If you’re staying in a hotel in Bangkok, the first thing you’ll discover is the alarming traffic jam that happens all throughout the day. If you were to take a taxi ride, you’ll probably get stuck in traffic and it’s not the best way to explore this amazing city. The solution is to stay in a hotel near BTS station, as it is faster and the best way to go sightseeing in Bangkok.
Just over a decade old the BTS was what many local Thais rely on to get to work, shopping and social gatherings on time. Travelers as well are now finding the Sky train really useful for getting to the city’s central commercial districts. Sky trains run on elevated train tracks above the city’s most traffic condensed avenues. As these trains easily glide across the traffic mess below it is easy to see why it is named ‘Sky train’.
Even though the BTS network is not so extensive, it will take a tourist to scenic spots like the Suan Pakkard Museum, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Siam Paragon, MBK and Jim Thompson House.
Aside from getting you to your destination quickly, riding the Sky Train is cheaper as compared to other western train systems. The fares are based on the distance travelled and currently the maximum is around 40baht. And as the train network is not that extensive, you can easily locomote the city without getting lost. Many Thais speak English and the Sky Trains are quite tourist friendly. That’s why it’s an advantage to stay in a hotel near BTS station.
The trains run on two lines from Silom and Sukhumvit. Coincidentally, it stops in many stations where you get to see popular luxury and budget hotels close to the stations. Few popular budget hotels near the station are Bally’s Silom Suites, Samran Place and Bedrooms Boutique Hotel.
If you were to wander the streets of Bangkok, you will find a hotel near BTS that are conveniently located. This should help you explore Bangkok with ease, and it’s really an advantage to stay near the BTS Sky train station.
After the inauguration of the Suvarnabhumi airport in September of 2006, Bangkok grew exponentially in popularity as both a tourist destination and a business destination. Many Westerners came to Thailand and to Bangkok on their holidays and their business trips, and over the past decade, the Sukhumvit region has been party to many congregations of Westerners and expatriates. This has spurred tremendous growth in the property prices of Sukhumvit and the neighbouring areas, which in turn contributed to the building of world-class malls and hotels in the area. Hence, to find a hotel near shopping district in Sukhumvit also became rather easy, with world-class 5-star hotels like S31, Bangkok Marriot Hotel and Radisson Blu taking the top spots. Many expatriates then chose these hotel near shopping district in Sukhumvit because it gave them the opportunity to visit various malls and restaurants, and experience the true nightlife that Bangkok has to offer. Below are some of the most famous shopping attractions in the Sukhumvit area:
- EmQuartier: Home to some of the biggest brands in the world, the EmQuartier mall is part of a multi-billion-baht project to make Phrom Phong an exclusive retail destination. It sits opposite the famous Emporium mall and is situated close to the Skytrain line, making it very easy to get here. Having been built only in 2015, its architecture is very futuristic and it even contains a waterfall and an atrium garden, to ease the minds of the busy shoppers.
- Terminal 21: This is one of the most liked malls in Bangkok, nay Thailand. Housing over 600 shops, and themes from all across the world, this is a mall for everyone. If you are a shopper, you will find yourself in heaven with the grand variance in choice present at this mall. However, if you are not a shopper, and are merely accompanying a shopper, you will never find yourself bored at this mall as there is always some distraction or the other.
- Emporium mall: The most intriguing aspect of this mall is that it has a direct connection to the BTS station at Phrom Phong, something very unique to a mall, not seen elsewhere. This mall has themed floors, with the first floor almost exclusively being taken up by clothing stores, the second floor for gadgetry and technology and so forth.
The S31 hotel is very advantageously placed, as it is within a 10 minute walk of all these malls, making it the best hotel near shopping district in Sukhumvit that one can reside at.