Where We Be
Key Phrases: sawa dee = hello; kob kun (mak) = thank you (very much)
Transport: The ultra-convenient SkyTrain (BTS) takes you right from the
main Bangkok airport (BKK) into the city. When choosing your Bangkok
lodgings, you may want to make sure your hotel is within walking distance
of a SkyTrain stop for easy commuting around most of the city. The
SkyTrain in combination with the Chao Phraya ferries will get you to most
of the places you want to go as a tourist.
Best Time to Go: Well, not in May when we were there -- it's very hot!
Usually November to April is considered the best and driest time to go.
Lodging: On our first and last nights we stayed at Plai Garden Guesthouse
within viewing distance of the main Bangkok airport (BKK) and found it a
convenient stopover point. It offers AC, wifi, and a free airport shuttle (24/7,
only a 5-10 minute commute) for about $24 per night. There's even a small
restaurant on site.
The Skyy Hotel ($50/night) was very convenient to Bumrungrad Hospital --
just a one-minute walk away. It was also only 5 minutes from the SkyTrain.
However, if we were only seeing tourist sights along the Chao Phraya River,
we would probably have chosen different lodgings, perhaps along the
primary backpacker area of Khaosan Road.
|For an ultra-simple exploration of Bangkok's key historic and cultural sights, take the SkyTrain to Saphan Taksin (S6) and catch the
Chao Phraya Tourist Boat. For 150 baht ($5) you can hop on and off these boats all day long, visiting multiple sights along the river.