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Should we split our stay in Bangkok or does this idea just sound stupid?

Should we split our stay in Bangkok or does this idea just sound stupid?

Old Oct 5th, 2009, 02:57 PM
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Its official! I will be in Thailand for December!! Yes!

Perhaps we can meet if I haven't alienated anyone by now
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 03:01 PM
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but mango we are all going to be there in november....
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 03:23 PM
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babies like water
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 04:04 PM
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I'll be there in December, as will DS (bradinbangkok). Let's see what we can plan.
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 04:25 PM
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Ok, Carol. I will keep an eye out for your posts

Dagnamit..maybe next time, Bob? And yes, babies like water (lol wut?)
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 05:30 PM
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(babies like water...) Puttakka is talking about maybe being pregnant on another thread and wonders about travel.

So, when do you head to BKK?

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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 05:50 PM
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C- We head out on the 16th. I am really psyched. I might even try out your favorite restaurant!

We came close to staying at the Adelphi suites, but the Siam/Silom area is our gravitational center. Maybe next trip..
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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I'm also heading out on the 16th! I'll be heading over to Maengs after I drop my stuff at Adelphi.
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 11:22 AM
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Back to my original post: found a deal on the Shangri-La website for two nights in a balcony room in the Krungthep wing with buffet breakfast and airport transfer for $492 US (about 16500 thai baht). I think it will be 2 nights at the OBI for about $100 US per night and then 2 nights at the Shangri-La. Hopefully.
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 12:08 PM
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You'll love the Krungthep wing at the Shang. Note that there are free drinks and canapes at night. When you check in do tell your taxi driver that you are in Krungthep wing (closest to the skytrain). Otherwise you'll be dropped off on the wrong side of the hotel.
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 03:00 PM
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you will love that combo....the breakfast in the main hotel was the best we have ever had in thailand....i'm sure the one in the K wing is good too, but check out the other one as well
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 04:12 PM
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Carol- We'll be shopping the first few days. Please let us know where everyone is meeting if its happening! =]
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 04:37 PM
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I'm sure the Shangri-La will be lovely! Enjoy!
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 06:31 PM
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i just noticed that agoda has the same room at sh-la for $222 per nite, except it does not include the transfers, which is worth about 300-1000 B. each way...
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 06:58 AM
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My agoda search turned up a Krungthep Balcony Deluxe room for $261 per night but no Krungthep Balcony Room. So I could not find the exact same room (but maybe I didn't search correctly)?

I am debating whether I *need* an airport transfer. There's loads of different packages - there was one with breakfasts and one dinner included; the other had breakfasts and a one-way airport transfer. Both were the same price. I picked the one with the airport transfer, figuring we probably don't want to to breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

Is it hard to get from the Shangri-La to the airport without a hotel transfer? I've never used a hotel transfer - always use the train, but there does not seem to be an airport tran in Bangkok.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 08:19 AM
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No it's not difficult at all to get to and from the airport in Bangkok. A taxi (use the taxi line at the airport - ignore all touts) will cost you about 350 baht plus tolls. (The driver will ask whether you want him to use the expressway - say yes - and the driver will collect 60-80 baht from you for tolls).

If you wanted a "limo" trnasfer, the cost wold be about 1200 baht from one of the local services (AOT or AAC) and hotels usually charge in the 3000 baht range.

No there is no airport train in Bangkok. The skytrain will eventually go out there, but not yet.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 01:29 PM
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Skip the taxi line, take the escalators upstairs to arrivals and get one of the taxis that is dropping off fares at departures. Be firm and make sure they will run the meter before you get in, it should cost you somewhere around 250 baht to get to Old Bangkok Inn, it cost me 200 to get to Makasan/Pratunam in August.

If transferring to the Pennisula Hotel, don't travel in late afternoon from OBI, worst time of day for taxi traffic. You might also consider a walk-in enquiry for a rate, take the sky train to Saphan stop then walk downstairs to the free boat. Sometimes the front desk clerk will negotiate a lower rate for you if occupancy is low, I got a 159 rate there doing the very same thing.

Chok dee and enjoy your trip!
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Note that the named Krungthep Balcony room does NOT entitle you to club benefits that is the Krungthep deluxe room (which still have balconys!!!) I found this out by chance off the S-La website
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Old Oct 9th, 2009, 11:56 AM
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Thanks. So maybe it's better to go for thte dinner buffet than the airport transfer. I am not too concerned about access to the club benefits (I won't be able to drink) so maybe the the balcony room is sufficient for us.

Another thing: since we will be in Bangkok two days earlier, maybe we can pop in to see if we can negotiate a lower rate (and cancel our current reservation, which has a 24-hour cancellation policy).
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