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Bangkok Revisited

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A January 2005 trip to Bangkok by Kauai Boy

Nightbazaar Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: My second trip to Bangkok, testing the waters to see if I could actually live here long-term.

Bangkok Revisited

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Nightbazaar Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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With the recent devastation suffered by the people of Thailand, I was very wary of my return to Bangkok just 3 weeks after the tsunami struck the southwestern provinces facing the Andaman Sea. In fact, I felt very guilty about canceling my 3-day trip down to Phuket due to health and safety concerns. Upon my arrival, and after some lengthy discussions with my Thai friends, it was very clear that all of Thailand simply wants to put the tragedy behind them. Both the tsunami and the current drought are putting a major strain in the country’s economy. And though the flood of donations coming from all over is appreciated tremendously, there is really just one big message they would like to send out to th...Read More

Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Silom"

Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Being a bit more familiar with the city on this trip, I opted for this mid-range hotel in the Silom District with convenient access to one of the various transit systems, a 10 minute walk to the BTS Skytrain Surasak Station. The large, brightly lit lobby is impressively decorated. As I arrived rather late at night, check-in was a very quick process with a standard Thai welcome and an English-speaking agent briefing me with the various features of the property. This hotel consists of two separate buildings – oddly named the Crown Tower and the Plaza Tower in reference to the previous owners of this property. I made no special request other than having a non-smoking room, so I wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2005

Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok
981 Silmon Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
+66 (2) 238-4300

The Plaza Hotel Bangkok

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The Plaza Hotel Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Okay, so I wanted to save a bit of cash and opted for a short stay at a budget hotel. The Plaza Hotel Bangkok, a basic 2-star property, is actually well-situated in the business district of Silom, about a 7-minute walk to the Chong Nonsi BTS station and a short 5-minute walk to the busy Pathpong shopping/nightclub area sandwiched between Surawong and Silom Roads. From the outside, the building is quite unattractive, though the entranceway is well-kept and the small lobby, though dimly lit, is reasonably welcoming. The English-speaking check-in staff was very helpful in trying to accommodate my request for a top floor room with king-size bed. However, it would have been nice if they had me...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2005

The Plaza Hotel Bangkok
178 Surawong Road
Bangkok, Thailand
(66-2) 6776240 to 5

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok

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JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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For my last few days in Bangkok I opted to spoil myself with a short stay at a downtown 5-star property. Not wanting to fork over some serious dollars, I scored a reasonable 3-night stay at the JW Marriott Bangkok via Priceline. I arrived at the hotel early – 11am – and, despite being at near capacity, my room to my surprise was already available. On the 9th floor (out of 24) facing south with a king size bed, my room was large enough for a small seating area and work desk. The bathroom was large and very impressive, with separate bathtub and shower. As usual, for your convenience, there is also a well-stocked mini-bar with the standard overpriced drink and snack offerings. Coff...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2005

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
4 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 2
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 (2) 656-7700

Songkran (Thai New Year)

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Attraction | "Celebrating the Thai New Year – Songkran Festival"

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"Happy Thai New Year!" The annual Songkhran Festival coincides with the Thai New Year on April 13, with celebrations ranging from the reverent to borderline insane, and the festivities last for three days. And when those three days fall in the middle of the week, many Thais take full advantage of an "extended" weekend. The celebration starts with early-morning prayers and merit-making activities at a temple, including offering of food to the monks and a ritual bathing for Buddha images. This is followed by a traditional feast for family and extended family members. Traditionally, water is sprinkled over one's head, signifying the washing away of bad luck. However, this rather i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2005

Songkran (Thai New Year)
Various locations
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour