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  1. Just starting some conversation here. What do you usually do during your first 6 hours after landing in Bangkok? Me: - Exchange cash in the BKK airport basement. Primarily for the convenience of doing it now rather than in the city. - Airport Rail Link into the city. I enjoy the views from the skytrain and it's a nice acclimatization to vacation mode. - Check in to the hotel. Coming from North America, I would've been traveling for ~24 hours. Shower, groom and all that. Admittedly this uses a lot of time. My upcoming trip I may just drop everything in the room and head out immediately. - Usually lunch next and usually at Terminal 21. Upcoming trip I'll be staying in the Chit Lom area so not sure what I'll do for lunch. - First fuck is usually a bj bar or massage. After ~24 hours on planes and layovers my body needs the pampering. On one trip I did an outcall first but had difficulty performing due to jetlag and physical tiredness.
  2. I like the Westin Sukhumvit. It's always in my top 5 hotels for consideration when in Bangkok. Lobby is on the 7th floor which means you (and the girls) walk past the ground floor doorspeople all the time. Definitely girl friendly (all Starwood/Marriott properties in Bangkok are from my experience). If using outcall agencies, the front desk does call your room to confirm that you're expecting a visitor, then after the girl leaves calls you again to make sure everything is okay.
  3. I have no idea. Girl #1 (freelancer I've seen on past trips) I met in the lobby and brought her up to my room as we've done this in the past. Girl #2 the agency called my room and let me know that the girl was waiting downstairs. Girl #3 the staff escorted the girl right to my room without calling me beforehand (I felt embarrassed because the girl turned out to be somewhat below average looking but oh well). I walked around the lobby cafe during breakfast and indeed the offerings did look good. I'm not as a big eater as I used to be just due to getting older. The buffet was very appealing though. Bar Su is on street level and open to the public. The street level entrance to the Sheraton is easy to miss. I've read reports on other forums saying that the freelancers in Bar Su are in the 4000-5000 range. I'm 95% sure that the Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit doesn't have a lounge for members. You get the lobby cafe buffet breakfast instead.
  4. This is a slightly more detailed review of the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit from my September 2018 trip report here: http://www.bangkok-addicts.com/forum/topic/8882-september-2018-trip-report-just-agencies-and-freelancers-this-trip/ Hotel overall: - Definitely would stay again. If the rates weren't so high, the Sheraton Grande would be my first choice in Bangkok. - Girl friendly without issue. - Room photos on Trip Advisor, Agoda and Booking are all accurate. - Luxury service and it shows. The hardware I can't say is luxury, but the service here was fantastic. Location: - Really convenient. Less than a 5 minute walk door to door to Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT. - Next door to the Terminal 21 shopping mall. Sometimes I'd get takeout and brought it back to my room. - In the immediately area at street level is a 7-Eleven and next door is Times Square with a Boots, Subway and Amazon Cafe. - Across the street is a Tops Supermarket and small food court, McDonald's, Robinsons and a tourist favourite massage place which tends to have an hour wait. - 10-15 minute walk to Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza, Sukhumvit soi 7, the clubs on Sukhumvit soi 11 and Sukhumvit soi 22 - Downside is that trying to find breakfast that wasn't McDonald's was a good 10-15 minute walk away. - A lot of ladyboys on this side of Sukhumvit Rd if you're into that. They weren't nearly as agressive as the ladyboys on the north side of Sukhumvit. Room: - Standard international hotel chain western style room. - Large, spacious and bright. Rooms have been undergoing renovations throughout 2018 though when looking at old and current photos I don't see much difference. - The bathroom is larger than my bedroom at home. - Shower is only large enough for one person to fit. - There's a separate bathtub as well. - Rooms face either north or south. My room faced north towards the Westin Grande Sukhumvit and Terminal 21. Rooms facing south have a beautiful view towards Benchakiti Park. Service: - A bit too girl friendly for my personal preference. Instead of guest services calling my room, the staff would escort the girl to my room. Though it depended on the staff working at guest services because sometimes I'd receive the call and then go downstairs to meet the girl myself. - On day three, housekeeping noticed all the girls I was bringing to my room (and I guess all the used condoms in the rubbish bin) and began setting out a second pair of slippers beside the bed and extra water bottles. - I checked out at 4:30 AM to make an 8 AM flight. The staff were good at checking out the taxi and driver before letting me go. The first taxi was hesitant about going to Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Sheraton didn't want me to take this one. But no other taxi was coming so I took the chance. Staff wrote down the details of the taxi on a Sheraton business card in case I got into trouble and could call them. Amenities: - The gym is well equiped. Don't think I ever saw more than 8-10 people there at any time. - There's a dry sauna and hot tub/whirlpool in the changerooms. Don't know why anyone would want to use these indoors in Bangkok when it's already 33* celcius outside. - Gorgeous unheated pool area. Lots of Instagram photos. Also really crowded. A lot of chairs in the pool area but pretty much every one is occupied from 10 AM to midnight. - Restaurant with a small menu at the pool which was pretty good. Typical western choices like burger, pasta, ice cream. Restaurants: - I saw the lunch buffets but didn't try it. It looked pretty good but was expensive, even with my 50% off discount. The dinner buffet looked even better. Additional thoughts: - I know tipping isn't required in Bangkok or Thailand but I do it at hotels anyways. I've found that tipping housekeeping daily does get me some extra amenities (without me just going to the housekeeping trolly and asking for them myself). I think for most people this doesn't matter and I agree with that as well.
