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

Hi, My friend and I have just booked our flight to Thailand, arriving in Bangkok early Aug....wondered if anyone new of a good hostel/budget hotel to start at for the first night or two?

2. Posted by rhondo729 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

wHAT IS YOUR PRICE RANGE AND STYLE ? Let me know and I can help you !

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Helen,
I sent you info in a PM. Nice photos by the way.

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

How much do you want to spend per night?

Honey Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 19. Short walk to the Skytrain stop. Has a pool, free breakfast, various priced rooms with A/C, TV, HW, private toilet/shower, etc. Price 800 to 1050 baht for normal rooms, suits available at higher $$$. ([email protected])

Other hotels available depending on your price range. Fan only rooms even cheaper.

5. Posted by danahawkins (Full Member 128 posts) 10y

I stayed in Shamabara just off Khoa San Road... http://www.shambarabangkok.com/. It was pretty cheap, quiet, nice layout and free breakfast. It's a traditional old Thai house, so it's got a nice atmosphere.

6. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Jump in a taxi and go to Pattaya. It csots about 1500 to 1800 baht and takes and hour and a half to two hours.....plenty of VFM hotels (dbl rm 400 to 2000 baht p/n) with pools and a lot more laid back than Bkk.

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

Pattaya! Heaven forbid that should be somebody's introduction to Thailand. That gives me cramps just thinking about it. Unless you want to join the ranks of fat foreigners drinking beer for breakfast and hanging out in go-go bars every night, give Pattaya a miss. Much better beaches to be found elsewhere, and Bangkok is far more interesting. As for the hotels, so many to choose from. Pick a part of town where you want to stay (Sukhumvit, Khao Sarn, Pratunam/Siam, Silom, etc.) and narrow down your price range.

8. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Pattaya is a really good alternative to going straight into Bkk. Bangkok is a very large, hot and sweaty town, and if you can avoid it on your first few days it can be a good idea. Everyone will know you've just arrived and hope to take advantage of you. It's much better to go there after you’ve been in Thailand for a while and got to know the place a bit better.

Pattaya is easy to get to from the airport and has a wide variety of accommodations.
Pattaya also has a huge sxe industry, which I guess is what Buzzoff is freaking out about. So has every town in Thailand to some degree, especially Bkk. YOU WILL NOT BE HASSLED BY SXE WORKERS IN PATTAYA.
There are plenty of places to stay and things to do that don't involve this aspect of life in Pattaya. You'll find your money goes further, the shopping and eating is much easier to get to. The beaches are second rate, but some hotels have their own, others have great pools. If you’re just staying for a short time, it’s a great place to orientate and plan the rest of your trip. There’s no shortage of travel agents etc. there’s even a local airport, only flies to Koh Samui/Phuket though, and it’s convenient for onward trips to Koh Chang and Koh Samet.
If you like golf the place is littered with courses, there are various local attractions....parks, zoos and the night life is full-on, with a huge variety of events and shows..
The hotel prices are much better value for money in Pattaya, some of the cheapest in tourist Thailand.
Thailand has a special kind of person that lives or visits here...they’re called “Pattaya Bashers”....I think I can smell one!

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

Thanks for all the replies. Think we're sorted now....decided to stay in Bangkok a night or two then we'll train or fly up to Chiang Mai to then make our way down again.