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  1. oliver17

    Test and Go Hotels

    I made a test and go reservation at Novatel BKK airport hotel for upcoming December trip. Novotel is 5 minutes from the airport. The reservation process itself was just like any other hotel reservation - just make sure you select the "Wellness" package per below. It costs 4900 baht and the breakfast buffet option is another 500 baht. They didn't ask for passport info or anything else except airline arrival time for their shuttle service. They told me they have testing available 24 hours a day and will have results 6 hours later. Because I am arriving near midnight, I will be getting the test and hopefully will have the results when I wake up the next morning. If there are any hitches or hassles, I will be reporting them here.
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    BKK-Pattaya-Koh Samui, Phuket?

    If it's your first trip, you probably want to keep the itinerary simple. Maybe 75% Bangkok and 25% Pattaya. Or the opposite. Up to you. There is loads to see and do just in Bangkok for a first-timer. I think most guys here go directly to Bangkok from BKK airport and make their jaunts elsewhere later in the trip. On most trips I spend a month. It's usually 2 weeks in Bangkok, then 1 week in Pattaya, then back to BKK for another week. Sometimes I go with my girlfriend to visit her family in Lampang for a few days. Other times we go to Hua Hin or Chiang Mai instead, but I always stay "headquartered" in Bangkok. No need to mess with U-Tapao because BKK or DMK airports are only about 2 hours from Pattaya and you can fly anywhere from there with many more schedule options. I don't care for Phuket and the LB scene is fairly minimal there anyway. I have never been to Samui, maybe others can help you.
  3. I'm just guessing that tossing dice in the weightlessness of space would add to the house edge casinos already have at the craps tables.
  4. All I know is if they fly it out of LAX, it's guaranteed to arrive late at its destination even if it flies at the speed of light.
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    Flight Credit. Anybody got a refund?

    Below is a pretty good primer about getting cash instead of a voucher. It's from April and is is aimed at US readers, but it's still accurate and if you read through it EU regulations are covered as well. Apparently if you're British, EU consumer protections will still cover UK citizens despite Brexit, at least for a while. This article recommends turning to your bank card issuer as a last resort, but I would make that my first option. Several times over the years, I have had "non-refundable" airline and hotel reservations that I no longer wanted and I have gone straight to American Express and they have refunded my money every time with no questions asked. I also did that with a CitiBank card one time. Let your bank card issuer deal with Etihad if you can. https://www.cntraveler.com/story/as-airlines-refund-travelers-heres-how-to-get-cash-instead-of-a-voucher
  6. Did they ever replace that dinosaur amusement park thing up the street with anything? It's been closed for a couple of years, but there was no construction activity on the property last time I saw it. That land has got to be worth God knows what. I actually visited it with an LB once. It did have an old school low tech sort of charm and it was hard not to like it for what it was. That said, I passed on riding the giant ferris wheel because I know it caught on fire at least twice. Thailand conquered the virus but the guarantee of riding a ferris wheel without being incinerated is asking too much, apparently.
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    New to the Forum

    Below comes from Bangkok Post. Visiting the planet Jupiter has fewer requirements than visiting Phuket. Good luck to folks in the Thai tourist industry, because this scheme will surely kill travel for pleasure to Thailand. I can't imagine anybody will jump through all those hoops to visit Phuket for the privilege of being regarded as radioactive and unwanted by both the government and the natives. Not even sex tourists with five alarm fires in their undershorts will sign up for this rodeo. https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1972519/tat-takes-a-gamble-promoting-phuket-model
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    Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok

    True. What they object to is hookers hanging out in their lobby.
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    Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok

    I remember this guy wrote a trip report and detailed a stay there. Scroll down to post #25 for the Hyatt. He doesn't say if he took a girl there, however. If this Hyatt is like the Erawan Grand Hyatt it will be LB friendly but not exactly welcoming. At the Erawan GH, they made it pretty clear they frowned on LBs being in the front lobby or around the reception desk. They make girls go downstairs to a security desk to hand over their IDs and register themselves. One girl I took there was very reluctant to visit any of their restaurants or bars because of that experience. That said, the staff treated her respectfully and they never said anything to me about having ladyboys visit my room. It was LB friendly, but without a smiley face. Per your own plan, I definitely would contact them in advance and inquire about their guest policies and specifically mention the guest would be a ladyboy. Chances are, with the hospitality industry currently in economic ruin, they won't be too picky about who stays there these days LOL.
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    BTS Skytrain Bangkok

