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1. Posted by kandauc (Budding Member, 14 posts) 22 Dec '13 04:42

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Hi,

I am traveling to Bangkok on the 24th January and leaving around the 31st or 1st or so. I am currently looking at accommodation and have a few questions.

1. Where should I stay? I have been looking at trying to say sort of in between Khao San and Sukumvhit areas.
2. Will the protests cause any extra congestion or problems in any particular area? Siam square? Democracy monument?
3. Is it better to wait until I get there, or closer to the date I get there to book? Is it possible that the protests / reduced tourism could provide a chance for bargain prices?

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1730 posts) 22 Dec '13 07:59

People will still go there until they are told not to, so book now as it is high season now till April.

KSR is the back packer area. Sukhumvit is more central for Bangkok, where many Asians stay.

A new General Election in Thailand is to be held Feb 2nd so there should be no problems in January but maybe February, so you will be OK.

I was in Bangkok two years ago when there was some demos and they were noisy but peaceful. The police did nothing but sit and watch them. Protestors have no interest in tourists, and the problem looks ongoing for the foreseeable future.

Even then there probably will be no problems outside of Bangkok.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Dec-2013, at 08:01 by Cyberia ]

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1288 posts) 22 Dec '13 19:00

Are you arriving during the day/early evening hours or late at night? Arriving late at night maybe have a place to head for. Arriving during the day maybe hold off until you can see what the situation is.

Thailand is a big city with lots of hotels. You could book a hotel on Sukhumvit between Nana and On Nut. This way you will be away from protest areas and also be able to use the Skytrain. Even use rail service from Suvarnabhumi too.

http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

For hotel help include a price range.

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5. Posted by kandauc (Budding Member, 14 posts) 22 Dec '13 22:26

I thought lots of temples and attractions are in the Khao San / Riverside area?

6. Posted by kandauc (Budding Member, 14 posts) 22 Dec '13 22:27

I am looking for accommodation priced between 800 and 1400 baht. I am single traveler, so I'm looking for a nice looking good value hotel in a nice location with free wifi, apart from that it doesn't really matter to me.

7. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1730 posts) 23 Dec '13 04:25

There are some attractions not far from KSR and some which are. This is a handy general site:

http://www.bangkok.com/

If you want to stay in the KSR area, type: budget accommodation khao san road into a search engine and it will give you many, many choices. It is just a matter of picking out one you like, with wifi. Air-conditioning is handy too as the nights are hot in Bangkok.

Buy a Bangkok map, 45-50 baht, and it has the attractions, bus routes, skytrain and subway routes, malls, etc. A No.15 or 47 bus from the very wide main road (Ratchadamnoen Klang( just around the corner will take you to the central Siam area of Bangkok, where there are many, many shops and malls, MBK, the BTS skytrain, and Sukhumvit is not far away. Taxis aren't too expensive but make sure they use the meter.

There are numerous travel agents about which can book you days out, outside of Bangkok.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1288 posts) 23 Dec '13 13:43

Quoting kandauc

I thought lots of temples and attractions are in the Khao San / Riverside area?

1. Where should I stay? I have been looking at trying to say sort of in between Khao San and Sukumvhit areas.

You did originally ask about Sukhumvit too. Bangkok is a huge city and one part of the city good for one thing while other areas are good for something else. No cheap city rail service in the KSR area. No matter where you end up at you will also have to pay for transportation to get elsewhere some time or another.

There was some disruption around the KSR area but a minor inconvenience. Further down Sukhumvit you are more likely to be away from any protests.

http://www.stickmanbangkok.com/Bangkok-Protests-2013/Bangkok-Protests-2013.htm

With cancellations and Christmas/New Years holidays over my guess is that you shouldn't have too much of a problem finding a place to stay 30 days from now.

If you are very young, in school or just out of school, KSR is popular with that age bracket. I like using the Skytrain myself - you can use it together with the Airport Rail Link from Suvarnabhumi (up to around midnight) and use rail service connect with the subway (Hualamphong) and to take you to Chatuchak, Siam, Patpong, MBK, Nana area and other parts of Bangkok.

http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

(Popular saying in Thai bars - up to you!)

Happy New Year.