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  1. Lay over for 2-5 days in Tokyo. Take the Narita Express to Shinjuku and stay in a APA or Toku-Stay Hotel to keep costs down. Try out the boy host bars in Shinjuku. Walk in the National Garden. Enjoy the food. Then continue on to your destination.
  2. Thank you PeterRS and reader. Very interesting information. I have put “The Ideal Man: the tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American way of war” on my reading list.
  3. Yes I agree. Do you have any recommended reading on his life?
  4. I was also disappointed when Jim Thompson closed that location. Now I take BTS to Jim Thompson House which is a short walk from the National Stadium Station. I think they also have a cafe upstairs at the silk shop Surawong which I am going to visit next.
  5. To follow up on ggobkk post here is the email. Warmest greetings from TCC Hotel Group !! We would like to thank you for the excellent relationship we have enjoyed with you over the years. Throughout its tenure, The Tarntawan Hotel Surawong Bangkok has consistently welcomed guests with memorable experiences. We would like to take this opportunity to announce that we will embark on a new chapter in its remarkable story. The Tarntawan Surawong Bangkok will be temporarily closed between 1 June – 15 July 2019 for an extensive project to revitalize this property. In the meantime, we are pleased to welcome all pre-booked guests and new reservations staying from 16 July 2019. Please note that the name will be remain or not change to be imm Hotel as my informed earlier. We would like to apologize for any confusion by reverting back to “The Tarntawan Surawong Bangkok”. We are very grateful for the many years of support you have given us and thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation. For all enquiries, please contact me at below shown number. Yours sincerely, Thanadon Tibkham Hotel Manager The Tarntawan Surawong Bangkok 119/5-10 Surawong Rd., Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand. M: +66 (0) 89 204 9461 | T: +66 (0) 2238 2620 | E: hm@tarntawansurawong.com | W:www.tarntawansurawong.com
  6. So I guess he has no concern about the people whose money he took.
  7. Are there any beer bars left now that Soi Twlight is closed?
  8. Thanks Peter. Good detective work.
  9. Interesting the website seems to be up and running.
  10. Does anyone know who owns the company now that Thompson is gone?
  11. Other than Golden Cock which opens at 14:00 (2pm) are there other host bars open early?
  12. I hope your guide took you to Bar Code Bar and Heaven & Dream Boys Bar while you were in Siem Reap.
  13. So I should now expect to pay 2,000 for short time in Bangkok? Just want to adjust my expectations as last year I was turning down boys asking for 2,000 as I though they were trying to asking too much. Maybe I am out of touch with the current prices.
  14. I Have also been staying at Tarntawan for more than 20 years and feel very sad it is changing. Once the first change of owners took place it was the death bell for an era. The recent events and sale are just another symbol that Thailand is changing and we need to assess if these changes make us still feel welcome.
  15. Make sure your connection to Bangkok is still there. I had a very strange go round with United in that my connection they provided from HKG to BKK kept disappearing from my reservation. Happen several times and they were less than helpful at the Premier Desk. They seem to think I should talk to the airline they booked me on about the problem. I told them it was their responsibility to solve this issue as I paid United for transportation to Bangkok. I finally rerouted via Tokyo and will terminate my future dealing with United. Found out later from another United agent they have some weird computer problem that does not secure your connecting flights on other carriers if they rebook after initial booking. A supervisor has to do something special in the system. The whole thing is bizarre and I can no longer trust United which ends 30 years of travel history with them.
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