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    Short trip to Bangkok

    Took a short vacation from Khon kaen to Bangkok recently to stay at the Vie Hotel https://www.viehotelbangkok.com/. I had a "free" night to use up as part of having the accor plus card (http://www.accorplus.com/en/other) and recently they had a 40% sale + breakfast so I booked 3 nights for me and the wife at the Vie hotel for 6600 baht.
    The bad news
    About 3 weeks before they emailed to say that during my stay they would be renovating the lobby area which would now be on floor 12. Also despite checking in online the day before leaving and receiving an email stating I could check in at 12 noon, on arrrival at 3ish, the room was still not ready and we would have to wait 30 mins.
    The good news
    A free fooking upgrade to deluxe suite , oh yeah.

    pics to follow

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    nakonchai air bus from KK bus station 3 to nakonchai air bus station Bangkok at 360 baht a head.
    Includes crisps, orange juice, water , styrofoam lunch, soy milk and a refresh wipe.




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    ...so far, so...um...

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    Nice one PH.

    Love the way you started the journey like Punty and looking forward to the Jack MeOff finale


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    ^ go easy on me its my first trip report
    It takes about 7 hours and we made good time after which it's a taxi to the hotel.




    the new train terminal I think ?
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    Known about Vie for a while. Looks like a nice hotel. Good French restaurant if i am not mistaken. Stay in the area often as its right on the mrt. But Vie is a bit pricey for sleeper stops.

    Will look forward to photos of the place.

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    You're doing great mate
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    the new train terminal
    A little bit of Pat there.

    Now we're just missing pics of crepes, moobs and tarmac

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    the quality of these pics are a bit crap but they do get better later

    the hotel


    our suite






    free water and everything in the fridge




    + coffee and tea


















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    Nice one mate, was it a dirty weekend or were the young uns with you





    Mrs looks different

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Known about Vie for a while. Looks like a nice hotel. Good French restaurant if i am not mistaken. Stay in the area often as its right on the mrt. But Vie is a bit pricey for sleeper stops.

    Will look forward to photos of the place.
    Yes it's right next to the Ratchathewi BTS so quite handy for getting around though you still end up walking for miles just to get to places especially if your bloody clueless . I chose this hotel because I thought it was near to some snooker I had planned on watching whilst here, more on that later.

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    My photoshopping skills, Tomcat's chequed shirt in the wardrobe. You've nailed it

    I see its a Sofitel that hotel, veey nice.

    Comes up as 5,500 baht a night for a normal room on my booking.com app

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post
    Nice one mate, was it a dirty weekend or were the young uns with you





    Mrs looks different
    just the 2 of us as the kids are 16 and 17 now (how time flies!!) the age where your parents are at best an embarrassment.

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    The start of a great thread.

    They do love their cushions there!



    ...and the fish is very phallic.

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    corner suite so 2 sides were made up of huge windows,views from the 17th floor





    BTS and mall with restaurants and bars which were dead on thursday but very busy friday/saturday





    rooftop pool



    that wall at the end is glass and its very unnerving kicking off from it as it's 4 floors up




    There's a modern gym, a spa, a posh modern bar, a French restaurant and a Sushi restaurant .
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    If it's not up to your standard, I will happily come and do a runner on your behalf

    The bit with blue roof used to be where the 2 best dance record shops were 15yrs ago...still a couple of guitar shops in there I think
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post


    If it's not up to your standard, I will happily come and do a runner on your behalf

    The bit with blue roof used to be where the 2 best dance record shops were 15yrs ago...still a couple of guitar shops in there I think
    That's where we ate after dumping the bags. The nerdy something ?
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    So I'd planned the trip to coincide with the Sangsom 6 red world snooker championship which is an invitation event (winner gets 80k pounds) pitting the best Thai players against some of the worlds top players including defending event champion and current world champion Mark Williams.By Thursday it was down to the knock out stages, so after a quick feed at a nearby cafe, a bit of a sleep and nice hot bath off we went searching for the Bangkok convention center Central Plaza.

    http://www.facebook.com/SangSom6RedSnooker

    Of course there's 2 effin BCC central plazas in Bangkok and the one we wanted was the BCC Hall Central Plaza Lad Prao. So after wandering around Central World which is huge and asking numerous workers where the damn snooker was and getting puzzled looks finally one bloke told us we were in the wrong place .

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    for 12999999 baht you can pick up one of these


    but I bought this for the Mrs instead



    this mall was full of wine places


    a wine tasting event - 1200 baht for 10 sips 2000 baht for unlimited sips with seafood and cheese available

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    Last ate there on Xmas day


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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Last ate there on Xmas day

    Ahh no we ate a place that was more like a diner/cafe . We tried this place later on but as I pushed the door to enter she turned the sign to closed.

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    That patch of land has been empty for at least 10yrs

    Here it was in 2010



    Had a brief GF in 2002 who worked at the Asia hotel reception. Fun times
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    We abandoned the snooker and after a good walk around finally ended up eating at a restaurant/bar next to the hotel called 73 bar. Food was perfectly acceptable and included Tom yam kung, chicken fried rice and Gai ped med mamuang washed down with some large Singhas.



    This was about 23:00 and the place was pretty empty.The next night at 1:00 it was packed inside and out.

    Settled down to listen to the band until lux interior appeared and a few ladyboy fans then it was time to collapse into bed.





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    Great looking place, they could've dimmed the lights a bit more for the bum bandit act



    Is this in your timetable?
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    Thanks for the pics & stories, very nice. More please.

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    breakfast was usual buffet of western and thai food with an egg chef and was excellent imo although the mrs was not impressed with the rice and spent the whole breakfast studying other guests to validate her opinion gleefully informing me that they too were also leaving their rice.Though the day she ever complains I'll eat my underpants.




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    Quote Originally Posted by parryhandy View Post
    That's where we ate after dumping the bags. The nerdy something ?
    The Hungry Nerd, I think. Cheap steaks and burgers, some pasta. Cold beer though.

    There is a great little Sushi restaurant on the other side of the road. Cross over, go left (towards the bridge) and it is in a little mall (just before the 7/11). Can't remember the name, its on the ground floor. Worth a visit.

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