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BANGKOK-LeMeridien, BanyanTree, Pathumwan Princess, ShangriLa Krungthep????

Old Jan 13th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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You're very odd or he is?
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 02:35 PM
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BTW Eks, remind me never to go to a restaurant with you. You are the type who will read the menu over and over, ask the waiter 10,000 questions, then still be unsure what to order. Me, I scan it quickly and know what I want in seconds.
Your obsessive dithering--and I say this with the utmost reapect, heh heh--can be a real problem in Italy. When the waiter comes, you'd better know what you want immediately or he will turn on his heel and not to return for hours! It took many moons for my husband to learn this or starve.
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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At the NYC GTG on saturday night, we went to a Hunan restaurant chosen by the OP. When ordering, she suggested a few dishes, but was very open to other suggestions and generally went with the flow. We suspected it was someone else dressed up in an Ekscrunchy suit.

The question is why wouldn't a rational person have both basmati rice and white sweet potatoes on hand. Do they have to be dated when they arrive in the house?

All of this illustrates the twists and turns of this thread. It started off as a simple inquiry concerning four hotels. Somehow, she is now staying at another hotel. Not to mention our slight detour through her shopping and eating marathons.

Oh what a tangled thread we weave
When we practive to perceive...
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 07:56 AM
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I am going to Thailand for my honeymoon in April 2010 and I had a question re Bangkok hotels. My husband and I are in our late 20's/early 30's. We are spending 2 nights in Bangkok before heading North to Chaing Mai.

I am not familiar with the different areas of Bangkok at all - please help!! lol

The hotel "Majestic Grand" was recommended to us. It is located at Sukhumvit and Rama IV roads. Has anyone stayed at or heard anything about this hotel? The website looks pretty nice, but you can never really tell with those pictures.

Part 2 of my question - is it better to stay in that area or by the river?

We want to be able to go out for dinner and drinks, but we are not into anything too crazy. We are looking for a nice place, but also one that is accessible to the things we will want to do/see while there.

Thank you for your suggestions - they are very much appreciated!
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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I haven't stay at the Majestic Grand but the location is not very good IMO. The hotel is halfway down a Soi(side street) with no view. A riverside hotel will be better and more romantic especially for your honeymoon.

Please note that April is the hottest month of the year and that the Songran holiday(Thai New Year) is around the middle of the month. During Songran things get pretty wild in Chiang Mai, where you intend to go after Bangkok, so I would plan around Songran if possible.
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 10:13 AM
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For a honeymoon, I strongly suggest a river hotel. In descending order of price are the Oriental, Peninsula, Shangrila, Royal Orchid Sheraton and Marriott Resort. All are wonderful hotels. I like the ROS. It is convenient and priced to move. The view of the river from your room is truly a great sight. Around $150 US.
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 11:35 AM
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i have viewed the rooms at majestic grande, but not stayed there...they have a very good restaurant... it is a central location and about a 7 minute walk to the skytrain at plenochit or nana... for the price it is a good deal... the rooms are decent...

hotels along the river are a bonus...view and cooler air generally and less crazy....but this comes at a cost...$150++.

gpanda did not mention the hilton on the river which is about the same price as the ROS/marriott...

i like the marriott personally...

are you using the hotel discount sites where tax/service are usually included (17%) and often breakfast??

i would propose more days in bkk as with 2 days you will not see much, especially in the hot month of april....if possible avoid songren.... its a crazy time when people douse you with water on the streets from buckets and squirt rifles...
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 01:19 PM
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Based on the feedback I am getting, I think we are going to switch to a river hotel. I am looking into the Penninsula, the Shangri-la and the Royal Orchid Sheraton. I will see where we can get a better deal. They all look pretty nice.

In any case, I don't anticipate spending much time at the hotel, given that we only have a few days in BKK. However, having said that, we do have some flexibility to spend 1/2 or another day in BKK before flying to Chaing Mai.

Now I want to ask you about our Chaing Mai hotel b/c I am getting nervous about what people have recommended. Right now we are looking at staying at the Ratilanna (ratilannachaingmai.com). Thoughts?
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Sorry, it's ratilannachiangmai.com.

Thanks!!
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 05:11 PM
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The Ratilanna is nice, very nice rooms and on the river bank. Nice size pool, very good service, good breakfast spread and the location is within easy access to everything. We just stayed there last month so my information is "fresh"!
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The ROS ranks #48 on tripadvisor just above Martha Coakley in recent polls (inside joke). That should say it all...
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Old Jan 15th, 2010, 08:44 PM
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i imagine some fodorites are maning phone banks for ms. coakley and lining up for a handout from the pres. on sunday..

is that #48 or 148?... towers must be 48 and the hotel itself 148...
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Old Jan 18th, 2010, 06:06 AM
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It is typical of Scott Brown supporters that they would be making fun of a hotel that was not releveant to this thread. The OP is now staying at the Four Seasons. You references to the ROS are not germane. Sort of similar to your world views. How does it feel to live in the 21st century and think like a denizen of the 19th century?
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Old Jan 18th, 2010, 06:46 AM
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Do take a look at your response to the honeymooner on this thread at 1:13pm on Jan 15:

"I like the ROS. It is convenient and priced to move."

Not germane, indeed. I rest my case, Counselor...
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Old Jan 18th, 2010, 07:31 AM
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It figures that a stockbroker would need a lecture on relevance. A matter is only relevant if it pertains to the subject that is up for discussion. An aside on another matter does not mean that anything concerning that second matter is relevant. It's the typical bootstrapping mentality that passes for Yankee Fan thought. The subject was actually the OP's choice of hotels. She would never sully herself with a stay at the ROS, so it's irrelevant. Remember, the Op actually thinks that they cool the water in the pool at the Peninsula.
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Old Jan 18th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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They do cool the water!!!!!!! You know this to be true!
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Old Jan 26th, 2010, 07:33 AM
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What do you think - Shangri-la or Penninsula? Is the Penninsula worth the extra money?
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Old Jan 26th, 2010, 08:56 AM
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yes, but sh-la is very nice too but not in the same league...

THE WATER IS COOLED.... how would one know who is toooo cheap, or stupid or both, to spend the money to stay there
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Old Feb 24th, 2010, 09:33 PM
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UPdate, Update:

The Four Seasons proved to be an ideal choice for me! Lovely hotel with lots of charm. Great location next to a Skytrain stop. And best of all...the pool is as good as I could have imagined. OLympic size rectangle and thankfully, it is shaded for much of the morning.

For me it is world's better than the Peninsula pools. Temperature is perfect--no artificial chilling can be detected.


The only slight negative: Chote Chitr is closed right now due to to the illness of the owner/chef.
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