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What part of Bangkok to stay?

Hi,

There are 5 girls travelling around Thailand in March and we are wondering the best part of Bangkok to stay. We were looking in Sukhumvit but it's not close to the airport and I hear mixed reviews about that area. We want someplace that is near the main city and not too far from the airport...if that's possible!

Thanks :)

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1. Re: What part of Bangkok to stay?

What you want is not possible.

Sukhumvit is in the city centre and only a 400baht taxi from airport. With 5 and luggage you guys would need 2 taxis.

If you don't fancy Sukhumvit look at staying riverside.

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2. Re: What part of Bangkok to stay?

Sukhumvit is actually one of the closest spots to the airport that tourists tend to visit. It's about half an hour away by taxi or use the airport rail link and then get the bts. No matter where you look at in Bangkok, you will get mixed reviews as it's all a matter of personal taste. Banglampu area is cheapest but it takes about an hour by taxi from airport. And the bts doesn't go there so you've no real choice but to go by taxi. I personally like sukhumvit lower sois area as it's convenient for getting around the city with the sky train. It has good quality hotels, restaraunts, bars and discos. Also Siam square has great shopping malls and is only a couple of stops on the sky train. There is also a huge night market along sukhumvit rd starting around soi 3 and running as far as the asoke junction. Just don't be afraid to haggle!!!

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3. Re: What part of Bangkok to stay?

Sukhumvit area is popular for bars restaurants nightlife and ease of access to BTS and MRT transport links to get you round Bangkok.

Riverside is a nice location close to some sights like Grand Palace Wat Pho Wat Arun etc.

Siam and Pratunam are good areas for shopping malls etc. Of these two Siam is the better placed for transport links.

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4. Re: What part of Bangkok to stay?

Best area of Bangkok with best hotels, less skyscrapers, less pollution, better views has to be the Riverside. Closer to Saphan Taksin BTS the better. Added bonus as well is this area and Sathon/Silom have remained trouble free from the protesters

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5. Re: What part of Bangkok to stay?

Hi, because your going in March and the protests might still be going on then I would stay at the Riverside, it's not so good for nightlife but ideal for sightseeing as you can get the ferry to the Palace, Wat Arun etc.

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6. Re: What part of Bangkok to stay?

Yeah if you want to be closer to the sites, stay riverside. If you want to be closer to nightlife and want a shorter journey to and from airport, stay sukhumvit. Either way, the sky train will get you from one to the other. If you stay sukhumvit, you can use the sky train to get to saphan thaksin station where you can use the boats to get to tourist sites. Or if you stay riverside, then good to stay near that station so you can use the sky train to get to the nightlife. However you'd have to get a taxi back if you stay out past midnight.

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7. Re: What part of Bangkok to stay?

Not too many airports right smack in the middle of the city! Not safe and too noisy. Most airports are away from big city areas.

Transportation is good from just about anywhere in Bangkok. You just have to allow a little bit for transit time. No problem finding a meter taxi for rides to the airport even during the night. If your arrival - departure times are between 0600 to midnight you can use the Airport Rail Link from SUVARNABHUMI Airport to get to the city area. (There are FAQ's and many posts explaining how to use meter taxis from the airports and when in the city.)

http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

Choose the location that will fit your needs best. My preference is to be able to use the Skytrain or other rail service and walk to many things. I like the Sukhumvit Nana area. Good restaurants, malls, travel agencies for tours, supermarkets and nightlife and no problem finding a taxi or even Skytrain (time permitting) to get back to the airport.

P.S. If you need a hotel recommendation include a price range for your room to make it easier to suggest a place. Many hotel suggestions come up with a forum search. Also some scams to avoid and safety related posts.

Have fun.

Edited: 24 February 2014, 11:29
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