Most Convenient Place to Stay in Bangkok | The best neighborhood

You’re traveling to Bangkok and want to stay in the best and most convenient place in Bangkok.

One that has a BTS Skytrain station, with a big plus if it also has easy access to a Chao Phraya River ferry pier. An area that is close to Bangkok’s main attractions and has plenty of street food options.

That’s an ideal place to stay in Bangkok and we have identified such an area after visiting Bangkok multiple times. And in this article, we’ll tell you which is the ideal place to stay in Bangkok and why and then recommend our favourite hotels in this area.

Your first step to staying in a convenient place in Bangkok is to stay close to a BTS Skytrain station. But which BTS station? Bangkok has a total of 60 BTS stations stretching over 70 kilometers.

Stay Close To Which BTS Skytrain?

Saphan Taksin.

We recommend booking your Bangkok hotel near Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station if you value convenience the most.

Why Close To Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain?

Saphan Taksin is the only BTS station connected to the Chao Phraya River ferries. A 1-minute walk from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain will get you to the pier, known as the Sathorn Central Pier.

What’s so special about staying near a Chao Phraya Ferries Pier?

With the river ferries, you can reach Bangkok’s main attractions that are not accessible by train like The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Khao San Road.

Saphan Taksin BTS area is the most convenient place to stay in Bangkok. Quick access to the central ferry pier and a short pleasant ride get you to Bangkok’s main attractions.

More on the Chao Phraya river boats later in this article.

What’s more? Why should you have your hotel in Bangkok near Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain?

From Saphan Taksin BTS station you can quickly connect to the MRT subway (blue line) and the other BTS line, Sukhumvit line.

Note: The BTS Skytrain has 2 lines, Sukhumvit and Silom. Saphan Taksin BTS station is on Silom line.

Therefore by staying at a hotel near Saphan Taksin, you’ll also have easy access to the MRT and Sukhumvit line, allowing you to practically reach all attractions in Bangkok easily.

To interchange to the MRT blue line, wait for the 4th stop after Saphan Taksin, that is, at Sala Deang BTS station. And to interchange to the Sukhumvit line, stop at the 6th one, at Siam BTS station.

On Google Maps look for a dark green line that crosses over the Chao Phraya River and that’s the Silom BTS Skytrain line.

Another plus to staying at a hotel near Saphan Taksin BTS station is that this area has many options for great street food and Thai restaurants. You cannot visit Bangkok and ignore the small food carts parked along the streets selling amazingly good food despite their appearance. So having your hotel near Saphan Taksin BTS skytrain will put you right into Bangkok’s vibrant street food scene.

These are some of our favorite restaurants located near the Saphan Taksin station.

Best Hotels Near BTS Skytrain – Saphan Taksin

Which hotels do you recommend located close to Saphan Taksin BTS station?

These hotels are our favorite and are located only 5 minutes by walk from Saphan Taksin BTS station. They are the best options if you’re after convenience and cost-effectiveness.

HotelDistance (mins/metres)Price €**
Somewhere To Escape Hometel3mins / 210m36
Unplugged at Bangrak1min / 98m46
Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok4mins / 260m48
Shangri-La Bangkok5mins / 350m212
Prices are current at the time of writing and can change over time.

** The quoted prices include Agoda’s other charges and taxes for a double bedroom per night.

Jacqueline exhausted after a hot train train at Escape hotel in Bangkok. A hotel we recommend for its great location and its interior design.
Jacqueline at Somewhere to Escape Hometel (exhausted after a hot train ride). We stayed at Escape for a whole week and confirm that its location is the best you can have in Bangkok.

Luxurious Bangkok Hotels Near BTS Saphan Taksin

These are our recommended luxury hotels near Saphan Taksin station with views of the Chao Phraya River. They are the best Bangkok hotels you can stay in and therefore aren’t cheap.

We are full-time travelers and at the moment we cannot afford to stay in these hotels. But it doesn’t mean we won’t share our dream hotels in Bangkok with you.

HotelDistance (mins/metres)Price €**
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok12mins / 850m420
Capella Bangkok13mins / 900m859
Prices are current at the time of writing and can change over time.

** Read our review of the Chao Phraya River Cruise.

Budget Hotels Near BTS Skytrain – Saphan Taksin

These are our favorite hotels within 15 minutes’ walk from Saphan Taksin BTS skytrain. Included in the list are some budget options as well.

