• Pete

Bangkok First Timer Solo Guide

Bangkok is home to an estimated over 10 million people. It large metropolis area divided into many districts and areas with its own charms, so as a first-timer, it would be a little bit of work to find the best location, where to stay, what is near to what, and how we should enjoy Bangkok safely and under budget. Here I break it down for you based on my experience.


Where to Stay?

Silom

If you looking for fun, exciting nightlife, and lots of entertainment - stay in Silom Area. Known for being a financial district by day and a fun vibrant party hotspot by night, Silom is one of Bangkok's major three busiest areas. Silom is like a large area of nightlife and eateries and lots are close to one another. Silom is easily accessible via the MRT or the Silom Line of the BTS Skytrain - Sala Daeng Station. I like Silom due its location is accessible via public transport which is the main factor when I travel.


My rating as below


Traffic: Poor

Nightlife: Very Good

Shopping: Good

Eateries: Good

Public Transport: Good


List of hotels that are at a reasonable price for :


D Varee Xpress Pula Silom


Furama Silom Hotel Bangkok


Red Planet Surawong


Khoa San Road

If you looking to mingle with other foreigners, solo travelers, and others backpacker, you can stay at Khoa San Road. It's backpacker heaven and fills with bars, food, thriving nightlife, and 24\7 convenience stores. Khoa San Road is popular when it comes to the Songkran festival.


I have stayed here before, and while it is packed with tourists & alive 24/7, the downside is the lack of access to public transport (no Skytrain access) compare to Silom. However, Tuk Tuk, Grab Bike is widely available according to your choice and budget.


Traffic: Poor

Nightlife: Very Good

Shopping: Good

Eateries: Good

Public Transport: Poor


List of hotels that are at a reasonable price for :


Khaosan Art Hotel


Happio


Cassa Picasso Hotel



Sukhumvit

The commercial center of Bangkok. If you are more to the upscale area where you can stay next to international brand hotels, and exclusive shopping malls and mingle with the expatriate community, Sukhumvit is for you. Highly accessible via public transport and convenient go to anywhere from here. It has trendy upscale bars and restaurants, mixed with Thai and international cuisine to cater to the surrounding community.


If you ask me, would I choose the Sukhumvit area as a solo traveler? I would say no. I would like to experience a real Thai experience. Lovely place but does not suit my travel purpose. You can visit for the day to experience the streets but not for the stay.


Traffic: Average

Nightlife: Good

Shopping: Good

Eateries: Good

Public Transport: Very Good


Pratunam

Shopper paradise. With hundreds of stores selling everything from high-end fashion, home decor, foods, electronics, and anything in between, Pratunam is one stop center for shoppers. The famous one of course Platinum Fashion Mall. I love going to Platinum Fashion Mall.


Hotel Suggestions


Florida Hotel Bangkok

KC Place Hotel Pratunam