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THE BERKELEY HOTEL PRATUNAM
Address: 559 Ratchaprarop Road, Makkasan,
Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel: (662)309-9999
Fax: (662)309-9900

The hotel was officially established in 2013, and it is conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok on Ratchaprarop Road in the Pratunam area, Ratchathewi district. As a most worthwhile place to visit, whether for relaxation or business, you will be truly satisfied with “A Touch of Elegance”, the modern luxurious style of The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam. As a 5-star hotel, you will be offered the best of our cosy and richly elegant environment, with an abundance of things to appreciate, and enjoy our golden location for the nearby popular shopping areas and convenient public transportation. Free-of-charge shuttle bus service is available for your convenience. You can easily go shopping via a shuttle van that has been arranged by the hotel to transport guests to Central Chidlom, BTS Chidlom, Siam Paragon, CentralWorld and Chatuchak Weekend Market . The hotel has two swimming pools, one of which is located at the Main Tower where there is a pool bar with an iconic view. In addition, another swimming pool, which can be found in the North Tower, provides guests with a fabulous marble pool. An area for you to take exercise, as it is a good idea to wisely use your time to improve your physical health and keep in shape during your stay in the hotel, with fully equipped and convenient facilities, although no trainers are included.

The gigantic venue is approximately 3,700 sq.m, one of the largest hotel functional spaces in South East Asia, and offers the very best facilities for organizing any kind of event. Our Meeting Rooms include a variety of kinds of functional rooms for multi-purpose events, such as the pillarless ballroom and an event hall, with a 3,000-guest capacity. In addition, the venues have a Pre-functional area, which is in front of all of the meeting rooms (except the Palladium), which functions as a reception and registration area. Mayfair Grand Ballroom, this pillarless ballroom with a 7.5 metre ceiling height and an area of 1,400 sq.m., can be utilized to create a reception atmosphere, with a capacity of up to 2,000 guests, combining the Grand Ballroom and Foyer. The venue, which perfectly fits any sort of large-scale event, has a variety of availabilities of arrangement; Cocktail party and Classroom.

Jubilee Ballroom,this 240 sq.m. ballroom with 7.5 m height, is large enough to receive 60 to 250 guests. The pillarless space can be organized as a banquet hall or conference venue with a sophisticated design that will be professionally served by the best of our hospitality. With its classic modern Thai décor, accent on top quality ingredients lavished with culinary flair, and gracious intuitive service, throngs of locals and tourists from all over the world are drawn to the bold breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner buffets served in style at The Berkeley Dining Room, The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam’s signature all-day eatery on level 10. Exerting the most magnetic attraction are Friday and Saturday Seafood Dinner Buffets and similarly bountiful Sunday Brunch. But each thrice-daily setup tantalizes taste buds in its own way. A capacity of 300 covers ensures a seat for everyone at the feast while the long and winding buffet lines and live action kitchens keep plates piled high with Thai, other Asian and International comfort food cuisines.

One venue to rule all moods, The Berkeley Lounge resolves thirst, hunger and rendez-vous issues as they evolve with the hour. Whether an eye-opening set menu breakfast, mid-morning coffee and pastries, lunchtime snack grabs, convivial afternoon tea for two, sundowner happy hour, or live blue note and cocktails evenings, it’s whatever the time of day dictates. Spacious, stylish and cozy, its ground floor lobby location makes it a perfect place to stop by while passing through. Softly tread across the plush-pile carpet and slide onto a high chair at the square bar. Or sink into a well-upholstered armchair and avail yourself of table service. A full menu of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and freshly baked and created snacks await selection.

Accommodation

The hotel’s two buildings are connected together by a bridge way that joins the Main Tower with the North Tower. Well-equipped rooms and suites are combined with recreational facilities. The accommodation consists of 8 types of rooms in order to perfectly to suit our guests’ demands.

Luxury Room: The room has 35 sq.m with 2 guests maximum. The irresistible experience of dwelling within the well-appointed elegant accommodations includes spacious interior areas and our modern luxurious adornment and comprehensive facilities, including full-pane windows. Gratify yourself in a warm relaxing bathtub, then sink into an ultra-comfortable bed.

Luxury Quadruple Suite: The room has 50 sq.m with 4 guests maximum. Perfect for families and friends who are traveling together with its spacious extension for more guests, the Luxury Quadruple Rooms stand at the corner of each floor and include 2 queen beds in each room. These suites provide a specific panoramic view overlooking the metropolitan area in the exciting city of Bangkok.

Premier Room: The room has 35 sq.m with 2 guests maximum. Guests will have a fantastic and relaxing time with luxury comfort in well-appointed accommodation with our “A Touch of Elegance” style. These rooms include completely comprehensive facilities and provide a stunning view of the heart of the city’s skyline.

