Hi, could someone help me with some suggestions for where to stay for the first few nights after arriving in BKK. Obviously, I will be all messed up from the flight, but I would also like to stay near other travelers so I can wake up with excited people. I plan to go to Pattaya after Bangkok, and I want to fit in trekking, elephants, monkeys, a full moon party I heard about, scuba diving, massages, meditation, etc. This is a last minute trip, but I want to make sure the beginning lets me get settled in and rested at least.
I would say the best place for you to stay is the Khao San Road area. It's the area where 95% of backpackers head to in Bangkok and there are more hotels and restarants than you can imagine.
The best place to stay in the area is around the corner from Khao San, behind the temple, on a street called Ramburtri. Its a bit more quiet back there (or at least it used to be, might have changed by now), but yet you are still right next to the action. There are a bunch of hotels on the street that are basically the exact same in price and quality. Merry V, My House, and Green House are a few of them. I tend to stay at Bella Bella purely out of habit. There's really no need to book, just walk up and see which ones are available. There's got to be 7 or 8 within a 2 minute walk to choose from so chances are there will something for you.
If your trip is only 2 weeks long though, i wouldn't waste you time in Bangkok. Hop on a bus the next day down south or to a closer Island and get your rest on the beach. As for Pattaya, though I can't speak from experience because I've avoided it like the plague, I have never heard a single positive comment about the place. From what I understand it's the seediest and most horrible beach in Thailand, and you would be far better choosing just about anywhere else in the country if you want a nice place to spend some time. Just what I've heard anyway. If you want somewhere quicker than heading to the South, Koh Samet and Chang are pretty close and I hear they are lovely. Any of the Islands in the South - Tao, Pha-gnan, Samui, Phi Phi, Phuket...any of them are great, and they only take a night bus and a short boat ride to reach.
Stay on the Khao San Road, on your first few nights, in Bangkok.
U will meet plenty of travellers there.
U can prebook a room, on the following web site, but it is not nessary, to prebook. There are usually plenty of rooms available.