I spent most of Monday trawling the web looking for a new hotel to stay at in Bangkok next week when I have a bit of work to do in the city...
Damned if there isn't a few troubles in Thailand this week that make my accommodation indecisions seem rather insignificant.
States of emergency, riots, deaths, strikes, the government being declared fraudulant, [SNAFU so far!] minor airports blockaded, and now the threat of the main airport at Suvarnabhumi also being shut down... Oh no!
The latest Australian Consulate warning remains relatively mild, but the Singaporean and South Korean governments had advised travellers not to go... The Singaporean Govt might seem tetchy seeing as how they essentially handed then Prime Minister Thaksin everything he could ever want, tax-free money wise... (I note he is planning on selling Manchester City FC, strapped for cash, what!)
Former Thai PM Thaksin, flashes a devil worshippers sign from the Executive Mosh-Pit at a Sepultra concert recently... (Note queue of wannabe Thai PMs and ManCity Chairmen lined up behind him, steely knives at ready no doubt, but can they kill The Beast?)
Things in Thailand can escalate quite quickly into some definetely non-Buddhist type violence, history has told us...
When you have a violence prone millionaire running the country, anything can happen, right America?
Current Thai PM Samak is (allegedly) a lying bastard, deeply implicated in several of the last 30+yrs of coups in Thailand, and a puppet of Thaksin... Hang on, maybe that hand sign in the photo above was just some puppet controlling manouevre...
What's that old blessing? "May you live in uninteresting times."
Up in the air about whether to proceed or to cancel the flight and the hotel booking...
Oh well. I was looking for somewhere a bit more friendly to my new healthy lifestyle, with a good gym and a pool. Decided on the Majestic Grande this time. The gym is supposed to be quite good although the pool is not really meant for laps. The fact the place is only one Soi from Nana Plaza has absolutely
a lot nothing to do with this choice. If it was, apparently they are guest friendly. The corporate rate is about 15% cheaper than what you see on the link.
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
I stayed at Majestic Grande on my last visit, in May. Definitely guest friendly. Hotel itself is okay but definitely not 5 star.
Kind of far down the soi and on the wrong side of Sukhumvit for the places I like to go. However, you can cut directly across to Soi Nana from there and pass some interesting spots along the way.
There's currently a state of emergency and the military is in control in Bangkok. I don't think this is necessarily the best time to be there.
Spike: that's all I want in a hotel. I don't go much to Gullivers, so... And I am working at Bumrungrad Hospital so it's really convenient.
Re: the situation: A week is a VERY long time in Thai politics.
"they are guest friendly" - says it all doesn't it? ~grin~