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Cheap hotels in Bangkok, Thailand

Western tourists can fail when looking for cheap hotels in Bangkok. Ideas for basic accommodation criteria vary depending on where you come from. Herm and Haiti from Houston may expect better facilities than Hahn from Hanoi – or even Henry and Hana from Harrogate (UK). Let me guide you. To make sure luxury stay in Western style in one of the many well-known western chains. The only problem is that it can be very expensive. And let's face it, stay at the Hilton or Marriott in Bangkok, and maybe be in New York, London or Cairo.

You want to stay in Bangkok, right? The good news is that there are many independent hotels in Bangkok that offer reasonable standards of accommodation at bargain prices. Who needs a wardrobe, after all? Hangers are the important part – right?

You may know that Bangkok is the capital and the main city of Thailand. In Thai it is called Krung Theb Maha Nakhon (or Krung Theb In short, it means "the city of angels"). Bangkok has a population of over six million. The dominant religion is Buddhism, practiced by all city residents except for 5%. The majority of what remains are Muslims with the dispersion of Christians. Bangkok Chock Block with temples and gardens, as well as (lest we forget) a thriving sex industry. One of the strengths of Bangkok is its splendid blend of ancient Thai culture and Western capitalism.

This is my personal choice for the best cheap hotel (Bangkok):

The side of the new Siam River

21 Soi Chanasongkram Phra-A-Thit Road, Chanasongkram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200.

Here is an upscale guesthouse with great views, located next to Chaophaya River, near Grand Palace. Fully air-conditioned, it houses a café, a decent restaurant and a large swimming pool. As with most good Thai hotels, the beds are made of foam rubber. Each room is equipped with bed control, cable TV and a fridge. Free high-speed WiFi is available in all rooms. All rooms are non-smoking.

Be careful when booking because the New Siam River Side has two other branches. Room rates start from 1390 baht (single). The non-air-conditioned room with a fan in another guesthouse starts from only 590 baht ($ 20)).

Silom City Hotel

2 Soi Prachum (Silom 22), Silom Street, Bangkok 10500

Formerly named Silom City Inn, this hotel can be found in the center of Bangkok's business center, near every major shopping center. Silom City is a short walk from major nightlife and shopping areas, as well as Suan Lumpini Park, Bangkok Railway Station and the River. It has 70 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, personal safe, PC and fax connections, internal music system, color satellite TV and en suite bathrooms. The advertised weekly rates start from 1150 baht per night (about $ 40) per single room, but we are told that it is possible to barter.

Take a nap

920-926 Rama 4 Road (at Surawongse Junction, opposite the Red Cross Society), Silom neighborhood, Bangrak 10500,

The attractively named TakeANap Hotel is a family run hotel with its fanatical supporters. There is a mixture of single and double rooms and beds, starting from 350 baht per night ($ 12). Individual songs come in around 1,000 baht ($ 34). Great for backpackers, not good for business travelers or tourist families. All 30 single and double rooms are decorated in various shapes, most designed to give you a headache after a lot of beer! TakeANap is very central, a few meters away from the Sky Train (BTS) and the MRT. TakeaNap is also close to nightclubs, city center and market area. It should be noted that the wardrobes should note that the rooms do not have their favorite furniture, but with hangers and rails. You will also be lucky to have a fridge,

Cephalay Place

168 Isaraphab Soi 33 Isaraphab rd Thra Pra Bangkok-Yai Bangkok 10600 Thailand

This apartment offers tremendous value to anyone on a budget. The prices of their smart studio apartments range from 1,450 baht per night (less than $ 50), and duplex apartments come at only 100 baht. Expect queen-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with shower panels with six massage planes. Facilities are better than average in Bangkok, ranging from a fully equipped karaoke room to tennis, restaurants, cafes and a huge chlorine-free pool, instead filtered by an environmentally friendly non-chemical filter system. Then there is the sauna, a "good karma" library and a well-equipped games room. Sivalai Palace comes highly recommended.

These are my recommended cheap Bangkok style hotels. Have a great time and let me know if you find any other jewels.