Friday, November 29, 2013

Big Protests in Bangkok - Areas to avoid -
How you can travel

November 29:
Many Countries now warn their citizens to avoid some areas in Bangkok, where big anti government protests are held. Among these Countries are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Norway and United Kingdom according to Thai PBS. The protests are held in the government area around Democracy Monument. Some important tourist attractions as The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Phra Athit and Kao San Road have so far not been affected. A Google Map by Richard Barrow shows the protest areas.

Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport have so far not been affected by the protest and are operating normally. Due to the closure of important roads it might be difficult to reach some areas of Bangkok. There could also be a taxi shortage. Suvarnabhumi Airport advised travellers to be there three hours before departure. It's advisable to use the Airport Rail Link to reach Bangkoks city center. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho are easily to be reached by Skytrain and Chao Phraya Express Boats (change from Skytrain Saphan Taksin station, walk to Central Pier Sathorn). Like this you avoid traffic jams.

Fore more informations about the protests follow Bangkok Post and The Nation. Tourism Authority of Thailand publishes daily updates with maps, where the demonstrations are taking place.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Ferry between Koh Larn and Pattaya sinks
- Seven People die, Thais and Foreigners

After the sinking of the ferry between Koh Larn and Pattaya new questions abourt safety standards in Thailands public transport have been raised, as AFP reports. Police said that apart from the dead, all of the 150-200 others on the boat - including many Russians -- were believed to have been rescued. Nineteen people were injured. But nobody knew how many people were on board. "There's no head count", said a European working in the marine tourism industry in Pattaya. He added: "The boats are very old. There's no maintenance."
On Monday divers are going to recover the boat. On Pattaya's main pier the usual business was taking place on Monday. Double-decker wooden ferries were preparing to take tourists for cruises.

Seven die as Pattaya ferry capsizes, reports Bangkok Post. The tourist double-decker ferry from Koh Larn to Pattaya capsized about 100 metres off the main Bali Hai pier in Pattaya Sunday evening. More than 100 passengers were injured, about 10 seriously, including a nine-year-old Thai boy. Read more.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bangkok Neighbourhoods Guide: Phra Nakhon พระนคร 2

Guesthouses in Phra Nakhon พระนคร

See the locations on Phra Nakhon Guesthouses Google Map

Baan Chantra - Hidden Gem: From 2200 to 3500 Baht. 120/1 Samsen Road. Traditional Thai home from 1936, a five minutes walk away from Khao San Road. Furnished in antique woodden style and wireless internet in the rooms. It's location is Samsen Road, quite busy road in Old Bangkok (Banglampoo), so there is some noise, if you have a room to the street side, but there are also rooms to the courtyard. It's not far from Pra Athit Road with many good restaurants and from attractions like Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Baan Chantra has good reviews on And here you see their Map and a picture by annespells. Read more and see nice pictures on

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Baan Dinso บ้านดินสอ: From 1400 Baht. 113 Soi Silp, Trok Sin, Dinso Road. Baan Dinso is a boutique hostel with nine rooms, decorated with 1950’s Thai house style. “Like an oasis in this busy city”, writes mumunoi, who shows a serie of pictures. Or see the slideshow by Thammagasorn. Good reviews on

Baan Dinso

Picture © Dave and Julie Palmer

Bamboo Guest House: From 150 to 250 Baht. 67 Samsen Soi 1. Read review on and And a picture of room and the house.

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Barn Thai Guesthouse: From 200 Baht. 27 Trok Mayom. 80 years old teak house. Grandma takes care of you. Read review by Scott Murray

Boworn BB: From 600 Bath. 335 Phra Sumen Road. Accommodation is "no frills", but clean, safe, backpackerish", notes

Donna Guesthouse: From 200 to 350 Baht. Clean, quiet. Read review on

Lamphu House: From 400 Bath and from 630 Bath with aircon. 75 Soi Rambutri. "Good, simple, cheap guesthouse" according to many reviews on

Pictures Lamphu House (1) and hankoss (2)

New Siam Guesthouse II: From 690 to 840 Baht. 50 Trok Rong Mai, Phra-A-Thit Road. Basic rooms, quiet with a small pool. Good reviews on

New Siam Riverside: From 1390 to 2290 Baht. 21 Phra Athit Rd, Banglamphu. Beside the Chao Phraya River, riverside rooms offer a great view. There is a swimming pool. A restaurant is under construction. See pictures on First reviews on are good. See a video of the pool area.

