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Starting my 12 week SE Asia trip in Bangkok - few days there, where best to stay?

  • AndyPandy

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    Hello everyone,

    I've been posting in various sections of this INCREDIBLE forum about my upcoming 12 week trip in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Thanks so much to those who've been so kind with their helpful replies. I have another question... I fly in and out of Bangkok and have got used to the idea that when I arrive I will spend a few days there before crossing over into Cambodia. I will revisit Thailand at the end of my trip for 2 or so weeks but wondered where you'd recommend I should stay when I first arrive in Bangkok (on a Monday)?

    I just want to get my bearings a bit after I've landed and be somewhere sociable so I can meet people and hopefully find other travellers en route to Cambodia. I keep seeing people dissuading others about staying in Khaosan Road. If not there, please can you recommend somewhere less "crazy" and not so overwhelming for a few days (but happening enough that I won't feel isolated from other backpackers)?

    I'd like to book my first few nights accommodation in advance, just for the start of this trip in Bangkok, and wing the rest on my adventure once the nerves have gone....

    I've been having weird dreams the past couple of nights about my trip so I guess I'm still very nervous about doing this all solo!!

    Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

    Best wishes,
    Andy xx

    #1 Posted: 26/8/2012 - 04:18

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    Hi again Andy,
    I completely agree that Khao San Road itself is to be avoided. But there are lots of other areas in Bangkok where you can meet other travellers.

    Actually, Bangkok is such a major arrival and departure point for travellers that you'd probably meet people regardless of where you stayed - any inexpensive guesthouse in the town centre will probably be half-full of backpackers.

    I know a lot of people who stayed around Soi Rambutri and Santichaiprakan park - it's still very much a backpacker ghetto but 5 minute's walk from Khao San and less full-on and in-your-face. You might want to stay there for a couple of nights, as you're guaranteed to meet a lot of backpackers in the guesthouses, bars and restaurants, and you might find the westernisation of the area an easier way to get your feet wet and slip into Asia. Despite what some will undoubtedly say about the Banglamphu area not being "authentic" Thailand, there's nothing wrong with giving yourself some time to acclimatise, especially if it's your first trip and you're feeling nervous! Saying that, if you do decide to stay in that area, and are going to be based in Bangkok for a while, I'd suggest that you only stay a few nights before you move out of the tourist ghetto - for a start the food will be better!

    Other options include Chinatown (for more budget accommodation) and Silom (for mid-range hotels - although I've found mid-range hotels are harder to meet people in, the people you do meet tend to be older so it's useful if you yourself are an older traveller). I'd avoid Sukhumvit as a female.

    Hope that helps.

    #2 Posted: 26/8/2012 - 05:04

  • greg121

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    thanon Sam sen soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand

    type that into google maps, there are plenty of nice guest houses and it's far enough from khao san road. Still you can easily walk there in 5-10minutes.

    check out google street view

    #3 Posted: 26/8/2012 - 05:25

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