Bangkok is an excellent destination for budget travellers to explore, as many of the attractions in this vibrant city are either free of charge or are extremely cheap to visit. Increasingly, there are also a number of cheap flights to Bangkok available if you check across a number of airlines. While the city features a large number of hostels as well as very cheap guesthouses, budget travellers will also find that many of the more upmarket hotels are extremely affordable.
Loy La Long
This atmospheric hotel is situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, which means that guests will be treated to scenic river views during their stay. Loy La Long consists of a two-storey teak hut that has been converted into a charming hotel and the friendly owners are always ready and willing to provide their guests with travel tips and advice.
This charming budget hotel comes complete with its own swimming pool as well as an interesting history. The Atlanta was built in the 1950s and features a modernist-themed lobby, while the King of Thailand once visited the hotel to play the trumpet in the onsite jazz bar. The hotel is situated in a prime location just off Sukhumvit Road and also boasts a good Thai restaurant and a library.
Travellers who are planning to spend several weeks getting to know the city of Bangkok will find that the serviced apartments at Cape House are a great deal. While they are extremely affordable, these small apartments come complete with a range of modern conveniences such as large bath tubs, Wi-Fi and televisions, while Cape House also offers a rooftop pool, a sauna and a gym. Full breakfasts are included in the price of all rooms, while Cape House is situated conveniently close to the Chitlom Skytrain station.
Me Style Place
This cosy budget hotel is situated in the Huai Khwang district of Bangkok and is just a short walk from the Huai Khwang underground station. All of the rooms in this retro hotel are extremely colourful and Me Style Place comes complete with an excellent restaurant as well as a pool and gym. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and televisions, while sitting on one of the private balconies and watching life unfold in the Huai Khwang district is an interesting way to spend the evening.
Budget travellers who want to spend a few nights in this small, family-run guesthouse will want to make sure that they book in advance, as Phranakorn Nornlen is extremely popular with people from all walks of life. All of the rooms here are kept spotlessly clean and in good repair, while the garden café and rooftop area are great places to unwind. The staff at Phranakorn Nornlen are famous for their excellent service and they offer their guests a range of extra activities such as guided tours of Bangkok and daily cooking classes.
Staying a few nights in this bohemian style establishment is an excellent option for travellers who want to make new friends. The Overstay is located on Charoen soi 40 in the Pinklao district of Bangkok and features seven floors that are packed with dorm rooms, private rooms and even hammocks on the rooftop. The ground floor of the Overstay features a large bar as well as a pool table and dance floor and vibrant parties are held there virtually every night of the week.
Thisis Bangkok’s most popular backpacker haunt and budget travellers will also find a wide range of cheap and cheerful rooms situated along this vibrant strip of bars and restaurants. One of the great things about this section of the city is that it attracts travellers from all walks of life, and it is easy to make new friends there while enjoying buckets of cocktails at one of the bars that line the road.
Amanda Fowler is freelance travel writer.
Our flight back to Korea is in the evening of New Year’s eve so we left our hotel in the afternoon to the airport but at the airport we are informed that our flight is cancelled and the airline will book us into the hotel, and our flight will be scheduled in the morning, New Years Day.
Air China told us that we are going to be booked in a 5 star hotel together with other passengers. Lebua Hotel was big and the security was very tight that we need to put our bags in the x-ray machine before we can go inside. We waited until they asked all the passengers to check-in, other travelers who are traveling alone was asked to share a bed (as what we’ve heard from them). Taking the elevator we found that the hotel was shops and other amenities at the other side, it has appliance store and coffee shops.
The whole walkway is covered in red carpet so you cannot hear any single footsteps, the room given to us was nice, clean and very comfy so we have nothing else to complain, the room has TV set but we are not really interested all we need is a good rest from tiring sightseeing trip since we arrived in India.
At the lobby there’s a cafe / restaurant (called Culture Cafe) but we are too lazy to go down and eat. In short we spend New Year’s eve in Lebua Hotel, and we just ate breakfast in the morning the cafe have a breakfast buffet.
We stayed two days and two nights in Kolkata, we arrived through train from Bodh Gaya. We have already booked our accommodation in advance, so when we arrived early in the morning we just hired a yellow taxi from the train station to Hotel Esplanade Chambers, I think the fare cost 350 Rs.
The hotel is situated on a busy street of Chandni Chowk, also a walking distance from the Chandni Chowk station. The room was clean and tidy with attached bathroom (hot and cold shower), with air condition and breakfast is included as well. The staff is very helpful, warm and friendly too.
1) Hit the beach
Dubai may have its fair share of sand in the area, but make sure that you take a trip out to one of the wonderful beaches to be found in this stunning city. With white sand and deep blue seas the seaside in Dubai is heavenly.
2) Make the most of your hotel
Resorts such as the Jumeirah Beach Hotel offer some fantastic facilities so make sure that you make the most of the accommodation that you stay in. There are some great things to see and do in the city of Dubai but if you have paid for a swanky hotel to stay in, enjoy it while you have the chance.
3) Go shopping
Dubai is full of fantastic shops, from designer outlets to local market stalls. If you take a trip to this amazing city make sure you do at least a spot of retail therapy. Here you can find fabulous jewellery, stylish clothes, gold from the Middle East and a huge number of other items of interest and beauty.
[Dhow, Dubai Museum (formerly al-Faheidi fort), Dubai]
4) Bash some dunes
Dune bashing is here you head out to the desert to take on the dunes in a four wheel drive vehicle. Jump in an SUV and have the time of your life before returning to the city for superb food and drink.
5) Eat out
Speaking of food and drink you have to hit the many restaurants in Dubai while you are there. There are excellent standards in dining in this metropolis and you can get fab food in every possible style you can think of.
6) Go golfing
The number of ex pats in Dubai plus the affluent local population mean that there are pursuits like golf to play, and there are some beautiful golf courses to play on with amazing views of the ocean, the wild dunes of the desert and the sparkling tips on the huge sky scraping buildings.
7) Hit the piste
Yes Dubai is a city in the Middle East so you might be surprised to hear that you can actually go skiing here. There is an awesome indoor ski slope in the city where you can take a break from the hot sun and cool off on skis or snowboards.
8) Carry on cruising
To see the best of the area you should really take a Dubai cruise up the creek to see the city from a different perspective.