First post here, thanks for the knowledge you all impart, I've been doing a considerable amount of reading.
I'm looking for some opinions on the protests and where to stay to best avoid them in Bangkok. My wife and I will be in Bangkok for 3 days 12th - 15th of Jan then again on the 30-31, I currently have accommodations booked on Samsen Rd in Banglamphu area. Based on Richard Barrow's map of the protest areas, it seems a bit close to the zone around the Government House so I'm considering cancelling and booking elsewhere. What are your thoughts on that area, reason to be concerned or not? What area would you best recommend staying in Bangkok to avoid getting caught up in the protests?
For those unaware, the maps I speak of:
Thanks for your time.
#1 ktothej has been a member since 25/11/2013. Posts: 2
My Brother and I will be in Bangkok Jan. 4-6, with a hotel booked on Khao San road. Is there any reason to book a hotel elsewhere? We're using Bangkok as a gateway to Burma and will return on the 29th for a little beach time (Koh Chang) then fly home to the states on Feb. 5th.
Any advice from people in Bangkok right now? How difficult is it to travel via taxi to and from the airports? Are there any major protests planned during the polling date of Feb. 2nd that may make it difficult for us to get home?
We're on our way regardless...just looking for a little 'on the ground' wisdom.
It's a little difficult to say with any certainty -- primarily due to the protests moving around a lot and the overall situation liable to change at short notice.
I'd be inclined to stick with either a Samsen (ktothej) or Khao San (MikeTV) reservation for the following reasons:
a) Most importantly you're walking distance to the Chao Phraya Express boats which, while they may get extremely crowded and are not overly suitcase friendly, do bring large stretches of the city within reach and the protesters are yet to launch waterborne dramas!
b) The Khao San Road area (and Samsen for that matter) have not seen protests directly in that area -- though they have been quite close.
c) There is no area that hasn't been affected except perhaps for Chinatown. Sukhumvit, Siam and Silom/Sathorn have all been shut down at one time or another already.
d) You already have a reservation.
We ran a story last week by our man in Bangkok which you can read here - at the moment we stand by the advice given there.
However, this is a extremely changeable situation and I'm not going to make any kind of forecasts for Feb 2 as there's a whole month between now and then and, well, anything could happen.
We're also keeping readers updated on the Travelfish Facebook page here.
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Ksr is a dump. Better to stay around victory monument near skytrain. KSR is close to the protests and no skytrain there. Crappy food there and its fake Thailand there.
Do u want real stuff or fake tourist ghetto?
Sukhumvit is even more fake TH with overpriced crappy food (but geared to western taste) and overdoses of Arabs, hookers, yet more prossies and ladyboys and ''hey dahling I go with you'', fake Burmese vendors of fake made-in-China ''souvenirs''. Now keep stop this parrotting and wine about your lost Susanna-she will not come back when you keep on this record with a crack that keeps on repeating itself.
#5 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Food aside, this is exactly the type of info I was looking for thanks. Due to the organized "Bangkok Shutdown" scheduled for Monday January 13th (and lasting 5-20 days), I've decided to bypass Bangkok to start and head straight up to Chiang Mai. It seems we have impeccable timing as that's literally the day after our arrival. Dangerous or not, I don't want to speculate nor do we feel like spending our initial days stuck in gridlock (although it sounds like this is a common occurrence!). Hopefully things will be tempered by the time we return to Bangkok for our departure and we can spend a few days checking it out.
#8 ktothej has been a member since 25/11/2013. Posts: 2