View from the New Siam Riverside. Picture © Elizabeth

Old Bangkok Inn - Hidden Gem: From 4000 to 9000 Baht. A charming nod to the past. The 10 rooms, including lofts and suites, are furnished wqith Thai golden teak and individually decorated in Thai floral themes: Lemongrass comes with an tropical garden, Jasmine has painted murals, and Orchid a four-poster bed, hanging oil lamps and rose-colored walls. Many rooms are even decorated with hand-painted porcelain. Old Bangkok Inn wants to be a green hotel: Alle the hot water comes from a solar water heater system. More on their green philosophy. The historic building is located in Bangkok's Rattanakosin Island, on Phra Sumen Road, near Democracy Monument and some steps away from Phan Fah Boat Stop, where you can get the Water Taxi on Klong Saen Saep, a short ride to may Bangkok attractions. See theirMap. And read the review of The Independent.

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Picture © Ruth

Rice Suite in Old Bangkok Inn

The Lobby. Picture ©:A.L:♂

Lemongrass room. Picture © belldesign

Phiman Water View Guesthouse: From 400 Bath. 123 Samsen Soi 5. Quite critical reviews on

Prasuri Guesthouse: From 200 to 400 Baht. 85/1 Soi Prasuri. Quiet place north of Democrazy Monument, rooms on four floors, Internetcafé with thai-western food. Read more and see pcitures here

Queen Suriya's Castle: 1700 Bath. 40/1 Samsen Road Soi 2. Two rooms with private balcony. Very good reviews on Guests like the very personal and friendly service. See picture by Rob1988

Samsen5 Lodge: From 1200 Baht. 58/1 Soi Samsen 5. Three rooms with a small shady courtyard and reading room. Good reviews on and in The Nation.

Samsen 5 Lodge

Sam Sen Sam Place: 48 Soi Samsen 3, Samsen Road. Tucked away on the quiet soi, but within easy walking distance of restaurants or Khao San Road. In a traditional teak house. Simple small rooms, very clean, airt condition, some rooms with bath, others witz bath to share. Very good reviews on See pictures by Kittnrob, Magnoliafields, tflatval

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President Suite. Picture © Jeff

Shanti Lodge: From 400 to 1950 Baht. 37 Sri Ayuthya Road Soi 16. Surrounded by plants and trees. Restaurant with vegetarian menue. Penthouse with a tropical roof top garden for 1950 Baht. Some rooms have bamboo walls, so you are not too much separeted from your neighbours. Some critics about staff in reviews on, but not by all guests. Background about Shanti Lodge you find here

Picture © Wasaga Dave

Picture © Elizabeth

Penthouse with roof top garden

Siam Oriental Inn: From 280 Bath. 190 Khaosan Road. See pictures by Tscheburaschka

Sri Ayuttaya Guest House: From 350 to 500 Baht. 23/11 Sri-Ayutthaya Road Soi 14. House of wood and bricks. Relatively quiet place. Good reviews on and Lonely Planet

Tavee Guesthouse - Hidden Gem: From 280 to 400 Baht. 83 Sri-Ayutthaya Road Soi 14. A quiet location near Thewet Pier. Good reviews on and and Pretty pictures by DragonFlies

Picture © Magdalena

© Magdalena

Villa Guesthouse: 230 Soi Samsen 1, Th Samsen. An old Thai house run by an old lady and her brother. A dark wooden interior and a tropical garden. Ten fan rooms with shared bath rooms. "Ask for the double room upstairs", say Rena and Tom, who show pictures. See also the gallery of Rene S, margauxrainbaux and taylorandayumi.

