Staying in bangkok
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 10, 2012 9:09 PM Last Post By: monkeymagic1234
Sep 10, 2012 11:46 AM
Staying in bangkokHi all!
me & my friend are planning to go to bangkok around the 15th of November. We're both 19 & want to meet people who will also be travelling on a budget. Any suggestions on where we should stay for the first few days/weeks to meet other travellers & what would you recommend doing? We want to do it as cheaply as possible but we're worried we won't meet people!!
Sep 10, 2012 1:12 PM
Sep 10, 2012 2:03 PM
Sep 10, 2012 4:02 PM
Sep 10, 2012 8:54 PM
4Soi Kasem san is a good place to stay as well next to MBK & Siam Square. Plenty of cheap places to stay and it's closer to the city, the food, noise level and transport costs are lower there as you're in the middle of the city. There are lots of nice cheap places to eat here as it's the university district, you can find lots of restaurants along the same street as the novotel. We stayed in a place on the corner called muangpol mansions, it's about 800 baht per night but there are cheaper places there (400 bahtish) (this had aircon and a fridge so you can keep some drinks at home). The accommodation is much cheaper comparatively as what you get is a much cleaner and nicer room and you save time walking around and getting taxis.
If you stay in Khao san just for the sake of it visit the temples and palace then as they're close by (wear long pants and don't believe people who tell you it's closed. If you want to check out the seedy shows in Patong go when you are in the city as it is closer but don't get scammed and leave if they ask you for more money, some people say you should check it out just for the weirdness of it all as it's not great fun to watch but you'll have a great story to tell.
I would take a train to chiang mai and stay there for a bit as well, the ticket can be bought directly from the train station (don't get scammed by people outside) and a sleeper in aircon costs about 800-900 baht. The accommodation/food/drinks etc.. in chiang mai are cheaper and there's lots to do there. You could also stop off at Kanchanaburi and visit the bridge over river kwai and go to a beautiful waterfall called Erwan falls where you can have little fish nibble your feet.
In kanchanaburi you can stay in a room floating on the river as well, there seem to be lots of these places.
In Bangkok I would see a muay thai fight, go shopping, go to lumpinee park for the day, I don't know if you can go to the races but they have that there too. I suppose you should be able too. There are lots of massage places as well (get as many as you can they're so cheap), some of them do courses, also you can do cooking courses but most of these I saw were in chiang mai.
In chiang mai you can visit doi suthep via songthaew or motorbike, there is also an interesting cave system not far away in chiang dao with lots of limestone formations. Doi Inthanon is not far away too which is the highest point in thailand. There is a weekly market near thapae gate where they have lots of street food and nick nacks and people can draw a caricature of you. There is a nice little restaurant next to a black canyon coffee place next to thapae gate which is good for breakfast, lunch dinner ...
You could also go to the islands, there are lots close by to bangkok so you don't have to travel far.
I've only been to pattaya (not technically an island but you can go to islands from there) close to bangkok and it wasn't that great, it was better in the southern islands. Some people say koh chang is good and Koh Samet also and these are close.
Sep 10, 2012 9:09 PM
5sorry I meant patpong not patong, for seedy shows.
Also some nice restaurants in bangkok are shangri-la kitchen in silom, the link below is a floor map, it's next to the airtrain thingy station in sala deng, has some bad reviews from people who obviously went to the other restaurant in the chain in china town which doesn't have an airtrain station. They have really good yum cha and some giant bowl of noodles with a lobster in it. http://www.silomcomplex.net/eng/floor_2.html
Baan Khun Mae
458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Siam Square
T: (02) 250 1952
There's another restaurant I can't remember the name of which has an orange facade and is two storey with glass windows opposite this one, or near by anyway where lots of people eat and that was nice too. Tried the hong kong noodle place close to there and it wasn't very nice.
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