Premier Triple: The room has 54 sq.m with 3 guests maximum. The hotel’s spacious and comfortable Premier Triple rooms feature 1 king size bed and 1 single bed. The rooms are perfect for up to 3 travellers together with exhaustive room amenities. Dwell here and experience Bangkok’s pleasantly restful experience.

Premier Family: The room has 57 sq.m with 3 guests maximum. The most spacious, attractive and comfortable Premier Family rooms feature 1 king size bed and 1 single bed. Therefore, they are perfect for up to 3 travellers with exhaustive room amenities. Relax with your family nearby Bangkok’s lively shopping area.

About Bangkok

Transportation To Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Of 162 cities worldwide, MasterCard ranked Bangkok as the top destination city by international visitor arrivals in its Global Destination Cities Index 2018, ahead of London, with just over 20 million overnight visitors in 2017. This was a repeat of its 2017 ranking (for 2016). Euromonitor International ranked Bangkok fourth in its Top City Destinations Ranking for 2016. Bangkok was also named “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure magazine’s survey of its readers for four consecutive years, from 2010 to 2013.

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As the main gateway through which visitors arrive in Thailand, Bangkok is visited by the majority of international tourists to the country. Domestic tourism is also prominent. The Department of Tourism recorded 26,861,095 Thai and 11,361,808 foreign visitors to Bangkok in 2010. Lodgings were made by 15,031,244 guests, who occupied 49.9 percent of the city’s 86,687 hotel rooms. Bangkok also topped the list as the world’s most popular tourist destinations in 2017 rankings.

Bangkok’s multi-faceted sights, attractions and city life appeal to diverse groups of tourists. Royal palaces and temples as well as several museums constitute its major historical and cultural tourist attractions. Shopping and dining experiences offer a wide range of choices and prices. Among Bangkok’s well-known sights are the Grand Palace and major Buddhist temples, including Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. The Giant Swing and Erawan Shrine demonstrate Hinduism’s deep-rooted influence in Thai culture. Vimanmek Mansion in Dusit Palace is famous as the world’s largest teak building, while the Jim Thompson House provides an example of traditional Thai architecture. Other major museums include the Bangkok National Museum and the Royal Barge National Museum. Cruises and boat trips on the Chao Phraya and Thonburi’s canals offer views of some of the city’s traditional architecture and ways of life on the waterfront.

Shopping venues, many of which are popular with both tourists and locals, range from the shopping centres and department stores concentrated in Siam and Ratchaprasong to the sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market. Taling Chan Floating Market is among the few such markets in Bangkok. Yaowarat is known for its shops as well as street-side food stalls and restaurants, which are also found throughout the city. Khao San Road has long been famous as a destination for backpacker tourism, with its budget accommodation, shops and bars attracting visitors from all over the world

Getting Around in Bangkok

Bangkok is surprisingly easy to navigate your way around. The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to explore many historic sites and attractions at the riverside.

Taxis are cheap and appear on virtually every corner at almost any time. Tuk-tuks, once a big Bangkok attraction, are slowly disappearing in favour of more comfortable transport, but are still worth a ride at least once. Most buses might be slow and old, but a great way to travel with locals and get a real feel of the city. Another option is motorbike taxis. They’re fast and efficient, but not for everyone. There is, of course, always the humble bicycle too – perhaps not the safest option, and strictly for the adventurous.

Weather

Bangkok is a tropical city that sits just north of the equator, and so it’s pretty warm throughout the year. At times the heat can be oppressive. If your especially adverse to extreme temperatues, avoid between April and May when the weather is especially hot and sticky (temperatures around 34C). However, don’t fret if you do choose to come then: one of Thailand’s most celebrated festivals, Songkran, takes place in April and involves lots of refreshing water throwing to help cool everyone down. Perhaps the best time to visit is from October until February, when temperatures hover between 25 and 28C and there are light breezes and only occasional showers. From June through to September there’s still plenty of sunshine and it’s much cooler (around 24-28 C). Remember though, this is the season for rain and there can lots of it. However, this is actually quite refreshing! Others advantages are less visitors and better hotel rates.

Currency

The monetary unit of Thailand is the baht (THB). One bath 100 satang. In circulation are coins of 25 and 50 satang, 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht; banknotes come in denominations of 10 baht, 20 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, 500 baht and 1,000 baht. Satang coins are virtually out of circulation and almost never occur. In Thailand only accept payment in local money. Payment in dollars or euros is not possible, with the exception that payment for excursions and other services of tourist guides personally. Changing money in Bangkok is a fairly easy process. Choosing where to change your money can have a noticeable impact on how much baht you’ll have in your wallet. Those on a budget should try to avoid big banks in shopping malls and popular tourist spots as the higher rents are passed onto the customer in the form of commission rates. And don’t forget, you must have your passport with you to exchange currency in Bangkok. Superrich is one of the most famous money exchange companies in Bangkok. They have several branches across the city, ranging from kiosks in selected BTS Skytrain stations to small shops along Pratunam and Chitlom.

