On my last trip to Bangkok I stayed in the Asia Hotel Bangkok, which is reasonably priced. Be sure you book your room to include breakfast, as it is very expensive to pay for breakfast separately in the hotel restaurant. The staff here aren't quite as friendly as those I've experienced in other hotels across Thailand and the pools are quite small (larger one on the 5th floor, little one on the 12th floor roof). The room is basic, but clean. We had a lovely view of the dirty roof of the building next door and the skytrain line from our window on the 5th floor - bleah.
This hotel is about 15 minutes away from the airport by skytrain. The airport shuttle service available has a porter meet you at the airport, assist you onto the skytrain airport line and then into a private car at the Phaya Thai train station at the other end to get to the hotel. This was about 400 baht.
They don't offer wi-fi internet access at this hotel. Rather, they charge you 200 baht for 20 minutes internet access on their ancient computers in the foyer at dial up speeds. Don't do this. Jump on the train to Siam Discovery (or walk - it's only 15 minutes). Several of the coffee shops offer wi-fi access. One of the coffee shops on the 6th floor has computers you can use at 50 baht for an hour of hi-speed access. This is a much better option if you need the internet access so you can work - like I do!!
The Asia Hotel is within easy walking distance of the MBK shopping mall (about 15 minutes walk). This is around 7 storeys high and is absolutely enormous. Some stalls will let you barter for cheaper prices. Shops and retail outlets won't. Keep in mind that business hours don't begin until 10am in Bangkok, so have breakfast before you go shopping.
On the second floor of the hotel is direct access to the skytrain inner city line, which takes you one stop away to the Siam Paragon mall - also enormous, but more expensive shopping than MBK. The skytrain line also takes you in the other direction straight to the Mo Chit station - which is where the enormous weekend Chatuchak markets are - the world's biggest outdoor market. If you go to Chatuchak, grab a map telling you where things are, as the outer ring of stalls are mostly second-hand goods. The new stuff, clothing, leather, accessories, shoes and handcrafts are located in the inner rings. Barter hard for any price you're given. If you can speak basic Thai numbers, you'll get better discounts.
The Asia Hotel does have a staff of drivers sitting in the foyer, willing to take you anywhere you want to go. A word of caution - no matter how much the drivers quote you, always negotiate them down to a more reasonable price before accepting. They'll argue, but it's very possible to cut them down to almost half of their original price. They eventually give in.
Walk from the second floor across to the other side of the road (via the skytrain platform and stairs) and check out the little restaurants across the road. They're much cheaper than the hotel restaurant and the food from the second little establishment on the left inside the little entertainment section is just lovely (hint, look for the menu board with "Bloccoli and Prawns" listed as a dinner item. LOL). There are also some seriously cheap cocktails available at the little bar next door to that, with very friendly staff.
If you walk out the front foyer of the Asia Hotel and turn right onto the main road, you'll find a little 7/11 shop right there for drinking water or whatever else you need. This is much cheaper than anything else you can buy from the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Bangkok Asia Hotel
- Asia Bangkok Hotel