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Starting my 12 week SE Asia trip in Bangkok - few days there, where best to stay?

Posted by AndyPandy on 26/8/2012 at 04:18

Hello everyone,

I've been posting in various sections of this INCREDIBLE forum about my upcoming 12 week trip in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Thanks so much to those who've been so kind with their helpful replies. I have another question... I fly in and out of Bangkok and have got used to the idea that when I arrive I will spend a few days there before crossing over into Cambodia. I will revisit Thailand at the end of my trip for 2 or so weeks but wondered where you'd recommend I should stay when I first arrive in Bangkok (on a Monday)?

I just want to get my bearings a bit after I've landed and be somewhere sociable so I can meet people and hopefully find other travellers en route to Cambodia. I keep seeing people dissuading others about staying in Khaosan Road. If not there, please can you recommend somewhere less "crazy" and not so overwhelming for a few days (but happening enough that I won't feel isolated from other backpackers)?

I'd like to book my first few nights accommodation in advance, just for the start of this trip in Bangkok, and wing the rest on my adventure once the nerves have gone....

I've been having weird dreams the past couple of nights about my trip so I guess I'm still very nervous about doing this all solo!!

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Best wishes,
Andy xx

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 26/8/2012 at 05:04

Hi again Andy,
I completely agree that Khao San Road itself is to be avoided. But there are lots of other areas in Bangkok where you can meet other travellers.

Actually, Bangkok is such a major arrival and departure point for travellers that you'd probably meet people regardless of where you stayed - any inexpensive guesthouse in the town centre will probably be half-full of backpackers.

I know a lot of people who stayed around Soi Rambutri and Santichaiprakan park - it's still very much a backpacker ghetto but 5 minute's walk from Khao San and less full-on and in-your-face. You might want to stay there for a couple of nights, as you're guaranteed to meet a lot of backpackers in the guesthouses, bars and restaurants, and you might find the westernisation of the area an easier way to get your feet wet and slip into Asia. Despite what some will undoubtedly say about the Banglamphu area not being "authentic" Thailand, there's nothing wrong with giving yourself some time to acclimatise, especially if it's your first trip and you're feeling nervous! Saying that, if you do decide to stay in that area, and are going to be based in Bangkok for a while, I'd suggest that you only stay a few nights before you move out of the tourist ghetto - for a start the food will be better!

Other options include Chinatown (for more budget accommodation) and Silom (for mid-range hotels - although I've found mid-range hotels are harder to meet people in, the people you do meet tend to be older so it's useful if you yourself are an older traveller). I'd avoid Sukhumvit as a female.

Hope that helps.

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Posted by greg121 on 26/8/2012 at 05:25

thanon Sam sen soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand

type that into google maps, there are plenty of nice guest houses and it's far enough from khao san road. Still you can easily walk there in 5-10minutes.

check out google street view

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Posted by Poohh on 12/5/2014 at 07:57

Hi everyone!

As so many others I'm looking for a decent place to spend my first nights in BKK. I'm a first-timer: first time solo, first time backpacking and first time sea. I'm getting a bit nervous ;-). Also very excited. I feel the urge to mention that I'm very happy with this excellent website and all the information that is presented here!

But, I can't decide where to stay my first 3 nights. I'm a female 34-year old, and I'll arrive in BKK May 23rd late afternoon. A friend suggested Suk11 (close to skytrain), but in one of the previous posts I read "I'd avoid Sukhumvit as a female". So now I'm not so sure if this is a good choice.

Can anyone help me pick a decent place to stay? Considering the jetleg I think it's wise to have my own room. I don't mind sharing a bathroom. A nice and clean place with a good vibe would be much appreciated, from where it's easy to get around (yes, we all want that, I know, and I'm no exception). I'll be traveling mostly on a backpackers budget, so let's say my budget for accommodation in BKK would be $25 p/n.

All suggestions are much appreciated and thanks a lot in advance!


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Posted by splashcayman on 12/5/2014 at 11:12

sawadee khoa san is just of ksr and is cheap enough. rambrutti village is good as it has a pool and full of backpackers but the rooms are that good but its CHEAP.
for bookings, have a look on line but i use agoda and

hope this helps

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/5/2014 at 11:24

Sukhimvite and Silom both have sex for sale out in the open pretty full on. So does Huai Kwang, but not many foreigners go there. It's focussed on the Thai market. So if prostitution makes you uncomfortable those areas might seem over the top. Sukhimvite is perfectly safe though. It's a bit hectic. I like it because it has international food and good salsa dancing. It's certainly not the cheapest part of town. More popular with expats, residents of Bangkok and Sex travellers than the beach tourist or backpacker set. It really depends on what you're looking for. Most who come here first want Thai food, cheap place to stay, not too hectic and while you certainly can get good Thai food in Sukhimvite, you can get that almost anywhere in Thailand. So no need to pay more to stay in Sukhimvite, which you will.

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