MattHarding

Bangkok Hotel Reccomendations

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I'm thinking about spending a week in Bangkok in December.

 

I've never been so would appreciate some pointers from those who know. I've seen some threads where hotels are mentioned but can't see a specific thread on hotels so thought it might be useful to start a seperate one.

 

I'm looking for, clean and comfortable, wifi, shower etc. Doesn't need to be 5 star but 3-4 star is fine. And a place that is fine with bringing back "guests"

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google guest friendly hotels Bangkok, lots of stuff out there. In my experience your better getting an unlimited data sim deal from the airport for your phone than relying on hotel wifi as even when its free it's largely shit.

 

also you should consider where you want to stay, lots of guest friendly hotels on lower sukhumvit in the vicinity of nana plaza and soi cowboy. For a 4 star the Grande Majestic is pretty well placed near the action and girl friendly.

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for el cheapo  - Omni Tower, Nana Hotel, icheckin Hotel - and my pick is Aspen Suites (Soi 2) WiFi here is fine

 

Adelphi Suites - mid range

 

Majestic Grande - upper mid (agree with blueruin)

 

all in Sukhumvit Soi 2 - 4 area - all WG friendly, near Nana Plaza and BTS station, 10 mins walk to Soi Cowboy (or one BTS stop)

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Great advice, thanks. If anyone else has any tips on accomadation and travel for a complete newbie. I'd be very grateful :D

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I recently stayed at the Best Western Plus on Sukhumvit Soi 20 which was very comfortable, decent wifi, and a 5 min walk from Soi Cowboy.

 

Got a good deal booking via eBookers at the same time as my flight, worked out at £20 per night (standard rate is double that) - and had no problem bringing a guest up to my room.

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 Remember in December we will be well into high season  , prices increase .

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Good point. Best Western seems nice. I suppose you're guaranteed some kind of brand protection with a big name.

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When our man Tiggy 7 Is in town he swears by the Grand President on soi 11 , a bit closer central . He may come on this thread to give his 30 years experience .

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Are tere any Bangkok based posters here? I'd be interested in some local knowledge to steer clear of the tourist traps. Will happily exchange for beer!

 

I'm also interested in teaming up with someone but thats not essential.

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When our man Tiggy 7 Is in town he swears by the Grand President on soi 11 , a bit closer central . He may come on this thread to give his 30 years experience .

The GP is an apartment hotel and obviously is guest-friendly. Their 'deals' are in the studio flats in Tower 3, though some are better (5th Floor) than others. I'm staying in Tower 2 in January because they gave me a special rate. Very convenient to the Skytrain, the Biergarten, CheckInn99 and, obviously Nana Plaza (use the 'rat-run' through the Park Inn car park and 'the tunnel'). Excellent buffet breakfasts, good Japanese restaurant and decent pool on the premises, really good jazz at a nearby outdoor restaurant, short walk to Bumrungrad Hospital (using 'rat-run') and a long walk to Soi Cowboy.
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Actually the Grande majestic's little brother the majestic suites is probably the best positioned hotel for nana plaza. Other than the nana hotel, however for that reason and because it's a decent hotel it books out fast. Good if you're doing a lot of short times with nana gogo dancers.

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What'st the deal with bringing someone back? Do you need to tell them in advance or is there some formal requirement for all WGs to register with them somehow. How does it normally work?

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What'st the deal with bringing someone back? Do you need to tell them in advance or is there some formal requirement for all WGs to register with them somehow. How does it normally work?

 

Just walk in and head for the lift with your new friend.  You probably will have a security guard ask her for her ID card, for YOUR protection, but he will return it to her on the way out - either with you or after a call to your room to ensure that everything is okay.  In another place, you might be challenged at the front desk when you enter but as long as you have booked a double room (for two) you should not have a problem.  Avoid 5* hotels and you should never have to worry about your guest being turned away.  Remember, this is Thailand - relax and enjoy!

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What'st the deal with bringing someone back? Do you need to tell them in advance or is there some formal requirement for all WGs to register with them somehow. How does it normally work?

