We ( a group of 7 ppl - 2 couples and friends) stayed here during the peak of the Bangkok Shutdwon protest. Prior to our flight on Friday 24th, we were contemplating whether to cancel our flights since we read so many negative news on the media esp from the newspapers and tv news. But there are few blogs (written by local Thais) and tweets (@richard_barrow) out there that manage to convince us that everything would be just fine albeit a bit inconvenience. And we didnt regret our decision to fly to Bangkok the tiniest bit...
The first couple, which is yours truly and hubby arrived the earliest and went straight to Aspen (the hotel...). Trip from Don Muang Airport was a breeze via taxi which used the tollway (THB160 metered trip+THB11 for toll) and took us half an hour. I did send an email the day before our arrival to advise them that we need to check in early, not expecting it to be looked into. But surprise, surprise Mr. Brian at the reception congratulated us saying our was ready. The room is exactly like how it is described in the websites, with a fridge, a small stove, microwave, a kettle and the best thing is, there's a working wifi in the room! Unfortunately, we didnt really make use of the cooking utensils which I'll explained why in the next line.
The room came with breakfast but if you're a fussy eater, you'll be disappointed. The spread is the same every single day with very limited choices. The usual cereal, soups and fried rice, french toast and sausages. Did I just stop? Yeah I did because that was it. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants just 10 mins away, so if you cant stand the same food esp if you stay more than 2 days, then just skip it. But this would bring us to my next grumble, eating out. Being a muslim, it's quite hard for us to find halal joints in Bangkok. Even at the hotel, we try to just ignore the pork sausages located beside the chicken sausages and just ate the chicken sausages because we already paid for our breakfast. We trudged and trolled the streets of Bangkok and settled for an Indian restaurant in Asok (Pak Wan - it was good. Cost us two THB600) on our first nite, ate tomyam in Usman Restaurant (Good as well - THB370 for two) and on the last nite, an egyptian restaurant. The best halal tomyam (lunch) that we've tasted is at Yana Restaurant in MBK and the most expensive is at Chatuchak, Saman Islam which cost us THB500 for two dishes! It'll be easier (and cheaper) for non-muslims because the street stalls around town offers cheap and what look like good food. Coming from the neighbouring country, we would think the food would be cheap, so that explains why the microwave at our room doesnt need to be cleaned.
Conclusion: We love Bangkok (despite the expensive food or lack of it at the hotel)! Would definitely come again. We'll definitely make full use of the stove and microwave in the future so that we can stretch our budget a bit further. Chatuchak is massive and you'll need even a massive wallet so you can buy everything you like. A must visit to the Grand Palace, a bit of history to fill your fun days there. People are generally friendly although avoid Happy Foot Massage in Nana because the cashier is rude and seems to hate happy foreigners. Although most main roads are closed now, you can still use the skytrain to get to anywhere. Not even once during our trip we felt unsafe or threatened by the protesters. There was even a concert during at one of the sites, so there you go; it just goes to show how peaceful the protest is.
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- Also Known As:
- Aspen Suites Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Aspen Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Aspen Hotel