bangkok for one night before heading to Ko Samui
9th June, 2006
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My travel partner and I are arriving at 11pm into the Bangkok Airport and are looking for a place to stay for that night before we head south the next day. Our main thing is that we don't want the hassle of finding a place to stay late that night, and would also prefer a place that would pick us up at the airport so we don't have the hassle of finding the place after a long day of flying. An english speaking staff would also be a plus to ease us in slowly and answer any questions we had. Do you have any recommendations?
Also - how much of a hassle is it to get to Hualamphong from Banglamphu area? Is it worth it to stay in Chinatown for the proximity?
#1 Posted: 11/6/2006 - 03:29
We just stayed at Thai Cozy House in the greater Khao San Road area, and would recommend it. THey havea 24-hour front desk, which really helped when our flight, also scheduled to arrive at 11 pm, didn't arrive until after 1 am. The staff speaks English too.
Can't say that they'd pick you up, but you could print the directions from their website and just take a taxi from the airport. That time of night, a taxi shouldn't be more than 250 baht, including the 50 baht airport service charge.
Thai Cozy is listed right here on Travelfish. Check it out and see what you think.
Another option for you might be Bangkok City Suite hotel. It's on Phetburi Soi 1, a bit closer to Hualamphong. They have a website too. Have a look.
A third option for you is to just stay at an airport hotel and then catch the 6 am flight to Samui. That's a discounted flight (the other is at 10 pm) for only about 2,000 baht per person one way.
In any case, good luck and have fun. Cheers.
#2 Posted: 11/6/2006 - 09:18
1st May, 2006
Since you asked about Hualampong, I'm assuming that you'll be taking the train to your destination in the South.
Hualampong is accessible by the MRT. If you prefer to take the MRT going there, it's best that you stay in a hostel that's near a BTS or MRT station.
I stayed at Hostel Thailand in the Silom area, near the Chong Nonsi BTS station. The staff were really friendly and the reception is open 24hours. They don't have free pick up service, but you can arrange for one for a fee. It's about 8 minute walk from the stop of airport bus A1 in Silom, and about 3 mins walk from the BTS station.
However, if you're taking the BTS from Hostel Thailand to Hualampong, it can be a bit frustrating, since Chong Nonsi is only one stop away from Saladaeng, which is the BTS-MRT interchange. After alighting in the Saladaeng station, you have to walk to get to the Silom MRT station. From Silom, Hualampong is just one stop away (I think). Anyway, I took a cab from the hostel to Hualampong. Using the meter, I just paid 60 baht.
Another option is to stay in a hostel near the train station. I googled and found Baan Hualampong (http://www.baanhualampong.com/). You might want to check that out.
Ohh, if you're considering staying in the Khao San Area, I recommend Shambara Guesthouse. Very nice hostel.
#3 Posted: 12/6/2006 - 23:46
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