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The best way to visit Ayutthaya? Tour guide or on our own?

  • boocik04

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    I will be visiting Bangkok on the 7th Dec until 11th Dec. I would like to know if anyone can give me tips on getting around Bangkok and also Ayutthaya. Should I use a tour guide or do it on my own? My interests are the Grand Palace, Pratunam, Khao San, Platinum Mall, Muang Boran (Ancient City), Lumpini Park, Chatuchak market and also MBK mall. I will be staying at Bangkok Sahara Hotel. Has anyone heard of this hotel or stayed there before?

    #1 Posted: 13/10/2006 - 15:17

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi boocik04,

    Welcome to Travelfish!

    To answer your questions in order:
    1) A guide in Ayutthaya really isn't all that necessary -- it is a pretty small place and most guesthouses will hire you a pushbike and you can cycle to each of the monuments. If you'd realy prefer a guide, ask at your guesthouse or swing by the TAT office in Ayutthaya -- they've got stacks of info and some pretty good guides.

    2) That's quite a spread of sights! You're probably best to group them together, so Grand Palace and KSR; Pratunam, Lumpini and MBK; Chatuchak; Muang Boran.

    Pratunam, Lumpini and MBK are easily reached by skytrain or subway, as is Chatuchak (albeit in the opposite direction). KSR and the Palace are about a 20 minute walk apart, Muang Boran is a long bus ride or cabride out to the east.

    I've not heard of the Bangkok Sahara so can't help you with that one sorry.

    Hope that helps

    #2 Posted: 13/10/2006 - 16:05

  • marianwarren

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    Hate to be picky, Somtam but Bangkok Sahara, Sukhumvit Rd, Soi 5 is mentioned in the Bangkok accomodation list with your Sawasdee booking partners. So much to remember!

    Take care

    Marian

    #3 Posted: 13/10/2006 - 16:22

  • somtam2000

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    Yikes!

    Thanks Marian -- hey with 3,000 places listed it is sometimes difficult to keep track!

    #4 Posted: 13/10/2006 - 18:38

  • boocik04

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    Thanks somtam. Your suggestions really helped me with my itinerary.

    If anyone has the latest reviews on the Bangkok Sahara hotel, I`d appreciate it....

    #5 Posted: 14/10/2006 - 00:48

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