A February 2002 trip
to Bangkok by nmagann
Quote: Grand Palace with the numerous, enormous sized temples decorated in mosaic pieces an inch in size and gold leaf was an incredible, overwhelming sight that neither photos nor words could even begin to describe. Photos of a structure can’t show the details of gold-leaf mosaics pieces. Huge murals adorn walls.
Hotel | "New World Lodge"
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra were only about 1 mile away. It was even less to the bridge the crossed the river to the Royal Barge and Wat Arun as well as the ferryboats. Just around the corner was a travel agency for booking tours and internet usage, several restaurants and a clean massage store. There was even a little grocery store. All this without walking out to the main street, let alone crossing a street.
A price of $17 a night included a buffet breakfast with pancakes, eggs, juice, toast and fruits. The room was absolutely huge with a desk and chair, armoire, dining table and chairs, double bed, and refrigerator with mini-bar. I had a secure balcony and shower featuring an electric heater. I was provided with shampoo, q-tips, toothbrush and toothpaste. Energy conscientious signs were posted that requested you to put a sign on your bed if you need the sheets to be laundered or the towels, thus saving on water. If you didn’t place a sign out, everything was changed. Next to the door was a slot to place the card that was attached to your key while inside your room. Lights and air conditioning did not work without the key in so that if left your room with everything on, it would automatically turn off a few minutes later.
Room service was available and the dining facility offered very reasonable meals from salads, to Thai dishes, steak, seafood and spaghetti with breakfast available all day. The hours were 6:30am to 11:00pm.
The hotel was four stories with wide corridors and stairways and an elevator. International phone calls from your room would be surcharged $1.25 whether or not the call went through. The staff was courteous and punctual throughout.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2002
New World Lodge Hotel
2 SAMSEN RD BANGLUMPHU PRANAKO
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
Attraction | "River Kwai Death Railway"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2002
Bridge over River Kwai
Attraction | "Temples of the Grand Palace"
Na Phra Lan Road Ko Rattanakosin District
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
+66 (2) 694 1222
Attraction | "Halls of the Grand Palace"
$1 plus $2.50 for still photography
Royal Barge National Museum
Phra Pin Klao Bridge
Attraction | "Wat Pho"
I found the massage to be quite unique, not only because you wear loose fitting clothes but also because being somewhat limber is a plus. Laying on my stomach, both legs were bent to touch my heels to my rear. With fingers clasp behind my neck, still laying on my stomach, the upper portion of my torso was pulled upwards in a yoga cobra position. Lastly, I was told to sit with my legs stretched out in front touching my toes as my shoulders were massaged. It was very relaxing and effective on the muscle aches. The galleries contain nearly 400 images of Buddha.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Rattanakosin District Adjacent To Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 222 5910; 226
Attraction | "Wat Phra Kaeo"
Temple of the Emerald Buddha/Wat Phra Kaeo
Grounds Of The Royal Palace
Attraction | "Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn"
Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Attraction | "Vimanenmek Royal Mansion"
If you go to the Grand Palace you will receive a free admission to the mansion. Otherwise it is a separate admission of $2. Hours are 9:00-4:00. More info 662 281-1569.
Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion)
Bangkok, Thailand 10300
+66 2 628 6300-9