Hey people, hope everyone's happy today! Has anyone stayed at Big Johns guesthouse in Bangkok?? i've been looking at their website ( http://www.bigjohnsworld.com/index.htm ) and i'm quite interested as it seems like quite a cool place in a decent area. Anyone got any comments they'd like to share? about the place or area??
Cheers in advance, Peace and love, Danny J
#1 DannyJ has been a member since 5/10/2005. Posts: 36
I've got plans to stay at Big Johns in June, but haven't stayed there yet so can't help on the guesthouse itself.
I like the area near there quite a bit however, and would recommend it if you are looking to experience a bit of the real Bangkok where the locals outnumber the tourists. There are lots of local little restaurants in the area, and lots of neat back streets for wandering around.
You aren't too far from the Sky Train, although it is a bit of a walk from the guesthouse. You are also close to the Ekkamai bus station, convenient if you are heading off to Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Pattaya, or other spots along the eastern seaboard.
One highlight for me in that area is the Witch's Tavern on Soi 55. They used to have great jazz pick-up jam sessions on Sunday evenings.
It you do stay at Big Johns, please post a review, so we know how you liked the guest house. Let us know if the Aussie-style pies are as good as they say too, okay? Have a great trip. Cheers.
Hey exacto, yeah the area is the main reason why i'm thinking about staying there! i'm not going till september though so i'll wait to hear what you have to say, he he! Personally i'm not too bothered about the aussie-style pies, now the crownies??? i lived in Oz for a bit and even though i don't really drink anymore man do i miss those crownies! Thanks for your comments exacto, looking forward to hearing about your trip later this year! Peace and love, Danny J
#3 DannyJ has been a member since 5/10/2005. Posts: 36
Hey tsargood, thanks for that i was looking at Shambara, it's look's really nice! But don't really want to be around the Koa San Road road area. Nothing against it but i just don't think it would be my scene. Thanks for the recommendation anyway, Peace and love, Danny J
#5 DannyJ has been a member since 5/10/2005. Posts: 36
I stayed at Big John's in March, and can recommend the place. The rooms are tiny, but clean and comfortable. The food is good and includes nice vegetarian options. However, I wouldn't say the location is anything to be happy about. It's mostly a commercial, upscale area with many expensive restaurants, bars and many, many wedding boutiques. Locals do outnumber tourists here for sure, but I would rather recommend staying in the very center, if that's your cup of tea. For example, there are a few very nice places right across the street from MBK in the back streets, which are as central and as "real" as you can get, but still surprisingly peaceful.
I was sorry to see that Lother didn't enjoy his time in the area around Big John's, but I'm sticking to my guns and insisting that it is a cool place to hang out. There's a really fun write-up in the features section of the website about life on Soi Thong Lo, with heaps of recommendations on what to see and do in every price range. In addition to that, just a wander down any of the side streets leading back towards town will take you past places that haven't seen many if any tourists lately. This is the real Bangkok too. It is what it is.
DannyJ. Jump back on here sometime and tell us what you thought. Cheers.
Hi guys! i'm with you exacto, the more i read about Soi Thong Lo the more i want to stay there! I'm defo booking a room at Big John's for my first few nights in BKK, but am leaving myself open after that. I can't really comment further as i haven't actually been there yet, but thanks to Lother for posting your opinion. I'm looking forward to wandering around the area more then anything, real BKK street life!
Wish me luck for today, i've got my first proper Thaiboxing fight, am just trying to settle my nerves! eek!
Peace and love, Danny J
#8 DannyJ has been a member since 5/10/2005. Posts: 36
Good luck with your Thai boxing match. I hope all goes well.
Also, I didn't give Lother the credit he deserved for his suggestion to hang out in the MBK area. Those back streets he mentions that lead up to Jim Thompson's house (a great visit itself if you have the money and the time), are interesting, and the overall MBK/Siam Square area is just bursting with activity, and is located right on the Skytrain. It also puts you a short trek from the Pratunam area too, which is worth a look and is another great example of the authentic Thai life you mention. Cheers.
Hey guys, just incase anyone is interested i won my first thaiboxing fight on sunday! was a good fight and i really enjoyed it! bring on the thai's, he he! thanks for the good luck exacto, how long now till your trip? Peace and love, Danny
#10 DannyJ has been a member since 5/10/2005. Posts: 36
congratulations. i was wondering about that. glad to see it went well, and hope it continues to go well once you arrive in the kingdom.
we are departing in just about two weeks now, and are pretty excited. i've probably over-engineered our trip, but i always like to have alternative available just in case something doesn't work out as planned.
good luck with your next bout and your trip too.
I've just left Big Johns Guesthouse this morning and I felt that it was bigged up big time on the hostelworld.
He does have all that he states he has but it was glorified quite a bit by description. Don't get me wrong, I had a pleasant stay there, I was there for 4 nights and didn't have any complaints. The location is pretty sweet, not many tourists going about but it's about 10-15 minutes walk to the skytrain.
I wouldn't bother asking Big John any questions either as he just points in the direction of his female thai staff so finding out things can be a bit of a struggle.
All in all, it's okay but not as good as it's advertised as. Hope this helps and doesn't put you off, just preparing you for it............
Happy travels, Sam
#12 samfong has been a member since 19/5/2006. Posts: 1