I have just returned from Thailand/Cambodia. Whilst we were in Bangkok we stayed at a place near Khaosan Road called The Star Dome Inn, just far enough away from KSR but close enuff to see what it is all about. The rooms were basic but nice and clean they have lots of different rooms available ranging from 250 baht to 700 baht a night they also offer bag storage. We caught the bus up from Bangkok to Chaing Mai as the train works out quite expensive and gets booked up quite quickly, so we went on one of the khaosan road buses 350 baht 12 hours overnight, not a bad trip really. Hope this helps
You might not even need to go to a hostel. There are so many hotels in Bangkok that the prices go ridiculously low, even in August.
Hi, I stayed at Eastin when I was in Bangkok, my friends stayed at Asia Hotel. Both are pretty good, not the cheap budget hostel, but still cheap enough. And you would appreciate a good bed with hot running shower. Thailand can be real hot in August.
Well. It really depends on what you want in Bangkok:
Important point 1 is location:
Many cheap hotels/hostels are in the Khao Sarn area (the backpacker area). Be aware that you might like the area but you are quite a bit away from the city center. If you want to explore the city a bit more than you are much better off along Sukhumvit Road or anywehere with access to the skytrain or subway (Silom is OK too).
At Khao Sarn you will get some rooms already for 500 Baht a night. But don't expect anything. Some rooms are real ****holes. You might wanna try to get a cheap "real" hotel that is located around Sukhumvit Road. You will have the best access to food, shopping, sightseeing and entertainment and nightlife. Try websites like www.excelloz.com or hotels.com. They let you check hotels after rating and price and you can just look for 2 or 3 star hotels to find something cheap. Or just search for aprice range right away. Dont worry. Hotels in Thailand can be very cheap.