    I would get sicker witnessing that than I would by contracting Covid.
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    Lohas Residences

    I stayed there 2 years ago a few nights. I know that not exactly recent, but it probably hasn't changed much. It was LB friendly and the staff treated girls with respect. There were no guest fees. Note that they did not take LB IDs at the front desk. That may or may not matter to you. The hotel itself is well maintained with good service. The rooms are very similar to what you find at places like Phachara or Legacy Suites. An odd thing I remember is that their room phones looked like they were straight out of 1974. Big, clunky push button desk phones with flashing red bulbs but they hopefully updated those since then. They do have a large and good pool. It's located on Soi 2, but that soi gets very little auto traffic and has no restaurants or bars. For any of that or to get a taxi, you need to go out the back entrance to Soi 4. Good luck.
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    Air Travel during the New Normal

    I came across this today in Bangkok Post. I know there has been concern about travel insurance perhaps refusing to cover health care costs associated to Covid, but it looks like LOS will pick up the tab in exchange for a 200 or 300 baht ticket tax fee. Things are slowly gearing up for a return of international travel. Now they need to focus on test-based alternatives to a 14 day quarantine on arrival... https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1916332/tourism-levy-mulled
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    Air Travel during the New Normal

    I received this from Qatar Airways today. It's all very preliminary, but it gives you an idea of what the timetable is for moving forward over the next couple of months. Encouraging news, I would say.
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    Air Travel during the New Normal

    I saw this today concerning Covid testing at Vienna's airport for arriving passengers. It will cost 190 Euros (US $200 or so), results will be available in 3 hours and if you test negative you can avoid a 14 day quarantine in Austria. You can also present a cert from your prior point of departure if it's no older than 4 days. I am guessing something like this will be the standard for immigration at BKK and other airports around the world. I hope so, because I know nobody wants to do a 14 day quarantine on arrival. Sounds great, too bad it will cost $$$. The Wuhan virus is a gift that keeps on taking, taking, taking. https://www.viennaairport.com/pcrtest
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    Air Travel during the New Normal

    As an example of how the airlines view the time frame for resumption of passenger service, Emirates won't be flying until July at the earliest. I am sure other carriers are looking at the same scenario and they are probably getting info about when border closures will end and international flying may resume directly from governments. https://www.arabianbusiness.com/transport/445448-emirates-airline-passenger-flights-set-to-remain-grounded-until-july?fbclid=IwAR17o4uh-OY1uZVVLTxR0Yo73j-eGVF1-stq-PGoeRQVxQxe_ByqOwb0PNk
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    Hiv In Ladyboy Scene

    The real question is how is it determined who is transsexual and what criteria was used for the determination. Does that just mean people who simply self-identify as trans, or does it mean people who have started hormones and/or surgery, or people who are living full time as opposite sex but don't use hormones, or does it mean all of the above combined? I have always been skeptical of numerical figures presented by experts about gender ID and sexual behavior. You never know what the criteria they used when they did their calculations.
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    Anyone for Cricket

    My girlfriend ate a basket of insects at Asiatique. I thought it was grasshoppers but it may have been large crickets. To be honest, I don't know and I don't care. It's just one more "exotic" Thai food tradition that needs to be avoided by thinking farangs, like eating durian or putting ice cubes into a beer.
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    Taxi service from Sukhumvit to Pattaya?

