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    Bangkok trip

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    I just booked a flight to Bangkok over Loy Krathong with the wife. Nov 14 to Nov 25.

    Right now looking into booking a hotel.

    Short question, the Ibis Hotel Riverside looks good in the price range and location. Any reason to not use it? I would appreciate a quick short answer.

    Lots more questions for our stay coming soon.
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    Wrong side of river for me and ferries end at dusk

    As all hotels are good value location is always the reason for my my choice, Airport Hotel, Citrus or the tower in Amabassador Soi 11 the basic rooms pretty shabby now for Sukhumvit with that wobbly aroma.

    Clean aircon taxis are everywhere and most use the meter but it can take hours across town so I usually choose hotels close to my interests Skytrain MRT in walking distance, of course after midnight roads are good and at 2-3000 you can get a much better room in Huay Kwang Saphan Kwai or Ladprao

    My pick c 2500 baht for a double Mercure suits me, can walk into Fortune IT mall directly, MRT and CEntral across the rd Airport link 5 min walk

    https://www.google.com/search?q=merc...2!2i397!4f13.1

    I seldom visit tourist stuff mainly galleries IT Italian restaurants

    Many good comaprison sghts where you may read reviews

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    and for BKK specials I find Asiarooms and local traveloka have same rooms at superior rates or upgrades etc

    https://www.traveloka.com/en-sg/?def...=1507369178368

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    If you come again for Loy Krathong, maybe consider visiting Chiang Mai.

    You can celebrate both the water festival and the Lantern Festival ... Yee/Yi Peng





    As for the Hotel question, I've got nothing.

    I usually stay somewhere close enough to walk to the BTS

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    Pretty sure I stayed at the same hotel 18 years ago when it was called Maanam Riverside.

    Nice hotel and location although I was a noob at the time, prefer the rough and tumble of the Koh Sarn Road nowadays.

    Great central location and transport links to all the sights.

    Others maye beg to differ

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    f you come again for Loy Krathong, maybe consider visiting Chiang Mai.

    You can celebrate both the water festival and the Lantern Festival ...
    Yes, I have thought of this. We could fly to Chiang Mai at Nov. 22 and back to Bangkok on our departure day. The return flight is very late in the evening. Does Chiang Mai have the water festival with floating Krathongs?

    That would leave enough time for my wife to visit the temples and the shopping temples in Bangkok. Plus Lumpini Park with the lizards.

    I was in Bangkok for Loy Krathong about 40 years ago but did not see the lantern festival in Chiang Mai. Actually I did not even know about Loy Krathong when booking. I learned about it only in Bangkok, sheer luck, it was beautiful. Beautiful pictures of the lanterns, thanks.


    The Ibis Hotel Riverside is in walking distance of the BTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Nice hotel and location although I was a noob at the time, prefer the rough and tumble of the Koh Sarn Road nowadays.
    Not so much for the rough and tumble now, approaching 70 soon. But I will ask for my wife. She has never seen a sexy show and we want to change that. I personally prefer a girl in private, but that's not an option with the wife.

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    Your hotel is a short taxi ride to Pat Pong,should be a few entertaining shows on.

    Being by the river is a fantastic way to get around Bangkok and visit the sights.Hire a long tail boat for the day,great fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Hi all


    Short question, the Ibis Hotel Riverside looks good in the price range and location. Any reason to not use it?
    Yes. It's shit.

    I usually stay at Hilton or Chatrium just accross it. You can occasionally find good rates for it.

    No hotel boat. I don't know how far it is from the pier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Pretty sure I stayed at the same hotel 18 years ago when it was called Maanam Riverside.

    Nice hotel and location although I was a noob at the time, prefer the rough and tumble of the Koh Sarn Road nowadays.

    Great central location and transport links to all the sights.



    Others maye beg to differ
    Not the same hotel at all Chitty. The one you are speaking of is on the Bangkok side, the one T is looking at is over in Thonburi. It would be great but you have to take a shuttle ferry across to it. But its close to the Last BTS stop on this side of the river. Probably the best value of the riverside hotels. Seems fun to me with a cross river ferry daily.

