From a safety point of view, I doubt there is any difference between the two. After all the post office will handle your package, so if anything nefarious was going to happen, it will happen irregardless of who holds the package at the end.
Sending it to your hotel has the advantage of not having to go pick it up.
Is this something you need right away? Are you mailing something from far away? Will the cost of mailing something using some sort of expedited service cost more than just buying the item in Bangkok??
Will you be in Bangkok long enough for a package to show up?
From above link:
"If you don't yet have an address at which you wish to receive packages, then you can receive packages on hold at most branches of the post office. This is called the "poste restante" service. You should ask the sender to PRINT your name clearly, and underline it, too. It will probably be filed under your surname, but sometimes will be under the first name."
Of course no drugs or anything that will get you thrown in prison!
Will the Post Office hold an item for you ? Better verify that one, as never heard of that, though never asked.
Allow 2 weeks regular post. Anything else may be expensive, especially if using big name expediter, and as stated, is it worth the expense vs buying here. Many things get held up and inspected at Customs, so don't think of doing thing illegal along with added delay and expense (duty)
Be careful with what you send as it will most likely travel through the Bangkok International PO where it will be closely monitored , perhaps x-rayed, and you may have to go to the PO and explain why you sent something and what is it to be used for. I have had this experience and it is certainly no fun and it is a lengthily process. English is not common at the International PO!
You mean they didn't understand what a 'back or prostate' massager was.......555
If you are already in Thailand, it's easy to send something to Bangkok. We did this in March from Koh Samui - just went to the post office and a 7kg parcel and a weird, long size (a drawer front) cost around 350 baht, it arrived in Bangkok within 3 days. This was with EMS.
If you let your hotel know in advance and write on the parcel you are a guest checking in on xx date, it should be fine.
I think I'll use the poste retante service and pick it up at the central post office. Do you know what the address for the central post office is? I have heard several different ones.
Why can't you take it with you? How Big?
It's being delivered to me from outside Thailand. So they want a place to send it to that I can pick it up from. I'm trying to decide if there's a post office that's trustworthy to hold onto the parcel. Otherwise I'll get it sent to a hotel. But a hotel's not going to be used to holding onto parcels for a few weeks so I don't trust them in case they misplace it.