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Sizzling Bangkok

An April 2002 trip to Bangkok by Fuzz

Quote: A place that I have visited upteen of times and still can't get enough of it so much so I'm going again end of June.

Sizzling Bangkok

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Overview

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Well, what is there to say about Bangkok that you haven't heard before? It's an extremely busy city with things happening all the time everywhere, be it night or day. And it's a shoppers paradise for all; everything you need they have it, and even things you don't need! There's food galore, and of course, the flesh market, for the men that is, if you catch my drift. If you have time to spare like I did,venture out to Pattaya or better still Krabi or Trang for scuba exploration.About 2 hours rive will get you to Pattaya.However Pattaya was quite a dissapointment,water was not clear and like Phuket the beach is no longer a beauty.There are other islands to spend your day at but nothing quite worth to...Read More

First Hotel

Hotel

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Simple yet decent accomodation, located in a very convenient area just minutes away from the train station. Pratunam and Siam Square are within walking distance. If you're not fussy about being glamourous, this hotel should be sufficient.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

First Hotel
2 Petchburi Road
Bangkok, Thailand
(66-2) 6776240 to 5

Arnoma Hotel

Hotel

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This is supposed to be a 5 star hotel, but I didn't see any evidence of that. It felt more like a 3 star hotel; the rooms were not that big, but they were presentable. It's located directly opposite the World Trade Centre and beside Gaysorn Plaza. It's not quite worth the money, but if you book through your travel agent you get a better deal.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Arnoma Hotel
Rajdamri Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Hotel | "Pathuwan Princess"

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This is definitely a 5 star hotel which is linked to MBK. It has a huge lobby and a very nice reception. I was lucky to have gotten the apartment wing, which has a kitchenette, a living room, and 2 bedrooms with bathrooms attached. It was very convenient, but during my stay the staff were not very polite, especially the reception manager, who got in an argument with me. I'm not sure if that has changed, but nevertheless, it's a very classy-looking hotel.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Pathumwan Princess Hotel
444 MBK CENTRE
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
66 22163700

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Hotel | "Baiyoke Sky"

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This is the tallest hotel in Thailand. The lobby is located on the 19 floor. The rooms are spacious and so are the bathrooms (which are set on high floors). For breakfast, head to the 79th floor if you can stomach it. But the set back is that since it is such a huge hotel, the service is rather poor, with an impatient and grumpy staff, probably from the continuos flow of guests.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Baiyoke Sky Hotel
222 Rajprarop Road
Bangkok 10400
+66 (2) 656-3000

Cabbages and Condoms

Restaurant | "Cabbages & Condoms"

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The name itself gets your attention immediately. Located slightly on the inside of the road, it's not that easy to find so be sure to get the address right. But once you get there, you won't be dissapointed; it has a nice ambiance and quite a large dining area. And to add on to that, they serve wonderful Thai food that is simply delicious. Try the fried fish with thai sauce and shrimp. Basically, it's all good; give it a try and let your senses tell you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Cabbages and Condoms
6 Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 229 4611

Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant

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Although I can't remember the name of this place, it's located across from Amari Watergate and it's the last restaurant before it hits the road. They only serve seafood. Highly recommended is the crab fried rice, which actually has real crab meat in the dish; as far as I know that usually never happens because it's always replaced with crab stick. Even the fried noodles are to-die-for, and another must-have is the crab, either cooked with chilli or pepper. Just talking about it is making my mouth water. The area is simple but clean and the price is definitely reasonable. It's best to go for dinner when the sun is down because the restaurant is not airconditoned, with just huge fans surrounding it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Seafood Restaurant
Pratunam
Bangkok, Thailand

Indian Restaurants

Restaurant | "Indian restaurant"

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Walk towards the end of Pratunam. Right at the base of Baiyoke Sky there is a row of motels with Indian restaurants, and the one in the middle serves scrumptious Indian food. The tandoori is the juiciest and the most tender I've ever tasted. The naans are also soft, but don't be greedy because servings can be quite large for 2 people. So don't order extra till you have seen what you ordered. It's a small place but draws quite a crowd; if you get turned off by the place because the only thing good is the food, have yours packed and enjoy it in the comfort of your room.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Indian Restaurants
Pratunam
Bangkok, Thailand

MBK Foodcourt

Restaurant

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For the tight of budget, MBK foodcourt is the way to go. My personal favorite is the beef noodle facing the dessert stall on the right-hand corner. For a bowl, it costs US1.30, and even with a drink and maybe a dessert it would not be more then US2.00; a steal! And there are so many choices that you won't know where to start. Just indulge yourself!!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

MBK Foodcourt
Siam Square
Bangkok, Thailand

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Chatuchak is accessible by train; it's at the last stop, Mo Chit. It opens only during weeknds from 7am-6pm. Be prepared when you get here and wear light clothing because the heat can become unbearable in the enclosed area of close to 9000 shops. Yes you heard me, 9000! Everything and anything you want you can get here. Food, clothes, plants and even animals can easily be purchased from Chatuchak. Most of the shops are wholesalers, so bargaining can be a bit difficult unless you purchase in bulk. Throughout Bangkok,this is the best- priced place; everything is cheap. The market is segragated into clothing areas, household items, candles and incense, food, animals, plants, and lots more for easi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Patpong

Attraction

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Patpong is famous for its flesh market, and I mean that literally. There are scantily clad women everywhere, not to mention the transvestites. Every single bar in Patpong is meant for the sexually hungry. Being a woman myself, I wasn't impressed by this exploitation, but that's their way of earning money. But if you have no appetite for such meat, there's the night market set right in between the bars that starts and ends late. This market mostly features men's stuff, but there is an abundance of fake branded products, like Gucci handbags, some of which actually look convincing. But remember to bargain because they tend to set a higher price in Patpong and the vendors can a bit arrogant. But do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Patpong
Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

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As we continue the shopping bit, highly recommended for women would be Pratunam, which has rows of wholesale clothings in arrays of colours,designs and fashions. The designs change quickly and prices are wholesale; go with friends so you can split the cost. Start early to avoid the extreme heat and crowds, as well as the continuous flow of traffic in the cramped street. Across the road from Pratunam and Amari Watergate hotel, you will find a few tailors that can have your outfits completed in 24hours including a fitting before the final touches. I had a Thai silk outfit done for US45, material and tailoring inclusive. And the end result....spectacular. Not too far away is Siam Square, which is a...Read More