The Best Thailand Hotel Locations

Thailand Destinations

All hotels by City in Thailand's most popular holiday spots.

Bangkok
Phuket
Krabi
Phi Phi Island
Koh Samui
Pattaya
Chiang Mai
Hua Hin / Cha-am

General Bangkok Lists

Hotel lists that apply to all Bangkok

All Bangkok Hotels
Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotels
Don Muang Airport Hotels

Bangkok Hotels by Location

Bangkok's hotels listed by Area

Silom Business Area
Khao San Road
Siam Square
Near Floating Market
Near Nana District
Near Soi Cowboy
Near Pat Pong

Bangkok Hotels by Category

All Bangkok's hotels split by Agoda star rating.

Bangkok Cheap Hotels
Bangkok 3 Star hotels
Bangkok 4 Star Hotels
Bangkok 5 Star Hotels
Bangkok Luxury Hotels

General Phuket Lists

Hotel lists that apply to all Phuket

All Phuket Hotels
Near the Night Life
Hotels Near Phuket Airport

Phuket Hotels by Town

All the hotels available in each of Phuket's Towns

Patong
Kamala
Karon
Kata
Rawai
Surin
Phuket Town
Chalong

Phuket Hotels by Category

All Phuket's hotels split by Agoda star rating.

Cheap Hotels
Phuket 3 Star hotels
Phuket 4 Star Hotels
Phuket 5 Star Hotels
Phuket Luxury Hotels

General Samui Lists

Hotel lists that apply to all of Koh Samui

All Samui Hotels

Samui Hotels by Area

Samui Hotels by Location

Bo Phut
Chaweng Beach
Chaweng Noi Beach
Lamai Beach

Samui Hotels by Category

All Koh Samui's hotels split by Agoda star rating.

Samui Cheap Hotels
Samui 3 Star hotels
Samui 4 Star Hotels
Samui 5 Star Hotels
Samui Luxury Hotels

General Chiangmai Lists

Hotel lists that apply to all Phuket

All Chiangmai Hotels

Chiangmai Hotels by Area

Chiangmai hotels by location

Chiangmai Airport Hotels
Chiangmai Night Bazaar Hotels
Chiangmai Riverside Hotels
Tha Phae Gate Hotels
Chiangmai Old City Hotels

Chiangmai Hotels by Category

All Chiangmai hotels split by Agoda star rating.

Chiangmai Cheap Hotels
Chiangmai 3 Star hotels
Chiangmai 4 Star Hotels
Chiangmai 5 Star Hotels
Chiangmai Phuket Luxury Hotels

General Krabi Lists

Hotel lists that apply to all of Krabi

All Krabi Hotels
All Phi Phi Hotels

Krabi Hotels by Area

Krabi Hotels by Location

Ao Nang Beach Hotels
Krabi Town Hotels
Railay Beach Hotels
Tubkaek Beach Hotels
Phi Phi Islands

Krabi Hotels by Category

All Krabi's hotels split by Agoda star rating.

Krabi Cheap Hotels
Krabi 3 Star hotels
Krabi 4 Star Hotels
Krabi 5 Star Hotels
Krabi Phuket Luxury Hotels

The Best Hotel Locations
 by City

Whether you spend your holiday exploring some of Thailand's fascinating history in the ancient capital of Chiang Mai or prefer to head to one of the country's many beach resorts to relax in the sun it's wise to learn a little about each area before you choose your accommodation or you could waste valuable holiday time catching taxis or buses on a daily basis.

You may wish to be to be near nightlife and shopping or it could be that you want the opposite and prefer peace and quiet at a secluded beach resort. Whatever your preference, if you don't know an area then picking the ideal hotel can be difficult especially as some hotel advertising exaggerates the benefits of their location.

The following lists some of Thailand's most popular holiday spots along with information that may help you choose the best locations to suit your taste within each city, town or island. The hotels suggested are carefully chosen both for their locations and good reputations.

Where to stay in Bangkok

Popular Areas to Stay in the Capital.

Bangkok is such a big city that its not possible to pick a hotel that's handy to everything but if you choose one near a Skytrain station it's the next best thing. The Skytrain elevated rail system is an easy to use, cheap and quick way to get around the city and hotels located on its route generally advertise the fact as its an important drawcard for them but beware as some exaggerate their closeness !

If you wish to stay within walking distance of particular shopping or nightlife venues then the following lists some options together with hotel suggestions :

Silom- one of the busiest shopping and business areas. Handy to the Skytrain route and Patpong night life.
Soi Cowboy – busy adut oriented night-time street.
Nana Plaza – small area crammed with bars and GoGos.
Khao San Road – popular area with backpackers and has night life to suit them.
Chao Phraya River – the city’s majestic river offers great sight-seeing and is home to some of the most luxurious hotels.
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bangkok's main international airport.

Where to Stay in Phuket

Find a Peaceful Location or Have the Nightlife on Your Doorstep

Phuket is a large island being roughly 50km long by 20km wide which means particular care has to be taken in choosing your hotel or you could end up staying at a resort miles from anywhere which may be fine for some but not for most people.

Most visitors elect to stay in or near the town of Patong. Located on the western coast of the island next to the huge Patong Beach, its packed with shops, markets, restaurants and bars. It is also home to most of the island's hotels so there is plenty of choice in all price ranges but, as the town is quite spread out, you need to look closely at where in Patong your hotel is located as local taxis (tuk tuks) are quite expensive even for short journeys.

