Bangkok Girls Trip ! Need Suggs

Oct 4th, 2007, 06:35 PM
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Bangkok Girls Trip ! Need Suggs

My girlfriend and I (both mid-40's) are going on a husband sponsered girls trip to Bangkok in mid-Jan, (1 week on the ground). This is my 3rd trip and her 1st one to this great city. We are going to shop, massage, tour, and eat great Thai food!

Some questions:
- Favorite place for massages? I've been to 'The King and I'. But that's it.
- Hotel: The past 2 times I've stayed the Sheraton in Suk. (husband's corp discount), good for shopping. But this time we are thinking of staying on the river for the views. Is it worth it? What's your favorite and why?
- Favorite Shops ? Esp. for 1 nice piece of jewelry, and '1 really cool thing for the house'.
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Oct 4th, 2007, 07:35 PM
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My favorite spa is Face see www.facebars.com

I always stay on the river at the Royal Orchid Sheraton in the Towers (breakfast, canapes and cocktails each evening and free laundry included in the price). If you husband has a corporate rate at Sheratons, this owuld be a good deal for you.

Jewelry: I've been buying from Lily at SJ International for years. If you tell her that Kathie from Seattle sent you, the prices will drop significantly. Call them and they will pick you up at your hotel.

SJ International
phone 02-2432446 or 02-2432447 or 02-2411875.
They are located at 125/8 Sawankhalok Road, Dusit, Bangkok.
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:04 PM
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yes do stay on the river it is so much nicer than on suk....

depends on your price range of course...

i prefer the marriott resort and spa for its pool, its resort feeling and its slightly out of town feel---12 minutes by free boat which runs every 15 minutes to taskim skytrain station...

more expensive, you cannot beat the peninsula....they often have deals on their web site...

the new hilton is also on the river

the shangri-la is excellent and it is right next to the skytrain staion....

all of these hotels have spas, albeit expensive....face gets rave reviews...the food is very good there too....go for dinner for either thai or indian food after the spa...res are necessary....

river city shopping center next to the sheraton that kathie mentions is nice...so is the OP Place directly in back of the oriental hotel...

for house things that is hard because there are so many....watch for fakes...antiques are generally new...rasi sayan on soi 33 has unique home things...jim thompson has many shops around town...go to the main store on suriwong at rama IV rds.....also a lovely cafe there for lunch....that area also has some nice shops....
paragon mall has hundreds of shops

go to 'monk bowl alley' and buy a beautiful monk bowl....they make wonder decorations for the home...you can find it on nancy chandler's map..

hire tong to take you out for a day....the secret place is amazing...book early with her...
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:09 PM
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Unfortunately, he only gets it w/ the Suk. location. But I've been looking at this Sheraton, the Oriental and the Pen, on tripadvisor, per another similar thread.

I'd heard about this jewelry shop, on previous trips and have been wanting the specifics. Thanks for that.

Also, should we book ahead for certain restaurants?
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:18 PM
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if you do stay at sheraton grande again my jeweler is nearby....its thai stone jewelry in the very grotty nana hotel, just down soi 4 sukhumvit about 1/2 block in back of the gas station on the corner....ms porn is a great help there....ignor the horrid hotel...just keep walking to the back of the lobby and its on the right....family owned...great prices..
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:19 PM
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re: hotel, since we're splitting a room, we can upgrade and not feel it as much. A balcony room at the Penn is not out of reach. We do want a view! SO ???

Also, I do need to get a new Nancy map. Mine is 2 years old. Is it worth the trip to the JT outlet ??

And I want to do another dinner river cruise. My husband and I did it on the converted rice barge, Manora (sic), and I still remember it. The Watts at night were incredible. Is there another one similar but diff. or should we just do this one again?


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Oct 5th, 2007, 05:31 AM
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Diana-
I really love the Peninsula.
I don't care for the Balcony rooms for 2 reasons; one, they have only the one window (the sliding balcony door) and two, it's so hot and humind there who wants to sit outside on the balcony?
Last time I was there we had a grand deluxe room and we could see into the balcony room next to us because they are in the middle of the hotel and set back a little. Our room had two windows, one floor to ceiling which protruded out a bit so we could look out over the river (and into the balcony room next to us).
If you can afford it, upgrade to a suite, they are fantastic and have two large rooms.
Here's a link to my travelogue page with photos of our Grand Deluxe room from last year:
http://www.wired2theworld.com/THAILAND2006bangkok3.html
And here's a link to our 2002 trip when Pen prices were lower and we could afford to upgrade to a suite :http://www.wired2theworld.com/cambodia2002bangkok.html
and
http://www.wired2theworld.com/cambod...peninsula.html
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Oct 5th, 2007, 05:58 AM
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No need to book ahead for restaurants with only a couple of exceptions: Bed and I understand that the restuarant atop the state building... Scirocco (?)

I almost always visit the JT outlet. Sometimes I find wonderful things at great prices, sometimes they don't have much I'm interested in. It's purely luck of the draw.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 06:16 AM
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we find the JT outlet on soi 93 most worthwhile for a visit, but it takes time to get there....you can take the skytrain to on nut station and then take a taxi the rest of the way...its toooooo hot to walk, imo....the doorman will get you a taxi for the return trip to the skytrain or we often take a taxi back to the hotel if we have bought a ton of stuff....$5....

i agree about balcony rooms, unless one of you smokes, it might be nice for that....they often will offer you an upgrade upon arrival...go for it...forget the sheratons...discount probably is not that much....but you can also do cash and miles reward for sheratons....2008 rates are not posted yet however
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Oct 5th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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Diana
I've stayed in both the balcony and regular "deluxe" rooms at the Pen. Trust me, you don't want the balcony!! It really takes away from the view because it is "recessed" in the central part of the building and you cannot see up and down the river in both directions nearly as well as you can in the non-balcony room.

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Oct 5th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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ok, no balcony. Suite looks great, but just beyond our self-imposed limits, unless I can get a break. I'm getting about the same rate on the Pen's website as the 'discount' URLs (asiahotels, etc). Is mid-Jan considered HIGH season? If the 2008 rates aren't posted, should I wait a bit?

Also:
- Does someone have Tan's email? I used her 2 years ago, but have since changed PCs.
- Who knows the ins/outs of shipping? My girlfriend is really into Budda's and I LOVE the Thai garden accessaries.

BTW, you all are the ones that inspired me to do this, as I've been reading of your experiences for years! We are so excited!
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Oct 5th, 2007, 03:44 PM
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Yes, mid-Jan. is the high season. It's unlikely the Pen will have any real good deals.
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