    I also recommend Nam's for all reasons outlined by Hkaus and others. They are very punctual and their drivers are absolutely safe unlike a regular taxi. I hate using Bangkok taxis to travel to Pattaya because sometimes you end up with a ting-tong driver who is either unsafe or doesn't know his way around Pattaya (often they are both). Car service is the only way to go. Another option are these people. I have used them for several trips to Pattaya and also Pranburi. They are similar to Nam's with safe drivers and spotless cars. Only difference is that you use a credit card to book them online. https://www.limousine.in.th/index.php
  19. I wasn't sure where to place this thread, so it may get moved to the "Hotel Review" section. Anyhow...... A BM here recently asked about the ladyboy guest policies of a BKK hotel. This gave me the idea to email various hotels around lower Sukhumvit inquiring about their guest policies and whether ladyboys are welcome as overnight guests. The hotels I contacted are all within walking distance of Nana Plaza, CIB, Paradise bars as well as other LB venues such as Nuch Salon. I focused on hotels located on the odd number Soi side of Sukhumvit since most guys are already familiar with the policies of the hotels on the even number Soi side such as Marriott, Phachara, Heaven@4, etc. They all received an identical email from me: Hello, Can you tell me what your guest policy is? Can I have a ladyboy guest stay in my room overnight? Thank You, ******* ***** The hotels I have received replies from so far are listed in the order they responded, along with their Soi location as well as the per-night price for a standard room. I contacted places ranging from budget hotels on up to higher end properties like the Sofitel and the Westin. The replies are all verbatim. If you need clarification, their email addresses are on their websites. As they respond, I will continue to update here. I will also be emailing other hotels for the purpose of determining what their guest / ladyboy policies are as well. ______________ Hotel Solo Sukhumvit 2 Soi 2 1840 baht per night Warm greeting from Hotel Solo Sukhumvit Soi 2!! We would like to inform you that we do not charge for a Night Visitor fee. For more your information details below: 1. Night visitor should be above 20 years old not less than 20 years old. 2. Night visitor should have identification card (Not allowed who do not have identification card stay with client) 3. Night visitor should show identification card and leave he/her I.D card with the front desk front for your security and hotel security. 4. When a night visitor come to contact us before we give her I.D card back. We will call to remind with client for make sure everything alright. Any assistance please does not hesitate to contact us. Best Regards, Nattaporn B.(Mr.) GSA ______________ Grand Swiss Hotel Soi 11 2600 baht per night Dear Sir Warmest greeting from Central Reservations Office. Thank you for your e-mail. In regard to your query, I would like to inform you that our hotel is guest friendly and there is no charge for overnight staying guest. We only request ID card / Passport for secure reason only. Do you have booking now ? Best Regards, Metinee Sea-Ngow Ms. ( Nancy) _______________ Four Points Sheraton Soi 15 2900 baht per night Dear Mr. ***** As per your question , You are allowed to have a lady boy stay overnight however it had better to have a ladyboy come to register with us. It is for a security reason. Should there be any further assistance ,Please let us know. Be well, Yanathon Duty Manager _______________ Adelphi Suites Soi 8 2450 baht per night Dear Sir, Greeting from Central Reservation Office! Thank you for writing to us. For guests who make bookings through the hotel's own website, we do not charge for your visitor. However, her ID Card or Passport is required to register at reception for our security reason only. Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us and looking forward to welcome and serve you soon Best Regards, Ms. Palida (Pla) Central Reservation Officer _______________ Lohas Suites Soi 2 2045 baht per night Dear Sir, Greeting from Lohas Suite by Super Hotel ! Please be informed that there is no charge for guest friendly. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me Best Regards, Pitchayaporn Klaopimai (Wann) Sales Coordinator __________________ Salil Hotel Soi 11 1500 baht per night Dear Mr. **** Thank you for your interested in our hotel, we would like to inform you that the room available for 2 person and the hotel is friendly free of charge. Should you require further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to welcoming you at salil Hotel soi 11 Best Regards, Araya R. Reservation Supervisor Salil Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 11 21/4 Soi Sukhumvit 11 (Chaiyos), Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Tel. 662 651 3830-3 Fax: 662 651 3834 ___________________ On 8 Sukhumvit Hotel Soi 8 1800 baht per night Dear Sir, Thank you for considering On8 Bangkok. In regard to your query, there is no guest-friendly fee for our hotel guest valid for booking through hotel website only. We will require your guest to deposit their ID-card at the reception which shall be returned on his/her departure. You may review and consider any particular room type you are interested from http://www.on8bangkok.com/en/ and we shall then revert to you with availability & rates. Alternatively you can always check for the same information on the website itself as well. Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us. Best Regards Nithiphon Deecharoen Mr.