Does anyone know of a budget hotel near the bus station in Bangkok that you could reccomend?
Which bus station, Ekkamai, Mo Chit or Sai Tai (Southern Bus Terminal) ? If you are unsure please state your destination.
We will be traveling from Pattaya, Which station would be the best for shopping?Edited: 9:55 am, January 20, 2013
There is a frequent bus service from Ekkamai Terminal to Pattaya. The terminal is easy to get to since there is a Skytrain station close by. I suggest you stay on Sukhumvit where Ekkamai is located. Actually, its an excellent area for shopping, all you need to do is take the Skytrain in the direction of Siam.
Any hotel near the Skytrain route will be okay. Perhaps Asoke or Nana area. The bus leaving from the Pattaya bus terminal on North Pattaya Road will end at the Ekamai bus terminal When you walk out of the bus terminal the Skytrain entrance is to the right. You can't miss the Skytrain because it will be the huge thing hanging over Sukhumvit Road!
If you walk out to the road and wave a MOVING taxi over the ride will be much cheaper than one of the parked taxis lurking at the front of the bus terminal. Don't get in any taxi until they agree to use the meter and also have coins and small bills. Same price for one passenger as for 4 pax.
What price is your "budget" price? For some tourists a budget price of only £50 is a good deal and for others the budget price they want is closer to 300 baht or $10.
For a little of everything my advice is a hotel in the Asoke or Nana area. You can use the Skytrain to take you to MBK, Chatuchak (if a weekend,) Siam area, combine with Rail Link and get to Suvarnabhumi Airport and combined with the subway even get to Hualamphong train station.
I suggest you to Siam, Pratunam or Sukhumvit area. These area are near BTS and shopping area, So I think Siam is suit for you to shopping, eating etc. It has lots of hotels also such as Novotel Siam, Siam Kempinski Hotel etc. Please see link below for more info.
Thank you all for your help and advise, much appriciated.
Here are some hotels near Ekkamai:
Lodge 61 Hotel, Nantra Ekamai Hotel, Bourbon Street Boutique Hotel, Pan Pacific Suites on Thonglor soi 8, Mini Hotel, Centre Point Thonglor, Oakwood Residence, 72 Ekamai Hotel, Tong Kao Hotel, Varindavan Park, and Oberry Resort, Grass Suites.
My wife and I have spent a night in Lodge 61, it's just across the road from the Ekkamai (Eastern) Bus Station.
It's only about twelve months old so everything is in good order.
When we walked in we were greeted by the owner, a large Thai with a pommy accent.
I think we payed 850ish.
I have plenty to choose from now, many thanks
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