  5. This is a slightly more detailed review of the Westin Grande Sukhumvit from my September 2018 trip report here: http://www.bangkok-addicts.com/forum/topic/8882-september-2018-trip-report-just-agencies-and-freelancers-this-trip/ Hotel overall: - Definitely would stay again. - Girl friendly without issue. - Room photos on Trip Advisor, Agoda and Booking are all accurate. - A mid range hotel though you could find other mid range hotels with lower rates if you don't need the larger room and hotel amenities. Location: - Really convenient. Less than a 5 minute walk door to door to Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT. - Next door to the Terminal 21 shopping mall. Sometimes I'd get takeout and brought it back to my room. - At street level is a Tops Supermarket and small food court, McDonald's, Robinsons and a tourist favourite massage place which tends to have an hour wait. - 10-15 minute walk to Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza, Sukhumvit soi 7, the clubs on Sukhumvit soi 11 and Sukhumvit soi 22 - Downside is that trying to find breakfast that wasn't McDonald's was a good 10-15 minute walk away. Room: - Standard international hotel chain western style room. - Large, spacious and bright. - Shower is only large enough for one person to fit. - There's a separate bathtub as well. - Rooms face either east or west. My room faced east towards the Terminal 21 complex and the hotel and apartment there. Not great if you like having the blinds open. Service: - Guest services called my room when girls arrived to confirm if I was expecting a guest, and called my room again after the girl left to see if I was okay. At first I didn't like how I lost my anonymity, but later thought my safety was worth it. - The lobby is on the 7th (or 8th?) floor by elevator, so from street level you're greeted by staff as well. Amenities: - Good variety of equipment, but only 1-2 of each. - The gym is well equiped but feels crowded if there are 12 or more people. The gym gets a lot of guests in the morning. - Salt water pool which seemed unheated. Large enough for both laps and casual playing. - Not enough chairs on the pool deck. I think only 10-12. None of the chairs offered any shade. Restaurants: - I saw the breakfast and lunch buffets but didn't try them. When in Thailand I try to have as much fresh seafood as I can. The Westin lunch buffet didn't have much seafood so I passed. Huge dessert selection though. - The lobby level cafe/bar has an outdoor bar-style seating area which gives you a nice view of Asok BTS. The barstools aren't all that comfortable but it's an enjoyable view of people coming and going from the BTS.
  6. Is the taxi from Suvarnabhumi to the Asok area or reverse still 400 baht? My hotel's site, the Westin, is saying that it's 800 baht each way.
