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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Guest Friendly Bangkok Hotels on Sukhumvit Soi 8

Facing the entrance of Soi 8
I like referring to hotels on Sukhumvit Soi 8 as the sweet spot. Why? Because Soi 8 is almost exactly right in between Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy. So you can walk to either in one under 10 minutes. Plus the Nana Sky Train entrance is right in front of the Soi so getting to other points of interest in the city is easy.

There are a handful of economy hotels down the Soi so it's very popular for those who choose to stay in Bangkok longer and stretch their Baht. The area is quiet and not too busy. But it's not boring either. There are massage parlors and Indian restaurants plus shops to buy a suit during a hot and humid day.

Now one of the best places I like to recommend right off is a 3 star hotel, the On8 Sukhmvit Hotel and it's conveniently next Nana BTS entrance so it's easy to find.

Deluxe Double room at On8 Sukhumvit Hotel
On8 is about three years old and it is a small hotel. But a deluxe double room is 23 square meters so it's not so bad. And the rooms are very modern with comfortable beds but not much more. Like many other bare basic hotels, On8 is still a very good bar girl friendly hotel right on Sukhmvit road.

Right now a deluxe double cost around 2000THB with an American style set breakfast at On8 hotel which is not expensive considering the location and quality of the hotel. Though there is no swimming pool or gym which is what most would expect with that price range.

Superior room at Adelphi Suites
If a pool and a gym is want you want then head 50 meters down Soi 8 and on the right side you will find the Adelphi Suites.

It's the best hotel on the Soi. A 36 square meter studio room with kitchenette will set you back around 3200THB. Though currently you can find discounts for a 1 bedroom at Adelphi Suites for around 3600THB per night for a 46 square meter room. And the room has a washer/dryer and kitchenette so it's a good hotel choice if you're planning to be in Bangkok for a little while.

If both hotels don't fit into your budget range then take a look at Sawasdee Hotel 8. The Sawasdee brand name operates a bunch of economy hotels throughout Thailand. Most of their cheap hotels are crap in my opinion but their newly built Sawasdee Hotel 8 is in top condition with friendly service.

Sawasdee Hotel Sukhumvit 8
The rooms are 23 square meters which is not bad at all considering it only cost around 1300THB per night for a brand new hotel room.

It's definitely one of the better budget guest friendly hotels in the area. And even though the hotel is not far from the Nana BTS station they still provide a 24 hour tuk tuk service.

Finally just 300 meters down is another inexpensive hotel called Salil Hotel 8. It's another very clean hotel and it's not so old either. They are a bit further down so they do provide complimentary tuk tuk service too. A superior room at Salil Hotel 8 currently cost around 1600THB.

And there are quite a few bars on Soi 8. On Fridays check out Det 5 Bar for a free buffet starting 7pm. All you have to do is buy a drink, even if it's a bottle of water. They typically have utility Thai food like pork and holy basil, green curry chicken, fried rice and fruits for dessert.

Sukhumvit Soi 8 is not devoid of any action at all either. Lolitas Bar located right by the entrance of the Soi is a place where guys go not only to grab a beer but to get their pipes cleaned at the same time.

For some late after hours club action, head over to Club Climax in the basement parking level of the Ambassador Hotel. It's a decent area to pick up Thai freelancers if you're too lazy to walk to Nana or Cowboy.

I think staying at a hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 8 would make a great base for checking out Bangkok's nightlife

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