21st August 2002, 04:13 PM
Where to stay in Bangkok
Will be heading to Bangkok for a getaway.
Can anybody provide some tips on hotels, district to stay, shop or food.
21st August 2002, 05:29 PM
hi, i just went to thai sometimes beginning this yr..it was my 2nd time there...i really enjoyed it because the place is fun, lots to shop, food there is cheap and delicious, esp the jap food..and not forgetting the authentic thai food...yummy yummy..
i hv attached a copy of the schedule that i planned myself and used during my trip to thai...just for your reference..
Bangkok Trip 2002
Day 1 (17.01.2002)
8:30pm - Check in airport
10:25pm - Flight off to BK
Day 2 (18.01.2002)
7am - Breakfast
8am - Dreamworld
Four-faced Buddha at WTC
Traditional Thai massage (Silom Hatasart - it's a good place but difficult to locate, otherwise u can go to other nearby massage parlor. Normal price range = 400-500bht)
Dinner - Room Service (food in hotel is pretty good and not ex)
Day 3 (19.01.2002)
7am - Breakfast
8am - Chatuchak (shld go there as early as possible, it's a huge market place, and will take hours to shop around)
12pm - Solfitel Hotel (Japanese food)
1pm - Shopping (not in sequence, cos they are very far from each other, so plan which shopping center before u head off)
Emporium The Mall (Phrom Phong)
8pm - Dinner at Chinatown (shark fins and bird nest, a must)
Day 4 (20.01.2002)
7am - Breakfast
8am - Shopping (last minute shopping)
World Trade Center
12pm - Check out hotel
3pm - Check in airport
5:20pm - Flight off to Singapore
PS: All time is in SGT.
21st August 2002, 05:35 PM
21st August 2002, 05:56 PM
baiyok sky ( once the tallest in asia ) around 80 sgd, but worth the price. goto the rooftop and take some pix for all of us
21st August 2002, 07:39 PM
just got back from there!
i just got back from there twice in the past three weeks. first time, i stayed in a guesthouse on khao san road. not a bad place to be, really. many cheap places to stay in, but there are some hotels as well (buddy lodge, viengtai hotel, etc). also, the place is just "happening" most of them time! many travellers park themselves there for a few days to soak in the activity. the street itself is also one big market at night time (so if you want to stay in a fairly quiet place, you might want to choose the guesthouses within khao san's alleys).
i also got to stay for a while in a hotel in chinatown. it was a modest hotel, but i wouldn't recommend it for the fact that it was in chinatown - the traffic there was horrible almost *all* the time!
for shopping, i definitely agree that you should NOT miss the weekend market, Chatuchak (open only on sat. and sun.). officially, they open at 10am, but you can get there at 8am with some shops open already and a lot of breathing space. it gets really crowded towards noon and after. you can even get there via skytrain (very helpful against bangkok's amazing traffic jams). you should also pay Mah Boon Kroong (MBK) a visit.
if you end up staying in khao san, please try the Tom Yam Goong at Tom Yam Kung restaurant. definitely something you shouldn't miss!
for tourism, definitely visit the grand palace and wat phra kaew (in the same compound), but if you'd rather visit a temple that doesn't have as many people as wat phra kaew gets, then visit the nearby wat pho (where the reclining buddha is housed).
take a ride on the skytrain and see more of bangkok and its rooftops.
there's just so much you can do there!
oh just be careful about tuktuk drivers -- sometimes they will tell you that a certain temple is closed for that day and that they will take you to some other open temple or buddha (when in fact they will try to bring you to some shops where they get commission and stuff).
oh there are maps at the airport also.
22nd August 2002, 09:11 AM
22nd August 2002, 09:54 AM
Que lynn u were backpacking?
I interested to know the charges, probably go down backpacking with frens late this year.
By the way how much for the flight back to singapore?
22nd August 2002, 10:58 AM
23rd August 2002, 06:36 AM
alba and sbs99,
went there for pleasure
for the first fourday-fournight trip, i took an airplane with friends, reserved a room in one of the guesthouses on khao san road (new joe guesthouse) via email, and stayed in bangkok for a total of only one and a half days (the rest was spent being on the road and being in koh samui)
two weeks after that, i had four days of vacation to kill and read in the lonely planet singapore book that i can take a bus to hat yai, and then to bangkok. so i did. that was a bloody long trip to be just sitting in a bus, so i decided to take a plane ride home. the cost was... quite expensive because it was a sunday, and all the cheaper airlines were already full.
on the second trip was when i got to explore bangkok's traffic a bit more. went to a few more temples, to chatuchak market, to the floating market, to the ancient city, to MBK, pratunam market, nailert market, and a few streets and markets of which i cannot recall the names.
wow, if you are staying in baiyoke sky, that's just awesome! the view must be spectacular. that building just sticks out way above the city's skyline (or at least the buildings beside it).
next time, i think i will be trying the rail trip to bangkok! at least those have sleeper berths.
23rd August 2002, 09:00 AM