I am arriving in Bangkok on 7th Feb...
I will be looking for some cheap/reasonable accomodation from where we can explore the city for 2 or 3 days...
I believe Khao San road is the area for backpackers to head...
Main questions are, how much should I expect to pay for a Taxi / Transport form the airport... I have heard stories about foriegners being charged over the odds...
Also can anyone suggest a decent reasonably priced hostel/ cheap hotel in this area which I could maybe book prior to leaving the UK, as after a 12hr flight I'm sure we wont want to be walking the streets of bangkok looking for accomodation!
Any help would be great!
there is a place 2 blocks east of the sky train terminal saphan kwai.... its called the Asha Guest House and the folks are super nice, honest and helped me out alot. its near the sky train so you can easily get to most of bkk from the guest house. it should cost 200 baht or less to get downtown from the airport. if you do take a cab, make sure they run the meter instead of negotiating a fair because the will try to charge an airport departure fee...
Thanks for the tip.... will check it out..
So maybe it would be better getting the sky train from the airport?, or perhaps some other public transport?
The skytrain doesnt go to the new bkk airport, being built now though and should be completed in about 2 years.
It can be hard to get Bangkok taxi driver to turn on the meter, but just threaten them that you will just find another taxi, this usually does the trick.
I stayed on Soi Chanasongkran(a street name), for a while, when i was in Bangkok.
It is close to the Khao San Road, but a bit quiter and better value.
There are 3 guesthouses there, which i know are a good price.
The green guesthouse
The merry v.
Room costs in these are around 140 bahts for a single and around 160 bahts, for a double.
There are also lots more guesthouses, on this street.
Close by is the Gheko Guesthouse. It is on a street just off Soi Chanasongkran Doubles cost 150 bahts.
Soi Chanasongkran is a short street, so u wont have to do too much walking, to check out all the guesthouses.
Oh yeah, the taxi.
350 to 450 bahts. Make sure the guy turns on the metre, or u may end up paying a lot more.
Also the airconditioned airport bus will drop u, at the Khao San Road. It costs 150 bahts. And they are very helpful, about making sure u get out, at the right place. Just go downstaris at the airport and outside, to find the bus stop. This is also the place to get the metered taxis.
U can also take the public city bus, for 35 Bahts, to near the Khao San road, but after a 12 hour flight.... They dont speak much english, and the bus stops, around 500M from the Khao San Road, so u would have to walk a bit, through streets u dont know.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 11, 2006, at 3:44 AM by Mel. ]
Thanks for the Tips mel...
I will definately bare Soi Chanasongkran in mind as a possible place to stay if it is slightly quiter than Koh San road yet close to all the action, the price of accomadation of the places you have mentioned seems very reasonable also as I am on a budget...
I second Asha Guest House. I stayed there when I arrived in Bangkok, and met so many people. It started my trip off on a very high note.
Great swimming pool, nice TV room, internet, and away from the centre of bangkok, 10 minute walk to the Skytrain station.
Cost me about 450bt for an airconditioned room. Very clean, people were walking around with bare feet.
For the record , The new bangkok Internayional Airport has been open since September 28, 2006
The old Don Muang Airport now used as Domestic Airport
The Asha Guest House sounds like a good place to stay, 450 baht seems reasonable for airconditioned rooms an a swimming pool..
You said you met so any people there, so is it quite a popular place with travellers?
I dont want to be too far away from other like minded people, thats why from what i'd heard Khoa San was the place I was thinking of heading.
Are the transport links to the centre of bangkok quite good in this area then?..