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Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) to Pan Pacific Hotel -Walk?

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Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) to Pan Pacific Hotel -Walk?

Hello- I am coming to Bangkok for the first time next week and staying at the Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) on Wireless Rd. I will be working at close to the Pan Pacific hotel on Rama IV Road. My co-worker and I plan to walk from the Athenee to our office. Can someone tell me if this is feasible or advisable? I think it's only about 2km but I don't know what to expect from a traffic/walking perspective. Any guidance would be apprecited.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) to Pan Pacific Hotel -Walk?

The walk is feasible and you can walk through Lumpinee Park to cut the corner off (see free maps available at the hotel or on web), however you will arrive extremely hot and perspiring, perhaps not the best way to start the business day!

If you walk by road and not via the park, you will find the pavements very uneven, the roads difficult to cross and the pollution most unpleasant.

I would get a taxi, for sure. About 60 baht depending on time of day.

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2. Re: Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) to Pan Pacific Hotel -Walk?

2 Kms are not so bad. However, considering the fume and hot and humid weather, I am not so sure. By the time you get to your work place, you will be soaked with sweat.

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3. Re: Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) to Pan Pacific Hotel -Walk?

Taxi there is cheap..

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4. Re: Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) to Pan Pacific Hotel -Walk?

thanks to all who responded. In the interest of simplicity, I think we're going to switch hotels and stay at the Pan Pacific?

I've heard the area is not as nice, however, avoid the traffic and perspiration issues, it seems like the right thing to do.

If anyone has any suggestions of things to do around the Pan Pacific Hotel on Rama IV Road. I'm very open to them as this is my first visit to Bangkok.

Thanks again.

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5. Re: Plaza Athenee (Royal Meridien) to Pan Pacific Hotel -Walk?

I don't know anything about these two luxury hotels, but don't change your plans because of having to take a $2 taxi ride. No matter where your hotel is, there's really no problem getting around the city by taxi and public transportation.

The Pan Pacific is near the corner of Rama IV and Silom Road, handy to both MRT (subway) and BTS Skytrain stations and all the shopping, services and restaurants of Silom Road. You can be in minutes from there to any part of the central business district, and it's close to the river which is Bangkok's heart and soul.

The Plaza Athenee is close to the BTS Skytrain and to the malls and futuristic Skywalk, but I wouldn't say it's intrinsically a "better" district.

It would be rare to have to pay more than 100 baht ($3.50)for a taxi ride anywhere in central Bangkok. As others have noted above, it's best to use wheeled (an air conditioned!) transportation for any distance because of the heat and humidity. I tend to use motorcycle taxis for short distances, but that's an acquired taste. :)

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