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Jet-lagged in Bangkok... get over it

A January 2003 trip to Bangkok by Laura Rabbit

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: This was my first trip out of the United States, and after one night in Tokyo, we arrived in Bangkok -- the first leg in our Thailand adventure. I'm not sure if I was ready for this.

Jet-lagged in Bangkok... get over it

Overview

Airport Terminal Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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See the major sites -- Grand Palace, Jim Thompson's House, ride on the river ferry. Don't be afraid to go to Patpong, it isn't that scary. Marvel at the exorbitant number of 7-11's and how truely kind and warm the people are.Quick Tips: Get massages and buy knock-offs. But know that both with probably be better and cheaper if you are going north in Thailand (both will be more expensive if heading south to the beaches). Recover from your plane ride, so you can handle the spicy food. From my personal experience: don't eat Tom Ka Gai on an empty stomach. Bottled water is cheap and readily available, so don't bother drinking from the tap - or including ICE in your drink... not worth the r...Read More

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

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Hotel | "Baiyoke Sky"

Baiyoke Sky Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This hotel is clean, modern, and hospitable, however the location is dirty and congested. After staying somewhere else at the end of the trip, I concluded that I would not stay here again. The price ($47) is similar or more expensive than other hotels we saw in better areas of the city (try Jade Pavillion or Windsor Suites). The pros are that the staff is helpful, the rooms are clean, the bathroom is large, and overall, the interior is modern and nice. The major con is the location. It is near street shopping, but that is it. There seems to be many more stray dogs in this area than other areas of the city I visited; and it seemed very dirty and smelly. The hotel has two computers with inte...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

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

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Don't expect much from this hotel aside from a cheap comfy room and free airport transportation. The rooms were amusingly simple and not particularly up-to-date (the bathroom was prison-like). But we were picked up at the airport by the free shuttle, went out for a last hoorah in Bangkok, and took the free shuttle back to the airport in the morning. Don't stay here unless it is essential to be near the airport because it is not near anything else to see or do.

We paid something like $23 for the large room. They did offer a breakfast buffet as well. It was mostly insolated from airport noise . . .

I'd stay there again.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2003

Comfort Suites Bangkok Airport
88/117 Viphavadee-Rangsit Road
Bangkok, Thailand
02 5528921

Patpong

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Attraction

Patpong Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I was indifferent about seeing the Patpong area of Bangkok during my trip. But many people suggested that since it is a significant attraction in the city, I shouldn't miss out on the experience. So, on our last night before returning home, I went. Contrary to what I had read, I did not see any "small girls with old men." Instead, I would describe these few blocks as an oversupply of strip clubs with cheesy "shows" in which the girls looked rather silly and bored. The area itself seemed rather clean and modern. Nice restaurants and a lot of shopping. The market on these streets is a great place to pick up a few final souvenirs. There seemed to be a mix of legit and questionab...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2003

Patpong
Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Attraction | "Wat Arun"

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wow. This place is impressive. Take the Skytrain to S6 Saphan Taksin Station (Silom Line). Leave via Exit 2 and walk to nearby Chao Phraya Express Boat - Pier 8. Take a cross-river ferry to Wat Arun. Admission to the Wat is a 10 Baht donation. First of all, the 2baht ride on the river was interesting in itself. These commuter boats are cheap and fun. A great way to see a part of the city that you may not otherwise see (if you can't afford to stay at the Penninsula Hotel). Views of the temple from the river are gorgeous and upclose the structure is amazing. Take a stroll around and enjoy the peace. It is uncongested and quiet. Watch the monks and take lots of pictures. As wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2003

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Jim Thompson House

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Attraction | "Jim Thompson's House"

Jim Thompson House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This is an urban oasis! A treasure in the middle of Bangkok. What a pleasant escape from the obnoxious rush of city life. Jim Thompson was an American CIA agent who helped make the Thai silk industry what it is today and collected many priceless works of art and Thai crafts. He disappeared mysteriously in 1967 and the Thai government turned his house into a museum. Aside from the beautiful relics found at Jim Thompson's house, each tour group is given a pleasant guide who explains various facets of the home and life of Jim Thompson. The landscaping is lovely with a lot of plantlife and ponds. Attached is an over-priced giftshop and a pleasant cafe serving smoothies and icecream etc. Beware of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 27, 2003

Jim Thompson House
6 Soi Kasem San 2
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 216 7368

Shopping, eating, and misc adventures

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Shopping here is inevitable no matter what gender you are. Throughout the country there are crafts, clothes, statues and assorted other things to buy, just CALLING your name. When people tell you to pack light because you will end up buying a suitcase to bring things home, there are SERIOUS! Most of the handicrafts you see in Bangkok are not unique. If you are going to Chiang Mai, wait and do most of your shopping there. It is cheaper. But by all means, if you see something you want, go right ahead. Everything is very inexpensive. Don't worry if you realize you've forgotten something at home. Flip-flops, lotion, T-shirts are always nearby. I did have trouble finding hair shampoo and conditioner as wel...Read More