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    How can I survive in Bangkok for 2 wks w/ limited cash?

    About 4 years ago, I stayed in the Miami Hotel. This is located on Address
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    The hotel was outdated and cheap, but the area was ideal. What other cheap hotels are located in this area?


    I will be in BKK from Feb. 25-March 10th. I am actually an American coming from Japan. I am exiting Japan becuz my Visa is up, and will re-enter Japan with a fresh visa. I would've gone to Taiwan, but it seems more expensive than Thailand. Korea is the cheapest, but other than good food, it doesn't intesrest me at all.


    Here is the main problem I will only be able to budget about $300-$400 for the whole 2 weeks. This money must be spent on any hotels, food, subway fares, souvenirs, etc. I know it seems pretty hard to do, but I've always been proud of my survival skills, so please help me work-out somewhat of a plan.


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    For starters, the 2nd week has to be better than the first week. (i.e. I will spend more money in the 2nd week as I want to leave the country happy). My first time in Thailand was shorter than 2 weeks, but I only ate in restaurants. This time I will have to eat alot from food carts. I have eaten from food carts in Hong Kong and Colombia so I don't really have a problem with it. I need you fine Thai street food conesueirrs to point me in the right direction. Cleanlieness is first, followed by low price, followed by taste. Where are these carts?

    2.) I will be carrying my laptop with me, so I should have some internet access. What areas in BKK will bless me with free wireless service (i.e. malls, Starbucks, etc.)

    3.) I have no problem walking, as I'm thin and used to walking long distances. Thailand seemed very safe to me (albeit extremely dirty), but is there any part of BKK I shouldn't walk through, especially at night.

    4.) In Tokyo, we have manga cafes (comic book-based internet cafes). Basically, you get your own cubicle, your own computer, and free non-alcoholic drinks for about $15. You can stay there for 7 hours. Many people who miss their final train home sleep here. Anything similar in BKK? I know that the weather is hot, so it doesn't really matter if I spend a night out on the street, but if I can find something similar to the Manga cafes it would be better. Cheap 24 hour restaurants?

    5.) In Tokyo the cops sometimes stop me to ask what I am doing in town and where is my identification. This never happened to me in the short time I was in Thailand. If I were to be stopped while I was just calmly strolling along and minding my own business is their anything I should say or not say?

    6.) In New York City I live in Queens, and I can walk to one of the airports (LaGuardia). If I were to have a map, is it possible to walk to the airport in Bangkok (or are there too many roads (dangerous tuk-tuk traffic) in the way? Last time in BKK I was quoted 3 different prices for the taxi to the airport.

    7.) I am studying Japanese and will continue to study it during these 2 weeks, but also I'd like to know if there is anywhere that Japanese tourists like to go. I know I'm not too impressive of a travel buddy as I'll be living off scraps, but still, if I could get the language practice it would help the time go by.

    8.) Lastly, what is my best bet to avoid mosquitoes? I know they are all over. Last time I went to some really, really fancy mall in BKK, and the bathroom was super clean, yet there was still a mosquito in there. What advice do you have about this. As I'll be living a vagabond's lifestyle for these 2 weeks, I would like to know.


    I can't think of any more questions right now. BTW, this is not a joke post and while it seems crazy to do this in a foreign country, a man must make due with the options that are presented to him, so any tips, advice, etc. will be GREATLY APRRECIATED.

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    Probably have to stay in the backpacker ghetto on that budget and even then you are pushing it. Around Khao San road. Would take you a whole day to walk from the airport and you wouldn't be able to read many signposts so you wouldn't be able to find your way. Suggest either shorten your stay or increase your budget.

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    That is a very tight budget and won't be fun.
    Take a read here
    Top 20 Bangkok guest houses _ guesthouse guide - 1stop Bangkok


    Bella Bella guesthouse
    A small gem of a place popular among locals for its clean reasonably priced rooms with and without air-conditioning along with a friendly staff and a good restaurant. Rooms with fan and shared bathroom (single/double): 200/270 baht, 74 Soi Chana Songkhram, (02) 629 3090-1.

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    I haven't backpack for more than 20 years but what I would do for your budget is: Go to Bangkok, do what you have to do for your visa, take a bus to some remote beach, stay there until your visa is ready, go back to Bangkok, pick up your visa and back to the airport.

