Bangkok: Great Value Hotel And Surrounding Area Tips

 Accommodation is two a penny in Bangkok from the basic but friendly family run guesthouses to the finest of hotels that could compete with anything around the world, but one of my favourite hotels for service and fantastic value is the Nasa Vegas Hotel. The Nasa Vegas Hotel is situated at 44 Ramkhamhaeng Road and I like it, because it has a very traditional Thai feel to it. The service every time I have stayed here has always been impeccable with a polite ”wai” from the door man each time you leave and return to the hotel and the staff at reception are equally courteous with a wai after each request or a room key drop off or collection. (See language note for an explanation on the ”wai”). Ramhamhaeng Road is about 15 – 20 minutes from Suvarnabhum airport.

The rooms are equipped with …..

  • satellite/cable T.V
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Bath and shower
  • Telephone

The Hotel also offers these facilities…

  • Restaurant ( serving good food from Breakfast through to Evening)
  • Landry Service
  • 24 hour security
  • Free usage of the health club
  • Snooker Table
  • Squash Court
  • Internet Facilities
  • Nice comfortable seating area in the foyer with Thai and English newspapers
  • Attractive tropical fish in tanks all around the foyer
  • All for the very reasonable price of  (690 Baht per night for a Deluxe room)

Front Of The Nasa Vegas Hotel

Health, Fitness And Relaxation

One of my favourite things about the hotel is you get free usage of the gym and health spa for each night you are booked in with the hotel. The receptionist will give you stamped dated tickets which you daily hand over to the health club assistant and after signing in with your room number you are permitted free use of the gym and spa. So you can have a run and a  work-out to burn off all that good Thai food and then relax in the jacuzzi for 20 minutes really great stuff.

Around The  Hotel Area

There is not a dramatic amount of things to see and do in the area of the Nasa Vegas hotel, but there are a good crop of food spots just down the road from the hotel. If you come out of the hotel front entrance and head straight down the road you have a few food vendors and restaurant type places on the right, a few more eating establishments by going down the road and turning left and a whole load of food vendors and a night food market straight on for about a 5 minute walk. Whichever way you decide to go there are a couple of rather big, fast-moving roads to negotiate so just be on your guard when crossing there. On three separate evenings we managed to eat at the vendors on the right at the night market and had a sit down meal by going down the road and turning left at a Chinese/Thai restaurant that served delicious Kwiy diaw noodles, spring rolls and a lovely Chinese dessert.  Across the road from the hotel is a relaxing Thai Massage venue an internet cafe and a family mart convenience store for anything that you might need.

Food Vendor In Ramkhamhaeng Making The Delicious Roti Pancakes

What Else Can I Find On Ramkhamhaeng Road

You would probably not specifically plan to go to Ramkhamhaeng Road as there is not an awful lot of attraction there for a visiting tourist, but it does have a major Cineplex if you have children and want to go and see a movie and also a big shopping centre. Ramkhamhaeng Road is also home to one of the biggest Universities in the world with two campuses and it was also the first to become an open university. It is said that the University was named in honor of King Ramkhamhaeng The Great Of Sukhothai who is credited with the creation of the Thai alphabet. Lots of sought after foreign professors teach courses here and the University also has studies for foreign students from all over the world. Other nearby areas are New Pheburi Road and also Sukhumvit Road which is about three blocks away.

My Rant

All in all this hotel is great value for all the things it offers and for the price it offers it at and seems to have everything available that anyone could want, but I still managed to meet a western gentleman who moaned to me about the size of his room not being big enough, someone had smoked near him and he could not wait to leave Bangkok, because of the traffic etc I managed to escape from him before I fell in to a deep coma or before I said something unpleasant. I actually love Bangkok warts and all and find it one of the most fascinating cities in the world to explore and I have visited a good few other Cities  around the world, but Bangkok is my favourite. It’s the city that never sleeps and the city that is packed with interest morning. noon and night. Yes it is easy to moan about the traffic congestion, the smog, the heat and humidity or the mosquitos, but wherever you go in the world there is always something to moan about. I find some people really strange as they travel to a foreign country to experience a difference and then moan when they don’t find things the same as back home…rather odd that, but as they say there’s nowt so queer as folk.

Language Note

In Thailand to moan constantly would cause you to have a reputation of a complainer.

  • To be a complainer   ( khii bon)    ขี้บ่น
  • To complain                 (bon)              บ่น

A ” Wai” is a gesture of respect and is carried out by placing the hands together as in prayer like fashion at chin height. This action is quite often accompanied by a ”sawatdii” greeting to mean hello or good morning. The two are always combined on meeting someone for the first time.

  •  Gesture of respect      (Wai)      ไหว้
  • Hello                                 (Sawatdii)   สวัสดี

 

Culture Note: Nong The Taxi Driver

I was talking to a taxi driver who drives in Bangkok but who comes from the North-East of  Thailand (Phak Isaan) about his daily duties.  The taxi drivers name was Nong and he works in Bangkok and sends money back to his wife and children in the North – East  and his story is typical of an everyday taxi driver from the poorer region of Thailand. Nong rents his taxi daily from one of the big Taxi firms here in Bangkok and collects the taxi everyday at about 4am in the morning, fills up with fuel before venturing out to look for customers. He pays the daily rent for the taxi to the company and pays for his own fuel and will then be on constant look out for business before returning the taxi cab (in a clean and mint condition) by late afternoon.

Taxi life in Bangkok

 Nong must negotiate the heavy traffic jams and does so without complaint, he has learnt all the short cuts where traffic might be less, but still he can expect to sit out long periods of the day in traffic jams. I said to him does the traffic not drive you mad and he replied of course it does, it bores me to death , but what can I do. On returning his cab  he hopes that the day has been kind to him on the customer front and with the traffic congestion  and that he has made enough money to pay the rent on his cab, pay towards his own Bangkok accommodation and other living expenses and be able to send money back to the family. Now we all have to work and we all encounter life’s challenges and problems from time to time, but Nong slogs away daily and refuses to complain about his circumstances. The motto of the story with regards to Nong the taxi driver and the moaning Westerner is basically ”Change what you cannot accept and accept what you cannot change”.

Traffic congestion In Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

For more information on the Nasa Vegas Hotel please visit  www.nasavegashotel.com

For information on tours to Thailand and Concierge Thailand Travel Planning please visit www.engagingthailand.com

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