We're a family with a young baby and looking for ideas on how to spend an afternoon in the khao san rd area after we check out of our hotel before catching a night train. We know we could go to a restaurant etc but thought I had read something ages ago about being able to pay a hotel to use their pool. Any ideas on somewhere cool or shady we go could for a few hours? Or ideas on a/c malls close by?
#1 Jojc123 has been a member since 17/5/2014. Posts: 4
Have you been to the area before? Every afternoon, its a kids playground, mix Thai and whitey, at the concrete park near the white fort, where PraSumen turns into Pra Athit, beside the river. NO smoking nor alco allowed, even in the outside open and strictly controlled by the guards.
Most hotels that have pools will let others use them for a usage fee, like at New Siam/corner of Pra Athit. I think this is right IN the sun afternoons, though.
The closest by ''Mall,, of sorts to KS is the PATA, WEST, over the river, just too far to walk, dozens of buses, reds on 42 and some from 68 are mostly free. Its in fact an old style deptmt store, with a kiddy playzoo somewhere on a high floor, much maligned by those animal welfare self-appointed protectors.A real flashy hi-class Mall is CENTRAL just a little further, bus 127, 516, 511, just before it is a giant Tesco, in fact a Tesco turned old deptstore of MerryKings. opposite is a mega-cinema complek.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
I second Santichai Prakan Park by the Phra Sumen fort. It's clean, quiet, shady, has nice views of the river, and there isn't that much concrete (for Bangkok, anyway). There are some pretty good eating spots immediately across the street (Thanon Phra Athit), and a pretty nice walkway along the river that starts/finishes at the park and that goes as far as the Pin Klao Bridge.
It may well be too late now but what you could have done is to go up to Lop Buri in the afternoon, left your luggage at the station had a quick look round the old town and sat down and enjoyed a meal and drink in the night market before catching the train from there.
Thanks for the advice everyone! We went to the park where the baby slept under the shady trees, and then we were allowed to use the pool at our hotel even though we had checked out. It was perfect.
#5 Jojc123 has been a member since 17/5/2014. Posts: 4