I am planning to take my family ( 4 adults, 1 child, aged 8 -78!!) on a beach holiday to Thailand preceded by 3 nights in Bangkok in March/April 06. I am completely bewildered by the array of hotels/appts available and also not sure about the area (Riverside or Sukhumvit?). We want culture, atmosphere, tradition, markets, shooping, good food, a pool and prox. to Sky Train on a budget of max. USD 100 per room per night and no sleazy bars next door. Currently swaying between Centre Point Silom (Riverside) and Bel-Aire Princess (Sukhumvit) but also very intrigued by Julie23's House by the Pond. Any advise and suggestions would be very welcome.