Photo: Typical street scenes in the old city.

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The Wat Pho and riverfront area puts you within an easy skip of some of Thailand’s most important cultural attractions, but you do pay for the privelege. Expect a 15-minute walk to the Grand Palace and Khao San Road if staying more inland, at one of the generally cheaper options Around the Giant Swing. Throughout Rattanakosin you’ll find some memorable rooms set in heritage architecture.




Wat Pho area and riverfront

Since the late 2000s, a bunch of mid- to up-market accommodation has popped up along the side streets stretching west from Wat Pho to the river and south to Pak Khlong Talad (the flower market). This is a terrific, if touristy, location near several major historical sites, but backpackers who aren’t up for a hostel will be better off looking further north in the Khao San Road vicinity. River ferries help to make up for a lack of metro service.


36-38 Soi Pratu Nokyung (off Maharat Rd), Bangkok
1,500B to 4,000B
Arun Residence
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
36-38 Soi Pratu Nokyung (off Maharat Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 219 158-9

One of the first boutique hotels to pop up in the heritage neighbourhood near Wat Pho, the Arun Residence remains a romantic choice boasting terrific views across the river to Wat Arun’s porcelain spires. Set at the end of a side street on land owned by Wat Pho (the temple’s renowned Thai massage school is a neighbour), Arun Residence occupies a three-storey wood-and-cement house built in... Read our full review of Arun Residence.

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391/1-2 Maharat Rd, Bangkok
600B to 1,500B
The Royal Thatien Village
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
391/1-2 Maharat Rd, Bangkok
T: (095) 151 5545

Operating out of two different buildings within steps of Wat Pho and the river, The Royal Thatien Village offers excellent value for well-equipped rooms in the flashpacker range. It appears that both of the restored three-storey buildings used to serve as homes and shops. With rooms upstairs and a popular Thai eatery drawing locals and travellers on the ground floor, Building A sits at a... Read our full review of The Royal Thatien Village.

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131/1 Soi Thaklang (off Chakphet Rd), Bangkok
Under 600B
The Onion Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
131/1 Soi Thaklang (off Chakphet Rd), Bangkok
T: (063) 314 6444

Not a spinoff of the satirical newspaper, The Onion Hostel takes its name from a bunch of wholesale onion shops located nearby. The quirky spot offers good-value dorms and private rooms, and at research time it’s the only place to stay within the Pak Khlong Talad flower market. You will see onions! Shops piled full of white, red and yellow onion—plus shallot, potato, chilli and... Read our full review of The Onion Hostel.

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Around Democracy Monument and the Giant Swing

This historic area’s narrow streets burst with street food and century-old shophouses nudge up to attractions like Wat Suthat and Wat Saket. The Grand Palace and Khao San Road are both within walking distance, and public canal ferries provide a fun way to reach the more modern parts of the city. We love poking around this part of Rattanakosin.


4/4 Trok Sin (access from Tanao Rd or Dinso Rd), Bangkok
600B to 1,500B
Innspire Bangkok
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
4/4 Trok Sin (access from Tanao Rd or Dinso Rd), Bangkok
T: (097) 103 3836

Hop over a canal bridge and wander down a lane dotted with statues of Hindu gods to find Innspire’s arch-sided building rising just beyond some flowering bushes. Rooms offer great value at this restored heritage property run by a crew of locals who really will leave guests inspired. Sporting Spanish-style archways, an umbrella tree shading a terracotta courtyard and a long balcony on the... Read our full review of Innspire Bangkok.

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113 Trok Sin and 78/3 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd, Bangkok
600B to 1,500B
Baan Dinso
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
113 Trok Sin and 78/3 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd, Bangkok
T: (096) 565 9795

The family behind Baan Dinso runs two quality flashpacker-range guesthouses in the vicinity of Democracy Monument. Will you prefer the original set in a charming house down a side lane, or the newer property with more choices overlooking a bustling traffic circle? Head south on Dinso Road from the Democracy Monument and turn right down a side lane to find Baan Dinso Trok Sin in a... Read our full review of Baan Dinso.

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112-114 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai, Bangkok
1,500B to 4,000B
Baan Noppawong
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
112-114 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai, Bangkok
T: (02) 224 1047

Set in a beautifully restored late 19th-century house, Baan Noppawong offers elegance, romance and comfort to go with an accommodating staff and location that’s convenient for exploring the historic district. If you’re looking for a small bed and breakfast in this part of town, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better one than this. After looking in dozens of heritage houses in Bangkok,... Read our full review of Baan Noppawong.

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84 Dinso Rd, Bangkok
1,500B to 4,000B
Dinso Mon Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
84 Dinso Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 043 0897-99

With rooms in a four-storey concrete building and a converted old house overlooking a swimming pool, Dinso Mon Hotel raised the bar for flashpacker-range accommodation in the old town after opening in 2015. Located just south of Democracy Monument and set back from a street that hosts Bangkok City Hall along with several great eateries, Dinso Mon greets guests with a cartoonish mural... Read our full review of Dinso Mon Hotel.

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29 Fueang Nakhon Rd, Bangkok
1,500B to 4,000B
Feung Nakorn Balcony
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
29 Fueang Nakhon Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 622 1100

Set back from a busy old town thoroughfare in a building that once housed an elementary school, Feung Nakorn Balcony has a bunch of clean and comfy room types including several designed for families. Accessed by stairs and open-sided halls (those are the “balconies”), the rooms come in cream, pastel green or light violet with framed photos of old Bangkok on the walls. Several windows... Read our full review of Feung Nakorn Balcony.

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196/3-8 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai, Bangkok
Under 600B
Here Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
196/3-8 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai, Bangkok
T: (090) 987 7438

The designers of Here Hostel turned a Sino-European heritage house into a traveller hangout zone with cushy dorms and one of the coolest common rooms we’ve come across. From the street, the hostel blends into this historic area thanks to preserved textures and faded paint on old wood and mortar surfaces, windows and doors—only the sign and glass entryway hint at a modern style. Loads of... Read our full review of Here Hostel.

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20 Soi Samranrat (off Mahachai Rd), Bangkok
Under 600B
Once Again Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
20 Soi Samranrat (off Mahachai Rd), Bangkok
T: (092) 620 5445

If you’re looking to avoid a party scene, Once Again Hostel is a class act with a great old town location, a cool cafe, a striking temple vista from the rooftop and some of the comfiest bunks we’ve ever come across. Entirely a hostel with no private rooms available, dorms come with choice of six, eight or 12 bunks, including a women-only edition. Rooms with fewer beds are a bit pricier... Read our full review of Once Again Hostel.

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120 Bunsiri Rd, Bangkok
600B to 1,500B
The Warehouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
120 Bunsiri Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 622 2935

The Warehouse Hotel embraced the drab grey interior of an actual former warehouse and turned it into their theme. The cold, unfinished feel somehow works out into smart rooms with an urban vibe. Built in the mid 20th century, the building served as rundown apartments until the current owners took over in 2013. Once the place was gutted, someone must have either ran short on cash or decided... Read our full review of The Warehouse.

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