Big John's Hostel Restaurant and Internet Cafe for Backpackers

161/8-9 Sukhumvit Soi 55, (Thonglor Soi 9), Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
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It is with much regret, we have to inform you we'll be closing the hostel, permanently, at the end of this month, September 2008.

Sincerely

Big John
it is with much regret, we have to inform you we'll be closing the hostel, permanently, at the end of this month, September 2008.

Sincerely

Big John
it is with much regret, we have to inform you we'll be closing the hostel, permanently, at the end of this month, September 2008.

Sincerely

Big John
it is with much regret, we have to inform you we'll be closing the hostel, permanently, at the end of this month, September 2008.

Sincerely

Big John
 

Directions

See below for what I know so far on Suvarnabhumi Airport - The new airport isn't proving to be any less of a potential rip-off than Don Muang was.

Warning:
There were some real sharks at Don Muang Airport (which has just ceased being the international Airport) wanting to take advantage of tired and unaware travelers who just want to get to their room. It looks like they've moved to the new airport. I've been hearing of people getting charged 650-800 Baht by supposed taxi services in the airport. And, not allowing them to call here for any help or advice.

Taxi:
From Suvarnabhumi International Airport take an authorized airport taxi, from the stand just outside the arrival hall doors, it's 170 Baht ON THE METER plus 50 Baht airport service fee. The should bring you via Rama 9 Road "Palam Gow" There's no need to get on a tollway. Tell the taxi driver " pai Tonglor soi gow, pai palam gow, pai ekamai " If you want to be sure they bring you the right way, not up Bangna Trad and down Sukhumvit Road, the slow way, say "Mai pai Bangna Trad, mai pai Sukhumvit, mai pai tollway".

At Donmuang Domestic Airport, if you went up stairs to the departure area you could get a taxi dropping someone off to take you on the meter to get here for less than 200 Baht. The current record from the new airport on the meter is 155 Baht plus the 50 baht airport fee. The worst has been 500 Baht, including unnecessary tollway fees.

Bus -
From the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport you can take the AE3 Airport bus to Thonglor Station from 5 am - 12 midnight, but at a cost of 150 baht we suggest you take a taxi (as above) as you'll still have a 800m walk from Thonglor Station or pay 35 baht in a taxi (minimum fare/flag fall).

From Donmuang Domestic/Charter Airport. Outside the arrival hall is the bus stand for the A3 DOWNTOWN airport bus to THONGLOR, http://www.into-asia.com/bangkok/ airport/ bus_routes.php, it costs 100 Baht per person and should drop you at our door. Depending on the time of day/night it can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to get here, but most of the time will be less than one hour. Taxis may not be any faster.
If for some reason it doesn't/won't turn up Thonglor, your best bet is to get off at the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor) just around the corner, in Thonglor, by 7eleven (not the 2 under the BTS, skytrain station) you can get the little red bus for 6 Baht, a motorcycle taxi for 10 Baht, a minivan/tuktuk for 20 Baht or walk 10 minutes to us.
We are 50m inside Thonglor Soi 9, look for the red and white "Big John's Home baked PIES" sign. We look forward to seeing you.

Original Shop which is now Praiphana Massage is at 159/12 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (between THONGLOR soi 7 & 9) the new Hostel, Reception & Restaurant is 50m down Thonglor Soi 9
PS. Tell the bus/taxi driver " pai Tonglor soi gow pai palam gow " or show him the attached map and address. Don't let them drop you off at Sukhumvit Soi 9. If you are still under the Skytrain stay in the Bus/taxi

PPS. Other options from Airports , Bus & Train Stations
Slow Public bus from Don Muang Airport : Local Air-conditioned bus 513 directly takes you to Sukhumvit Soi 55 bus stop (known as Thong Lo)

- See details above for walking or red bus up Soi 55 to Thonglor Soi 9
OR - also slow - take bus 29, 59 or air-con bus 510 to the BTS (sky train) MO Chit Station. Take BTS to Thong Lo station ( E6) - see details above for walking or red bus up Soi 55 to Thonglor Soi 9

Train : Don Muang Railway Station is about 500 meters across the highway from the airport . Take a train to Hua Lum Pong Station (see From Hua Lum Pong Station below) . Trains from Don Muang Railway Station run from 6:06 am to 8:07pm.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport take Public Bus 552 to Onut BTS Station and Skytrain to Thong Lo BTS Station (E6) - see details above for walking or red bus up Soi 55 to Thonglor Soi 9

From the Northern Bus Terminal (MOChit2)
Public bus : Air-con bus 77 or 145 drives you to BTS (sky train) Mo Chit Station. Take Sky train to Thong Lo Station ( E6) - see details above for walking or red bus up Soi 55 to Thonglor Soi 9 - A Taxi will cost around 150 Baht ON THE METER
From the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)

Public bus : Air-con bus 511 drives you to Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thong Lo ) bus stop - A taxi will be about 200 Baht ON THE METER
From Khaosan Road

Public bus : Air-con bus 511 drives you to Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thong Lo ) bus stop - A taxi will be about 100 - 150 Baht ON THE METER

From Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) : 20 mins walk to Big John's on Thonglor Soi 9 - 50 Baht in taxi ON THE METER

From Hua Lum Pong Railway Station
Public bus : Bus 25, 40 or air-con bus 501 directly takes you to Sukhumvit Soi 55- see details above for walking or red bus up Soi 55 to Thonglor Soi 9
MRT and BTS: Take the MRT (subway) to Sukhumvit Station then cross over to the BTS (sky train) toward On Nut. Get off at Thong Lo station ( E6 ) - see details above for walking or red bus up Soi 55 to Thonglor Soi 9
AVOID TUK TUKS, you will never get a cheaper fare haggling with a taxi or tuk tuk driver than you will get in a taxi ON THE METER.



Thonglor
(Sukhumvit Road Soi 55) - 'The Berverly Hills of Southeast Asia', quoting the Sunday New York Times, is a wide 2km stretch of road on the edge of the CBD, and the sois (streets) that lead off of it are for Thais and Expatriates the desired location to live, shop and party.

From the new airport a taxi, even in peak hour traffic it should only cost 170 Baht + a 50 Baht airport service fee and will only take about 30 minutes. Don't be fooled, in a bus or taxi, Khaosan Road will take 1-4 hours to get to/from the new Airport and may cost as much as 700 Baht. Although, during the day, without a large backpack KS Road and Banglampoo are only 15-20 minutes and 16 Baht away from us.

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