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Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

January 22, 2017 by David Herd

Terminal 21 & Centrepoint Hotel

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok is only one station or 10 minutes from where I stay in Soi 11 Nana. Asoke station is adjacent to Terminal 21 one of the many Bangkok shopping malls.

Rajadapisek Road

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok From the corner of Sukhumvit Rd, on the left is Terminal 21 & on the right is the Pullman Hotel. The first street on the right is the famous Soi Cowboy.

Asoke Montri Road

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

Rajadapisek Road This is the other side of the intersection coming from Rajadapisek Road. The tall building in the centre on the 25th floor is where you can find one of Bangkok’s great sky bars, the Long Table.

Long Table Sky Bar Asoke

 photo long-table4 2.jpg A great spot to watch the sunset. Photo credit AsiaWebDirect.


Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok The Asoke station has a direct walkway into Terminal 21.

Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

The five star Pullman is in a great location, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK.

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

 photo Asoke20Weston20Hotel202.jpg Next door to Terminal 21 on Sukhumvit Road, book through THIS LINK for a great room rate.

Terminal 21 Asoke

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok A terrific location for shopping and eating.

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Just step off the sky train & walk straight into the mall. Tony Roma’s ribs are famous world wide.

 Asoke comes alive at night

 photo Asoke 7.jpg Lots of action here at night plus traffic gridlock on Sukhumvit Rd around the busy intersection.

Every night on Sukhumvit Rd

 photo Asoke2010.jpg Forget taxis take the sky train. ūüôā

Soi Cowboy 

The crowd is building up. photo SoiCowboy27.jpg Soi Cowboy is only a very short street with about 40 go-go bars, competing with Nana Plaza and Patpong Rd.

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Nana Plaza, Patpong Rd and Soi Cowboy are popular “so called” entertainment areas.

 Hemingway’s at Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok Another beloved expat bar and restaurant, Hemingway‚Äôs, shut its doors at the end of October 2016.  The land was purchased by Japanese developers who plan to build a 27-story hotel on the site that sits directly at BTS Asoke at the top of Sukhumvit Soi 14.

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Unlike in the US, the UK and  Australia, there are no laws in Thailand to protect historic buildings. If there were, this rare and gorgeous specimen would have been protected. Sadly the owners spent one million USD (THB35 million)  renovating the house and opening the restaurant just four years ago.

 Brewski at Radisson Blu Plaza

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok Brewski sky bar on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 25 claim to be the only rooftop craft beer bar in Bangkok. I‚Äôm not into craft beers however an Asahi bottle was reasonably priced at B160, or $4.50 USD.

 You won’t see many white elephants in Asoke

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

View from the Sofitel Sky Bar.

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok Looking down from the 32nd floor of the Sofitel Hotel.

Thanks for visiting my Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok photo blog.


When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Bangkok Hotels

December 11, 2013 by David Herd

Centre Point Silom Hotel

Centre Point Silom HotelBangkok Hotels, there are thousands of them, however I stayed at Centre Point  just last week and was very happy with the whole package.  My room was huge with a great city view and a full kitchen including a washing machine. In fact it was more like an apartment.

Another bonus is you can enter Robinson Shopping mall direct from the hotel.

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 Four minutes walk to the Saphan Taksin Skytrain, 5 minutes to the main ferry wharf at Sathorn (Central Pier).



Centre Point Silom Hotel

Centre-Point Hotel SilomThe view at night was spectacular, however I’m sure the opposite side overlooking the river is better still.


 Full kitchen at Centre Point.

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lebua at State Tower.

lebua hotel State Tower State Tower contains condominiums, serviced apartments, offices and retail units. It is also home to a five-star hotel called Lebua. There is a forty-story high atrium inside, and on the 64th floor is¬†Sirocco,¬†the world’s highest open-air restaurant with a panoramic view of Bangkok. Staying at Lebua gives you the advantage of having Sirocco on the top floor and Breeze on the 53rd floor.

Sunset at Sirocco

"<brlebua at State Tower is an all-suite hotel where every one of our 357 suites are designed to offer you breathtaking vistas of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river. Ranging between 66-266 sqm in area, each suite is reputed to be the most spacious in its category in the city.

View from Sirocco above Lebua hotel.

Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Take a ferry ride on the Chao Phraya river

Shangri-La Hotel on the Chao Phraya river

Shangri-La HotelThis hotel has it all, if you can afford it. Right on the river with several terrific restaurants and only a short walk to the Sky train.

