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Live Like a Local in Bangkok With These 5 Unique Airbnbs

Forget run-of-the-mill hotels. Bed down at these stylish Airbnb rentals for your next getaway to Bangkok
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Bangkok has a hotel for every taste, budget and travelling need. But if you want to live like a local (as Airbnb likes to put it), these five dreamy rentals will show you a new side of the city you've never dreamt of. Pack your bags!

A two bedroom duplex with private pool

There aren’t many boxes this swanky two-bedroom duplex apartment doesn’t tick.

Its location is superb – just a five-minute walk from Thong Lor BTS – with captivating views of the neighbourhood from the balcony. The open-concept kitchen comes fully equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, electric stove, oven, kettle, coffee brewer and utensils, so you can cook something simple if you like. Of course, the best feature is the private pool within the unit, which runs the length of the apartment and is big enough for you to swim a few laps in.

If you want a fuss-free check in, opt for airport transfer provided by host Meme (at an additional 500THB) – the driver will take you straight to the apartment.

Book here.

A quirky B&B spot

For a big thrill with small bills, this charming one-bedder is hard to beat.

The look and feel are like a country guest house, filled with vintage paraphernalia: old trucks, animal taxidermy, curious trinkets and books. Breakfast is served downstairs, where you’ll be greeted by the host’s adorable cats and dogs. There are plenty of tiny mom-and-pop shops and street food vendors in the quaint Klongsan neighbourhood, plus the BTS station is just a stone’s throw away, so you can zip around Bangkok easily.

Book here.

A tranquil two-storey house

Heading to Bangkok with family and friends? Look no further than this gorgeous two-storey house that sleeps up to seven in three bedrooms, and is situated within the buzzy Ekamai district.

The living and dining area on the ground floor is airy and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling glass panels to let in plenty of sunshine during the day. The entire home feels delightfully comfy and calming: the colour scheme is neutral with mainly grey, white, black and brown hues; there is a little garden with a huge wooden swing on the ground floor; as well as a large balcony on the second floor. The kitchen is fully equipped with electric stove, microwave, kettle and a refrigerator, and the host provides basic amenities like drinking water and garbage bags for your convenience.

Book here.

A bright and cosy artist’s studio

This handsome 500 square-feet loft is a good excuse to explore a quieter side of Sathorn, Bangkok’s CBD.

With tasteful touches such as a calfskin rug, old trunks as bedside table, funky furnishings, concrete floors and wall art, the space – which also features an outdoor kitchenette and a wrap-around balcony – is chic yet homely. What’s unique about the place is its location: the apartment, though the nearest BTS station Sala Daeng is a 25-minute walk away, is within steps of the Suan Phlu fresh market, where you can find great local food and authentic Bangkok experiences.

Book here.

A hip, arty loft in Chinatown

Perched atop Soy Sauce Factory, an art space that was formerly an actual soy sauce factory, is this hip 1000 square-feet loft that would make the cool cats feel right at home.

As with the gallery downstairs, the apartment has an industrial, bare-bones setting, enlivened with bold, contemporary art, curious vintage objects and impeccable designer furniture. It’s located near Chaophraya River in Chinatown, which is considerably far from the more popular Sukhumvit area where all the action is, but you get to experience local life in an old town, and travel to other parts of the city in a water taxi. Occasionally, there’ll even be music and art events at the gallery downstairs, where you can rub shoulders with the local creative set.

(Book here)

Unique Bangkok experiences

While you are booking your Airbnb accommodation, you should also try one of Airbnb’s unique experiences in Bangkok.

From a biking tour around the city to learning how to make a Thai flower garland, picking up some Thai cooking tips, or work up a sweat at a Muay Thai session, there's much to experience in the city.

During our recent trip, we visited Arjan Neung, a renowned sakyant (sacred tattoo) master whose clients include celebrities such as Steven Seagal and Brooke Shields. During the three-hour tour, our friendly host Petz walked us through the traditional tattoo ceremony – from the prayers to getting inked.

Book here.

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