 

I don't think I've ever had a problem bringing a guest back. As Tiggy said, normal procedure is for the girl to leave her ID card at the reception before going up to your room. This is good protection for you as they will check her ID to make sure she is over 18 (some hotels may insist that girls are over 21 apparently, but I've not encountered that before...). When I stayed at my 4 star hotel in Bangkok recently and my guest arrived they just called my room to check that I was expecting someone, and then sent her up... no problems at all.

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I lived in Bangkok for 5 years and speak pretty decent thai but probably can't help you with the hotel scenario (I never worked as an escort there and was in a totally different industry) however I can help you with some places to check out when you want a break from the girly bars.

 

Bangkok has 3 main sex tourist areas. The biggest being in Silom and called Pat Pong which also doubles up as a market and is pretty seedy but like I say, not my area of expertise. Staying in Silom would be pretty full on but good for lots of 24 hour shops and pharmacies! 

 

Soi Asoke (Sukhumvit soi 21) or Soi Cowboy probably has the most relaxed atmosphere in terms of the bars and less hassle and I know there are lots of serviced apartments and decently priced hotels close by and it's a good location for the BTS (skytrain) and getting around town.

 

Soi Nana (sukhumvit soi 3) other side of Bumrungrad Hospital is a bit of a dump, very popular with the african and arab communities so great if you like falafel but hotel wise I wouldn't want to be around there once the fun and games is over.

 

Restaurant wise: Try Cabbages & Condoms on Sukhumvit Soi 12. Great atmosphere and a fun and useful message in terms of the history of the restaurant.

 

http://www.pda.or.th/restaurant/

 

Sight seeing: Jim Thompsons House in Silom. A gorgeous tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city and a really interesting tour.

 

http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/life/index.asp

 

Non Girly Bar: Saxaphones Jazz Pub . I have had some excellent nights in here and some brilliant laughs.

 

http://www.saxophonepub.com/index.php

 

Shopping: MBK - Everything you could possibly imagine and the food hall on floor 5 is amazing and so cheap! 

 

http://www.mbk-center.co.th/cms.php?section=information

 

I am there over Christmas this year but will forgive you for not buying me a Singha....think you're going to have your hands pretty full! 

 

Enjoy and stay safe.

 

Sofia xx

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I don't think I've ever had a problem bringing a guest back. As Tiggy said, normal procedure is for the girl to leave her ID card at the reception before going up to your room. This is good protection for you as they will check her ID to make sure she is over 18 (some hotels may insist that girls are over 21 apparently, but I've not encountered that before...). When I stayed at my 4 star hotel in Bangkok recently and my guest arrived they just called my room to check that I was expecting someone, and then sent her up... no problems at all.

 

There are hotel groups that will NOT allow girls back under any circumstance. The IGH Group being one of them (Holiday Inn, Intercontinental Hotels et al).

Some of the smaller boutique hotels also have a "no joiners" policy.

Best to go for a mid range or budget option near Cowboy or Nana where they all allow a mate for the night...

apartment hotels also all allow mates...

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I lived in Bangkok for 5 years and speak pretty decent thai but probably can't help you with the hotel scenario (I never worked as an escort there and was in a totally different industry) however I can help you with some places to check out when you want a break from the girly bars.

 

Bangkok has 3 main sex tourist areas. The biggest being in Silom and called Pat Pong which also doubles up as a market and is pretty seedy but like I say, not my area of expertise. Staying in Silom would be pretty full on but good for lots of 24 hour shops and pharmacies! 

 

Soi Asoke (Sukhumvit soi 21) or Soi Cowboy probably has the most relaxed atmosphere in terms of the bars and less hassle and I know there are lots of serviced apartments and decently priced hotels close by and it's a good location for the BTS (skytrain) and getting around town.

 

Soi Nana (sukhumvit soi 3) other side of Bumrungrad Hospital is a bit of a dump, very popular with the african and arab communities so great if you like falafel but hotel wise I wouldn't want to be around there once the fun and games is over.

 

Restaurant wise: Try Cabbages & Condoms on Sukhumvit Soi 12. Great atmosphere and a fun and useful message in terms of the history of the restaurant.

 

http://www.pda.or.th/restaurant/

 

Sight seeing: Jim Thompsons House in Silom. A gorgeous tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city and a really interesting tour.

 

http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/life/index.asp

 

Non Girly Bar: Saxaphones Jazz Pub . I have had some excellent nights in here and some brilliant laughs.