Simcard

About Sim Card, the first thing you’ll want to do is get connected. When you switch on your phone you’ll either be given the option to connect to one of 3 main networks in Thailand: AIS, DTAC or True.

In Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), there are several places to buy a Thai SIM card. The main spot are the Network’s kiosks after you exit customs, right outside of the International gates where people hold up signs. There are kiosks for Thailand’s main mobile operators – DTAC (blue), AIS (Green ) and True Move (Red). At DMK airport, SIM shops are located on the ground level. After visa/immigration, you come down one level to the Customs Green or Red channels. After you go through the Customs, you come down another level where Taxi, public buses, etc. are available. This is the ground level. Once you get down the escalator and the reach the ground level, turn left for the SIM shops.

All three networks sell Tourist or Traveler SIM cards. The base model is a is unlimited internet for 7 Days and 100 Baht of calling and SMS credit. There are also other flavors like 15 and 30 day packages.

http://www.ais.co.th/travellersim/
http://www.dtac.co.th/en/prepaid/products/tourist-sim.html
http://truemoveh.truecorp.co.th/international_service/visit_thailand/en

Attractions

Bangkok offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand’s unique culture, amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis. Become increasingly more popular for people to try and visit nine sacred temples in Bangkok in order to bring themselves good luck for the New Year. Below are some of the temple for tourists to visit.

Wat Arun also known as Temple of Dawn, is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. The temple is located at the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River and is one of Bangkok’s most iconic structures. Despite the name, the best time to have the best view is during the sunset as the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline, also well known for prang of 80 meters, the highest in Thailand. The temple can be visited daily from 8 am until 5.30 pm , plus with the entrance fee at 100 baht.

Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan Temple orTemple of Dawn, Bangkok

How to get there: You can take the boat at the Khlong Saen Saep near the Berkeley Pratunam Hotel and transit to Tan Tien Pier and get to the temple.

Wat Phra Kaew or the temple of the Emerald Buddha, and adjoining the Grand Palace, the former royal residence, together from the greatest spectacle for the visitor to Bangkok. One of the most significant features of this temple is the Emerald Buddha, carved into a 66 m tall block of Jade. Beside, visitors can explore the 2 km long gallery covered with incredibly detailed mural paintings depicting 178 scenes of the epic story of Ramaya. The temple can be visited daily from 8.00 until 15.00 , plus with the entrance free around 400-500 baht per person.

How to get there: Escaping the Bangkok’s traffic, you can take a boat service from the pier nearby the hotel and it will directly take you to the old town area of Bangkok. Phanfa pier is the final stop where you can have a distance walk to the tourist’s destination. Otherwise, there are other transportation available, such as Bus, Taxi and Tuk Tuk. Saen Saep boat service operating from 05.30 – 20:30, and it costs between 10-20 baht, depending on the distance.

Wat Pho, Another favorite among Bangkok’s biggest sights, is one of the oldest and largest temples in the Rattanakosin area, Bangkok. In fact, Wat Pho is named as Thailand earliest centre for education and, the city’s largest reclining Buddha along with the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. The highlight of the temple is the 46 meters long with 15 meter high Reclining Buddha image and is covered in gold leaf. The entrance fee of the temple cost 100 baht and you can visit anytime between 8.00 – 17.00.

How to get there: Escaping the Bangkok’s traffic, you can take a boat service from the pier nearby the hotel and it will directly take you to the old town area of Bangkok. Phanfa pier is the final stop where you can have a distance walk to the tourist’s destination. Otherwise, there are other transportation available, such as Bus, Taxi and Tuk Tuk. Saen Saep boat service operating from 05.30 – 20:30, and it costs between 10-20 baht, depending on the distance.

Wat Benchamabophit or Wat Ben is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful and famous temples. It represents the traditional Thai architecture and was built from marbles imported from Italy, and this is a reason why the temple is commonly known as the Marble Temple. Wat Ben can be categorized as the first class Royal temple comprise of significant importance. Inside the temple, you may visit the main Buddha image, the Phra Buddha Chinnarat with a beautiful blue background. Temple is open daily from 8.00 until 17.00 and the admission fee is only 20 Thai Baht.

