My Trip home from New Zealand has been broken up by a 20 hr stopover in Bangkok, Thailand. I am in a cheap and cheerful Hotel called Thong Ta. It is clean, cool (really lovely to walk into your air-conditioned room at 2 am when it is 31 Degrees Celsius outside!), and best of all I can sleep! Ahh – the bliss of deep sleep after 14.5 hours night flying if, like me, you can’t manage the trick of sleeping with your knees around your throat. Seriously, the space allowed for passengers in an Emirates 777 Boeing is faaaaar too little!
My room was exactly like the one shown, and the bed was comfortable, the air conditioning effective, the Fridge well stocked (although only the 2 bottles of water were complimentary, I took the Thai Crisps for the kids to try).There is also free “high speed” wireless internet, which I found sufficient for email and browsing purposes but a little slow uploading to my blog, and not suitable for watching streaming you-tube or uploading to you-tube.
Check-in/check-out time is supposed to be 12 pm- 12 pm, but as I was checking in at 2 am and wanted to check out at 4 pm the same day, they didn’t mind accommodating me for that.
The cable TV was pretty much all Thai, with a few rubbish English channels, and the only English news channel being the Al Jazeera one, which went on and on about all the Riots here in Bangkok (which I have so far been totally unaffected by).
Breakfast was in a lovely little Garden area
… and was nothing fancy (well, you get the quality you pay for, and it was free!)
2 pieces of white toast (no offer of brown or wholewheat) with a pack of butter and Strawberry jam, a suprisingly perfectly cooked egg, some very cheap processed ham, a glass of fresh Orange juice, a coffee or tea (with powdered creamer and sugar, no milk) and a plate of rather refreshing pineapple chunks which were lovely considering the early morning (9 am) temperature of 35 deg C.
Also included in the price of the stay was a shuttle from airport to hotel, and a return shuttle back tonight.
The only negative to the whole experience was the periodically slightly noisy aircon. Usually it ran smoothly and quietly, but every now and then it made a noisy throttle sound. Not enough to wake me from a deep sleep, but enough to be annoying if you are awake.
The best thing about this whole adventure was the whopping £14.81 price tag for 1 adult for 1 night. Incredible value for money.
Would I recommend it for a longer stay in Bangkok? No, but for an excellent value quick stop-over, it was surprisingly good.