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    Cheers for that AO, wasn't 100% sure.
    Twas a while ago.

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    YD is a bit of a hotel snob.

    Ibis is generally fine.
    If the chain (branch) is good in Saudi it must be A-Ok here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    YD is a bit of a hotel snob.
    He gets free coupons from millage and spending. In reality know next to nothing about Thai hotels...

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    Oh I think he can generally advise

    He has certainly stayed in enough of them(!)

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    its fine, went a wedding there a while back, close to BTS (10 mins walk?)
    enough ressies around etc.
    not my favourite part of town but thoroughly serviceable

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    Oh I think he can generally advise

    He has certainly stayed in enough of them(!)
    Pattaya and Bangkok. Pattaya we disagree big time. Argued in fact. Bangkok, no once again look at the source.

    Takeovers made a great choice for his stay in BKK, right on the river, pool on the river, and a river view room if he wants... Not going to knock your socks off but a good bang for the buck. A modern and well staffed 4 star hotel you can get deals on as they like to stay full year round..

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    Thanks for the advice. I have now booked the Ibis riverside. After I thought about going to Chiang Mai as well but skipped that. Maybe another trip.

    It has a shuttle service to the next BTS station which is about 1km away, a little too far for several times daily walks.

    A station for the river taxi boats very near. I think we will do a ride or two before we decide on doing a klong tour.

    Next on the agenda, besides the temples will be a good show of Thai traditional dances. My wife used to teach traditional filippino dances before moving to Germany. She now has her own amateur dance group mostly children of filipino german couples. They are occasionally called by the phil. embassy to perform on their behalf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Pattaya and Bangkok. Pattaya we disagree big time. Argued in fact. Bangkok, no once again look at the source.

    Takeovers made a great choice for his stay in BKK, right on the river, pool on the river, and a river view room if he wants... Not going to knock your socks off but a good bang for the buck. A modern and well staffed 4 star hotel you can get deals on as they like to stay full year round..
    Let's see..... how much did he pay?

    Anyway, I hope the OP avoids breakfast at Ibis. It's certainly one of the worst.

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    I pay 2000 baht/night.

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    @TO - Chiang Mai is nice and I think your wife would enjoy it. I went there in July and I liked it - slower pace than Bkk, lots of history (temples, etc) and nature stuff too. I flew Air Asia from CM to Bkk. Bkk to CM, I took the O/N train - have never been on a sleeper train so wanted to try it. But I've been on a sleeper ship, as I'm an island girl.

    Cheers and enjoy your vacay!

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    Katie, I quite like the train but it got slightly ruined when they introduced the alcohol ban in a knee jerk reaction to a one off event. Its still pleasant and i would recommend the 2nd class sleeper, Some good info on the website

    https://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @TO - Chiang Mai is nice and I think your wife would enjoy it.
    I was there about 40 years ago. I liked it a lot but it must have changed a lot since then. A few years later I was in Baguio also and somehow have them in the same category. Beautiful cities in the mountains.

    At the time I went to Chiang Mai by bus and enjoyed the experience. A funny encounter with a travel agency in Bangkok. They had a big sign up offering tourist bus tours to Chiang Mai. I inquired and they told me, yes we offer them but they are way too expensive. Just go to the bus terminal and buy a first class bus ticket there. They even wrote the address down in Thai to show the taxi driver.

    My wife is more eager to go back to Baguio. We went there together right after we got married. Being in Baguio in December she thought she knows now what cold is. She wants to compare here feelings now with that first visit.

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    Sooooo Takeovers ... how about a trip report?

    Couple of pics, some bla bla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Sooooo Takeovers ... how about a trip report?

    Couple of pics, some bla bla.
    I have checked the camera and loaded the batteries today. Will be in Bangkok over Loy Krathong. I will put up some photos for sure.

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