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Advice for first time visitor to Bangkok

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Advice for first time visitor to Bangkok

My wife and I are planning to visit Bangkok for the first time at the end of November. She'll be about 6 months pregnant, and we are just looking for a short trip to have some time off before the baby comes along. Nothing too hectic, just some shopping, sightseeing, the usual stuff.

Will Bangkok be safe/suitable for us?

I have also done some research on where to stay, and there're two main areas I'm considering:

1. The area around Soi 8/11 Sukhumvit Road

- hotel choices include Citadines Bangkok Sukhumvit 8/11, Adelphi Suites Bangkok, On8 Sukhumvit Hotel, President Palace Hotel, Aspen Suites

2. The area around Siam Square

- hotel choices include Centara Grand at CentralWorld, VIE Hotel Bangkok, Amari Watergate Hotel and Spa

Any advice on which area would be better in terms of location and convenience?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Advice for first time visitor to Bangkok

It's as safe as Singapore I reckon. The Vie hotel gets great reviews see here;


It's right next to the Ratchathewi BTS station, so your one stop from Siam, and two from National Stadium (MBK).

Some other short and informative TA Inside pages which may help your vacation go smoothly here;





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2. Re: Advice for first time visitor to Bangkok

Thanks. The VIE looks lovely but is a little on the pricey side, so I'm a bit hesitant. I'm also considering the Pathumwan Princess, but I heard they're undergoing refurbishments now. Anyone knows if that has been completed?

Actually, between the Siam Square and Sukhumvit areas, which would be better?

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Hi, think it's better to stay near Siam Square area. Sukhumvit is more for the clubbing scene. I'm also going Bangkok in end Nov and have booked room at Cape House, good rate with excellent location. At least, you can walk to anywhere. check their hotel website for the best rate.

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Amari Watergate is LOVELY........Good location - easy walk to Pratunam, Platinum, Pantip Plaza and Central World Plaza - so plenty of shopping! The hotel also has a lovely pool and other facilities for relaxing.......you'll be able to buy lots of lovely baby clothes!!!!

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Stayed at Pathumwan Princess last year november when tehy had renovations going on and first new rooms were just in use frm a few days earlier - nothing about the renovation bothered us, could hadly see or hear anything of that. Of course<they are making to renovations floor by floor and you can of course request a room away from on-going floor.

New rooms are nice and functional - free club lounge use was included with all day long services. Recommend highly!

Location is just suberb as you can enter MBK directly from hotel's 2nd floor a it's airconditioned all way. Shopping, eating, massages, etc all just next door! can not be easier.

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6. Re: Advice for first time visitor to Bangkok

I've just booked On8. Gg in end Nov. The best rates I've found are from their own website.

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