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Old Sep 3rd, 2016, 06:38 PM
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Yesterday (Saturday) was finally a day of escaping the apartment for a while. We ran errands at On Nut and MBK and had a light lunch on the run. For dinner we went back to La Monita at the Em Quartier Helix. I was thrilled to see the whole place BUSY! It has been so quiet everytime we have been there. I feared for the survival of this gorgeous place! So pleased that others are discovering its charms.

This La Monita location had a slight disappointment. They don't have nachos on the menu! Whaaaaaat? The nachos at Mahatun were awesome. But other than that I have only rave reviews for this place.

After dinner we left La Monita and did a walk through part of the helix water garden. Soooo peaceful, with plants everywhere, private seating areas, and the sound of waterfalls. There are a few places where you can see the city view as well. Lovely! Just lovely!

Today (Sunday) is my last day in Bangkok. I leave early tomorrow on ANA business class to Narita and then United 1st class to Ohare (an upgrade). Hopefully there are no typhoons to avoid or to cause delays.

As much as we love the panorama suite at Column, I think we will be searching for other options for December. We want to be right along the skytrain route so as to lessen the walk to and from. I am looking at Emporium Suites, but want to have a look, if possible, so we can be sure it has what we want...#1 being a BALCONY and #2 a washer and dryer.

If anyone else who stays in the Siam/Sukhumvit area has a suggestion, I will surely listen.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2016, 06:55 PM
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The prices have really come down at Emporium Suites as there are so many new places in town. But, one can't beat that location and being attached to Emporium Mall and Emporium Mall being attached to the skytrain station. It can't be any more convenient. Plus, the supermarket is on the top floor of Emporium Mall, along with all of those restaurants and food courts and now there's EM a few steps away.

Remember, that's been my #1 building since 2005. I've booked myself back into it for the third week in Bangkok. I still haven't figured out the second week. Who knows, maybe I'll just book Emporium Suites for that week,too. For the first week, I have my regular apartment in Rajadamri.

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Old Sep 3rd, 2016, 07:07 PM
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Carol: Emporium Suites has both washer/dryers and balconies. The washer/dryers are for apartments that are not studios although I got a washer/dryer installed in my studio in 2005, but at an extra cost since only 1 bedrooms and up, have washer/dryers at no additional cost. This is how it has always been since I've stayed there, but who knows, maybe things have changed.

What I really like about Emporium Suites is that there are 3 different sizes of studios which I have not seen in any other buildings around town and I've seen a lot of serviced apartment buildings.

I have the 80 square-meter studio although there is one larger at 90-something square meters. In serviced apartment buildings in Bangkok, I have not come across any that have had 80-square-meter studios, not less 90-something square-meter studios. I like having open space instead of a separate bedroom. Plus, the west view is beautiful. At least 5 different Fodorites have dropped by to see my studio there over the years.

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Old Sep 3rd, 2016, 07:24 PM
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Thanks for that quick reply, guenmai. I was hoping I would hear from you! I know you like Emporium, and now that Em Quartier (and the dining helix in particular) is there, it is more appealing. I will check avsilabikity fir a 1-bedroom. Wish me luck!

Thanks again.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2016, 09:42 PM
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I wish you luck.

After reading your post, I went on Expedia and put in a reservation for Week 2 at Emporium. I already had a reservation for Week 3, but thought that I should put in a tentative one for Week 2 in case I don't get the new, non-serviced apartment that I'd like to try out in Week 2.

If the new place pans out, then I can cancel Week 2 at Emporium and keep week 3 as they're on two different Expedia reservations. This is the first time that I've ever booked Emporium on Expedia as I have always contacted them directly in the past as I knew that folks there. I'll have 3 weeks total in Bangkok and either 1 or 2 moves to different places within those 3 weeks.

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Old Sep 4th, 2016, 07:45 AM
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Carol, Cheryl and I looked at Emporium a few years ago and thought it was wonderful. Beautiful apartments, great location, etc. But the prices were high. Guenmai, I'm glad to hear the prices have come down. We plan to try out a new place or two on our next trip to Bangkok (Alas! Not until Nov 2017) and Emporium will be on our short list.
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Old Sep 4th, 2016, 08:35 PM
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As for the prices, for what one gets and the space that can be had, the prices are low compared to many hotels. Plus, being that close to not only the sky train station, but all of the services available, is priceless. Check the Expedia prices. They're as low as around $122. for a standard-sized apartment there. My 80-square meter one just came to $144., I think it was, before the taxes, but that's with the buffet breakfast included and way more space than a hotel room, of the same level, and at the same price.

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Old Sep 4th, 2016, 11:20 PM
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After Sunday brunch at the Kempinski, which was fantastic, we got to take a look at a couple of suites there. A one bedroom without breakfast is 15301THB per night. Not nearly the space at Column!!!!!! No comparison, really.

A deluxe residence minus breakfast is 8592THB per night. Much more reasonable. We did not see this one. None available for viewing?

Then we saw a very plush Terrace Suite with its own large concrete terrace (with no view whatsoever) with jaccuzzi. One bedroom, with kitchen, wet bar...... But again, not nearly as spacious as Column. Price...choke choke 119,230 THB per night. YIKES!!!

