In about 2 ½ weeks Im off to Thailand for my honeymoon and I DESPERATELY need some tips. Were spending 5 nights at the Century Park Hotel (near Siam Square and Victory Monument). Then were off to Phuket to stay at the Meridien for 8 nights on the Kata Noi beach (hopefully far enough from Patong that its not too touristy, not that the Meridien is UN-touristy, but we plan to amble and perambulate inland). Ive already culled through the board and collected everything I found on Bangkok and Phuket. Now, Ive got some specific questions:
-I think theyre having something at the Century Park for New Years Eve. Their Italian restaurant, Roberto is having a buffet. Theyre having a la carte dining at the Café on the Park and the New Years Eve countdown is in their bar. Is this worth it? Where is the best place to ring in the New Year in Bangkok? Since were staying at the Century Park, if we go to a hotel along the Chao Phraya will we have a 1 hour drunken cab ride through traffic back to our hotel at the end of the night?
-What about Sala Rim Naam in the Oriental? Should I go?
-What about other kinds of cuisine? Can I score some great French or Italian anywhere? What about Portugese?
-What in general is good in our area chow-wise? I need street food. Ive got my Hep-A vaccine and I plan to use it. Nothing is safe from my jaws, just point me in the right direction. Also, are there any good mid-range restaurants in my area? Is there anything I should avoid in my area?
-Wheres the MBK food court?
-Were also close to the skytrain (which seems to be the recommended way to beat the traffic). What neighborhoods are worth exploring near some of the other stops on the train?
-As for Phuket, is my instinct correct in assuming that the Meridien is non-chowish? Or perhaps theyre one of those hotels where the restaurant(s) is actually amazing? What about Baan Rim Pa? Is it as good as it seems? Are there any must-eats in Patong? Or cheap food in Kata Noi? What about excursions to the islands for chow?
Thanks in advance!!!