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gcalhoun22 May 13th, 2004 04:50 PM

Shangri-La Hotel Question...
 
I will be in Bangkok for three days in June and found a great deal for $104/night at Shangri-La for a Superior River View Room. I decided on this hotel after hearing all the great things about it on this forum, and now finding this price. Before I book it... can those of you familiar with the hotel location tell me if it will be a fun area for us? We are two young females that would like to do sight seeing during the day, but would also like a fun area for nightlife. Obviously, safety and cleanliness is a higher priority than location... but we are definitely interested in nightlife. Should we just book it and deal with taxis/skytrain to get to restaurants and bars. Or are we lucky enough to have picked a hotel that will have both very close? Any information on the area would be greatly appreciated.

BTW... thanks for all the discount travel websites you all have posted. They have been very helpful.

rhkkmk May 13th, 2004 05:51 PM

this hotel consistently appears on the list of the best hotels in the world...it is huge and has two major wings....it is right on the river which is a plus...
make sure that you join their frequent flyer program (golden circle) and you will be entitled to free breakfasts...its free to join and you can do this on their website....
you might also try priceline as they are awarding this hotel at $55 per nite...i am staying there 3 different times in june also---when are you there...??
there are two pools, great restaurants, etc....its perfect for you...
the area is very safe, as is all of bkk...easy access to the skytrain whose main end terminal is right next door...adajacent to the hotel are street vendors, a camera store, some shops and other services...there is lots of shopping, restaurants, nite life within a 5-10 minute walk...silom road is close and patpong, one nitelife area is not far...
use taxis to go everywhere...they are dirt cheap...a very long ride will cost $4-5...the meter starts at less than $1....
this is a good rate by the way...where did you find it??
the hotel can arrange sightseeing for you or you can go on your own...
there are several other lux hotels in this area....this is considered a 5 star hotel...

ngee May 14th, 2004 12:58 AM

I just returned from a trip to Bangkok and stayed at the Shangri-La. It was a very nice hotel with great service and very convenient to take Sky Train or water taxi from the station right next to the hotel.

I don't think there is much nightlife very close to the Shangri-La, but very easy and inexpensive to take taxis to where the action is.

I preferred to be close to the river rather than in the midst of town where some of the other luxury hotels (Four Seasons, Hyatt, etc) are.

For daytime sightseeing I either took sky train or what they call the Tourist Water Taxi which cost about $2 and (includes a free bottle of water). This allows to you get on and off at your leisure and hits many of the sightseeing spots. You can catch this right by the Sky Train station.

I also throughly enjoyed the cooking class at Salathip, the wonderful Thai Restaurant on property. Even if you don't take a class make sure you have an evening meal at the restaurant. If its not unbearably humid, sit outside and watch the boats and barges on the river.

I'm a female and traveled on my own in Bangkok. I felt very safe exploring on my own. Just exercise the usual precautions.

Have fun shopping.

gcalhoun22 May 14th, 2004 10:25 AM

Thank you both so much!! I just booked it and it looks amazing. It's good to know we are in a safe area and close to fun things to do. Or that we can at least catch the water taxi or skytrain easily. That will be perfect.

rhkkmk... I took everyone's excellent advice from these forums and used www.precisionreservations.com. I just booked it today for the Superior River View room for $104/night. We will be staying there June 5th-8th.

ngee... when you stayed there, did you use the hotel shuttle service to/from the airport? I haven't been sucessful at finding the cost and am wondering if we should just go with a taxi. My only concern is that we don't arrive until 11:00pm and it's our first time. The hotel shuttle would be convenient (they would be waitinig for us)... but a taxi is probably less expensive.

Thank again for all the help!!! =)

Kathie May 14th, 2004 02:29 PM

Yes, a taxi will be less expensive. More expensive than a taxi, but less than a hotel car is the Limo service at the airport. They run nice Mercedes. Just go to the desk, tell them where you want to go, pay your money (you'll need Baht, so visit the ATM or the exchange booth first) and you'll be escorted to your car.

rhkkmk May 14th, 2004 09:04 PM

our p[aths won't cross as i will be in bali during your stay...

ngee May 14th, 2004 09:47 PM

I took a taxi from airport as well. Can't remember exactly how much but was relatively inexpensive.

Did you try emailing the hotel for shuttle rate? Email I have is [email protected]

rhkkmk May 15th, 2004 06:21 AM

there is no shuttle, but a taxi is between 400-600 B, depending on traffic plus tolls of about 70B...the airport limo currently has a promo rate of 1275B round trip...that's a 15% savings


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