My boyfriend and I (in our late 30's/early 40's and not party animals but big foodies!) are making our first trip to Bangkok and Chiang Mai at the end of this month.
We have narrowed down (barely) some Bangkok properties and were looking for some more feedback, if anyone has any experience with these properties. One thing I have recently become concerned with a little more amidst my research is location, as far as being able to walk to some sites and markets. The properties I've listed are walking distance to the skytrain, from what I can tell, but I was hoping for us to be able to be located within walking distance of markets, exciting food experiences, temples, attractions as well.
Here's the (long) list!:
Baiyoke Boutique Hotel
Lebua (maybe for a little "splurge" night or two)
I have seen some feedback already on this forum but if anyone has anything they'd like to add, it would be most appreciated!
p.s. if anyone has any chiang mai recs they can throw my way, that would be appreciated too! I haven't even begun the process and will be soon!
Thanks SO MUCH in advance!
#1 chantelita has been a member since 2/5/2010. Posts: 3
Suk 11 Hostel is popular and not too far from the Skytrain stop (Nana.)
Suk 11 does have rooms but not as good as the Fortuna Hotel that is also on your list. Close to the Suk 11 is the Swiss Park Hotel and the Villa Market supermarket.
The Fortuna Hotel, on Soi 5, is not too bad. I have had their morning "all you can eat" buffet pretty often over the years. This place is pretty close to the Foodland Supermarket. The Foodland has an in-store restaurant, the world famouse - Took Lae Dee - restaurant open 24 hours. Serving Western and Asian specialties.
Both of these places are not far from the Skytrain, malls, supermarkets, street vendors, restaurants, travel agencies for tours, small shops and some nightlife.
If you are offended by women tourists taking their "boy toys" back to their hotel room or guys with their "rent a dates" then you may want to also check out this place. The Atlanta Hotel. It is on the other side of Sukhumvit Road than the above 2 places but still close to the Nana Skytrain. They have a very definite "no date" policy! This is an old fashioned hotel that screens their customers. (Even not far from a church too!)
If you can't reach something by using the Skytrain keep in mind that the the meter taxis are not too expensive providing you only pay the meter fare! The Skytrain can even take you to the subway at Asoke and the Ekamai bus terminal too. Also MBK, Patpong Night Market, Chatuchak and the Asia Hotel where you can get off and walk down to shopping on Phetchaburi Road.
#2 sirhalberd has been a member since 30/12/2007. Posts: 295
Forgot to include the link for the Fortuna Hotel, if this is the hotel you had in mind. http://www.fortunabangkok.com/
Other hotels available starting at 600 baht, including air, TV, hot water and private toilet/shower. Some cheap places do not have websites but often can be reserved with a simple email.
For Chiang Mai I have used the Montri Hotel several times. Across from the Thapae Gate. Easy walk to restaurants, internet shops, small Seven Eleven stores, massage schools and cooking schools. You can walk to the night market. http://www.hotelthailand.com/chiangmai/montri/
Here is another place I came across but never used it - Tri Gong Residence. http://www.trigong.com/index.htm
If you plan on taking the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai book the sleeper car tickets ahead of time to guarantee a sleeper car.
#3 sirhalberd has been a member since 30/12/2007. Posts: 295