 

http://www.saxophonepub.com/index.php

 

Shopping: MBK - Everything you could possibly imagine and the food hall on floor 5 is amazing and so cheap! 

 

http://www.mbk-center.co.th/cms.php?section=information

 

I am there over Christmas this year but will forgive you for not buying me a Singha....think you're going to have your hands pretty full! 

 

Enjoy and stay safe.

 

Sofia xx

 

:D :D   Well done, Sofia - you clearly know Bangkok well and it is interesting to get the perspective of a western woman who does and also knows falang punters. 

 

You are right, Patpong is pretty seedy but Patpong2 (the adjacent street) has several decent go-go bars and is worthy of a visit if in the area.  NEP (Nana Plaza) is undergoing a facelift but the rents there are high and its future is uncertain.  A number of the go-gos have switched for girls to ladyboys and apparently are faring better. 

 

I would also add Titanium, a girl-band bar on Soi 22, that is upscale and has attractive waitresses who I suspect can be bar-fined and a few lovelies hanging around who might be free-lancers - in any case, really good music and a nice venue (and has quite a number of popular massage parlours as neighbours). 

 

And another day-time activity that can be fun and cheap is the express river boats that run from Bangkok up to Nonthaburi (about 10-12 miles) and back, with lots of interesting views and scenery and convenient stops for places like Wat Pho (important Thai temple) and the Royal Palace, etc.  There's another one that runs inland from the Chaopraya that is difficult to find but also interesting - you see a completely different side of Bangkok from your boat there.

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Then if you get bored of all that there is always the worldpunter tour of the blow job bars which is gaining in popularity even though a decline in quality of girls .

Last night was a revisit to Lollipop 1 on soi 10

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Then if you get bored of all that there is always the worldpunter tour of the blow job bars which is gaining in popularity even though a decline in quality of girls .

Last night was a revisit to Lollipop 1 on soi 10

 

I think Sofia and I will defer to you on this one - never argue with an expert! ;)

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Out of interest, these blow job bars. Do they use a condom? Do you just sit at the table and they go down on you? I am curious.

 

In all the 5 years I lived there and multiple trips back each year I have never seen these places or understood how it worked. I am clearly hanging round with the wrong folk!   :P  Lollipop! Love the name, you have to love the thais! xx

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Out of interest, these blow job bars. Do they use a condom? Do you just sit at the table and they go down on you? I am curious.

 

In all the 5 years I lived there and multiple trips back each year I have never seen these places or understood how it worked. I am clearly hanging round with the wrong folk!   :P  Lollipop! Love the name, you have to love the thais! xx

That's because you've been hanging out with people who drinks Singha na thee-rak, Leo-fans unite!

-W

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I lived in Bangkok for 5 years and speak pretty decent thai but probably can't help you with the hotel scenario (I never worked as an escort there and was in a totally different industry) however I can help you with some places to check out when you want a break from the girly bars.

 

Bangkok has 3 main sex tourist areas. The biggest being in Silom and called Pat Pong which also doubles up as a market and is pretty seedy but like I say, not my area of expertise. Staying in Silom would be pretty full on but good for lots of 24 hour shops and pharmacies! 

 

Soi Asoke (Sukhumvit soi 21) or Soi Cowboy probably has the most relaxed atmosphere in terms of the bars and less hassle and I know there are lots of serviced apartments and decently priced hotels close by and it's a good location for the BTS (skytrain) and getting around town.

 

Soi Nana (sukhumvit soi 3) other side of Bumrungrad Hospital is a bit of a dump, very popular with the african and arab communities so great if you like falafel but hotel wise I wouldn't want to be around there once the fun and games is over.

 

Restaurant wise: Try Cabbages & Condoms on Sukhumvit Soi 12. Great atmosphere and a fun and useful message in terms of the history of the restaurant.

 

http://www.pda.or.th/restaurant/

 

Sight seeing: Jim Thompsons House in Silom. A gorgeous tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city and a really interesting tour.

 

http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/life/index.asp

 

Non Girly Bar: Saxaphones Jazz Pub . I have had some excellent nights in here and some brilliant laughs.

