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1. Posted by VOLTS (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

greetings,

we're planning to visit bangkok this coming aug. for a five day stay which includes sight seeing and a few shopping. how much is the advisable pocket money? any budget hotels in bangkok near the market you can suggest?

thankyou
toti

2. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 7y

i stayed at a hotel called 'the four seasons hotel' just off khaosan road. it was down a little back alley. It was only 700 bht between 3 of us and was clean and had air con.

Eating is very cheap i recall it being betweeb 80-250 rps for your typical noodle/veg/meat meals which are really really nice.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jan-2009, at 04:32 by si403 ]

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1656 posts) 7y

Quoting totitoti

greetings,

we're planning to visit bangkok this coming aug. for a five day stay which includes sight seeing and a few shopping. how much is the advisable pocket money? any budget hotels in bangkok near the market you can suggest?

thankyou
toti

You have plenty of time for your planning. My advice for Bangkok to get a hotel near the Skytrain route. This way you will be able to get around town easy. If you are really young then the Khao San Road area might do, but if you are slightly more mature then perhaps a hotel in the Sukhumvit Road or Siam area might be better. No Skytrain in the Khao San Road area.

The Skytrain can take you to many shopping areas including the MBK Mall, Chatuchak and Patpong night market.

If you need advice on hotels mention how much "budget" means to you! Budget price doesn't mean the same to everyone. Same for pocket money. Only you know how much you spend on things, you might be a tightwad or you might be someone who must eat in the best places and drink a lot in fancy night clubs. I guess you could use as a rough rule of thumb to have available the same amount of money you would spend in your capital city on holiday. If you spend less then you bring more money or more souvenirs home!

You can bring a debit card with you for when you need more cash. Debit cards will work in ATM's in Thailand, you do have to notify your bank that you will be out of the country. Some banks and credit unions may sell you travelers checks free of commission, to cash one in Thailand it will cost you 33 baht. Only bring the largest denominations you can. You won't get stuck with Thai money, at the airport when you fly home you can change money over to your currency.

You write that you will spend 5 days in Bangkok, is that all at one time or is it broke up? In other words, is it 5 days and fly home or will you visit elsewhere in Thailand? If you are planning on visiting elsewhere in Thailand then save one of the 5 days to spend the last night in Bangkok too! This way you won't have to worry about connecting flights breaking down and you missing your ride home. A last night in Bangkok will allow you some last minute souvenir shopping plus maybe even an evening dinner cruise. Sometimes you can use a hotel to store your winter stuff and other junk you don't want to lug all over Thailand if you plan on seeing other cities. You reclaim your stored items when you return to Bangkok. Some people do this with cold weather - winter items.

Read some old posts on taxi or bus rides from the airport and Google up some "Scams in Bangkok" so you are forewarned. Only change your money over after you get to Thailand, you will get a better rate that way. If you plan on using credit cards try not to use them in restaurants or for other cheap purchases to minimize the chance of credit card fraud.

Good luck.

4. Posted by VOLTS (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

greetings sir si403 and karazyal,

thankyou for your advice sirs. is sawadee smile inn a good choice to stay or sena place hotel maybe? anyway sir, i'm already 41 but used to walk during trips abroad just what me and my wife did in hong kong, singapore, malaysia and macau. the place we are looking for is where we can leave our belongings safe. anyway it's only for sleeping because we'll make most of the time outside and return to the inn or hotel late in the evening to rest and sleep, then same goes on the next day.

thankyou:)
toti

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1656 posts) 7y

Quoting totitoti

greetings sir si403 and karazyal,

thankyou for your advice sirs. is sawadee smile inn a good choice to stay or sena place hotel maybe? anyway sir, i'm already 41 but used to walk during trips abroad just what me and my wife did in hong kong, singapore, malaysia and macau. the place we are looking for is where we can leave our belongings safe. anyway it's only for sleeping because we'll make most of the time outside and return to the inn or hotel late in the evening to rest and sleep, then same goes on the next day.

thankyou:)
toti

The Sena is not that convenient for tourists.

Some previous comments:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293916-d305437-Reviews-Sena_Place_Hotel-Bangkok.html

Sawasdee Smile is not close to a Skytrain stop, it is cheaper than the Sena though. Khao San Road is where the kid backpackers usually head for. No Skytrain!

I haven't personally stayed in these places, I prefer Sukhumvit Road closer to the Nana Skytrain stop.

If you have your own private room, have a bag that you can lock most of the time you will be okay. I think you are more likely to be ripped off by other tourists first before hotel workers. Put your valuables in a safety box (Thailand hotels often have safety boxes at the front desk or safes in rooms.) Don't bring expensive stuff with you that you would miss if they came up missing.

When you are near the Skytrain you can easily get to most of the malls and markets or close enough to walk or take a cheap meter taxi (only pay the meter fare.) Skytrain is like the MRT in Manila.

Here is a few hotel links you can look at that are close enough to the Skytrain:

Bangkok Inn (Near Swiss Park Hotel)
http://www.bangkok-inn.com/ (Other cheap hotels on this same soi (Business Inn, President Inn and the Swiss Park which is a little more expensive.)

Atlanta Hotel (Old style hotel, no one is allowed to bring a date to their room!)
http://www.theatlantahotel.bizland.com/

Suk 11 Hostel (Has rooms and dorms.)
http://www.suk11.com/

What price range do you want to be at for a hotel each night?

For money, well we all spend differently, bring at least the same amount of money with you that you would spend on hotels and restaurants in your own capital city. Have a debit card available with more cash if necessary.

Other hotels and hostels:
http://www.thaiwebsites.com/hotels-sukhumvit-bangkok.asp

Good luck.

6. Posted by VOLTS (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

greetings sir karazyal,

thankyou for the advice sir. the inn or hotel we're looking for in bangkok sir is for a range of $28-30 or 952-1000 BAHT or 1,300-1,500 in Philippine Peso per night. those who are near convenient stores like 7-11 and transportation. any suggestions sir?

thankyou
toti