HotelDistance (mins/metres)Price €**
Jasaen Stylish Boutique Hotel8mins/600m30
Prince Theatre Heritage Stay Hostel-Silom6mins / 400m39
Bossotel Hotel7mins / 450m41
Baan Vajra15mins / 1km48
SAM E. Hotel Bangkok Sathorn10mins / 700m70
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn12mins / 850m105
Prices are current at the time of writing and can change over time.
Jacqueline in our unique room at Jasaen Stylish Boutique Hotel. A room that required some exploration, admiring its decor and antique furnishings.

Why Close To Saphan Taksin BTS – Our Experience

During our multiple visits to Bangkok, we stayed in different areas including the old quarter near Khao San Road which does not have access to the BTS or MRT, and other hotels along the Sukhumvit line close to a skytrain.

While staying near Khao San Road kept us close to the main attractions, getting to other parts of Bangkok was challenging. When we stayed near BTS stations along Sukhumvit, we visited Bangkok’s old quarter, our favorite part of the city, less frequently.

Based on our experiences, staying near Saphan Taksin means you’ll be located close to the old quarter, allowing you to easily explore this favorite area of Bangkok. And at the same time, you’ll still benefit from the BTS skytrain and MRT system, providing efficient transportation to other neighborhoods and sights.

Bangkok’s Main Attractions & Saphan Taksin BTS

The area around Saphan Taksin BTS station is the best place to stay in Bangkok because not only it’s conveniently located near a BTS skytrain station but it’s also close to Bangkok’s main attractions.

You can easily reach all the top attractions by taking the Chao Phraya River ferry from the central pier. Or use the BTS skytrain on the Silom line and interchange to the MRT blue line or the Sukhumvit BTS line and reach most of the other attractions in Bangkok.

From Your Hotel To Bangkok’s Main Sights

How do you get from your hotel near Saphan Taksin BTS to Bangkok’s main sights?

Since you’ll be staying in the most convenient location in Bangkok, that is, near Saphan Taksin BTS, it is relatively easy to reach Bangkok’s main sights.

Here’s a table showing which pier or train station you should stop at for Bangkok’s main attractions.

Bangkok Main AttractionsStop at this PierStop at this Station
Grand Palace & Emerald BuddhaTha Chang
Wat ArunTha Tien+cross river ferry
Wat PhoTha Tien
Chatuchak Weekend MarketMo Chit on the
Sukhumvit line
Khao San RoadPhra Arthit
MBK CentreNational Stadium on
Silom line
From your Bangkok hotel (close to Saphan Taksin skytrain) to Bangkok’s main attractions

We suggest that if you’re staying in Bangkok for one or two days, you skip the ‘do it yourself’ and join a tour. With a tour, you’ll see more in a shorter timeframe and avoid the stressful planning process.

Click on the main attraction’s name in the table above for tour suggestions.

About Saphan Taksin BTS station

It is important to note that the skytrain in Saphan Taksin is a monorail. Therefore, this station has a single track and all trains stop on one side only. Before getting on the train, check the direction of where you want to go, to avoid going in the opposite direction. Also, at the station, you’ll get all the guidance you’ll need to help you get the right train.

BTS Skytrain Timetable

Time of first train at Saphan Taksin skytrain station: 5:41

Time of last train at Saphan Taksin skytrain station: 23:46

An image showing the entrance to the central pier and an arrow pointing to the left. This is were you need to go for the tourist boat and the different flagged boats.
This is the entrance to the Sathorn Central Pier. Turn left for the 1. Chao Phraya Express Boat (that is for the orange, yellow green and yellow flagged ferries), 2. Chao Phraya Tourist Boat (blue flag ferries) and 3. the shuttle boat from the Central pier to Iconsiam.

Chao Phraya River Ferries Timetable

Time of first boat at Sathorn (Taksin) Central Pier

Click on the blue text for the Chao Phraya Express Boat and Chao Phraya Tourist Boat timetable and ticket prices.

Time of last boat at Sathorn (Taksin) Central Pier

  • Tourist boat: 19:15
  • Orange or red flag: 18:10 – Monday to Friday, earlier on Saturday and Sunday

**After this article jump to our comprehensive guide to first timers visiting Bangkok.

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