Hi all, Making my first trip to BKK this July as part of a 40th birthday RTW. Will be spending 4 nights (7th-11th). Not being familiar with the city, I'm having a tough time deciding where I should try and stay - not just specific properties, but overall location. Would it be best to stay near the sites I most want to visit but need to travel for restaurants and nightlife, or stay near the restaurants and nightlife and travel to the sites I want to visit? Thoughts? As a first time visitor, where would I be best placed to make navigating the city as easy as possible? I'm more interested in the historic, cultural, and great photo ops than in nightlife and shopping (although I will partake, I'm sure), so locations along the river (and in/near Rattanakosin) have most caught my eye. I also tend to seek out and prefer smaller, "boutique" hotels rather than larger chain properties with hundreds of rooms - but would I be doing myself a disservice by avoiding someplace like the Oriental, Peninsula, or Shangri-la (my budget will likely allow for those)? Does anyone know Chakrabongsee Villas, by chance? Praya Palazzo (is the west side of the river advisable?)? The Siam looks like a wonderful place, but I'm wondering if it's a bit too far removed (and pricey - would I get more for my money elsewhere)? Thanks in advance for the advice.