouse should work for backpackers in need of a cheap place to crash before or after a journey by train. The old-style guesthouse’s “deluxe” rooms are overpriced but the bare-bones editions with shared bathrooms aren’t bad for the price. Situated on the upper floors of this not-so-attractive metal-fronted building, the basic... Read our full review of The Train Guesthouse.

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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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