Hello there fellow travellers
My gorgeous Irishman and I are heading to Thailand for 4 months and will be arriving in Bangkok on 8 December 2006.
We were thinking of staying at Big Johns Backpacker Hostel on Sukhumvit Road for 3 nights - has anyone else stayed there?
We found this by looking at hostels yet, from postings and further searches, can see that some pretty amazing hotels are well within our budget. Can anyone recommend anything outstanding? We're steering clear of Sambuttri Village (unfortunate feedback found) and really don't know whether to stay around Khao San Road or venture to Sukhumvit (hence above query).
Any and all info. would be wonderful.
Thanks so much
P.S. If anyone has any great itineraries of where to go after Bangkok, that would also be magic.
i realy like the atlanta hotel . sukhumvit road , soi 2 . its at the very end of the soi. the place has a lot of history is clean the staff are friendly and its safe oh and the restraunt has an exellent menu. they play a bit of jazz there and a bit of classical . a good atmosphere in general and you should be able to get a room for about 500 bht a night .
happy huntin peeps . p.s chiang mai is a nice city . half the price and twice as friendly wich is sayin somthing as the thai ppl are sound anyway . mostly.
yours aye ...
I always found Hostels and hotels to be two different things.
If you want privacy hotel, If you want to have a more communal experiance then hostel. I always like the hostel- Cause I like people and enjoy the more social enviroment. The information I get at them is sometimes very valuable, these places you will find itineraries that are current
Sukhumvit is the best all around area in Bangkok everything is around it. Access to Public transpo alone makes it a best choice.
From his ratings as listed by on-line booking sites I think you could find Much Better in Bangkok than Big Johns. If you stay at a place where the ratings fall below 70%,Don't expect to much. There is a reason.
After Bangkok, take a cheap flight with Air Asia to KL and just transit and continue on to Bali... it'll be a great trip! Or just go to airasia.com, and see where you can catch cheap flights from BKK and go on from there... No plan sometimes is the best plan!
Big John's is not directly on Sukhumvit Road. It's on Soi Thonglor (Sukhumvit 55), which is a side street. From Big John's to the main Sukhumvit Road - where the Skytrain Station is located - is a 15 minute walk or a short bus ride (the Red Thonglor bus only costs 6 baht). Nevertheless, I like that location better than being way out by Khao San Road. As lodesafun said, Sukhumvit is a very convenient area to stay. I've heard good things about both the Atlanta Hotel, and the Suk 11 guesthouse. Also, the Rex Hotel on Sukhvumvit, near Soi 32, is a good deal. Rooms are around 700 baht and they have a swimming pool.
As for the rest of your trip, all I can say is try to see as much of this amazing part of the world as possible. In addition to Bali and Jakarta, Air Asia now offers cheap flights to places such as Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Yangon in Myanmar. You can also make cheap land crossings to Laos and Cambodia from Thailand. I'd tell you to spend your first 2 weeks in Thailand, then get out and see 3 or 4 other countries, and then return to Thailand again for the last week, or two. Sounds like you have plenty of time for adventure so take advantage of it!
I have stayed at Big Johns and I have to say I loved it. One of the best hostels to simply meet other travellers. As previously stated, if you want the communal experience its perfect but if you and your man want some privacy then maybe a hotel is a better hotel.
Dorm beds are cheap at <400bhat from memory and the air con is cranked. There is a lot of local street food about and they continue selling beer well after the other outlets have stopped. We were easily able to get to Bangkoks mains attractions, however I would recommend heading to Kho Sanh Rd if you are looking at booking any travel or tours as like many other hostels/hotels the prices are really inflated!
Personally I found everywhere outside of Bangkok was more Thai. Depends what your looking for I think. Chang Mai is beautiful, Kho Tao for diving, Ayutthaya for History. If you are OS for so long, definatley make it to both Cambodia and Laos.
Any questions feel free to message me.
Have fun and travel safe!
if you want a valuable place at a reasonable rate- head straight to thanon chakraphong (or something like that). it's rght "behind" khao san rd., close to the river, right behind the monastery. it's much more quiet and relaxed than khao san but still not too far (like a 5min stroll) if you want some party atmosphere. prices are a bit higher than on khao san, but you'll appreciate. there's all kinds of choices and rooms in every category, starting at about 80baht for a hole, up to about 700-800 for a real nice hotel. consider the 200baht rooms- they're great value and you won't miss anything. i used to stay at the gree lodge or something. if you stay there, try to get a romm in the 5th floor and you'll have a nice view over the backpackers' area.
i would actually not stay in the sukhumvit area as it's more expensive and the atmosphere is nothing like where i advise you to go.
hope that helps,
Big johns is way too far out. and when your coming back from the party places at 1 Am or from patpong at 3 Am skytrain is closed so your at the mercy of the cabbies. (300-400 baht).
there is no common room,The only place to sit besides the rooms is in the kitchen.
Big johns does have some flyers out saying if you give them a rating of 85% or better on booking sites they will give you a pizza and pitcher of beer. looking at the % ratings not many are taking advantage of it.
If spending time in Bangkok I would take a trip to Ankgor Wat in Cambodia. Full moon party on Koh Panyang if that if your thing. I happened to really enjoy Krabi. Check out the area of Pra Nang Beach. Just some options.