Hotel staff sing on the Kings birthday December 5th.


Shangri-La Hotel BangkokCheck my post on dining out in Bangkok for more details on the Shangri-La. Please click on Google + to help my page ranking.

Great shopping at MBK.

MBK BangkokIf you are in Bangkok to shop, and who isn’t? Then MBK should be high on your list. There are two hotels to consider which are very close to the shops.¬†Pathumwan Princess Hotel actually forms part of MBK so you leave your room & enter the shopping center. The other hotel across the road is the Ibis or Mercure, a little less expensive than¬†Pathumwan Princess, but it will take you 5 minutes longer to get to the shops.¬† ūüėÜ

Bangkok Hotels on Sukhumvit.

Near MBK BangkokYou simply walk across the footbridge at the National Stadium Sky train station and you are in MBK.

Without a doubt AGODA is the best online Hotel booking site.

Lets go down market at the Dynasty.

Bangkok HotelsThe Dynasty Inn is in Sukhumvit ¬†Soi 4 Nana, a few meters from the infamous Nana Plaza. I can highly recommend this 2.5 star hotel because I have stayed there probably 50 times in the last 20 years. For lots of information regarding Nana Plaza check out my blog.¬†Phone¬†+66 2 656 8010 and ask for Miss Lee, tell her David Herd sent you and I’m sure you will be looked after. Room costs are between 1,500 & 2,000 Baht.

Dynasty Grande

Bangkok HotelsJust around the corner at¬†21 Soi Sukhumvit 6, Sukhumvit Rd is the more upmarket Dynasty Grande, very good large rooms, I would rate it 3 to 3.5 stars. Rooms are around 3,000 Baht per night or $100. Bear in mind that is the same rate at Centre Point in Silom which is a much better hotel. The Dynasty however is a good choice for those who can’t resist the lure of Nana Plaza.¬†

View of Soi 11 from Mulligans

Soi 11 Mulligans Citadines hotel is a great location in Soi 11 Sukhumvit to stay in Bangkok, right in the middle of the action. Mulligans 24 hour Irish pub is on the ground floor.


Citadines Soi 11The rooms are compact and nicely laid out including a kitchen if you like to prepare some food.

As you would expect the rooms at the Marriot are fabulous

JW MarriotIf you use this link to book you are guaranteed a great room rate. 

The foyer

JW Marriott hotel BangkokLooking down on the huge foyer with comfortable lounges for you to relax before heading for the shops. My two favourite shopping centres are Siam Paragon & Siam Centre which are next door to each other, and the amazing EmQuartier, put them on your list of paces to go.

I-Check Inn Soi 11

Bangkok budget hotelsJust a few meters from Nana station is this excellent small hotel tucked away is a lane off Soi 11. If you use this link you will get a room for around B1100.

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Bangkok travel tips with photos

August 2, 2013 by David Herd

Bangkok, one of Asia’s most dynamic & exciting cities.

Bangkok travel tips with photos, I hope I can offer some travel tips & advice to help you plan your trip to Bangkok one of the great Asian cities.

Below is the magnificent Sirocco restaurant at the Dome in Bangkok, a magic experience awaits you, located on the 63rd floor with breathtaking views of the City of Angels, ph(66) 2624-9555 click here.sirocco dome bangkok

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Murray Head released One Night in Bangkok in 1984.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 2 hours north of Bangkok.

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The Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Bangkok Grand PalaceThe Grand Palace  is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

MBK shopping center Bangkok

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Bangkok is famous for it’s traffic jams.

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Bangkok travel tips, it is so much easier to get around the city using the Sky Train.

Bangkok is famous for its Street food.

Street food in BangkokThai people love to eat out on the street, it is so cheap it’s not worth the effort to cook at home.

They not only eat on the street they shop there also.

bangkok travel tipsStreet vendors are all over the city selling all types of gadgets, food etc.


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Super travel tips & information.

Hotel bookings. For the best deals in Asia, book now and you can choose to pay when you check out.

MBK is one of the best shopping centers in Bangkok, see the above photo, if you want to stay in a good hotel connected to the shopping mall then Pathumwan Princess Hotel is the place for you.

Pratunam market. If markets are more your thing you should stay at an older hotel, the Indra Regent which is across the road from Pratunam markets, which I think are the best in Bangkok. This is a major market selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Enter the small alleys and jam-packed small streets and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothes-maze. Prices are very cheap, you may have to pay retail prices for single pieces.

