I booked Thong Ta because it was a cheap place near the airport and since our flight arrived after midnight I just wanted a place to quickly get to bed and crash. That was a mistake. We spent 20 minutes searching for the person the hotel sent to pick us up from the airport and then waited an additional 20 minutes for, I assume, another traveler who never appeared. By then we had wasted enough time to have taken a taxi into the city. We did not get to bed any sooner, and then wasted half of the next day getting to our "real" hotel inside Bangkok.
I encourage readers not to make the same mistake we did. Just get your hotel inside Bangkok (we loved the Eastin Grand), take a taxi (probably $30-40) to your hotel (or the very cheap metro if you arrive during the day) and sleep there so you can wake up the next day and start enjoying your trip.
Also, as others have noted, the staff members at this hotel are discourteous -- especially the female receptionist who wears thick eyeliner.
To be fair, the place did have it charm with lots of dark wood (teak, maybe) in its decor and whimsical decorations and figurines everywhere. But the only real upside to staying at Thong Ta was that we took hilarious pictures of all the warnings posted around the room about how much things cost if you break them. They even had a list of the room's inventory and the cost for damaging each item. If you have a dream of trashing a hotel room like a rock-star, this would be the place to do it because you can calculate in advance how much you'll have to pay in damages.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that the air conditioner sounds like a freight train.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thong Ta Resort is conveniently located less than ten minutes from the Bangkok International Airport. It is surrounded by the wonderful garden. With the kind smile of your hosts, you will be made to feel special and welcome to live out the holiday of your dreams. Enjoy your leisure time in and around the resort. Indulge in a traditional Thai massage at the spa, a meal of your choice at the pub or restaurant and shopping at Seacon Square, 30 minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thong Ta Hotel Bangkok