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my week of research: less than USD $100 for Bangkok 5 star accommodation

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Brace yourself for a long (but hopefully useful) write-up... here goes:

I've been told that the unrest in Bangkok earlier this year has brought about a price-war among the city's top hotels. But when I started to do some research for a one week leisure trip planned for August 2010, I found that although the prices were indeed REALLY low, most deals were not applicable for tourists and non-residents. Worse, some five star hotels still resorted to price discrimination by offering reduced rates only for Thai nationals. (I'll refrain from naming names, but if you dig around the web you'll know which hotels I'm referring to.)

My plan for this trip is to stay in the old part of town for 2-3 days where I can walk to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and go see "Muay Thai" - preferably in a smallish place with a bit of history and character. Then for remainder of the week, find a international-standard five star hotel in the inner-part of the city where I will have easy access to the "sky train" or the subway. Budget wise, I am willing to pay up to USD $100 per night (Initially, I was planning to spend less, but apparently the dollar doesn't get you very far at all these days.)

Surprisingly, the hardest part was finding hotels that offered special rates to foreign tourists - you'd think the hotels would extend the promotions to foreign tourists because we stay longer and spend more at the destination, but apparently that wasn't the case - so after a week of research, here is what I came up with:

1. For the first leg, I found a quaint little B&B named the "Old Bangkok Inn" that was offering a "Pay two, one free" package. Location wise, it was ideal because it's right in between the Grand Palace and the Muay Thai stadium and yes... it was extending the promotion to foreign tourists and locals alike. I booked the lemongrass room for baht 3,590 per night nett for three nights, but will end up paying for only two night because of the promotion. So on average I'm paying USD 74 per night.

Seeing as it is the low season, I also decided to try my luck and had asked for an early check-in, late check-out and a room upgrade... guess what? I got all three!!! If you decide to stay there, I would recommend writing directly to Nantiya - the owner - and ask politely for an early check-in, late check-out and a room upgrade (if you need it, that is). Their website is at:

2. For the second leg, I settled on the Dusit Thani Bangkok for their "Dusit Take Two" promotion. The Dusit Thani is an upper-market Thai hotel chain that is located on both the sky train and the metro route. Its also right opposite to the city's central park, so I shouldn't have to stare at an office when I look out of my room. Basically, I paid baht 3,500++ per night for a Superior room and half that amount on the subsequent night. After taxes for two nights I'll be paying on average USD 96.

I was not able to book the promotion through their website, so I just called the hotel directly and they took care of everything in 5 minutes. I should also note that for both the Old Bangkok Inn and the Dusit Thani, their promotions will be running until the end of September 2010. For the Dusit Thani's website go to:

3. Last but not least, I think I should mention the Sukhothai Bangkok which was real tempting but was a tad too expensive for my taste (and for the subject of this post.) They are running a "welcome back package" for baht 4,900++ per night - I asked... you don't necessarily have to be a returning guest to be "welcomed back". So if you can afford USD 180 per night nett, I would definitely check it out at:

Wendy Brians
Naples, FL

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain


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