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1. Posted by hannah1987 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

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Hi we are travelling to Bangkok on the 5th december for three weeks and were looking for some advice, we are going to stay in/around Bangkok because we are flying home from bangkok airport so don't want to be to far away from here, and we just want to stay in one place. We were wondering whether its best to stay in the city centre or somewhere outside and just visit Bangkok. Could anyone recommend an area for us to stay that isn't to far from Bangkok with good value accomodation and food. thank you.

2. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

It's probably easier to stay in Bangkok as you have everything at your fingertips and can easily arrange excursions and day trips via travel agencies there. The main place to stay for backpackers is Khao San Road. It didn't really agree with me to be honest - very noisy, manic, tourist haven. However, if you go west from Khao San Road towards the river, there are much quieter places to stay and you still have the bonus of being central and close to markets and places to go out. Siam Square is a great place to stay too for shopping, cinema etc and this is also on the sky train. Not so cheap however and less travel agencies if you want to organise day trips. If in any doubt, invest in a guide book.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 10y

Quoting hannah1987

Hi we are travelling to Bangkok on the 5th december for three weeks and were looking for some advice, we are going to stay in/around Bangkok because we are flying home from bangkok airport so don't want to be to far away from here, and we just want to stay in one place. We were wondering whether its best to stay in the city centre or somewhere outside and just visit Bangkok. Could anyone recommend an area for us to stay that isn't to far from Bangkok with good value accomodation and food. thank you.

If you are real young go to Khao San Road with all the other young people. Being a little older, I prefer the Sukhumvit or Siam area of Bangkok. In this area you have access to the Skytrain which can bring you to many areas quick and cheap. There is no Skytrain stop in the KSR area.

There are Skytrain stops for the Ekamai Bus station and the subway connection at the Asok stop. The subway can connect you with the national train station.

In the Siam/Sukhumvit area you will find malls, restaurants, street vendors, supermarkets and lots of travel agencies that can arrange tours for you if you want.

If you want recommendations for specific hotels don't forget to mention your price range.

4. Posted by hannah1987 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Hi, thanks for your replies! It would be a huge help if people could recommend certain hotels, our maximum budget is 40,000 Baht for 23 days and we are looking at staying at an apartment/hotel. Our trip is for 23 Nights, we have found a few apartments which look nice and are in our budget but we're not sure on the areas, we've found:

http://www.princetonparksuites.com/ - but we were told they had a bug problem

http://www.floravilleapt.com/ - but we've heard bad reports on this one and they're asking for a very high deposit!

Think it might help if we do buy a guide!! Thanks x

5. Posted by tidyboyo (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

Hi Hannah,

Yeah, Khao San Road is definitely the place to be if you are looking to party, really lively at night but if you look closely enough and go a little off the beaten track you will find clubs that are only frequented by thais, we did and it was fantastic. Very surreal though as this was only a 2 minute walk from the traveller capital! If you stay a small distance away from KS you get all the liveliness and good value but also a bit more peace and tranquility (or the nearest you will get to in Bangkok). I'd agree with Claireh that heading towards the bridge is best, closer to a park and the river taxis if you decide to use them. Also within walking distance of the grand palace if you fancy seeing that. Top tip for Khao San Road is to try out the irish bar there, they have great bands on and the atmoshere is fantastic.

Karazyal's suggestion of Sukhumvit is good as there is decent night life there and it is very handy for getting around (with both Skytrain and access to underground (just 1 stop down on Sky train). Underground is well worth seeing as well, very efficient,clean and modern, nothing like the one in London! Thing to spot in Sukhumvit is the amount of old western guys with young thai women, they get surrounded in the local bars. Quite funny to see.

As for recommending places, I would say KS House for Khao San Road area, very cheap with friendly staff and a roof top bar, we stayed there on both visits to the area.

http://www.khaosanroad.com/kshouse/index.htm

Or for the Sukhumvit area Sukhumvit11 was awesome, bit more pricey but really cool place to stay, the corridors look like a alleyways (hard to explain but looks cool trust me;)). Also a really cool bar 20 yards away where you sit in the street and have a beer. (The serving area is the only part that is inside), and because its set back from the main road you can chill without choking on tuk-tuk fumes!

http://www.suk11.com/

Hope this helps

Chris

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

I'm a little puzzled....are you intending to stay in Bangkok for the whole 23 days???
If you are I stayed at a place called Victory Monument Executive Apts (or suites?). It was about 18k baht per month and if you have a laptop, you can get broadband in your room. thjere is a small roof garden with pool and parking below.
It's located right next to Sky rail and has some excellent restaurants within 20 yards of the front door. The rooms themselves are a bit small and dark but I loved the location.

However if you are travelling outside Bkk, it might be worth considering Pattaya. The hotels there are much better value for money and you won't have to put up with Bkk pollution 24/7.

As for the airport....it is so simple to get a taxi there (about 800 baht)and takes just under hour 45 min. the new airport is on the Pattaya side of Bkk.
Really anywhere East of Bkk is convenient for the airport.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 10y

Lots of places have bugs, comes with tropics. Sometimes you see'em sometimes you don't! Even places that cost $100 a night have them. When they are running around with the lights on there's too many. The big ones end up cooked and for sale on the "bug vendor" cart.

On Sukhumvit Soi 11, check out the BANGKOK INN. Figure about 880 baht for the room (air-con, hot water, private toilet/shower, TV and refrigerator. On the web www.bangkok-inn.com or e-mail bangkokinn@mail.com.

President Inn on this same soi is around 680 baht, same stuff as Bangkok Inn, have safe in room for valuables. Noticed bait traps in the rooms for bugs. Didn't see any bugs though. Rooms on the street side are a little bigger and better. You do have to enter through a massage parlor. This place also has an internet on the first floor (1 baht per minute) and a branch of the Queen Travel Service.

Pattaya is cheaper than Bangkok for just about everything. Bus from the Ekamai Bus Station is around 128 baht for the VIP bus. Figure on 2.5 hours for the ride.

8. Posted by cybervlad (Full Member 78 posts) 10y

If you want to stay in one place, Bangkok is best choice. You can easily reach Pattaya, Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi, Ayutaya, Bang Pa In, Lopburi etc.
There is plenty of hotels with various prices:
http://www.sawadee.com/hotels/bangkok.html

I stayed in:
http://www.sawadee.com/hotel/bangkok/viengtai/
http://www.sawadee.com/hotel/bangkok/empire/
and http://bangkoksuite.com/

ViengTai is in KhaoSanRoad area (not right in KhaoSan but 3 min walk), NewEmpire located in ChinaTown. Both are not far from Emerald Buddah temple, NewEmpire is near train station (Hua Lamphong). BangkokSuite is close to shopping area, not far from SkyTrain.

9. Posted by koonpo (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

hi,

I have been to bangkok about 4-5 times. And i really enjoy everytime when i am there.

The place is great with many friendly folks, cheap shopping, good food, safe environment and nice temples.

I would suggest that u stay in first hotel. It is about USD 26 a day for twin sharing. This hotel is very near the BTS (train) station and is right in the centre of many major shopping centres. The service is good and the breakfast is above average. VERY value for money.

Khao san is another place that i really like. The place is very relaxing and peaceful. The food there is great. U gotten try the fresh onion soup in this restaurant (open air) that offers very cheap per minute internet usage (i forgot the name of the restaurant). This place is good if u're planning to stay in backpackers inn rather than hotels.

But khao san is not near any BTS station. From there, u can either take taxi or tuk tuk (local 3 wheels taxi) to other shopping or cultural centres. Or u can walk to the nearby river cruise station and take to other locations.

hope that helps.