I am glad we looked.

No decision on what to do next trip. We know we want a balcony. Washer and dryer preferred. Room to spread out is always a plus.

I am on my way home now, currently sitting in the UA first class lounge having wine and snack. ANA does not impress, even up front. Sorry. WHY DO THEY TURN ON LIGHTS 2.5 HOURS PRIOR TO LANDING EVERYTIME???!!! I don't understand... yes they are handing out drinks and snacks, but geesh other airlines do that in the last 1.3 before landing. Why take a full hour of sleep away from your passengers? Ok, rant over. I prefer flying thru HKG and flying Thai into BKK and the reverse going home.

Onward... hope my 3 hour drive from Ohare is uneventful. I have a couple of stops to make near Ohare before the drive.
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Old Sep 5th, 2016, 08:27 AM
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Isn't the Sunday brunch at the Kempski amazing, Carol?

We were also not impressed with ANA. We flew Thai Air to Narita and ANA back to Seattle. I know this is considered heresy, but I'd rather be on United than on ANA - but they got rid of the flight between Seattle and Narita.

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Old Sep 5th, 2016, 09:37 AM
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As always, enjoyed reading about your time in Bangkok. Looking forward to your Christmas holiday version. I'm still deciding on Christmas holiday and Spring Break plans. It has to include Latin or Central America but may also be a return back to SE Asia! I have just scratched the surface and you Bangkok lovers have me wanting to experience it for myself! Safe travels.
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Old Sep 5th, 2016, 05:24 PM
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Made it all the way home, safe & sound. Tome for unpacking and then some serious sleep.

Kathie, I too prefer to be flying on UA! I don't understand the rave reviews for ANA at all. Yes, UA needs some improvement, but they are not nearly so horrible as some try to make them!
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Old Sep 5th, 2016, 07:50 PM
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"simpsonc510 on Sep 5, 16 at 12:20am
After Sunday brunch at the Kempinski, which was fantastic, we got to take a look at a couple of suites there. A one bedroom without breakfast is 15301THB per night. Not nearly the space at Column!!!!!! No comparison, really."

I had a staycation at the Kempinski hotel in Jan 2016. I left my stuff at the rented apartment and packed an overnight bag, jumped on the skytrain at Rajadamri and headed over to Siam for a 1-night staycation at Kempinski. I also went for spa treatment there and tried out the food, but wasn't that impressed with the breakfast buffet.

As far as breakfast buffets, I get all that I like to eat at the Siam Anantara (former Four Seasons) and also at Emporium Suites as when I stayed at Emporium Suites regularly, they catered to a large Japanese clientele which one could see in the breakfast buffet.

I like to be able to have fish for breakfast as I'm not into bacon,sausages, and other meat items since I stopped eating meat in 1976 and I also don't do the dairy-product scene with all of those cheeses and other dairy products on breakfast buffets. But, I love having teriyaki saba saba fish at the Siam Anantara (Four Seasons) and when I was staying there during its The Regent, a Four Seasons Hotel, and Four Seasons Hotel years, I could also get the Japanese breakfast box with grilled salmon, rice, miso soup, and all of the other Japanese goodies. I even had Japanese breakfast at the Four Seasons in Paris when a friend and I took the bus across town just to have Japanese breakfast there. That's the type of breakfast that keeps me going throughout the day.

As far as the hotel prices at the Kempinski, they're a bit steep. I'm one to book standard rooms and then try to get an upgrade when I get to the check-in counter and it worked as they gave me a really nice, free upgrade. I liked the hotel a lot and the spa service was very good. But, for more space and at a lower price than a lot of hotels, I'll stick with either renting a regular apartment or stay at Emporium Suites.

If I'm renting a regular apartment, I also like to have one or two, 1-night staycations at hotels to try out different hotels as I did in Jan 2016. The other hotel where I took a staycation was the Dust Thani which I also liked although my room was very small. But, it was only for 1 night and only 1 skytrain stop away from the apartment. So, I had dinner at the Vietnamese restaurant there, slept there for a night, and then tried the breakfast buffet the next morning and after breakfast, skytrained it back to the apartment. Smiles.

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Old Sep 6th, 2016, 05:09 AM
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How do you find and book what you are calling a "regular apartment" in Bsngkok? Is there a web site?
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Old Sep 6th, 2016, 07:15 AM
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e-mail me Carol.

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Old Sep 6th, 2016, 11:50 AM
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I don't know if I have a current email address for you.
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Old Sep 6th, 2016, 02:14 PM
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Try whatever you have as I have more than a few e-mail addresses.

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Old Sep 6th, 2016, 03:12 PM
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Aloha Guenmai!
With you yen for Japanese food you must visit Japan sometime soon

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Old Sep 6th, 2016, 11:53 PM
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That's true, HT as I've been eating it since I was a child. At one of my elementary schools here at home, the mothers used to bring sushi and that was back in the mid-1960s. One of my siblings has even spoken Japanese since a child. Smiles.

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