(Izax) Central Reservation Officer _______________________ Citrus 11 Soi 11 2100 baht per night Dear Sir, Greeting form Central Reservation Office! Thank you for your e-mail. In regard to your query, I would like to inform you that a guest friendly is no charge for overnight staying guest. We only request ID card / Passport for secure reason only. Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us Best Regards, Timpika Kremla (Vaida) ________________________ Oasis Inn Soi 1 1100 baht per night Dear ****, Thank you for your e mail. For our room 1 room is for 2 persons, if you have someone stay with you we just need her /his ID CARD at the front desk. Kind Regards, Wichuda Chimwiset (Chim) Reservation Dep. ______________________ Ad Lib Bangkok Soi 1 3000 baht Dear ******* Warm greeting from Ad Lib Bangkok! Thank you for your kind interesting stay at Ad Lib Bangkok! Regards, as per your question about charge fee of a lady boy when join in your room. And we are additional charge 1,000.-THB Net room only per person per night and we are request a copy ID card when arrival at our hotel. Could you please contact our front desk with give it which security and hotel policy. Especially in case you make a reservation directly with us via e-mail not though online agent without charge and should be stay minimum 3 nights or up. Please kindly advise your arrival date preferable and we will send the best rate for your promptly. Should you require further information or assistance please feel free to contact us and we look forward to welcoming you soon. Warm Regards, Korawan Nantasutha Assistant Reservation Manager __________________________ Dream Hotel Soi 15 2180 baht Dear Mr. ******* Greeting from Dream Hotel Bangkok! Please be informed the hotel not charge for the visitor but please leave ID card or passport at the front desk for your security. If you have any question please contact us at any time. Best regards, THANATSHA SRIBOONRUANG Guest Service Manager 10 Soi Sukhumvit 15, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 T: +66 (0)2 254 8500 Ext. 7116 F: +66 (0)2 254 8534 www.dreamhotels.com _______________________ Grand Sukhumvit Soi 6 2885 baht Dear Mr. **** Kindly be informed our joiner policy that we will charge at THB 1,000.- per person per night. Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Kind Regards, Buagaew Todsapon | Reservation Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok Managed By ACCOR. Phone: +66 2 207 9999 Fax: +66 2 207 9555 Website: www.grandsukhumvithotel.com ________________________ Amari Boulevard Soi 5 2885 baht Dear ****** Thank you very much for your e-mail. Please be informed that in case, there will be another guest(Women or Ladyboy) joining your room, the charge at THB.1,000.-net per person per night will be applied for the additional guest. Kindly have your guest (Women or Ladyboy) contact our Front Office once arrive to the hotel for the security purposes. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Best regards, Angkana Suiwong Team Member, Reservations ___________________________ Ambassador Bangkok Soi 11 1400 baht Dear Mr. ****** Greetings from Ambassador Bangkok. Thank you for your e-mail. We would like to inform you that guest friendly is free of charge, we charge THB 20.- for copy ID only. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be of assistance. Best regards, Reservation Officer The Ambassador Bangkok 171 Sukhumvit 11, Klongtoey, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 2254 0444 Ext. 1220-1224 Fax. +66 (0) 2254 7503/ 16 E-mail : rsvmbkk@amtel.co.th, rsvbkk@amtel.co.th Website : www.amtel.co.th _________________________ Hotel Icon Bangkok Soi 2 1775 baht Dear Mr. ****** Greetings from Hotel Icon Bangkok! Thank You for your email. Regarding your query, we would like to inform you that our room can accommodate up to TWO guests. However, if the third guest is spending an overnight, there would be an additional charge of THB 800 per room per night. Adding on, if you have a visitor which is the second guest, please kindly bring the visitor to Front Desk for registration process. Please note this process is highly important for both yourself and the hotel. In addition, please kindly provide us with your arrival and departure date as we would like to offer your the exclusive offer for booking directly via email. We look forward for your response and to offer and process the room reservation real soon. For further assistance, please feel free to contact us. Wishing You a Wonderful Weekend! Best Regards, Ekachai S. Guest Relations Supervisor Hotel Icon Bangkok 49 Sukhumvit Soi 2, Khlong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel: +662 656 9797 Fax: +662 656 9997 Website: www.hoteliconbangkok.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoteliconBangkok Instagram: @hoteliconbangkok ______________________________ Fraser Suites Soi 11 3200 baht Dear Mr. ***** Greeting from Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, Bangkok Kindly be informed you that for the visitor there is no charge but we require his/her passport or ID. leave it at front desk.​ Should you require further information please feel free to contact us either by return email or by phone on +66 2 207 9300. Best Regards, Ms. Prattana Aphinantho Revenue Management Officer Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, Bangkok 38/8 Sukhumvit soi 11, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 2 207 9300 Fax: +66 2 207 9301 Email: sales.sukhumvit@frasershospitality.com |www.frasershospitality.com __________________________
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    Rembrandt Hotel Suites and Towers

