My girlfriend and I are heading into Bangkok on 25th September, to start our 6 months travel around SEA.
We were thinking it would be a good idea to book our first 2/3 days of accommodation online so that we don't have to worry too much when getting off the plane.
The problem we are having is everything looks quite pricey and suspicious especially compared to what we've read on here. Any recommendation on specific sites we should be using? / Places to check out?
Or are we better off, heading to the Khao San area and checking a few places out?
#1 AK169 has been a member since 29/8/2014. Posts: 2
Where are you seeing "pricey and suspicious"?
About how much are you looking to spend?
Have you already browsed the Bangkok accommodation listings here on Travelfish, like this one for Khao San area?
Up to you whether you want to reserve/book something in advance. But if not, I'd at least recommend having a few places picked out that you might try to walk into, and try to familiarize yourself with the area where they are by looking on Googlemaps for a bit... I personally wouldn't recommend going straight to Khao San Road as the accommodation right on Khao San is generally pretty crummy / overpriced compared to surrounding streets like Tani, Samsen and the National Library area up near Thewet Pier (I'd recommend any of those areas -- 5 to 20 minute walk north of Khao San Road -- for a first-timer to BKK). Once you've picked a place try to figure out what soi it's closest to (or on), e.g. Samsen Soi 6. Taxi drivers don't usually know obscure guesthouses by name, but they should know the soi.
I second what DLuek says about having a few places picked out in advance and getting familiar with the area you wish to stay before you arrive. I'd also look to stay around the fringe of Khao San Road rather than on the road proper.
Personally, I always try to book at least my first night's accommodation when arriving after a long haul flight, when I don't know the city, or if it is a busy travel period (like New Year's). I think you would be smart to book at least your first night too, and maybe splash out a bit on something nice to help make that transition and get over jet lag.
The only time I wouldn't book ahead for a big city is if I'm arriving relatively early in the day. As I recall, most of the flight from North America arrive in Bangkok very late, and that is when they are on time. But the flights from Europe arrive fairly early, which would give you time to look around. But it would also depend on how much stuff you've got and if you are willing to lug it around with you while you look for a room. That's doable, but a bit of effort that could be avoided with an advance booking.
How much did you expect to spend for that first night or two? Cheers.
The guys above give good advice - check out the reviews on this site to find a few guesthouses that appeal, then check for them on Agoda (links available from the accom pages of this site), which is currently listing dozens of properties in Bangkok for $10-$15 per night.
Thanks all, we'll get in quite early, but given your advise, I think we may splash out a little on the first night or 2 and get somewhere a bit fancier, then move to somewhere cheaper (closer to 10$ hopefully).
Moving away from Khao San road itself sounds good. Lots of nice looking places on the link you provided. Thanks again, we are very excited!
#5 AK169 has been a member since 29/8/2014. Posts: 2