Friday, 4 February 2011

Wheelchair accessible hotels Bangkok

January 26, 2011
IBIS hotel, Bangkok

I have stayed in many hotels in Bangkok and always try another hotel in my search for wheelchair accessible hotels in Bangkok. I love Bangkok and like to explore this city together with my wife. I have a muscular disease since childhood which effects my whole body. I cannot walk, stand or transfer to another seat or toilet. I need help with almost everything. Therefore I use a powered wheelchair all the time to stay as independent as possible. When you use a powered wheelchair like I do you don't have an option. The hotel needs to be wheelchair accessible. And Thailand knows wheelchair accessibility in a lot of variations. So I was surprised by this hotel.

In this picture taken by my wife you see me at the reception of the IBIS hotel, my shower wheelchair and my Thai care taker Nahm. At first they gave us room 547 but this wasn't a room for disabled people. After a complaint they gave us room 406. And this was absolutely a wheelchair accessible room. The bathroom had a roll in shower, the bed was as high as the seat of my wheelchair and enough space for me turn my wheelchair next to the bed and in the bathroom.

The hotel itself is very good adapted for wheelchair users. The only minor disadvantage is a little step of a few centimeters from the hotel to the pool area. I needed help here, but a paraplegic can do this on his own.

The hotel is located at the Chao Praya Riverside. The terrace and garden along the river offers beuatiful views of the river, the passing boats and the Shangri-la hotel. And this for the nice price of 1800 Baht per night including taxes and breakfast.

For more pictures of wheelchair access of this hotel look at my Picasa Webalbum of IBIS Riverside Hotel.

You don't need a car and driver overhere. The Skytrain is closeby and this station is wheelchair accessible. For more info about the Public transport in Bangkok read my previous posts about BTS, Airlink and MRT.

Have a nice stay and leave your comments here.


  1. oh hi this sounds nice, my boyfriend is quadriplegic in a wheel chair, and were trying to look for places and hotels here in asia where is accessible for disabled people, hes from Florida and I from the Phils, This could be a nice hotel to stay. WE now have an idea thanks for sharing your experience and this page.

  2. Hi Anonymous,
    We are glad to be of help. Hope you enjoy your stay in Thailand. For a perfect accommodation in Hua Hin, Thailand have a look at my website
    Regards, Hanneke

  3. I have MD too and is currently looking at travelling to Bangkok. I think my biggest concern is the public restroom. How common are accessible restrooms? I am a woman, so that's quite important to me...
    Thanks to you, Hua Hin now sounds like an option too. Will consider!

    1. You shouldn't have any problems in Bangkok at all, particularly if you go to the large shopping malls like Siam Paragon, Central World Plaza and Terminal 21. They are all fabulous malls, packed with things to see, do and, of course, buy :) and all of them have at least one wheelchair accessible stall in every bathroom.

      Plus, the Thais are so darned nice, if you ever have any problems you'l probably have five people rushing to help you :)

  4. Here is a map of Hua Hin with accessible restrooms in Hua Hin.

  5. A Shower Wheelchair is similar to a conventional wheelchair but differs in that it has been specially-designed to assist a patient in using the shower or the toilet. These are appropriate for persons who cannot stand for the time it takes to shower. This wheelchair is as a multi-purpose commode chair that assists the user to perform a number of functions tirelessly. Its main function is mobility, helping the individual move about. Secondly, the chair can act as a shower chair and thirdly, and equally important, it may function as a toilet seat. This ensures that the individual does not have to exert him- or herself to move from the chair in order to use the toilet.

  6. The Shower Wheelchair combines the services of transportation as a wheelchair and a shower seat.
    They come in various designs. Some require the services of an attendant for the purpose of pushing the user chair around while others are self-propelled. The chairs are fitted with brakes that ensure that the user does not move about while taking a shower. It is advisable for persons using wheelchairs to have their houses, or at least bathrooms, specially designed for easy access via wheelchair. For instance, replacing stairs with ramps; increasing the size of the bathroom door so as to accommodate a wheelchair and many more.

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