Pratunam – Is it a good choice to stay in Bangkok?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2012 8:44 PM Last Post By: Morejoyous
Oct 12, 2012 4:42 PM
Pratunam – Is it a good choice to stay in Bangkok?I found a nice looking hotel in Pratunam and I am considering staying there for a week to visit Bangkok. I would like to stay in a central and lively area with as many and easy public transport options as possible. Do you think Pratunam is a good choice? Thanks.
Oct 12, 2012 4:55 PM
1Wikitravel covers Pratunam and its transport links very well-----click on link below
Oct 12, 2012 7:38 PM
2Pratunam is central and is a good area for low-end shopping - street markets and that sort of thing. Accommodation in the area tends to be a little more reasonable than say Siam Square, Sukhumvit Road or Silom. With all of that said, I don't like the Pratunam area. It's very busy with heaps of foot traffic, the roads are congested and the pollution in the area is as bad as you'll find in Bangkok.
You haven't said what your budget is, what sort of hotel you're looking for or what you are keen to do / check out in Bangkok so it's hard to make a specific recommendation for an area to stay.
Oct 12, 2012 9:37 PM
Oct 13, 2012 12:20 AM
Oct 13, 2012 3:11 AM
Oct 13, 2012 5:42 AM
6Pratunam is a good area for some things. Shopping is good plus it's only a short walk to Rangnam rd which is good for restaurants and then there's the Saxophone Pub just past there. It's a 30min walk to MBK shopping area but in between you got markets galore which are near some of the main hotels there.
"It's very busy with heaps of foot traffic, the roads are congested and the pollution in the area is as bad as you'll find in Bangkok."
Welcome to Bangkok! All the roads are busy and the pollution covers the built up areas.
"Pratunam seems to be close to Ratchathewi sky train stop"
Most of the hotels aren't but it depends which hotel you are talking about - why not tell us which hotel it is?
Oct 13, 2012 8:17 AM
7Thanks Morejoyous for the very concise reply. The hotel I am considering Glow Pratunam http://www.booking.com/hotel/th/glow-pratunam.en-gb.html?aid=311943;label=bookings-name-yYmEJS%2Ay7kdW9aWjcX_xSAS14246681646%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2230.000%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg;sid=2e552b605e95bd136c213d6be76810be;dcid=1;checkin=2012-12-25;checkout=2012-12-26;srfid=8ca075ae9009b50dc1e9bd4ef03dd732X4
It seems very good and inside me budget frame.
I would be grateful for any further advice.
Oct 13, 2012 11:38 PM
8Sure, Bangkok's generally a crowded area, but some places are nicer than others. And Pratunam, while convenient, is not one of them. It's more than crowded, it's packed and it's dirty.
For US$100/night you can afford a better neighbourhood.
Oct 14, 2012 3:36 AM
Oct 14, 2012 4:54 AM
Oct 14, 2012 5:38 AM
11If I had a budget of around 3000 baht/night I would n't be staying there ......anywhere along sukhumwit would be better value, just as lively during the day AND better at night.
the hotel you are looking at is at the busiest part of Petchaburi road, opposite Pantip Plaza....it would take you at least 15 minutes to walk to the Ratchathewi sky train
Oct 14, 2012 5:50 AM
Oct 14, 2012 6:42 AM
13It's indeed a bit of a walk, about 1000-1500m.
Plus the sidewalks are packed in that area.
Saxophone pub is about 2km away, btw.
For that money some place around siam square is way closer to public transport by sky train and at interchange station.
Or near Asoke-Sukhumvid interchange would be good too.
At the end you decide if 1,5km is a distance you want to walk every time.
Oct 14, 2012 7:25 AM
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