  7. This review is a duplicate from my February 2018 trip report and cross-posted here. Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Location: At the end of Sukhumvit Soi 11. A good 10 minute walk from Sukhumvit primarily due to the uneven, narrow sidewalks and people. A bit of a hassle rolling my suitcase to the hotel. Across the street is Insanity club and that club whose name I don’t remember at Aloft Hotel. Across the other street is a pretty good 7-Eleven which stocks travel size toiletries if you need them. Breakfast: In the lobby and included free. It never got crowded enough that I wasn’t able to get a table to myself. I guess the hotel was far from being full. Not a huge selection really. Scrambled eggs, noodles or rice, baked beans, sausage, breads, cereals and fruit. The pastries tasted really bland. The coffee from the machine was surprisingly good. If you enjoy a good breakfast then I’d recommend going down the street to try one of the bars instead. Since breakfast was included with the room it was good enough for me. I wouldn't openly recommend it other than for that reason though. Room: My room was street-facing and the noise of the taxis and motorbikes came through as if there were no walls or windows at all. Non-stop outside noise from 9 am to 2 am. It was incredibly annoying. Couch, chair and mini fridge in the room. Bed was comfortable as were the pillows. The hotel itself only has 8 floors which means no good views no matter which room. Bathroom: Typical size and layout for Holiday Inn Express. Can accommodate two people at the same time though the sink, toilet and shower don’t have any separation or dividers. Girl-friendly: Yes. For the outcalls I had, some girls contacted me when they were in the lobby and I went down to meet them. No questions from the front desk. Other outcall girls the front desk had called me when they were downstairs and asked that I go down to bring them up. I then met the girls in the lounge area and they came up with me. The freelancers from the streets we just walked in together and no questions from the front desk. Did the walk of shame every time past the front desk and hotel guests. Two 300 ml bottles of water provided daily. Wifi averaged about 30 Mbps both down and up. Porn sites are blocked. I tried multiple times. Small gym is on the roof with 4 cardio machines and a bench with dumbbells. Not really enough room to accommodate more than 3 people. The dumbbells go up to 50 lbs. The floors don't have mats if you're thinking of using the free weights. Real oversight on the gym here. No pool. Self-service laundry in the basement. No signs indicating this. I saw an online review mention this so I went searching in the hotel. Uses coins and one hour each for washing and drying. I think the rates were 60 baht for the washer and 90 baht for the dryer. More expensive than outside, but here you don't have to leave the hotel and it'll be washed in an hour. Dry in another hour if you desire. I booked directly through the IHG site and used a Friends and Family code I have. Prepayment at time of booking (months ago) was required. No questions asked about my F&F discount. My experience with some other IHG properties is that this is a hotel-by-hotel basis where they may try to verify the F&F discount. This hotel didn't ask for the F&F discount claim form either.
  8. I've stayed at a number of Airbnbs in Tokyo and Hong Kong. I was going to for Bangkok as well but decided against it. - Hotels in Bangkok are pretty well priced compared to other major cities. I wasn't saving that much money. - I've yet to stay at an Airbnb that provided more than one mid-sized towel. At hotels you get all the towels you want. - I've stayed at Airbnbs where the provided blanket was no thicker than a towel. - I prefer the privacy of an Airbnb over hotels, but hotels have better security. - I've never been hassled at an Airbnb by other residents.
  9. Anyone try those bicycle tours or have any recommendations? I'm looking at Follow Me Bangkok because their meet up point looks easy to get to by BTS and their tours are half days (so I don't get all sweaty and burned in the afternoon).
  10. How often do you guys ever take the Airport Rail Link instead of a taxi or Uber? It's been many years since I was last in Bangkok, but it used to take me about the same amount of time (45 min) whether it was by ARL or taxi to get to Phrom Phong. ARL would be 82 baht while taxi I'd say 400 baht.
  11. I took the Airport Rail to my hotel the Westin Grande Sukhumvit by Asok last month. It cost me 75 baht (45 for the Airport Rail Link and 30 on the BTS from Phaya Thai to Asok) and took an hour (15 minute wait at Suvarnabhumi because I missed the train, 30 minutes to Phaya Thai and 15 minutes to Asok and the Westin). I exited the baggage pickup just ten minutes after my flight landed, but this was about 3 pm and rush hour. I taxi would have cost me ~300-350 baht and the same time. Pros: - A lot of space on the train if you're boarding at the first stop at Suvarnabhumi Airport. - Low cost of 45 baht to Phaya Thai. - You get a nice scenic view of Greater Bangkok on the ride in. Cons: - You have to carry your luggage down a lot of flights of stairs wherever you're getting off. I had to carry mine down six flights total. I'm pretty fit and the airport counter said it was only 18 kg, but carrying anything like a cumbersome rectangular case down six flights of stairs in 31-degree celsius humid weather hurts. Final verdict: - I would take the Airport Rail again BUT ONLY if I were on my own. The 200 baht saving paid for my dinner that night. With two of more people it's better just to get a taxi. I've stayed by Asok on both previous trips now so my location made it easier.
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