Wednesday, September 11, 2013
the bed, the breakfast
Now that the flights are booked, all we need to do is read and research, research and read some more, and arrange accommodation for the first few nights in Bangkok. We are "op de bonnefooi" travelers, which translates, apparently, as "haphazard", but which really means that we plan as we go. When we're on the road, deciding today where to go and where to stay tomorrow almost always works for us... but arriving in a huge city after a dozen hours in the air without knowing where we will sleep (or not: pesky jet lag.)? Ummm, no.
We have been in Bangkok before, and have always ended up in the Bang Rak area; being within walking distance of the Central Pier on the Chao Phraya is a total treat. The first time, we got lucky with an excellent rate at the Centre Point Silom; the second, we chose a budget option not far from there, which I didn't love.
This time, I'm looking more at inns/guest houses/tiny hotels, like Baan Pra Nond Bed & Breakfast, which looks lovely despite its location between busy roads, and the Loy La Long Hotel, which looks like a bit of heaven on earth to me. It was also recommended by travelfish.org - my resource of preference for everything Southeast Asia. The first is in an area we know well, is priced reasonably, has great reviews, AND a little swimming pool. The second looks simply sensational in every way, but is a bit over budget.
Maybe I need to book accommodation not only for the first couple of days, but for the last couple of days, too, as an extra special treat before returning home. It's "against our principles" - heh - but I think it might give us the best of both worlds, no?