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Bangkok

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by deputamadre, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. deputamadre

    deputamadre Well-Known Member

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    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
     
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    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)
     
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    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...[​IMG] )
     
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    Thanks Murray !
     
  6. deputamadre

    deputamadre Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    +1 on the Burma sidetrip. Incredible country.


    +2....
     
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    Feed the elephants!
     
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    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/
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    I do love banana pancakes. Any recommendations on good nightclubs/bars that aren't filled with hookers?
     
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    and drunk backpackers puking up banana pancakes as far as the eye can see

    You see what you want to see.

    Khao San Rd is a fantastic lilypad for getting cheaply and efficiently to the next stop in the world, wherever that might be for you.
     
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    You see what you want to see.

    Khao San Rd is a fantastic lilypad for getting cheaply and efficiently to the next stop in the world, wherever that might be for you.

    unless wherever you want to get in the world is on the Bangkok metro, cos that doesnt stop there.
     
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    unless wherever you want to get in the world is on the Bangkok metro, cos that doesnt stop there.

    I never heard of the metro. I just took the bus. Is this something new since 1998?
     
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    I never heard of the metro. I just took the bus. Is this something new since 1998?
    BKK has two train systems, one called the Metro (mostly underground), one called BTS (elevated sky trains). Pretty decent system, they cross paths at a few different locations - notably Asoke in Sukhumvit and at Chatuchak. BTS was all in place on my first BKK trip in 2003, opened in 99 or 2000 I think, and the Metro is newer still, so if you havent been since 98, then you wont have seen it.
     

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