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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm going to be in Bangkok for 3-4 days before traveling around Thailand. Any advice on a good area to stay, as well as nightlife? I'm 22 and fairly cheap, but not cheap enough to be stuck in a hostel full of hippy backpackers. Are there any areas I should avoid (I don't needs hookers or blow). What places of cultural significance should I hit up? Thanks
post #2 of 25
Re: temples I'd make sure to visit Wat Pra Khao, Wat Arun and Wat Po. Floating market is interesting. MBK is a cool place to see and you may find some stuff to buy for cheap (lots of fakes though). Chatuchak market is a must see but a bit outside of Bangkok and make sure to budget some time - the place is big!

Make sure to use the boats for transportation - it adds a lot of charm to the Bangkok experience. Ditto for tuk-tuks

Not sure about hotels or nightlife - haven't been in 6 years... The Oriental is a hotel to see at least (even if you don't stay)
post #3 of 25
Secondary places to visit IMO, but still good to see: Jim Thompson's house, and the old emperor's house (don't remember how it's called... )
post #4 of 25
Quote:
[THE AMERICAN]
Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don't know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world in a
Show with everything but Yul Brynner

Time flies -- doesn't seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change -- don't you know that when you
Play at this level there's no ordinary venue

It's Iceland -- or the Philippines -- or Hastings -- or --
or this place!

[COMPANY]
One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky then the god's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

[THE AMERICAN]
One town's very like another
When your head's down over your pieces, brother

[COMPANY]
It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity
To be looking at the board, not looking at the city

[THE AMERICAN]
Whaddya mean? Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town --

[COMPANY]
Tea, girls, warm, sweet
Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite

[THE AMERICAN]
Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist
Whose every move's among the purest
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

[COMPANY]
One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

[THE AMERICAN]
Siam's gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha

And thank God I'm only watching the game -- controlling it --

I don't see you guys rating
The kind of mate I'm contemplating
I'd let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you

So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage
parlours --

[COMPANY]
One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me



Jon.
post #5 of 25
Thanks Murray !
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Where should I convert my money? I'm coming from China, flying into Bangkok. I've got either RMB or my American bank account to use.
post #7 of 25
The New Joe Guesthouse was always a decent/cheap place where I'd stay in an alley behind Khao San Rd. Change money anywhere. If you have the time, fly to Rangoon.
post #8 of 25
the rooftop bar outside Sirocco's is a must see. I think the building is called State Tower. It is also worth a trip to the fights at Lumpini. Hint, the cheaper seats are more fun than the ringside (ringside is all tourists, go back a couple of notches and get it with the screaming gambling Thais). I generally stay in one of the 3.5 star places around Sukhumvit Rd...Khao San too backpacker for me (altho it is fun to walk through occassionally). Check out asiarooms.com for good rates. +1 on the Burma sidetrip. Incredible country.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by m@T View Post

+1 on the Burma sidetrip. Incredible country.

+2....
post #10 of 25
Feed the elephants!
post #11 of 25
Coincidentally enough, a friend just recommended a hotel called the Baan Sukhumvit on Soi 20. He is a regular through BKK and stayed there last week, said it was cheap and very nice. Mediocre website here http://www.baansukhumvit.com/
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by m@T View Post
Coincidentally enough, a friend just recommended a hotel called the Baan Sukhumvit on Soi 20. He is a regular through BKK and stayed there last week, said it was cheap and very nice.

Mediocre website here

http://www.baansukhumvit.com/

that's cheap by american standards, not by thai standards. if you;re 22, go to ko san road, rooms are 250bht no AC, shared bath, fan
post #13 of 25
Dont be suckered into buying "emeralds & rubies" for a quick profits. There is this elaborate scheme involving the locals & foreigners of all nationalities to con tourist. I personally encountered them, but my lucky stars were shining that day. Its too long to put out the whole sham in words, but just beware of this.

Secondly, do not be smitten by the charms of the local lasses, they are more deadly than you think. Seen many cases of lost souls & broken wallets.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by m@T View Post

I generally stay in one of the 3.5 star places around Sukhumvit Rd...Khao San too backpacker for me (altho it is fun to walk through occassionally). Check out asiarooms.com for good rates.


This is a good recommendation, personally I love to stay in the upper Sois of Sukhumvit road.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by poly800rock View Post
that's cheap by american standards, not by thai standards. if you;re 22, go to ko san road, rooms are 250bht no AC, shared bath, fan
and drunk backpackers puking up banana pancakes as far as the eye can see
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