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Finally back in Bangkok and it doesn't feel like 3 months ago that we were here. We're staying in a completely different area to the previous visit to get a different feel to the city. We're staying in the more business area, with lots of malls and skyscrapers.
After the usual saga of accommodation mix-ups we settled, and planned some …
... br> In the evening, we finally managed to go out and visit Khao San Road which is - by the way - totally packed with people and it looks like the party never stops. We sat down to have a beer and were soon joined by two Irish guys. Their tactics was to convince us that they're not looking for a one-night-stand, Wrong, after 15 mintes they were already sticking their tongues in our direction. Fortunately, we were saved by another two Irish guys ...
... and dirt paths, with the railway line through the middle and main roads thundering around and above you. But everyone seemed friendly and pleasant, and Ja explained the people living here weren't poor, but chose to live there due to no taxes, short work commutes, and for the lorry drivers to have somewhere to stay during the long Bangkok rush hours when lorries are banned from the roads. Thai culture is less about looking at what others have and ...
... Westerner with the Thai hat” due to its combination of Western-style architecture and traditional Thai style roof and the Dusit Maharasat Hall a model of Thai royal architecture. Our last stop within the palace grounds was the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, a gift by the Queen to the people of Thailand and is in conjunction with a foundation she created in 1976 called SUPPORT that encourages the production of traditional Thai handicrafts. ...
... to hand in our applications. We decide on the 3 day service as we have enough time before our flight departs for Mandalay. Its been much easier then we anticipated and we keep our fingers crossed that there are no problems when we collect on Friday. - We head to the hotel that Hugo and Alexander have checked into. We grab a taxi and he drops us off nearby but we end up walking in the wrong direction and ...
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We pre-booked and paid for this hotel well in advance. However when we arrived they tried to put us in a twin standard room. I went down and complained, saying we booked a double. They insisted they were full and could I wait until the morning. They said we could move to a Deluxe double but pay another 300 baht! At this point I said this was unacceptable and it would be good service to give us the room without paying extra. After calling her boss, the receptionist agreed but practically throw the room key at me and walked off in a strop!
The new room ironically was next door - and EXACTLY the same, except it had a double bed. Well no not a double bed.. 2 singles pushed together with a double sheet over the top!! I couldn't believe the cheek of it, but didn't have the energy to argue anymore. The TV didn't work, and they never got it fixed, even after continuously asking them. The mattress's were rock hard and the pillows were like stones, I had to have them changed as I had terrible neck ache from the first night trying to sleep on it. Again, I had to ask 2 different times to 3 different people. Their English is so poor I had to go get the pillow to show them! They also have a nasty habit of laughing at you when they don't understand, and giggling and chatting in Thai about you when you're stood right there!
The air con in the room is deafening as the entire unit is inside and it was almost worth not having it.
Worst of all besides the awful facilities, was as previously mentioned the awful staff. We asked one morning if they could call us a taxi - it was Songkran and we didn't want to get wet on our way to a fancy meal. They said they couldn't. Are they completely incompetent?? I believe so.
The location was good near the malls and skytrain. The place is uncomfortable and overpriced - depends how desperate you are for the location as to whether you can deal with staying there.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.