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    A couple of days in BKK

    Having spent 3 weeks doing voluntary work in Cambo, my mate is coming to BKK in late June for 3 days. One of which will be spent having Dental work done at the Smile Dental clinic in Silom (13.728139, 100.535936).
    It's his first visit to BKK.
    Any recommendations for reasonably priced but comfortable accommodation in that area?
    Secondly he's asked me about BKK tours?
    You know the kind of thing; all the city sites in a day without getting ripped off kinda thing.
    I've no idea cos I avoid BKK like the plague, but if anyone knows of a reputable company that does a day tour of the city it would be good to help my mate out.

    p.s. he's not pirate, whore monger or drinker.

    Cheers.

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    p.s. he's not pirate, whore monger or drinker.
    Perhaps a man of God??

    Bangkok Churches - religious harmony in the land of temples

    Bangkok churches ? religious harmony in the land of temples

    Actually, that sounds quite an interesting tour, and I'm 100% agnostic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    p.s. he's not pirate, whore monger or drinker.
    Perhaps a man of God??

    Bangkok Churches - religious harmony in the land of temples

    Bangkok churches ? religious harmony in the land of temples

    Actually, that sounds quite an interesting tour, and I'm 100% agnostic.
    Whilst it is indeed an interesting idea I think not. He's a confirmed atheist and I think the more famous sites of BKK, the ones that everyone has to do sort of thing might be the go.
    Thanks anyway.

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    Just to add that I know there are loads of tours on the net but if anyone has personal experience and can recommend it would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    reasonably priced
    Which would be?

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    Take him down to the Taksin Pier pay? 1500 to 2000+ baht and go for a private boat tour of the Bangkok back water canals.

    Go south on the river under the Krung Thep bridge turn right through the lock and meander west before turning north and eventually coming out at the Headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy. Takes between 1.5 hours.

    First visit to BKK or first visit to Thailand? What days will he be here?
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Take him down to the Taksin Pier pay? 1500 to 2000+ baht and go for a private boat tour of the Bangkok back water canals.

    Go south on the river under the Krung Thep bridge turn right through the lock and meander west before turning north and eventually coming out at the Headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy. Takes between 1.5 hours.

    First visit to BKK or first visit to Thailand? What days will he be here?
    Now this looks good. I'd enjoy it myself.

    He arrives on the 23rd.
    The 24th he's seeing the Dental people.
    I'll be coming back to BKK from Darwin on the 24th and my wife will come down from CR so we'll meet up with him then.

    25th is free and our wedding anniversary so I reckon it'll dinner on a boat or a skyscraper.

    We'll all fly back to our respective home on the 26th.

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    A tour of bkk would be traffic torture. A trip on the river is essential. You could lunch at Lord Jim's buffet at The Oriental. Don't miss the foie gras.

    He'll know about the Grand Palace and whether or not he's keen, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
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    reasonably priced
    Which would be?
    Not sure yet but I'd imagine around AU$100 per night. So around the 2500-2600 baht a night.

    Not more.
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    Best not to book any tours until the dental is over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
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    reasonably priced
    Which would be?
    Not sure yet but I'd imagine around AU$100 per night. So around the 2500-2600 baht a night.

    Not more.
    Interesting exchange rate

    No wonder you could not arrange pies from Bangers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    A tour of bkk would be traffic torture. A trip on the river is essential. You could lunch at Lord Jim's buffet at The Oriental. Don't miss the foie gras.

    He'll know about the Grand Palace and whether or not he's keen, I suppose.
    Right. Hire a longtail and do a klong tour. Stop at Wat Arun.

    Go to the Grand Palace by taxi. Maybe Chinatown for dinner.

    Walking and shopping Silom and Sukhumvit at night.

    Thailand Cultural Center has a show.

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    You're right but I fixed it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Watson View Post
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    reasonably priced
    Which would be?
    Not sure yet but I'd imagine around AU$100 per night. So around the 2500-2600 baht a night.

    Not more.
    Interesting exchange rate

    No wonder you could not arrange pies from Bangers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    A tour of bkk would be traffic torture. A trip on the river is essential. You could lunch at Lord Jim's buffet at The Oriental. Don't miss the foie gras.

    He'll know about the Grand Palace and whether or not he's keen, I suppose.

    You're right a boat is definitely the way to go.
    Especially for me.

    Maybe Lord Jim's for dinner on the 25th?

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    I've never done it, but I've heard the dinner cruises along the river at night is supposed to be pretty cool.

    Chao Phraya River Cruise

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    Still over a month away.

    TD could plan a trip that would include boats, tuk tuks, motocys, taxis, mini vans, buses etc etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    Maybe Lord Jim's for dinner on the 25th?
    More expensive.

    We had the seafood buffet in the evening once.

    No complaints, but prefer the place for lunch.

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    Canal Tour.
    A day trip to Ayudtaya.
    Grand Palace.
    State Tower roof top for dinner.

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    @buddyriverside.com

    They also have a place close to Silom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria
    A day trip to Ayudtaya
    I've taken it several times acting as a tour guide for visiting friends. Bus up to Ayudtaya early morning back afternoon by boat with buffet. Highly recommended.

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    He should stay in the Atlanta Hotel, they know how to keep the riff raff out.

    The Atlanta also does not welcome undomesticated people – the sort of people who do not know how to sit on a chair or at table, who do not know how to behave, and whose appearance and manners are so disgraceful as to bring disrepute upon their own countrymen. Their presence puts other people off. These undomesticated people should stay home lest the Thais take one look at them and say, "Mother, father no teach", which is one of the most opprobrious reflections that can be made about a person in the Thai idiom.

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    Atlanta is far from Silom cuda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    I've never done it, but I've heard the dinner cruises along the river at night is supposed to be pretty cool.

    Chao Phraya River Cruise
    I'm sure they are OK but you can't see anything! Outside is dark and inside or desk is illuminated so wrecks one's night vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    I've never done it, but I've heard the dinner cruises along the river at night is supposed to be pretty cool.

    Chao Phraya River Cruise
    They are pretty sweet, actually. And I'm an anti-tour kinda' guy, typically.

    The last time I went (maybe 2 years ago), the food was top notch (if fine dining/fusion is your thing), the host was a genteel bloke who had worked as a writer for Natl. Geo and spent many years in SEA doing various NGO type stuff. Man was breathing knowledge on every historic and modern site we drifted by.

    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    I'm sure they are OK but you can't see anything! Outside is dark and inside or desk is illuminated so wrecks one's night vision.
    Had no problem with this. As I'm sure you know, Wat Arun, etc. have spectacular night-time light set ups...

    There was one single table at the back (away from the hordes)...perfecto. (exhaust wasn't an issue)

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    My colleagues booked one once for new recruits. It's worth doing for newbies...if it's not pissing down as it was that evening.

    Many sights like Wat Arun are lit, of course.

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