Night-life lovers should look for accommodation within walking distance of Bangla Road which is the undoubted hub of the bar scene. Hotels near Bangla also have easy access to the beach and shopping.

For people who do not wish to be too near to the noise of the city centre there are other options such as up on the hill off Nanai Rd where many establishments have lovely sea views or at the quieter southern end of Patong Beach where you can still walk to the Bangla and the main shopping areas in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Although Patong attracts the majority of the island's visitors, Phuket has many alternatives for those who prefer a slower pace of life such as the smaller, quieter hamlets of Karon and Kata which have access to attractive beaches, shopping and night-life on a smaller scale than Patong. These towns are particularly popular with family groups who have young children.

There are many more resorts dotted around the island in stunning settings and with near exclusive access to their own small beaches that appeal to people looking to really "get away from it all". Some are incredibly luxurious such as Anantara Villas and Amanpuri while others offer similarly attractive settings for a lot less (try The Surin, Indigo Pearl).

Near Bangla Road - the nightlife centre of Patong. Also handy to the biggest shopping areas and Patong Beach.
On the Hill hotels off Nanai Road often command excellent views of the sea and city.
South End of Patong Beach quieter area of the beach but still only 15 to 20 minutes walk to the Bangla area.
Scenic Resortsin more secluded and often stunningly beautiful settings on Phuket.
Most Luxurious Scenic Resorts some of Phuket's most exclusive and luxurious hotels in breathtaking settings.

More information on Phuket locations and the best places to stay can be found on the Phuket Holiday Guide website.

Where to Stay in Pattaya

Stay Near or Far From the Party Noise

Getting about in Pattaya is easier than in most cities of a similar size thanks to the cheap and efficient "baht buses" that operate throughout. However, as Pattaya is quite spread out, it really does pay to take note of a hotel's location before you book it or you could be wasting time each day sitting in the often gridlocked traffic.

Bars and nightlife are Pattaya's main attraction for foreign visitors with the beaches being the major daytime draw. The busiest and noisiest nightlife areas are on or near Pattaya Beach Road with Walking Street at the southern end being by far the most popular area.

This does not mean that its the only good night life area in Pattaya as bars can be found nearly everywhere. Some of the most popular locales and hotels to stay in are :

South Pattaya near Walking Street– the heart of Pattaya's night life.
Soi 7 and 8another busy nightlife area near the beach.
2nd Road – easy access to nightlife and a still only a 10 minute walk to the beach.
Soi Bukhaow – crammed with bars and accommodation all at cheaper prices than most areas.
Naklua - in North Pattaya with its own bar areas and 15 minutes away from Walking Street on a baht bus.
Jomtien Beach – quieter seaside area with a nicer beach and quieter bar scene than Pattaya. 20 minutes from walking Street by baht bus.

For more detailed information on the best areas to stay in Pattaya visit "Where to Stay in Pattaya" on the pattayasites.com website.

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai

Some Convenient Areas to Stay in this Big City

Thailand's original capital, Chiang Mai, attracts visitors all year round who are drawn by the town's rich history, ancient architecture and its beautiful location amongst the hills of northern Thailand.

Being less commercialised for tourism than most other popular Thailand destinations allows visitors a more authentic thai experience but it does have its drawbacks. Getting around using public transport can be quite confusing and with the alternative taxis and tuk tuks being quite expensive by thai standards its, once again, important to choose the right part of town to stay in.

A hotel near Thapae Gate or the night markets is the best choice for the majority of people as there are many restaurants, bars and shopping areas nearby that cater specifically for foreigners with basic english being spoken by most of the Thais.

However, quite a lot of people go to Chiang mai to escape the typical tourist experience and for them there are plenty of resorts located outside the main tourist areas many of which are in very scenic settings. Included in this group are some of the most luxurious Chiang Mai has to offer such as The Four Seasons in the beautiful Mae Rim Valley or the The Chedi Chiang Mai on the banks of the Mae Ping river.

Near Thapae Gate - handy to markets, restaurants and bars. Near the "old city" sights and the most popular area for tourists.
Riversidea peaceful, pleasant setting within the city and not too far from restaurants and night life.
Mae Rim Valleylovely green setting amongst the hills of Mae Rim about 20 minutes outside the main city.

Where to Stay in Krabi

Krabi Province Has Many Beautiful Locations

Krabi Town is a working city and, although fairly handy to some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches, it is not in itself particularly attractive. To stay there does have the advantage of being cheaper but most visitors opt for one of several more scenic locations nearby.

Ao Nang Beach is in an absolutely beautiful location about 20 minutes drive from Krabi Town . Its a small seaside village aimed completely at foreign visitors with lots of shops, bars, restaurants and even a McDonalds lining the streets. Its small in size but if you stay too far from the main beach you might have trouble finding taxis or tuk tuks when you need them.

Railay and Tonsai Beaches to the east of Ao Nang are also attractive options and are accessed by water taxi. (Railay Bay Resort, Railay Village Resort)

Phi Phi islands which can be reached by launch from Krabi, Ao Nang or Phuket offer fabulous beaches and some great scuba diving. Several quality hotel resorts operate on the larger Phi Phi island.

Ao Nang Beach - a small seaside village 20 minutes drive from Krabi Town. A very popular tourist spot with plenty of shopping, bars and restaurants in a truly beautiful setting.
Railay Beachjust a couple of bays around from Ao Nang with access by water taxi only.
Phi Phi Islandsfamous for beautiful beaches and a great base for scuba diving or day trips to explore the many surrounding islands.

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