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15 HOURS IN BANGKOK!!! HELP!

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1. Posted by BlackAngel (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi. I arrive in BKK from Samui at 8.00am. My flight back to London doesn't leave until the early hours next day 01.00. Does that make sense? So I basically have 15 hours to kill. What can I do? Where can I go fo last minute shopping? Food? Maybe to freshen up? With it being so hot and arriving early in the morning and not leaving until late in the night..where can I go the have a quick wash?

Also where can I leave my bags?

Any one with suggestions as to what I should do? Done the touristy things already..so looking for something a little different and relaxing.

Ta.x

2. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

I'd probably jump in a taxi (not the private ones obviously) to Khao San Road. There are a few places along there to store your bag too....

Personally I'd go to the New Siam II guest house, leave my bag there, have a wander around Khao San road for a bit, and chill. Then I'd pay to use the New Siam II swimming pool to refresh (Bangkok is a bit grubby isn't it.....), use the shower there too. Pack up, walk down the ally next to the guest house opposite direction from Khao San road and flag down a taxi.....

Well that's my 10 cents worth...:)

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

Quoting BlackAngel

Hi. I arrive in BKK from Samui at 8.00am. My flight back to London doesn't leave until the early hours next day 01.00. Does that make sense? So I basically have 15 hours to kill. What can I do? Where can I go fo last minute shopping? Food? Maybe to freshen up? With it being so hot and arriving early in the morning and not leaving until late in the night..where can I go the have a quick wash?

Also where can I leave my bags?

Any one with suggestions as to what I should do? Done the touristy things already..so looking for something a little different and relaxing.

Ta.x

Check into a hotel on Sukhumvit or the Siam area. This will give you will get a place to clean up and store your bags for a while. Hotels in the range of 700 to 1200 are available around there.

or

There is a left luggage facility at the airport, just ask one of the airline reps if you don't see it. There is a sleep room but it is almost as expensive as a cheap hotel on Sukhumvit. If you have a gold card and have VIP lounge privileges, some of those VIP lounges also have shower facilities.

The Airport Bus is 100 baht to go into town (several routes.) The same bus can return you to the airport 2 hours prior your check-in.

4. Posted by BlackAngel (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Thanks very much for your replies -road_trip and karazyal.
As you can understand travelling alone as a single female is csary and sometimes lonely, so I jus want to get things sorted so that I don't waste time or I don't put my self in any risky situations.

I love KS Road! When I travelled to Thailand with my brother four years ago. We really enjoyed it. Having never been there before, it was one of our highlights...and you've just got to do it haven't you despite how touristy it maybe! We also stayed at the New Siam 2 hotel - which was great value for monet. Clean, nice we had a great time there.
I didn't know they wuld store your luggage if you were not a guest? Thats great to hear. I can't remember where it is so should I jut get a taxi there from the airport if I get the address from the net? How much shoULD I expect to pay in a taxi to KS Road. These taxi drivers tend to take advantage when you are female and travelling alone! Or does the bus service go near the KS Road

What about the malls? Worth going to? Or any of the night markets? What tome do they set up? I suppose I need to be back at the airport for about 23.00 for check in so do you think I WILL have enough time?

Cheers.x

5. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Hey BlackAngel,

I agree that New Siam II is a nice guest house! Grab a taxi from outside the airport from the taxi rand and write down where you're going (I've seen loads of travellers getting ripped off by the private companies touting for business as you walk through arrivals). You should expect to pay no more than 300 Baht I should think (which will include the 50Baht taxi rank fee). Make sure you go via the toll roads else you'll be stuck in traffic and it takes ages. Even though you have to pay about 70Baht for the tolls, its worth it just for the speed...

If they dont know where New Siam II is just get dropped off on KS Road. Walk to the opposite end to burger king and turn right. Cross over the road and take the next left just after the money exchange booth. Now just follow the wall on the left down to the bottom of the road and round the corner to the left. Follow the wall to the end of this road until you reach the next corner. Now you have to go through the small walkthrough in the opposite corner of the road (I think it's signposted here anyway), where you will pass a little travel agent. And you should be there then! Enjoy!

Personally I didnt enjoy the malls, but then again, shopping is not my cup of tea...
The night market in Patpong is always an experience but I doubt you'll have enough time to check it out and get back across the city and get a taxi back to the airport.

Hope it goes well, good luck! :)

6. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

World Trade Center is good for shopping as is Siam Square and the nightmarket in Patpong is good for touristy shopping and haggling. After dark is best for the nightmarket and it is not anymore dangerous than Khosan. If you are there on a weekend the Weekend market is a great way to kill some hours you acan take the BTS skytrain to get there or a metered taxi.

7. Posted by aoneill9 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

when u fly into BKK from Smaui go to international and leave your bags and then take a bus to MBK 1. it is air con 2. it has a cinema and food courts and 3 u will love the shopping fake jeans £10, hangbags, u name it have a ball....

8. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

The folks over at Dasa Book Cafe would probably be happy to let you leave your bags in their bookshop for a few hours. They are located on Sukhumvit, near one of the Skytrain stations, so it might be convenient. If you don't want to browse their books, hop on the skytrain and check out any of the shopping centers (Emporium, Siam, Central World, etc.) in the area. You can catch a film at those malls or shop for CDs or drink coffee or just people watch. Bangkok may be dirty and grimy but something is always going on. Unless you are staying down on Khao San Road, I'd advise not to even go near the place. Many other more interesting areas of Bangkok to explore. Here is the link for the bookshop:
www.dasabookcafe.com

9. Posted by ashleym66 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

I second the visit to MBK, amazing shopping!! i paid 300B plus the 50B to khoa san road. make sure to be adamant about the meter being on, no flat rates! ive had some dodgy experiences with the cabbies a tthe airport!! plus theyre notorious for charging extremely high rates for flat rates! def take the tolls, totally worth the 70B, the traffic is horrendous in BKK.

10. Posted by BlackAngel (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Thank you all so much for your replies. Im currently in Koh Samui - sweating buckets but enjoying my experience at the WMC Thai boxing training camp (Lamai). Its geat and Im really enjoying the training and the island although its very quiet.

Will print the posts that you all have been so kind to write. The're so detailed and I don't want to miss out, seeing as my time is so short. Thank you all so much.:)

Ill post when I get back to London and let you know how I got on.

A.x