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Bangkok hotel by river--location help please

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I'm back again with more questions about Bangkok and where to stay. I had another thread (asking if we'd like Bangkok) where I got lots of advice so now think I made some decisions. We have finalized our flights (into Siem Reap and out of Bangkok) and our only time in the city will be flying home from Bangkok. After listening to all of you, I am thinking perhaps 3 nights since that would give us two full days and part of another. And, I know we will want to be on the river, preferably with a river view. Or, is that stupid to pay extra for the view for a short stay?

First question: Our flight back to the US leaves at 07:00. In light of that do you think I should split my hotel stay and do two nights by the river and one in an airport hotel?

Second question: I've just started to look at hotels on the river but am not sure which would be considered good locations. I also have to decide how much I am willing to pay for a night as these choices vary from around $75 a night to close to $200 a night for a river view room. We know for sure we'd want to take some of the boat trips up and down the river. We'd probably do the main tourist sights too and would want access to the skytrain if that is how one gets to these sites. Chinatown would probably interest us. In the 30 minutes I've spent on a hotel search so far for our dates in the end of February I've come up with these as maybes.

A. The Riverside Ibis (one of cheapest of all options) recommended by Kathy--west side of the river by Krung Thonburi Road bridge

B. Bangkok Riverside (the other cheapest option) recommended by Lancaster Lad--further north and up by the Somdet Phira Pin Kloao bridge

C. Ramada Menan also recommended by Kathie--east side of river and further south of Krung Thonburi bridge

D. Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok--just south of the Grand Palace and National Museum on the east side of the river. A more expensive option, but it looks at though we could at least walk to these two main tourist sites.

E. Riva Surya Bangkok--on the east side of the river, just north of the Grand Palace and National Museum. Another expensive option, but once again I am thinking we could walk to these two sites. And, it has a balcony/terrace overlooking the river. Or will it be too hot in the end of February to take advantage of this?

F. Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok--fairly close to the Ramada Menan on east side of river, south of Krung Thonburi bridge . Priced kind of in the middle between my high and low priced choices.

I am sure there are some other options too, but I have not yet done an extensive search.

What are your thoughts on question #1?

Thoughts on question #2?

Once again, thanks all.

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