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Balmy Bangkok

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An August 2008 trip to Bangkok by barbara

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: My son and I spent a few days in Thailand's biggest city.

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok

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Hotel | "The Magnificent JW Marriott"

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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My son and I spent a couple of very rewarding weeks helping out at an orphanage in northern Thailand, so on the way home, I decided to splurge on a little luxury for the "vacation" part of our trip. I wasn't sure if I'd made a good choice, but the JW Marriott proved to be an amazing place to stay. In fact, it was so nice, that I felt a little guilty after having seen some of the real poverty that exists in the rest of the country. But who am I kidding? I admit it! I am a wee-bit spoiled. (Aren't we all in the US and the UK?) And I like five star hotels. Truly, after a plain, non-air-conditioned room in which lizards played each night on the ceiling, I was in heaven for the couple...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2008

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

Convenient Resort - Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Hotel | "A Convenient Hotel"

Convenient Resort - Suvarnabhumi Airport  Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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When we first arrived in Thailand from England, we knew we were only going to be in Bangkok for an evening. We had a very early morning flight out to Chiang Mai the next day. We're talking crack of dawn early. So we decided to get a cheap hotel near the airport. The Convenient Resort fit the bill nicely. At around £15 for a double room for the evening (including breakfast), we weren't expecting anything astounding. We got a plain room that was clean and sufficient. I don't think it was the "three star" quality promised by the resort... but it was £15! I didn't expect anything fabulous. What was the room like? Very basic. Safe. Clean. Air-conditioned. Funct...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2008

Convenient Resort - Suvarnabhumi Airport
9-11 Lat krabang Soi 38 - Lat Krabang
Bangkok
+62 (2) 3274118-21

Chinatown

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Attraction | "Chinatown and the Golden Buddha"

Chinatown Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Squeezed between New Road and the river, we found Chinatown. Full of narrow streets crowded with smells, colours, sounds, and goods for sale, this is a wonderful area to simply take a wander around with your eyes open. We were dropped off in this district to do just that, and we found a thriving district perfect for window shopping. It was fun to simply weave through the people, look at the fresh fish and assorted Asian foods for sale, dodge the tuk tuks loaded down with goods, and manage not to get separated from each other. After a while though, I got "crowd overload", so I wanted a focus for our walk. Checking our map, we headed west of the Hualamphong station to seek out the Golden ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2008

Chinatown
Yaowarat Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 694 1222 (Tou

Cinema

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Attraction | "Luxury Cinema in Thailand"

Cinema in Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I love the experiences we've had in foreign movie theatres over the years, so when a friend told us that we had to experience a Bangkok cinema, my son and I were enthusiastic. Call us lazy but Batman had just been released, and we were happy to have something to do in the evening that didn't require a lot of walking. There are lots of cinemas around Bangkok, but we chose to go to the one with an IMAX on the 5th floor of Siam Paragon, Rama I, phathumwan. This is a giant mall you'll find right next to the Siam Square Sky Train station, which makes getting there extra convenient. We considered going to an IMAX production because it was 3-D, but we really wanted to experience "luxury seating....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2008

Jim Thompson House

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Attraction | "The Jim Thompson House"

Jim Thompson House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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While we visited the Grand Palace, I have to say I enjoyed the tour we had at the Jim Thompson House more. I think this was because it was a much more intimate site with small tour groups, so it didn't feel overwhelming. Instead, I learned a few things here and felt the time was well spent. Who was Jim Thompson? He was an American serviceman who worked in Asia as a military intelligence officer during WWII. After the war he returned to Thailand to live and became instrumental in reviving the Thai silk industry. His designs were used for the costumes in The King and I, thus he made his fortune. My son was persuaded to visit Mr. Thompson's house because the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2008

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