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We're back tracking a bit here. It was nice in Bangkok at the Old Bangkok Inn to have a computer and internet in our room. We could keep up nicely with the blog. We are now about 30 miles out in the Andaman Sea on Ko Phi Phi. While not as rustic and remote as that may sound, it has not been as easy to keep up to date as you all know. Throw in some …
The day began well before dawn on the Chao Phraya River. 5am is the only time in Bangkok when the temperature is bearable outside and the chaos of street life and traffic is non existent. Very peaceful. Our adventures were to take us up the river about 40 minutes to a floating market. After some back and forth between ourselves an old man who spoke …
Touchdown in Thailand, our home for the next 8 days today at 11 am. Found our way through Bangkok traffic in our friendly cab to the Old Bangkok Inn near the old part of the city. Very nice place, lots of character. Small room, but very cool. We'll post pictures later. YOu can look it up online also, google Old Bangkok Inn. Heading out to Kao San …
... has been very peaceful. So no need to worry. We went on a dinner cruise tonight. We nearly missed the boats due to police having to close roads down because of the protestors. The driver who took us there was a pretty thrilling ride! We were going the wrong way up streets and all sorts. The boat took us up and down the river. There were traditional Thai dancers and singers. We had a buffet on board. Jill ...
... and make a speech. It is strangely reassuring that they seem to sound and look just like our lot at home. It does not matter that we can`t understand a word which, on reflection, makes it even more like being at home.
Having read the Bangkok News it appears that this rally was just a practise for the real event which will be in a couple of weeks. The plan is apparently to close Bangkok down completely. As it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Bangkok Inn
Great little hotel
We have stayed at the OBI. My wife and I had a room and my daughter another. I would echo everything positive that other reviewers have written.
I would recommend using the hotel's own transport to get from the airport as taxi drivers in Bangkok have little local knowledge and are unlikely to find the hotel with just the address. Most taxi drivers do not speak or read english or maps. Once there, the hotel provides little cards with a picture of the nearby landmark - The Democracy Monument - and hand written Thai instructions, to give to your taxi driver. If you are not going to be met by the hotel's driver I would try asking for one of these cards by post in advance.
Very nice place. Excellent breakfast. Superb service. To get there: order the car from the hotel in advance, slightly more expensive than taxi, but very much nicer and quicker with excellent female driver.
I will admit to initial suspicions at the highly rated reviews on TripAdvisor, but decided to risk it, and am delighted to report 2 great, seperate stays at the inn. I think the price is very reasonable: accomodation in Bangkok seems to polarise into expensive high-end hotels, or back-paking hovels, with most things in between being overpriced back-packing hovels. The Old Bangkok Inn is in a different league altogether.
If you like a hotel to be more like a home, then you'll love the Old Bangkok Inn. Located on Rajadamnern Avenue, smack in the middle of the Thai capital's historic quarter, this snug little property has just eight individually appointed rooms. Patronne Nantiya Tulyanond can't resist cozy touches such as daily homemade cakes and nightly pillow presents. And her son Joey has been known to lead impromptu tours around the major landmarks of the neighborhood, from the Democracy Monument to the gentrifying nightlife of Khao San Road.
Conde Nast is clearly in love with this place and we can see why. We stayed with OBI for a few days at the end of May and we loved it. It is a wonderfully quiet, charming place just 5 minutes away from the madness of Khaosan Road. The rooms are beautifully decorated with unique decorations, tastefully put together. Nantiya, the proprietress, is utterly charming. She is very 'hands on' and one gets the sense that she is making a huge effort to ensure that every guest has a pleasant stay. We loved the nightly presents and the hand written cards each day - they really made us feel welcome. Moreover, Nantiya provided very good recommendations for places to eat/drink/visit/etc; we never got the feeling that there were any ulterior motives for her recommendations. Instead we felt as though she was really trying to tailor her recommendations to what we might enjoy. I would go back in a heartbeat.
In researching where to stay in Bangkok, my boyfriend and I wanted something less pretentious and expensive than the 4 and 5 star hotels but class and style and personality that cannot be found with 2-3 class hotels. Skeptical of guest houses in Asia I didn't' think there were many option.
My wife and I stayed at the Old Bangkok Inn at the beginning and the end of our recent Thailand vacation. Bangkok is a big city with big traffic problems. The OBI is ideally situated for the must-see historical sites as well as being three ferry stops from the Jim Thomson house, the Siam Square shopping experience and SkyTrain. The OBI is an oasis of calm in the frenzy of the city.
I visited the Old Bangkok Inn based on a travelers forum on this website. I was looking for a lowkey but personable hotel for my frequent trips to Bangkok.
Fantastic and personlised service. Great breakfast with local fruits in season from Joey's mom. She also provided her many insights and tips into Bangkok one does not get staying at a hotel. Location-wise: Not too far from the city/shopping via the rivertaxi though the inn is near to where the locals shop instead, if one is interested in that. Will definitely return to stay at the Inn next visit.
WOW! Great service, great food, great rooms AND great value! I almost don't want to write this and let the word get out! An 8 room, upscale inn in old Bangkok. We didn't want to leave. You can pick your room according to plant) - jasmine, orchid, etc. Some rooms are lofts, some have a private garden, plus highspeed internet in every room, DVD players plus a generously stocked DVD and book library, A/C, awesome bathrooms and decor. All for less than $60 when we went (October). Friendly, helpful guidance from the owner and her son. We enjoyed getting to know them, too. The day after we stayed there and moved on to Phuket, the inn got a glowing review in a Bangkok paper. The ONLY downside is no bathtubs, but the showers were great with customized toilettires according to your room. Oh and the location is a little far from the main shopping areas of Bangkok and it is not near a Skytrain. There is the KahoSan market and a few restaurants nearby however. Chinatown is walkable. Also, you can walk to the ferries, and taxis are cheap - cost us less than $10 to get to the main shopping throughfares in Silom. Ideally located however for those who want to see all the cultural and historical sights. Next time I go to Bangkok I will stay there.