My parents (more than 65 yrs) shall be visiting Bangkok on a 3 day sight seeing trip in January. I needed some advice as to which area would be the best for accomodaion sukhumvit, silom or riverside. My travel agent has recommended First Hotel. Is it ok.
The idea is they could move around without much dificulty, visit attractions and can have indian food nearby.
Any recommendation for sightseeing tours?
Thanking you in advance.
i would probs advise the Silom area as there is a lot nearby, transport is great and its a safe area! They can easily see Lumpini Park, visit the fantastic Patpong market, the MBK centre, Jim Thompsons house.....good links to the skytrain stystem, a zillion taxis around and easy enough to use the express boats!
If it's the hotel I think it is - on New Phetchaburi Road, that's not a bad location. You are away from most of the go-go bars and sex shows. BUT the nearest Skytrain is across the street, and up the road a little bit, near the Asia Hotel. The only way to cross the streets safely is walking up the crossover steps, cross the street on the ped. bridge down the next set of stairs. If your parents have no problem with walking up stairs you're okay.
Also, keep in mind that the taxis are really cheap in Bangkok. Only pay the meter price, hail a passing taxi, avoid the taxis parked (lurking) outside the hotel - they will be the most expensive! If your parents are able to hop in a passing taxi and say "meter only" without feeling threatened - no problem with that hotel, or any other place else for that matter.
Sukhumvit or Siam may be a better choice if you want to keep it simple, because you just have to walk outside and there is the Skytrain in front of you. You still have to walk up some stairs at the stops where the escalator is not close. Sukhumvit will have more bars around, Siam probably a little more big shopping places. Lots of stores and street vendors on New Phetchaburi Road, Sukhumvit, and in the Siam area.
It all depends on how well your parents can get around and if they don't require a lot of help. If they do pretty good at flea markets back home they will do okay dealing with street vendors. If they always pay too much or get screwed back home - nothing will be any different in Bangkok.
Just caught that part about Indian food. On Sukhumvit Road, near the low numbers from Soi 1 - 15 are several Indian restaurants they can try out.
I would recommend the Grand Business Inn on Sukhumvit Soi 11. It is right by the Skytrain, rooms are very nice, very quiet and cost 1500 baht a night and there are 3 great Indian restaurants that i have been to within a 5 minute walk (2 of them are about 2 minutes away if you walk slowly!!!!). There are also numerous other Indian restaurants in the area too.
My travel agent suggests Royal Park View in Sukhumvit, it is behind Rembrandt. Will it be ok for seniors?
Royal Parkview is a bit of a trek to the Skytrain station on Sukhumvit...it's quiet but when I stayed there a couple of years ago it smelt a bit musty/mouldy and the breakfast wasn't too good.
Welcome your parents to Thailand , Sawasdee ka
I'm a bangkokian and have some advice about travel around Bangkok (including Skytrain route) I think you choose booking hotel on Sukumvit road because it's to easy for travel
And most visit in Bangkok is Wat Phra Kaew
Hope your parents have a nice trip
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i dont think "First hotel" is a good one. (Especially for old people). But its close to many interesting places in thailand. (Pratunam - Clothes market, Pantip Plaza - Biggest software, pc stuff) Well, I have to warn you that the traffic is very terrible there. And it will take time for you if you would like to visit thai traditional places like The Grand Palace or any old temples. Try SK avenue hotel or Royal City Hotel, they are in Pinklao area