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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 …
Our taxi driver became hopelessly lost in the maze of streets of Chongnosi in the outer reaches of this sprawling city - otherwise everything went off without a hitch. We arrived fifteen minutes late and in a sweat. We apologized profusely to the smiling receptionist. No harm done - just a dollop of misunderstanding and a smidgen of the all important loss of face. Tillleke & Gibbins is Thailand's oldest law firm and specializes in intellectual-property law, patent ...
... a further 500,000 homeless so the poverty is very obvious, with kids begging or stealing on the street. They are still recovering from the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot era.
Not knowing much about the history of Cambodia, a really informative, if extremely harrowing trip gave a good summary. Taking us to Tuol Sleng (or S21 - security station 21) a former school used as a prison and place of torture for suspected KGB and FBI spies. 17000 people went ...
... to the sky train, decided we might walk instead. The walk took in the now protestor-free royal gardens, which had been transformed India centre for running, keepy-uppy, gym sessions and aerobics (note to Tom: they were dancing to Rah Rah Rasputin :D ).
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Watergate Hotel Bangkok
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.