Bumrumgrad hospital,  great place for all your health needs & checkups. 

Check out the best rooftop bars in Bangkok.

Bangkok taxis are very cheap, but avoid catching them from outside your hotel, walk up the street a little and always confirm the meter is on before you depart. Many drivers will try to charge an over the top fixed fare, politely decline, get out of the taxi and wait for another one. You can easily negotiate a 2 hour taxi trip to Pattaya for only 1000 Baht.

A Longtail boat river cruise is a great way to see Bangkok, the most popular choice for travelers is stating from the Central Pier at Sathorn (easily access from BTS at Taksin station) cruise to the north and get off at Tha Chang Pier (N 03 pier). The Grand palace wall is opposite to this pier. Views from this route are really fantastic. The fare is just 10 Bath.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 2 hours north of Bangkok is also a must do tour. Here is a nice little YouTube video of the market.


 Please be very careful in Bangkok

This shocking incident took place on August 23 2013, don’t let it happen to you.

Two Thai policemen have been arrested and authorities were hunting for two others yesterday for allegedly kidnapping and extorting money from Italian tourists. The officers were arrested in Bangkok on Friday after Interpol lodged a complaint against them, the Bangkok Post newspaper reported yesterday.

Danillo de Vito, 51, and Antonio Di Muno, 62, were allegedly detained by four policemen last Monday, hours after they arrived in the kingdom on holiday, while withdrawing cash from an ATM, Metropolitan Police commander Suebsak Pansuri said. They were accused of using a fake ATM card, and told to pay 2 million baht ($64,515) for police to drop charges.

The Italians managed to reduce the amount by half and alerted their relatives in Italy to the scam when calling them to ask for the money. Their relatives alerted Italian police who passed on the complaint to Interpol. Police found the two Italians in a Bangkok motel on Tuesday, after they had already transferred the money to Thailand. The two men were unharmed.

Police have also arrested an Uzbekistani national, Muhiddin Sharipov, who acted as interpreter for the police officers, The Nation newspaper reported yesterday.

Bangkok travel tips & other posts I have on this great city I hope will help you enjoy this great city.

Click on the photo below to see my post on Chiang Mai.

Two hours south of Bangkok is Thailand’s sin city Pattaya, click here.


Pattaya ‚Äď Hua Hin Mini Van

If you are in Pattaya and want to go to Hua Hin there is now a daily minivan service, they have offices in Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha Am, for Hua Hin the mini van leaves at 18:00 and takes 4 hours to get to Hua Hin, priced at only 400baht.

The Pattaya office is on South Pattaya Road, if your heading towards Sukhumvit road go over 3rd Road and past Soi Ko Pai/ Soi Bongkot and it’s on the left hand side at soi 10, which is around 300 meters or more from Sukhumvit Road.

Pattaya Office 088 709 2365
Hua Hin Office 088 709 2364
Cha Am Office 089 254 1399

Bus leaves Pattaya 8:00, 10:00, 12:00

Hua Hin thai resort

Jet Ski scammers

Jet ski scammers¬†Along the Beach Road in Pattaya, often between Soi 10 and Soi 13/4 (entrance to Walking Street), Thai Jet Ski touts will approach the tourist. Most likely time to witness the scam unfolding would be between 5pm ‚Äď 5:30pm as it is getting dark. Particularly outside Mike Shopping Mall, Royal Garden Plaza, and Soi 13/2 to Soi 13/4. The tourist is required to sign a contract with the Jet Ski operators before they board the Jet Ski and have their fun. Cost is around 700 baht ($20) for thirty minutes. When the tourist returns to the beach the Thai Jet Ski operator will board the Jet Ski and bring it up on to the beach. Here is where the scam starts, as they (theatrically and dramatically) point out the damage and demand that the tourist pay for it, typically ranging anywhere from 30,000 baht ($950) to 70,000 baht ($2,200), but it can be 100,000 baht ($3,180) and up. Of course this damage (deep scrapes on the underside of the Jet Ski, scratches to the paintwork, or a broken plastic bumper) has been there all the time. Often, if not most times, it is a group of tourists that are scammed. More people, more money.

If they use the version of the scam where the tourist boards the Jet Ski when it is already submerged in the water, thus hiding the damage that is already on the underside, the scammers don’t need to cover the damaged areas. The damage is revealed once they bring it on to the shore after the tourist has rented it. More government warnings etc here.

Be careful, you have been warned.

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