Beautiful boutique hotel, restaurant and spa where you can take a rest (for both your body and mind) from the mayhem of Bangkok.
Lub D is a funky well-located well-appointed hotel in Silom district. The staff are young and hip with fair English and a helpful manner; the hotel is new and very clean; the other visitors are varied and well-travelled. Nice European breakfast, great bathrooms, free 24 hour internet, all very clean and secure. Email them if you want to stay seven nights or more, they'll do you a bespoke rate (I saved 33% with a single email this way). A local market with many fresh cheap eats is three streets away. You'll pay 500 baht taxi from the airport at 3am including tolls and tip; Lub D will email you a taxi map in Thai when you confirm your booking making it so easy. Note that some tour bookings can be achieved more cheaply from travel agent on Silom especially if there are two of you - we saved 250 Bt each on the floating market this way.
Simply the most magical place I've ever stayed. We came off two longish flights from a cold UK to take a life-affirming short boat trip down the river that couldn't have been further from December London, and ended up in the suite with the terrace that faces directly onto Wat Arun.
The view, the sounds, the smells all what you go on holiday for. The small things (shower, bed, ipod music thing - I am 40:-)) all present. About seven rooms and a simple breakfast to the sound of the lapping of the river.
Not cheap, but this is what you save money for ...
36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
+66 2221 9158-9
I've stayed at Tenface for the last two weeks. It's located on Sukhumvit Road. Nice touches like a iPod in my room, sim card for local calls, Bangkok travel tips with BTS card and more. Plus excellent staffs who can speak English very well.
I just visited Bangkok yet again - tried the newish Hilton Milennium and was greatly impressed. It's on the south side of the river with a shuttle across to River City of Thaksin bridge. Great infinity pool, lovely outdoor terrace restaurant runing up to the river, spacious rooms with tremendous views. AND very reasonably priced when you consider you're paying at least twice as much next door at the Peninsula.
We stayed for two nights on our way to Koh Samui and Koh Tao. We're a married couple in our 30s and wanted a nice clean with the Thai touch and not expensive.
The Siam Heritage exceeded our expectations. The service was just touching and the rooms are spacious and well-appointed.
The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was lovely with a good hot shower.
The shuttle boat was fantastic. Navigating Bangkok by foot, train, boat or tuk-tuk is a dizzying experience whichever way you slice it. There is so much going on that you soon succumb to stimulation overload. It was so nice to get on our private boat at the end of an excursion for a leisurely cruise back to the hotel.
The hotel is near all the good shopping areas.
Recommended things to do in Bangkok
- Visit the Grand Palace
- Ride the public river boats
- Dine at The Mango Tree (also Vertigo is amazing but very expensive)
- Shop for trinkets, clothing and fake everything at Night bazaar Lumphini and Patpong (the Exotic one)
- Ride the Skytrain
- Visit the rooftop Sirocco bar on the 76th floor at The State towers. A drink would cost you around eight dollars and the Bangkok view is free.
- Get tired at the biggest weekend market in the world - the Chatuchak market.
- Get a good body massage. The genuine Thai massage and spa.
If you must go to MBK shopping centre do NOT take a taxi or tuk-tuk, take the skytrain. The traffic light to enter the mall stays red for 15 min and then is green for 30 seconds (no exaggeration; we waited 45 min at that light).
A hotel on the main street in Chinatown. The colours used are somewhat OTT, but the location is great for the Old Town and the Chinatown restaurants and markets; about equidistant from the river boat pier at Ratchawong and the MRT at Hua Lamphong.
479 Thanon Yaowarat. Nearest MRT is Hua Lamphong, but taxi from the airport was 450 baht (7 pounds) in Nov 07.
This is a new hotel on Sukhumvit 6 Rd, near the nana skytrain station. The rooms are equipped to 5* standard at 3* prices. Prices are around £35 per room per night. Thoroughly recommended. I have also stayed at the Landmark hotel nearby and the rooms there are nowhere near as good, yet they'll charge you over £100 per night.
21 Soi Jaisaman, Sukhumvit 6 Rd.
Cheap, clean, hotel located close to backpacker amenities. I paid 175 baht for a single fan room - pretty reasonable for the Khao San Road area of Bangkok. To say the room was Spartan would be an overstatement, but it and the shared bathrooms were clean and perfectly adequate for a short stay on a budget.
It's slightly away from Khao San Road so a bit quieter than some of the other hotels but still convieniently close to the action.
Behind the wat (temple) opposite the tourist police station at the non-Burger King end of the Khao San Road.
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