Skip Navigation

Should I book my 1st Nights Stay

Travel Forums Asia Should I book my 1st Nights Stay

Page
  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

1. Posted by Antonio703 (Budding Member 67 posts) 6y

Hi,

Me and my gf start are rtw trip in bangkok on 16th Sept...

I was wondering if people think we should book our 1st night (or few nights) accommodation or if we should wait until we get there. We land around 3 in the afternoon so I guess we would have time but I am not sure how easy it will be?

Although we have both travelled alot we have never been "travelling" like we will be on this trip so getting a little nervous but too excited to worry!...

any advice would really help!

Antonio

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Antonio,
Sept is not high season, so I don't think there is any chance of you not getting a room at the price you want to pay. I would get on the 'accommodation' option here on TP, left panel and see what hotel/guesthouse is highly rated and in your price range. Check 'tripadvisor' as well. Make a list of all places that sound good to you. Then when you get to BKK you will have a plan on where you want to stay. Good luck to you.

3. Posted by annielei (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi
friend,you would better book the hotel in advance,after a long flight ,you will feel very tired.if you have made preparation ,
you intenary will be smoothly.About the hotels,accomdation,air tickets and so on,you need to be arrangded in advance.

4. Posted by phil_g3 (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

Antonio

I was having the same thought process as you on whether to book in advance or just turn up. I've spoken to a few people that have done it both ways and they both seem to have worked out well. If you book in advance you at least know exactly where you are heading once you get out of the airport, rather than having to walk the streets after a long flight. In saying that I have been told that when you arrive at Bangkok airport there is an information desk that will sort out accomodation and travel from the airport to it. I suppose it just depends whether you can be bothered trying to get a good deal or just book in advance and maybe pay a little extra, but possibly avoid some of the hassle.

I think I've decided to book a couple of nights in advance. A friend of mine is just back and he has recommended a hostel in the Khao San Road area so I'm going to give it a try.

Good luck

Phil

5. Posted by Antonio703 (Budding Member 67 posts) 6y

Thanks for replies...the only issue i have with booking the first night is if i book in an area miles away from everything and end up getting ripped off in a taxi as i dont know where im going...I might just get one near the airport for the first night and head off from there?

What was the one that your reccommended on Khao San Road?

6. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 6y

Quoting Antonio703

Thanks for replies...the only issue i have with booking the first night is if i book in an area miles away from everything and end up getting ripped off in a taxi as i dont know where im going...I might just get one near the airport for the first night and head off from there?

What was the one that your reccommended on Khao San Road?

Just one more reason to book the first night; you're much more likely to get taken for a ride if you have no specific destination.

Although an easy place to handle, Bangkok will feel quite exotic the first few days.

What is your accommodations budget per day?

7. Posted by travelgui (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

We've not been able to read much about how to actually go about organising seeing the area - are there organised tours, do you rent a car, cycle around, etc etc...? We're both students travelling on a budget so we can't afford much - the ideal solution might be something like either a shared bus tour or hiring a motorbike to drive around the area ourselves.

travelgui

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 6y

Quoting Antonio703

Thanks for replies...the only issue i have with booking the first night is if i book in an area miles away from everything and end up getting ripped off in a taxi as i dont know where im going...I might just get one near the airport for the first night and head off from there?

What was the one that your reccommended on Khao San Road?

Well if you book a hotel that is close to the airport you will still be far from everything anyway! My advice is to go right into the city and get your hotel there. If you need a hotel recommendation you should include a price range too.

If you are young then get a hotel in the Khao San Road area. You won't be far from everything except the nightlife on Sukhumvit. While there you could look around for a different place if you want. My preference is the Siam or (lower) Sukhumvit Road area where you can take advantage of the Skytrain. There are hotels in all price ranges in both areas. Here is a couple hostels for the Nana area of Sukhumvit Road. From these hostels you can walk to malls, street vendors, nightlife, restaurants and travel agencies for tours.
http://www.suk11.com/2008/index.html
http://www.soi1guesthouse.com/location.htm

For Khao San Road you will find some hotels on this link. In Bangkok guest houses and small hotels are not far apart in price.
http://www.sawasdee-hotels.com/index.html
http://www.khaosanroad.com/directory/listing_list.php?cat_id=17&city_id=52&country_id=1

Bangkok is a huge modern city with skyscrapers, modern overhead rail and subway service too. Regular local transportation is pretty cheap compared to the West. In Bangkok if use a taxi tell the driver to use the meter and the ride will be cheaper. The price you pay is for everyone in the taxi. Coming from the airport during day, early evening hours you can also take the Airport Express Bus to the Khao San Road or Sukhumvit Road area if you want. But, 2 people in a meter taxi is not much more than 2 people using the taxi.

Taxi is much faster than a bus and is door to door. Have small bills available to pay for taxi rides. Tuk-tuks will cost more than a meter taxi. (When you bargain a ride you pay more than paying the meter fare!) Meter fare starts at 35 baht.

Link to Airport Express Bus and meter taxi (Public Taxi) for rides from the airport:
http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/55
http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/52

Lots of posts on how to take a taxi from the airport and how to use a taxi in Bangkok. When you arrive have a good address for your hotel not just a name. You can print up the webpage if you want. Have change and small bills for taking taxi. (Wait until you get to Bangkok for your best exchange rate, by the way!)

You can get tours through local travel agencies if you want. There are lots of travel agencies, stop in and check out their available tours.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Aug-2010, at 05:53 by karazyal ]

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 6y

Quoting travelgui

We've not been able to read much about how to actually go about organising seeing the area - are there organised tours, do you rent a car, cycle around, etc etc...? We're both students travelling on a budget so we can't afford much - the ideal solution might be something like either a shared bus tour or hiring a motorbike to drive around the area ourselves.
travelgui

Don't drive in Bangkok or you will kill yourself in an accident. Or, at the very least be forced to pay for your accident even your fault or not. Thai drivers drive on the left like the UK if it makes a difference but that is where the similarity ends. There is no real need to drive yourself in Bangkok. Bangkok is a modern city with subways, overhead rail service (called the Skytrain) and local buses are dirt cheap. If you take a meter taxi in Bangkok tell the driver to use the meter and the ride is cheaper than agreeing to a price ahead of time! Meter taxis are cheaper than tuk-tuks too. The price you pay for a meter taxi is for everyone in the car not per person. If a driver does not want to use the meter just get one of the many other taxis available cruising by.

For tours you can get them through travel agencies if you want. Visit a local Thai travel agency and check out their tour book. If you like a tour you will most likely be on a van with other tourists. Tour company picks up at your hotel and brings you back there.

Read up on Bangkok before you leave home and decide what area you would like to stay at. Many young travelers choose the Khao San Road area but you can also use hotels or hostels in the Sukhumvit Road area too and also use the Skytrain. The Skytrain connects to the bus terminal at Ekamai and the subway at Asoke. The subway can take you to Hualamphong train station.

For hotel recommendations you should always mention a price range.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Aug-2010, at 06:12 by karazyal ]

10. Posted by phil_g3 (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

Antonio

The place they stayed was at www.nappark.com. It looks quite new and clean, may be a bit on the pricey side for Bangkok (I'm not sure though) but its just off Khao San road. I'm thinking of booking it in a few days time for my first couple of nights in early Sep.

Great post Karazyal. Loads of good info there which I'm sure will come in handy in a few weeks time

Phil