Long weekend in Thailand - Advice Sought

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  1. NYBanker
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    Hi. I've been all over the place, but never to Thailand. I have a two week business trip to north Asia, and was thinking of going down to Thailand for a long weekend during the trip to do a bit of personal recon in advance of a larger family trip (coming from the States) that's loosely on the boards for the next 2 or so years. I'd also actually quite welcome some R+R myself for a day or so. Been a pretty stressful period for me of late.

    My tentative plan is as follows:
    1 Fly down from NRT on Friday evening, arriving BKK around 1030pm
    2 Spend much of Saturday exploring BKK
    3 Saturday evening (perhaps a 6pm departure) fly to HKT
    4 Spend two nights at the Aman (or Trisara if Aman is booked)
    5 Monday evening - fly HKT-BKK-NRT (with the flight to Tokyo being a redeye)

    I know the flights to/from Thailand are circa 6-7 hours. That doesn't phase me.

    A few questions:
    A--Does this seem reasonable?
    B--I've done no research on BKK (this trip is just coming together suddenly), are there two things I "must do/see" there?
    C--What else should I be thinking of?
    D--Any meaningful safety concerns in BKK (assuming I stay on the beaten path)?

    I appreciate any thoughts or guidance.
     
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    Thanks. I took a look through some of the threads there.

    Any further thoughts from MP'ers on these specific questions would be welcome.
     
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    What is you hotel preference in Bangkok? I guess for one night stay it shouldn't matter. But for an R+R stop, I'd pick a riverside location. Bangkok is a 24/7 metropolis, and even if you are arriving at 10:30 PM, there are many places to frequent or dine provided you are staying in a central location. For Bangkok accommodations, look at this thread: http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/which-hilton-property-in-bangkok.32636/#post-1320371
    Sure, as long as it is tacked at the end/beginning of another Asian stop versus taking an intercontinental flight to stay just few days
    Bangkok has a lot to offer in terms of things one must do/see. I'd do the temples/palaces using either the 30 baht express boat or the private long tail boat river tour.
    Most everything is covered here: Thailand Do's & Don'ts ... further questions, please ask!
    Just common sense as Bangkok is much safer than most major N. American cities.
    Let us know, if you have any questions then also! :) Thailand is amazing! Enjoy your trip!
     
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    I would make sure you see the Grand Palace - it's a must for anyone on their first trip. 2-3 hours max there.
    Take a private long boat tour of the Chao Paraya river and have the driver stop at the Temple of Dawn, Floating Market, the Orchid Gardens (if you like flowers). 2-3 hours (depending how much time you spend at the Temple, etc...
    Visit the Jim Thompson House - amazing tour and great restaurant for lunch.
    If you have time, and you're there on a weekend, visit the Chatuchak market.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas!
     

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