U can get a single guesthouse room, near Khao San Road, for as little as 100Baht. There is one Chinese run guesthouse, that charges that. I dont know exactly where it is located. If somebody else does, would u post it here.
The cheapest one I came accross, on the Khao San Road is the Chada guesthouse. But there are lots more, near the Khao San Road. Last time I was in Bangkok I stayed on Soi Chanasongkran(a street which is a 5 minute walk from the Khao San Road. There are a bunch of guesthouses there, with double rooms for 160 Bahts. These include the Green Guesthouse, and the Gecko Guesthouse around the corner from it.
Thats great thanks, they'll all be added to my list. I think we'll just turn up and book something on the day - there seem to be so many! Ever since seeing 'the beach' I've been dying to walk down the Khao san road at night!
Actually I often want to do things like that too, after seeing movies. In fact what motivated me to go to Koh Samui last November, was that I had just read the beach.
I've never actually read the beach - whats it like? Is it better than the film, most books are but theres something about the music from the beach that just gives me shivers!
I never saw the movie.
The book is entertaining enough.
thanks mel, il to check them out. i have to say im liking the prices
Also curious about the best place to get my visa for vietnam. Iv heard that you can get it in the vietnamese embassy in bangkok or let a guesthouse sort it out in cambodia. What would be the easiest and most reliable way?
U are welcome!!
The following is what my Lonely Planet book on South East Asia says about getting visas, for Vietnam.
Apparently Cambodia is the best place to get a Vietnam visa, because that application can be processed on the same day. The book does not say exactly where the visas are issued, so I would guess it is the Vietnam consulate.
In Bangkok, travel agents offer cheap flights and visa packages for Cambodia.
If u are in the US, u can get a three month multiple entry visa for 85 US $ from the Vietnamese embassies.
Your best bet for getting a taxi at the new Bangkok airport is to get one from the official taxi ranks, as you come into the main entrance hall, head downstairs and exit the building, you'll see a table next to the road with taxi marshall's in a dark blue uniform, they'll take your journey details, tell you the price and give it to the driver. You know the price in advance and its about the same as on a meter.
Its about 500 Baht to Khao San Road but you have to pay the toll charges on the motorway about 60-80 Baht so its useful to have some change. You can tell the rip off merchants because they are the ones who are desperate to get you in their cab, at the official taxi rank you don't get hassled at all as its quite popular.
Some of the dodgy guys have tried to charge me 1000 Baht for the same trip and also expect a tip on top of charging double... I think not!!
Eventually the BTS skytrain will link the center of Bangkok with the new airport and that will be a dream, however bearing in mind it took about 40 years from planning to opening the new airport, I wouldn't hold my breath!