I willl be in Thailand in the second half of August with my wife, infant baby , father and mother in lows, In this case I need some help to find the best place for visiting. we love beaches and shopping. I plan to be in Bangkok 3 or 3 days and 4 or 5 days in one of the Islands. Please help me to find the best place for this trip.
#1 Pici has been a member since 16/7/2011. Posts: 1
Bangkok is tough to navigate on foot. Sidewalks are for vending, not walking. There is no place for walking. Moving around with a family is not easy. I know from experience with my mother, wife and daughter. You can do it, but keep it simple and drive when you can.
Given that, I would recommend a decent place like Dream Hotel or Park Avenue (Sukhimvite Soi 15 or Soi 22 respectively). These are NOT cheap places though. If budget is an issue, then it's a whole new ballgame and you have to ask mom and dad what they can handle for accomodation.
As for beach time, I'd do Phuket . Easy flight straight there, has lots of restaraunts that cater to western taste. Phuket has a wide range of accomodation and cuisine. Koh Samui, as bob suggested, also isn't a bad choice.
I expect Bob suggested Samui because they are going in August. The weather is better on Samui than Phuket at that time of year. You can fly straight to Samui too.
If shopping is a priority then maybe staying in a hotel with easy access the Skytrain would be your best bet. The Asia Hotel has direct access via a walkway at the Ratchathewi BTS stop and is very central. (A shopaholic friend of mine from the UK always stays there!).
A google brought up several others too.
I wouldn't recommend driving in BKK at all. Taxis yes, you driving, no. Skytrain is usually a quicker option anyway because of the traffic jams.