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Accommodation advice Chiang Mai and Bangkok for kiwis please

  • nicnjessgot-

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    My friend and I are travelling to Thailand in September from NZ and are looking for accommodation suggestions for two women travelling together, for four nights in Chiang Mai and 3-4 nights in Bangkok (Sukumvit or on the River). We're both 30, so looking for something we we can access the fun and vibrancy but also get away from it for some peace and quiet if necessary. In Bangkok we are looking to do a day trip to death railway, explore and shop. In Chiang Mai we are looking to do an elephant day trip, zip line, explore and shop at the markets.
    We want somewhere with a nice pool, secure, with air con and internet, with no risk of surprise charges at check out time, close to all the must sees and do's but not too noisy to sleep. Looking at around the 1200 baht mark but are flexible on this (obviously the better value the better). If this sounds like somewhere you have stayed in either Chiang Mai or Bangkok. please let us know!

    #1 Posted: 16/7/2013 - 20:40

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  • LeonardCohe-

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    Kanchanaburi is better if you stay a night or 2. Nice resorts on the river. You won't get much in Bangkok for 1200 baht. If you want a nice pool and room expect to pay at least 1500 baht. Ibis Riverside might fit the bill.

    #2 Posted: 17/7/2013 - 11:00

  • sirhalberd

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    30th December, 2007
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    Local travel agencies in Bangkok can set you up with tours, River Kwai - Death Railway are some of the available tours. Besides nearest travel agency some hotels have tour desks.

    Even if the hotel doesn't include free wifi there are many internet shops available in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

    Hotel with private toilet, TV and A/C start around 600 baht for a basic no star hotel. With a pool increases the cost. Most hotels are safe for women. What makes your room less secure is the random guests you invite in to spend the night! Use the security box for your valuables. Don't leave your passport, money and cell phone out when guests visit.

    Below hotels are in Nana area. Easy walk to restaurants, nightlife, malls,supermarkets, travel agencies for tours, street vendors and Skytrain service. (Skytrain is the city rail service.) This area is lively past 2 a.m. but in your hotel you will be quiet enough for sleep.

    Swiss Park Hotel. Walk from Nana Skytrain stop in a few minutes.

    Old fashion hotel popular with women is the Atlanta Hotel.

    Ambassador Hotel has a pool. Good location.

    Rail service Bangkok.

    Do some research on below places:

    Flight of the Gibbon. (Also in Chiang Mai.)

    Nong Nooch.

    Chiang Mai - Elephant wash.

    Good luck.

    #3 Posted: 18/7/2013 - 22:10

  • stoneman

    Joined Travelfish
    8th May, 2010
    Location Australia
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    Suggest you read accom. reviews on tripadvisor. At 1200 baht a night most places would probably have a website that you can ask further questions to meet your criteria.

    #4 Posted: 25/7/2013 - 07:25

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