Accommodation for divers
Recommended resorts, hotels, guesthouses for divers visiting Thailand
Divers should pick their hotel location carefully based on what time of year they are coming to Thailand and where they are diving. We can help you make the right choice. Please take a look at the Thailand hotel guides above.
We find it easier to refer you to our recommended hotels via Agoda, a major online hotel booking website, rather than make hotel bookings ourselves. Booking a hotel is a time consuming business and people’s needs vary greatly. With Agoda you can research prices and see photos of all the different room types. If you can’t find what you are looking for please do ask us because we are an agent for many hotels throughout Thailand including smaller boutique resorts that do not list with the big hotel booking websites.
Bangkok hotel suggestions:
Most holiday makers only spend a day or two in Bangkok. Much of the city is easily travelled by sky train and taxi so where you stay will depend on what you plan to do while in Bangkok. If you want to be close Suvarnabhumi airport (pronounced Suvarnaboom, the “i” is silent) the Novatel is a good bet, the Best Western is a cheaper alternative. For Don Muang airport you could stay at the Amari Don Muang but for most people Sukhumvit road hotels are close enough.
For many travelers the Sukhumvit road area will be ideal with plenty of shops and restaurants along the road and easy sky train access to other parts of the city including the Wireless Road/Chidlom (international embassy area) and the fashion shopping malls at Pratunam. If you want nightlife then the low numbered sois are good for Nana Plaza (soi 4) and the higher numbers are good for soi Cowboy soi 23). The Grand Sukhumvit is on soi 6. iCheck inn on soi 11 is good value.
Shopoholics will love the Pratunam area of Bangkok. The Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel is very close to Central World, Platinum Fashion Mall and the IT mega mall, Pantip Plaza. It is also a couple of hundred metres walk to the sky trail and the airport rail link. Erawan shrine is also near by. A lower budget option nearby is the iCheck inn Mayfair Pratunam.
Khaosan Road is backpacker central and also convenient for the river and the Grand Palace. There are lots of cheap places along Khaosan and the surrounding streets. Buddy Lodge is popular.
Chiang Mai hotel suggestions:
Whenever we stay in Chiang Mai city we stay in the central area. We like to be outside of, but within walking distance of the old walled town. We also like to be close to the night bazaar, the weekend walking market and our favourite bar and restaurant, the Riverside.
The Duangtawan on Loy Kroh road is hard to beat in terms of location and value for money. It’s a standard 3 star hotel. If your budget stretches further there are some beautiful hotels in Chiang Mai.
The Dusit D2 is in the same central area and is much more individually stylish. The Yaang Come Village hotel is a beautiful Lanna style resort. The Chedi is a tranquil oasis on the riverside but still very central.
Out of town in the Mae Rim area (the area where all the elephant trekking is done) is the Four Seasons. It’s hard to beat in terms of luxury in the middle of rice paddies.