 

http://www.saxophonepub.com/index.php

 

Shopping: MBK - Everything you could possibly imagine and the food hall on floor 5 is amazing and so cheap! 

 

http://www.mbk-center.co.th/cms.php?section=information

 

I am there over Christmas this year but will forgive you for not buying me a Singha....think you're going to have your hands pretty full! 

 

Enjoy and stay safe.

 

Sofia xx

 

Thank you for the pro tips! Will def check those places out. You deserve a Singha for sure now :)

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When our man Tiggy 7 Is in town he swears by the Grand President on soi 11 , a bit closer central . He may come on this thread to give his 30 years experience .

 

 

The GP is an apartment hotel and obviously is guest-friendly. Their 'deals' are in the studio flats in Tower 3, though some are better (5th Floor) than others. I'm staying in Tower 2 in January because they gave me a special rate. Very convenient to the Skytrain, the Biergarten, CheckInn99 and, obviously Nana Plaza (use the 'rat-run' through the Park Inn car park and 'the tunnel'). Excellent buffet breakfasts, good Japanese restaurant and decent pool on the premises, really good jazz at a nearby outdoor restaurant, short walk to Bumrungrad Hospital (using 'rat-run') and a long walk to Soi Cowboy.

 

 

Thank you kindly both for the tips. I booked a Deluxe Suite in the Grand President (Tower 2) in the end on a promotional offer - after lot of research on tripadvisor too. This seemed to have the best mix of proximity, price and facilities.

 

Now I have a blank canvas and 10 days left to plan some fun things to do by myself for 5 nights... any suggestions for a first timer? ;)

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Thank you kindly both for the tips. I booked a Deluxe Suite in the Grand President (Tower 2) in the end on a promotional offer - after lot of research on tripadvisor too. This seemed to have the best mix of proximity, price and facilities.

 

Now I have a blank canvas and 10 days left to plan some fun things to do by myself for 5 nights... any suggestions for a first timer? ;)

 

Well done for landing a deluxe suite in Tower 2 on your first stay there.  As I said, I probably got the same deal but I am a GP 'regular' and booked several months ago.  WP and other regular visitors will have their own preferences/suggestions but the ones I mentioned as my reason for staying on Soi 11 would also be 'fun things' for me.  Loads of massage parlours on Soi 22 (again, WP is the expert), as is Titanium, which is a girl-band bar that has excellent music played by rather pretty young Thai musicians - I have never tried to pick up and of the free-lancers that seem to spend time there but it might be an interesting place to try your luck.  I haven't been to CheckInn99 since the new Aussie management took over but, again, the lovely Filipina singing/dancing trio are good and there are FLs to be found there.  If you like jazz, there are two outdoor restaurants that have student-type jazz musicians that are quite good and the atmosphere is delightful on a starry night in Bangkok (no FLs, just good music).  I walk over to Soi Cowboy (about 10 minutes on foot, while working your way through the hordes shopping at the night stalls that line the pavements) and usually head for the Doll House, where the owner and floor manager are both friends and they have several tables outside where you can suck on a Singha and watch the passing parade before you go in to watch the show - if you get there early enough you can watch the go-go and coyote dancers head for their various bars for the evening and can take note of any one(s) that you would like to pursue.  Nana Plaza is even closer but is a bit of a 'zoo' these days and you may very well find that the girl you fancy has a deep voice, an adam's apple and big feet - here, WP is the expert if you want to experience 'the dark side.

 

Have a great time, which I am sure that you will.  Everyone's first visit to Bangkok is a bit mind-blowing, though the allure can wear off pretty quickly for many on subsequnt visits.  I've been there so many times that I know what I am letting myself in for when I return but I still get a kick out of the place, though I spend most of my time at one of the beaches or elsewhere in Thailand.  The military junta that run the country have made things a bit more dicey for foreign visitors these days.

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just dont fall for one of the taxi drivers "taking you to a a girl" - "i show you best cheapest girls" etc etc

 

make sure you go to Soi Cowboy/Nana first - you will then see just how easy it is

 

I have met loads of hopeless first timers who went off with taxi drivers to crappy Thai style dives with over priced, not so good looking girls at inflated prices in the fish bowls before finding they could have a great laugh in the  "entertainment" districts. 

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