Wild Orchid Villa: From 800 Bath. 8 Soi Chana Songkhram. 90 rooms. Reviews on show, that rooms can be noisy and in different size.

Picture DaVrolik
Rooms on the rooftop. See also this picture: Wild Orchid Villa from outside by misaothegenius

Boutique Hotels in Phra Nakhorn พระนคร: Charme and Design

See the locations on Phra Nahkhon พระนคร Hotels Google Map

Phranakorn Nornlen - Hidden Gem: Hidden oasis with organic food and very Thai. And nearly on top by ratings of Read more about slow life in Bangkok

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Buddy Lodge:From 2000 to 2400 Baht. 265 Khaosan Road, Taladyod, Pranakorn. Nice pool on the fifth floor. Good reviews on

The Pool

Feung Nakorn Balcony: From 1650 Bath. 29 Soi Fueang Thong, Fueang Nakhon Road. A 4 story building, which has been converted from a local elementary school with cozy open-air TaNao Bar & Restaurant and a peaceful garden with a Koi fish pond. There are 4 suites, 30 standard rooms and 4 shared dorm rooms.

Picture by The Travelista

Lamphu Tree House: From 900 to 1800 Baht. 155 Wanchat Bridge, Phachatiptai Road, Phranakhon. Lamphu Tree House has a small swimming pool and roof-top area for relaxing and sunbathing. Guests love this new hotel according to reviews on

Picture Lamphu Tree House

Picture Lamphu Tree House

Siamese Views Lodge: From 1400 Bath. 211/21-23 Soi Damnoen Klang Nuea, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road. Good reviews on

Picture by Siamese Views Lodge
Ratchadamnoen Room

The Asadang: From 3200 Bath. 94,94/1 Asadang Road. The guesthouse in an old shophouse - built during the reign of Rama V - offers 9 rooms, the owners - both architects - have restored it in the traditional way and decorated it with Thai fabrics and antique furniture. The Asadang is located at the corner of an alley called Soi Phraya Si, that runs alongside the Khlong Ratchabophit Lot, connecting the two historic roads, Asadang Road and Fueng Nakorn Road. Each room has a local name from "Bangkok Noi" to "Ratchabopit" and is presented very carefully on the homepage. So you are advised, that you will have "Footstep noise from room upstair" in the "Bangkok Noi" room on the ground floor, that some rooms have view to the main street or that there is a small spiral stair up to "Ratchabopit", from where you have a balcony with view to the Ratchabopit temple.

Asadang Suite. Picture by The Asadang

Balcony with view to Ratchabopit temple. Picture by The Asadang

The Bhuthorn: From 3200 Bath. 96 – 98 Phraeng Bhuthorn Rd. Three guestrooms in shophouse from 1906 in Samphraeng, in the heart of the Old Town of Bangkok, decorated in colonial style. The owners are the architects Chitlada and Direk Senghluang. Execellent reviews on Read more and see detail pictures on Limzhu Photography. And check the review by

Picture Bhuthorn

Picture by Xin Li 88
The Bhutorn Suite

Picture Bhuthorn
Salpasart Room

Picture by Xin Li 88
Nara Suite

See more pictures of The Bhutorn on Pok Pok and Away!

Discover, what you can find nearby on Good morning old Bangkok 2

Hotels in Phra Nakhon พระนคร

See the locations on Phra Nakhon พระนคร Hotels Google Map

Phra Nakhon พระนคร
Subdistricts and historic places: Banglamphu บางลำพ, Khao San ถนนข้าวสาร, Rattanakosin รัตนโกสินทร์, Phra Borom Maharatcha Wang พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Wang Burapha Phirom วังบูรพาภิรมย์, Wat Ratchabophit วัดราชบพิธ, Samran Rat สำราญราษฎร์, San Chaopho Suea ศาลเจ้าพ่อเสือ, Sao Chingcha เสาชิงช้า, Bowonniwet บวรนิเวศ, Talat Yot ตลาดยอด, Chana Songkhram ชนะสงคราม, Ban Phan Thom บ้านพานถม, Bang Khun Phrom บางขุนพรหม, Wat Sam Phraya วัดสามพระยา

