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1. Posted by bmil23 (Budding Member, 20 posts) 8 Aug '12 19:26

1st time visitor to bangkok and am looking to get a general idea of how to break it down into sections. places to stay where it's possibly queit or simply places to visit. i understand Khao San Road is a popular area, is it worth staying there?

any opinions on staying outside of bangkok in the area where refill now is located?

appreciate any info.

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 9 Aug '12 09:05

KSR is full of back packers and people trying to sell them stuff.

Some opt for Sukhumvit which is a bit more upmarket and has lots of Asians (Indians, etc) stay there. It also has the benefit of being covered by the BTS Skytrain.

Ideally though, anywhere near a BTS or MRT station is good. Buses not always so good as they can get stuck in heavy traffic.

As to Refill Now, "Skytrain station Phra Khanong is only 10 minutes away by a motorbike taxi or a taxi" is anything but near the BTS and the accommodation is cheap because it is off the tourist track. Soi 71 is always full of traffic so whereas a motorbike might make it quickly by dashing suicidally in and out of traffic, it would still have to wait at traffic lights (you can wait 5 to 10 mins sometimes), but a normal taxi would take longer.

Last visit I stayed some distance along Rathchadaphisek and traffic was a nightmare there at times but the MRT made life easier.

There are some very nice places going cheap on the edge of Bangkok if you don't mind commuting.

It does depend on what you want. While KSR is near a few tourist sites, it is quite some distance through heavy traffic from the centre of Bangkok (Siam area).

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Aug-2012, at 09:06 by Cyberia ]

3. Posted by bmil23 (Budding Member, 20 posts) 9 Aug '12 11:35

thank you for your well thought reply. do you have any places you have stayed that you would highly recommend or are you more likely to seek new places because you haven't really found that ideal spot yet?

have you been to pai or chang mai? i'm more of an island / water guy but my travel buddy has interests in a few days in the mountains. we're spending a week or two in laos and northern vietnam later in the trip so i wasn't too concerned about northern thailand, but maybe i'm not thinking right! thoughts?

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 9 Aug '12 11:56

I've booked Baan Tepa - haven't seen it yet, but it gets great reviews and is a little different. It is out of the way, but you can easily get to the other parts of town via Chao Phraya Express Boat

I've also stayed at Baan Dinso - another great place in the Old Town area

5. Posted by bmil23 (Budding Member, 20 posts) 9 Aug '12 12:14

Quoting Daawgon

I've booked Baan Tepa - haven't seen it yet, but it gets great reviews and is a little different. It is out of the way, but you can easily get to the other parts of town via Chao Phraya Express Boat

I've also stayed at Baan Dinso - another great place in the Old Town area

am i reading that correctly that it's about $63 us dollars for a 2 bed room?

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 9 Aug '12 19:53

Those 2 places are boutique hostels (sorry, I should have explained) - the ensuite rooms are not cheap, but they both have rooms w/shared bath too.

7. Posted by rollmatt (Budding Member, 7 posts) 12 Aug '12 02:06

Dude , just get there, head to ko san road and the rest will take care of its self.
You wont be short of places to say, and its cheap as hell.
Happy travels

8. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 12 Aug '12 03:33

Chiang Mai is probably worth a visit even if only for a bit of cooler weather. There are travel agents about who will book you trips into the mountains for a half day or for days.

There is a number of trips available from Bangkok.

In Bangkok I usually stay in apartments, and they are booked by the month (which gives a good rate) so useless to most people here. My first visit to Bangkok 26 years ago I did stay near KSR (just off Samsen) but would not recommend the place to anyone, even if I could remember it's name.

I'm not a beach or water person so would only visit such places in passing. There are numerous such places in southern Thailand depending on if you want busy or quieter. Many of them book up fairly quickly for the main season (Nov to Apr) so don't leave it too late.

Cheap end accommodation use the link above. If you like a bit more comfort, try asiarooms.