I'll be landing in Thailand at the end of November, flying into BKK.
I'm just curious if anyone has any recommendations on hotels for a first timer.
A cheap hostel with plenty of westerners would be good.
It's my first time in Thailand, so it'd be good to stay somewhere with plenty of westerners so on my first week or so there, I can easily meet people who can show me the way around to begin with, if that makes sense :)
Given your age (from the photograph) and enthusiasm, I'd say you are a good candidate for a visit to the Khao San Road area once you arrive. This is backpacker central for Bangkok and the first stop for many an independent traveller. Take a look at the hotel listings on the website for specific recommendations. The advantage of Khao San Road, apart from the many westerner-targeted services there, is it is close to some excellent first trip attractions, like Wat Po and Wat Phrakaeo and the National Musuem and Sanaam Luang and the river. Just use good sense in this area, because the concentration of travellers does bring out bottom feeders. Ignore the touts, and if someone offers you a deal that is too good to be true, it is. Also, while Thailand does have hostels, a room with a bath is often so inexpensive in Thailand that most folks wind up getting their own room and enjoying the extra privacy and security for not much more money.
For a slightly different strategy, instead of staying in Bangkok, go directly to Ayutthaya after you arrive and get over your jet lag there. Ayutthaya is a great stop for history and culture, and has more that a few good guesthouses in a small backpacker-friendly area not too far from the train or bus stations. Have fun.
Would you say it's relatively easy to just rock up at Khao San Road and find somewhere to sleep, or would I need to pre-book?
How much would you estimate a room in that area would cost per night? (on average)
Whilst I am only 21, I'm not the biggest party animal, but if it's full of westerners that I can easily socialise with and learn the culture quickly, then that's great. It'll ease the culture shock I guess.
Cheers again man!
It is usually pretty easy to just show up and find a room, but depending on what time of day you are arriving, you may want to pre-book at least the first night or two. If I were arriving early in the a.m. on a flight from europe, I'd likely just pick out two or three places that looked good from the online listings and turn up without a reservation. But if I were arriving late at night on a flight from north America, I'd pre-book because trying to find a room in the middle of the night blows.
The other advantage of booking your first night, even if you arrive early, is that you are only there for one night. It gives you a place to put your pack while you wander the neighborhood and check out other places. It is a good way to find something that fits your style and budget. Regards.
There are hostels in bangkok and staying in a dorm it is easier to get in touch with fellow traveller...
I suggest Lub d https://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/thailand/bangkok_and_surrounds/bangkok/bangrak/all/3879
you can reach khao san easy and cheap via boat taxi
#5 greg121 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 22
Thanks again for both your input!
@Greg121... I just checked out that Lub D, seems pretty sweet! $13 a night, are you kidding me?
It still feels weird seeing such low prices for accommodation... I think I might try and book a few nights there to start with
If you are really keen to stay in a hostel, another good option is Refill Now! Have a look at: https://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/thailand/bangkok_and_surrounds/bangkok/sukhumvit/all/3739