De Moc Hotel From 1600 to 2000 Baht. 78 Prajatipatai Rd. If you don't take a superior room, it may be, that your window looks out to a wall. Quite good reviews on

Picture by De Moc Hotel De Moc Pool

Navalai River Resort: From 2100 Bath. 45/1 Phra Athit Road. The best rooms with balconies towards Chao Phraya River. Many good restaurants around and pier for Chao Phraya River Express just in front of the hotel. Very good reviews on

Picture marhas View from Navalai River Resort across Aquatini Restaurant, Phra Athit Pier and Chao Phraya River

New World Lodge Hotel: From 990 to 1760 Baht. Quite good reviews on

Picture by New World Lodge Hotel

Rajata Hotel: 1000 Bath. 46 Samsen Soi 6.

Novotel Siam Square: From 5300 to 10600 Baht. 392/44 Siam Square Soi 6 Rama I Road. Mixed reviews on

Picture by Novotel

Royal Hotel: From 1050 to 1550 Baht. There are rooms, where you have a stunning view to the Grand Palace. Guests love the pool. Quite good reviews on Historical pictures you see on

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Sourire@Rattanakosin Island: From 1500 Bath. Quiet location in a side street, close to attractions, very good reviews on

Picture by Sourire@Rattanakosin
Exekutive Room

Swissotel Nai Lert Park: 2 Witthayu Road. From 4800 to 87500 Baht. A five-story, low-rise hotel set in eight and a half acres of tropical trees and flowers, featuring a Thai-style canal and a majestic landscaped garden. Guests love the rainforest-like pool-area. "You don't think you are in a crowded city when you relax around this big pool", writes one guest on

Trang Hotel: From 1400 Baht. 99/1 Wisutkasat Rd. Some renovation work is going on. Mixed reviews on

Viengtai Hotel: From 2000 to 5000 Baht. It can be noisy, if the room faces the street becaouse of the music in the area. Read reviews on

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Bangkok Neighbourhoods Guide: Phra Nakhon พระนคร 1

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bang Krachao บางกระเจ้า - the lungs of Bangkok

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You need a break from the polluted air in the city? Bang Krachao บางกระเจ้า is a peninsula in Chao Phraya River opposite to Klong Toey in Phra Pradaeng พระประแดง district. It is nicknamed the lungs of Bangkok because of its greenery and pristine mangroves. Most of the villages in Bang Krachao are situated along Chao Phraya and the main canals. The houses on the river are built on stilts - as prevention against floods. You reach the peninsula by ferry from Wat Klong Toei and discover a sudden slice of rural Thailand with slow life, bamboo-shaded creeks, old temples and miles of walkways leading through mango and banana plantations full of butterflies. A half-day trip to Bang Krachao can be arranged through Recreational Bangkok Biking. You can choose from a bike tour or a combination of hiking and transport in a pedicab (read more: Biking in Bangkok). Some families offer homestay. You can also visit Sri Nakhorn Khuan Kan, which is a natural and quiet park. Read more about Bangkrachao in Richard Barrows Blog about Bangkok Daytrips.

On weekends you can visit the Bang Nam Phueng Floating market - read more in the section Hidden and Famous Markets.

There were also guided tours to see fireflies after dark by local residents on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But travelers report now, they have heard, that last years flood has wiped out the Lamphu trees, that used to attract the fireflies. Earlier you could call these numbers for reservation: 02 819 6762 and 02 461 3253. At the homestay in Bang Namphueng บางน้ำผึ้งโฮมสเตย์ สมุทรปราการ you can rent bicycles for 30 Baht a day. For information about the Homestay call Khun Arporn at +66 (0) 89-807-2501 or Khun Mali at +66 (0) 81-347-3997. Read also the review by Bangkok Post. And read about popangza's tour.

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About more possibilities read here.
Read also: Bang Krachao property boom threatens city's 'lung'

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