    All you have to do is type "Rembrandt" in the search box and it will bring up about 20 posts, including pics and a mini review from One True Saxon a couple of years ago. There's years of info and wisdom to be found here with minimal effort. If you can't find the answers you look for, simply send them an email and ask what their guest policy is and tell them a ladyboy will be the guest. Don't be shy because they have heard it all before anyway.
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    Guest Friendly Hotels In Bangkok

    Last time I stayed there was February 2018. There are 2 towers on that property. One is the Radisson Hotel, the other is In Residence. They share the same facilities and are obviously attached at the hip, but I don't know what the exact relationship is. The only problem I ever had there occurred during a previous stay when a balky key card sometimes didn't function. Needless to say, it was not much fun going down to reception at 4:00 AM while stumbling drunk and having them send up a maintenance guy. I didn't have any problems at all during my most recent stay. Whether the rooms need "renovation" is a personal judgement. The furniture in my rooms was in fine condition, the carpet was not worn, it was well maintained and I have never noticed broken chairs at the pool. I always take customer reviews of hotels with a big grain of salt when it comes to critiquing decor. Everybody has their own tastes and I don't care if somebody else hates art deco style furniture or whatever and thinks the hotel needs to get rid of it for the sake of renovation. I take them more seriously when reviews focus on service, property maintenance and cleanliness because to me that's where the rubber really meets the road in assessing hotels. You can go to Trip Advisor or other review sites and look up hotels such as the Peninsula in Chicago, the Tokyo Park Hyatt or the Four Seasons in New York -hotels among the finest on the planet - and always come across prissy jackwits stating that the properties "need updating". It proves that some people are so hard to satisfy they will be complaining about the bright lights and noise when they are planted six feet under. The hotel business is a tough racket, for sure.
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    Guest Friendly Hotels In Bangkok

    6k baht will get you a room in most of the upper end hotels. Landmark meets that criteria. It's elegant and lot of guys like it because of its proximity to Nana. Adelphi is good, but it's a bit overpriced when compared to Phachara which is closer to Nana and offers you almost identical rooms for less. I don't know anything about Doubletree. I have stayed at Galleria 10 in the past, and it's perfectly acceptable. Forget that "walk of shame" stuff. I promise you that the staff at any of the hotels around lower Sukhumvit don't care what you do because they have seen it all eleventy billion times in the past. They don't care. REPEAT: They don't care. As for other farang guests whose delicate sensibilities are shaken by the sight of the world's oldest profession, why in the hell did they choose a hotel in the world's largest red light district? Their issues are their problem, not yours. If you want to stay in suite type rooms, I also like In Residence suites on Soi 13 (adjacent to Radisson suites). They have large suites and a good pool on the roof. Soi 13 is next to Soi 11 but without the traffic and noise found on 11, meaning you can enjoy 11 easily without having to actually stay there.
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    Travel Cameras

    It's also a myth that electronics are cheaper in Asia. They aren't and they are frequently quite a bit more expensive than in the west. For US residents, duty free is hardly ever a bargain. It's only good for items that are sometimes hard to find in the states, such as certain Japanese whiskeys.
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    Phachara Suites Visitor / Joiner Policy

    Did you try your bank? I have no idea about UK debit card protections, but in US they are almost identical to credit card protections. For that much money, I would contact the bank and be a pain in the ass about it until they give your money back. This won't be the first time they have seen this situation, and as a customer they should give you some help. Don't give up until you have tried everything. Phachara won't help because it's not in their financial interest to do so. Don't even screw around with them, just deal with your bank.
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    Phachara Suites Visitor / Joiner Policy

    Do you have a non-cancellation reservation? You should be able to walk away from it with your money back. I had one of those on last trip to BKK at a hotel, decided I didn't want to stay there and told American Express the same. I didn't even bother to contact the hotel. Amex refunded the money to me with no questions asked. Don't deal with Phachara, only contact your credit card company and they should refund you.