Goal: Pre-arrange a place to stay in BKK the first night or two (arriving late) so as to get a visa for Vietnam...maybe apply then leave BKK a couple days, return for the visa...who knows!
Question: Are there recommendations for places from people with first hand knowledge of them? I read and search and look at tons of places, but find it better to hear from someone who knows. A place that is not too expensive, but clean and safe would be nice, and preferably not predominantly a tourist or party place. Thanks!
You've had quite a few folks look at your posting, but nobody has dared to offer any suggestions yet. I think there is enough information on the guesthouse listings here for you to be able to pick a place to stay. The listings here all offer a review by Travelfish staff, and most include reviews by quests who have stayed there. That is essentially the information you've requested above. Take advantage of the work that has already been done. This is an excellent website.
If you are in Bangkok primarily to get a visa for Vietnam, then it makes sense to stay as close to the Vietnamese Embassy as practical. That should help narrow your search. The embassy in on Wireless Road, so you could stay in the Sukhumvit Road to Asoke area, or down near Siam Square and the National Stadium.
If you still aren't happy with that, then one place I've stayed in that area that I really like is called Holiday Mansion. It's a 3-star tourist/business hotel right across from the UK Embassy and near the Vietnamese Embassy. The rooms are large, clean, comfy, and it includes breakfast. It might be a good place to stay for your first night or two, particularly if you are arriving late. But I don't know what your budget is, so I don't know if this is more than you wanted to spend or not. Have a look at their website anyway. Good luck.
The guesthouse reviews (all 2,200+ of them) on Travelfish are written by our researchers -- every place we write about we've visited in person, though obviously we've not stayed in every single one...
If you go to any location section on the site, you'll see the accommodation sections listed below the introduction -- all those guesthouse and hotel reviews are original and written by us.
As an example here's the section for Khao San Road in Bangkok.
There's also the "Where's a good guesthouse?" series of stories -- here is the one for Bangkok
Any questions, let me know!
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Thank you for the information...so many great options, I am very excited! Someone told me about this website: www.precisionreservations.com, which I have found to be a good source of information (and rates!). Thanks again.
If you want to relax in class, stay in the Majestic Grand in Sukhumvit...I think it's a 58. I stayed there for 2 days arriving in Bangkok, and also for 2 days when leaving to go home, The service and everything is out of this world. An executive room was only £40 a night...
I will be back there in June as well.
#6 Alison24 has been a member since 11/4/2006. Posts: 12