My Husband and I (early 30s) are going to Thailand end of Dec./ early January. We are going to stay in Bangkok for three nights at the beginning of our trip. We arrive in the morning (7 am) on the Dec. 29th. We are interested in seeing temples, floating market, and something fun for New Years Eve (any suggestions, a good place to see fireworks?), and want to stay somewhere walking distance to restaurants. We are not so interested in crazy nightlife or clubs or clothes shopping, but would be interested in souvenir/ gift shopping of unique Thai items.
Would Sukhumvit be a good area for us? Our budget is around $100 US. I have been reading reviews on TA and have a list of hotels that look interesting, would you recommend any of these? :
Park Plaza Sukhumvit
Four Points Sheraton
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit
Courtyard by Marriot
Or, the Banyon Tree Bangkok is more expensive (is it worth it)?
Also, we wanted to stay in maybe a different area our last 2 nights (flight leaves at 2:30 am), so want to stay somewhere convenient to airport where we can have a relaxing time (maybe a massage and some time by the pool and something else easy) before our long flights home. Ariyasomvilla looks really nice, but not sure if we want to pay that much when we won't be staying overnight the last night (I'm assuming we will need to leave by 11:30 pm or so?). Should we stay by the airport?
Thanks for your help!