My husband and I, with our toddler, and my mother are traveling to Bangkok in mid-September for a week. For all of us, it will be our first time there. I am trying to figure out what neighborhood to stay in. This is mostly a food and (window) shopping trip to treat my mother (not so much a culture and adventure trip.) Here are some of the things we are planning to do -- floating markets; Siam Square, MBK malls; Chatuchak; Platinum Mall; Lumphini Park, river cruise, a cooking class at Mai Kadee.
1. Would it be better to just take taxis everywhere (as long as we avoid rush hour) since there are four of us? Would it make a huge difference money-wise? We'll probably be doing one trip + return everyday, not more.
2. I am tempted to stay somewhere very central such as Silom/Sukhumwit so that we can walk short distances and have short cab rides. On the other hand, I came across good things about Thonburi. I love the idea of a mellow, older neighborhood. Would it make sense to stay in Thonburi and take the river express into Silom everyday?
3. Any other neighborhoods that would be close to the things we are planning to do? We probably won't go to the palace or the temples very much.