    Now if you can read Japanese, or have Japanese friends, Japanese guide books are among the best in the world. And you will do/see what Japanese do/see when they come to Thailand.

    Regarding mosquitoes, if you have a phobia, Thailand is definitively not for you.
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    Plenty of coffee shops etc all have free wifi so you can order a water and nurse it for the next 12 hours. Sukhumvit soi 11 behind cheap charlies has backpacker style rooms for about $20 a night.its called suk11hostel or something, google it. Cheapest you'll get bar a short time hotel, but dodge the cum stains

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    Really tight budget, you could blow that in your first day if your not careful.

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    Invest in some KY and rent your bottom space out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuninPlural
    budget about $300-$400 for the whole 2 weeks
    700 t0 950 baht per day!

    Miami Hotel is around 900 per night so reckon it's out of the question.

    Doubt you'll find anything in the Sukumvit area to meet your budget.

    Try the dormitory rooms at this place or you may be able to find similar on Google.

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    OP, have you got any back up funds if the shit hits the fan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuninPlural View Post
    I need you fine Thai street food conesueirrs to point me in the right direction.
    Walk out of hotel; Look left or right; buy food.

    As for the mosquitos, every pharmacy sells sketolene for about 150 baht. Used properly one spray bottle should last you a week or two. You don't need a lot.

    Forget about staying in the Sukhumwit area for your budget -- and you won't be very happy the second week with the budget you have. In fact, you won't be very happy at all. But you'll survive.

    Better off staying just one week, and having a better happiness index.

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    When I first came here my budget was a 1000bt per day and they were hard times. Living in an 80bt room with no windows. I'm not sure they exist anymore.

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    Bring some drugs with you. The Bangkok Hilton is free to those that can afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke
    Invest in some KY and rent your bottom space out.
    Yep, here is the thing to do,,, get into a cheap guest house and just lay there with your KY and Choke your Chicken til time to leave..
    Not very resourceful are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    Yep, here is the thing to do,,, get into a cheap guest house and just lay there with your KY and Choke your Chicken til time to leave..
    And if the budget allows it, invest in a single shoelace (half the price of a pair), and learn how to tie a slip knot.

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    Just stay in the airport for two weeks like that Chinese dissident. Claim you are being persecuted. Look sad and idiots will give you food. Not many mosquitoes. Save the long trip to and from the airport. Will have more fun there than you would have in Bangkok on your budget. Last day, go to the airport bar. Get drunk. Buy crap to take back to Japan. Go home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke
    Invest in some KY and rent your bottom space out.
    Too bad there ain't a YMCA in Bangkok............well as far as I know there isn't one???????????

    Better find a room around Sukhumvit 77~103 and stick around that area going to the local bars and Restaurants on that budget.

    On the odd day you can treat yourself and catch the Skytrain to the upper Sukhumvit area.

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    souvenirs ? increased happyness in second week ? on a 750 baht/day budget hotel included ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Too bad there ain't a YMCA in Bangkok............well as far as I know there isn't one???????????
    YMCA..... We used to call it the French Embassy,, if you were dispatched to a ship the next day, sometimes in times of need because we had spent our money before getting a new ship we would have to stay there as it was as cheap as you could fine.

    Never had to do that in places like New Orleans where there were places that had rooms along with the saloon or would loan merchants money, which you would repay on payoff when returning,, well either you repaid or learned to walk on 2 crutches at the same time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuninPlural
    budget about $300-$400 for the whole 2 weeks
    How do you live in Japan with only $400 in the bank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Too bad there ain't a YMCA in Bangkok

    Sukhumvit Soi 38.

    But, KSR is the only area this guy should be looking at. There are rooms available at around 200Baht a day, usually in the dingy little back streets.

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    what the fuck is the point of coming for so long if you are broke and dont have the money to do jack shit? Find a shit shack on Koh Chang and eat 3 plates of fried rice a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    what the fuck is the point of coming for so long if you are broke
    Can earn a bit?

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    The guy is a troll. Its that simple nobody can be this stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    The guy is a troll. Its that simple nobody can be this stupid.
    True.

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    ^^Agreed. Even tho there are some pretty stupid people that come to LOS.

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