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  1. Actually it wasn't spicy at all. Which is okay with me, as I'm not a fan of having things too spicy. As always, there were sauces/chilis available to spice it up if you wanted.
  2. Based on this thread, I took the Sky Train out to try Prachak for lunch. Got the roast duck and red pork on rice combo. Won't say it was life changing, but was still pretty good (and as noted, cheap). Note that if it's crowded on the first floor, there's more seating upstairs. Also I stirred my meal before I remembered to take a photo of it, so it may have looked better when they placed it on the table!
  3. Just got back from Chinatown. At night, Yarowat Road is lined with food carts on both sides of the road, and more carts are set up on the side streets, in addition to the regular restaurants. Truly a culinary adventure.
  4. I'm not a street food guy. My favorite meal was curry crab at Somboon Seafood, which I discovered when I went out to Huay Kwang to check out the soapys. They also have restaurants at a few malls around town. While not a Thai thing, I really enjoyed the chicken rice at the food court in Amarin Plaza on Sukhumvit. Excellent sauce. Otherwise I mostly ate whatever caught my eye at the mall food courts. For dessert, I was a fan of the coconut ice cream at the stand at the Terminal 21 food court. On my first trip, I started in BKK and then headed out to Pattaya and Phuket. The whole fish I ate on the beach at Koh Larn opened my eyes to Thai seafood, so I'm sure I'll be eating more of that on my upcoming trip. I might even try the crab omelette at Raan Jay Fai! They say Thaisamai, next to Jay Fai, has the best pad thai in Bangkok, so you might want to try that.
  5. Probably the reason no one has answered is we're all too busy eating more interesting dishes than pad thai when we're in Bangkok! But I just did a little research and you're right, the most famous pad thai shops and stands use a tamarind sauce...
  6. Not so sure about that. While the Doubletree is a little fancier, on the same soi, you can get the Hotel Solo for $ 44 a night and the Hotel Icon for $ 59 (via Hotels.com).
  7. The airport link train stops service at 24:00/12 midnight. But the skytrain you need to connect with stops a little earlier. So if you can get on the Airport Link by 23:00, you should be fine. But any later, take a taxi. I don't think the traffic that late from the airport is that bad.
  8. Don't know how the changeover in name of Majestic Grande will affect things, but previously Majestic Suites and Majestic Grande had the same owner. In fact, you were welcome to use the pool at the Grande if you were staying at Majestic Suites, which has no pool. Majestic Suites is not too impressive. The room was okay, but I thought the bathtub was kind of high to get in and out of and the view from my window was a wall. However, the price is pretty low. All these hotels have entrances through the lobby. You walk in, have the girl check in at the front desk, then take the elevator to your room. Whether you bar fine out of one of the go-go's in Nana Plaza or meet a freelancer on the street or in one of the Soi 4 bars, I don't think discreet is the word I'd use to describe it. More like a carnival...
  9. On Soi 2, Majestic Grande is very nice. I stayed in Hotel Icon, a little less expensive but had a nice room with safe and refrigerator. There's an infinity pool on the roof.
  10. My first advice is that Walking Street is in Pattaya, while Nana is in Bangkok...
  11. I thought Majestic Suites was nice enough, low priced and just around the corner from Nana. Had a bathtub/shower combo which it was hard to get in and out of. They let me stay until six at night on my last day for half price, which was very helpful as I had a night flight. No pool though. I also stayed at Hotel Icon on Soi 2. Nice rooms. Infinity pool on top of the building. You can easily cut across the Rajah Hotel parking lot to Soi 4 where Nana is located. Usually find the price for a room to be around $ 50 a night. JW Marriott would be a big step up, although more expensive, as would the Majestic Grande, both on Soi 2.
  12. Not really. I guess it is if you want a fancy lobby to walk through, but I had a perfectly fine room at Hotel Icon a little further up the soi for $ 50 US, complete with Infinity pool and a shortcut to Nana through the Rajah Hotel parking lot. Also stayed a few nights at Majestic Suites for even less money and was satisfied with that, especially since they charged me very little for a late checkout at 6 PM.
  13. If you want to save money, take a shared van from the airport. They stop midway to Patong at a tour office to find out the name of your hotel and try to sell you a tour but it only takes a few minutes. Then they drop you right at your hotel. On the way back to the airport, I had my hotel arrange a driver. Didn't cost much.
  14. The election was scheduled for February 24th and while that date has not changed, election officials have been quoted as saying they will postpone the election until March. There is a Thai holiday in February, Makha Bucha Day, which is celebrated on Feb. 19. Bars close on this day from midnight to midnight.
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