How to get there: The temple located only 2km. away from Phanfa pier. You can directly take a bus from the nearby stop otherwise there are also taxi and tuk tuk available beside the pier.

Wat Saket or Golden Mountain temple is one of Bangkok’s oldest temples dating back to the Ayutthaya era located outside the Rattanakosin old town. Wat Saket is best known for the structure of 80 meter high tall golden chedi, and this is usually called “Golden Mount”. Plus, the chedi is visible from far and wide as it glints in the sunshine. Visitors can visit temple throughout the year, however, during the Loy Krathong festival, which is the famous traditional for Thais take place during the night of the 12th Full Moon annually, Wat Saket host a huge temple fair for 9 consecutive days. The visiting hour is between 8.00 – 17.00 daily. There is only an admission fee to the chedi is only 10 THB.

How to get there: Wat Saket is located beside the pier and you can take the boat transport near Berkeley hotel. Saen Saep pier and ride to Panfa Pier Station, when you have arrived at the pier, it’s a 5 mins walk from there.

Useful Information and Tips

Check out the following for the lowdown on Thai festivals, money matters, cultural sensitivities, communications, tipping, what to do on arrival, language, security and emergencies, time-zones, internet access, electricity and where to go for more info. All you need for a great stay in Bangkok! More details

Source: http://www.bangkok.com

 

Transportation

Transport from Airport to Venue

There are two international airports in Bangkok

1. Bangkok Airport – Don Muang

1) Take a taxi – if you do this, make sure you demand the meter to be used, don’t accept any bartering or set fees, it’s the meter or nothing. To Venue from the airport it’s about 250-350 Baht exclude the charge is made up from tolls + airport surcharge, so although the meter may state less, you also have to pay the rest! This takes around 40-60 minutes.

2) Take the Bangkok airport bus – Passengers can travel between Don Muang Airport and to venue on a bus ride from Don Mueang Airport Bus goes to Lumpini Park [A3]. Good news for those people landing at Don Mueang Airport and want a cheap and quick way to get into Bangkok. Starting from 1 May 2017, there will be Airport Bus route to go to Pratunam & Lumpini Park (A3). The cost of the ticket is only 50 Baht for the entire length of the route. Service hours are 7am-11pm.
Pickup Location: Gate 6, 1st floor, Don Mueang Airport

A3 BUS ROUTE
1. Don Mueang Airport
2. Tollway
3. Din Daeng
4. Pratunam (Venue)
5. Ratchaprasong
6. Ratchadamri
7. Lumpini Park

2. Bangkok Airport – Suvarnabhumi

1) Take a taxi – if you do this, make sure you demand the meter to be used, don’t accept any bartering or set fees, it’s the meter or nothing. To Venue from the airport it’s about 350-450 Baht exclude the charge is made up from tolls + airport surcharge, so although the meter may state less, you also have to pay the rest! This takes around 40-60 minutes.

2) Take the Airport Link (train) – Cityline to Phaya Thai (BTS) station, runs every 10-15 minutes and standard fare for the city line is between 15–45 baht depending on distance. Bangkok Airport Rail Link is a commuter rail line connecting Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phaya Thai (BTS) station via Ratchaprarop Station (near venue).

The Airport Rail link operates daily from 06:00 to 24:00, with commuter City Line trains departing every 10 minutes during peak hours (06:00-09:00 and 16:00-20:00) and 15 minutes off peak and weekends.

Getting around Bangkok

Bangkok bus, MRT, BTS – All in one Guide

Transit Bangkok is the most comprehensive guide to Bangkok public transportation. Bangkok bus, MRT (Bangkok Metro), BTS Sky Trains, boats – Chao Phraya Express and Khlong, are collected in one guide. Find information about fares, operating hours, download a Bangkok bus map and view listings. Use Transit Bangkok’s route planner to find the optimal route to your destination. More Information: https://www.transitbangkok.com/

Khlong Saen Saep boat service

The Golden Mount Line runs from the Panfa Leelard Pier near the Democracy Monument and Khao San Road – to Pratunam Pier near our venue in Central Bangkok. Boats run every 20 min or less. To travel the whole system, you must transfer boats at Pratunam Pier. Hold on to your tickets. More Information: http://khlongsaensaep.com/transfers.html

The BTS Skytrain

The BTS Skytrain runs through all important downtown disctricts and major transport hubs in Bangkok, from Mo Chit to On Nut (Sukhumvit Line) and National Stadium to Wongwian Yai (Silom Line). Zooming above Bangkok’s traffic at a steady speed, and with connecting points to the MRT Underground, Chao Phraya Express Boats and two land transport terminals at Victory Monument and Mo Chit, it’s the best way to get around. Read more at: http://www.bangkok-maps.com/bts.htm

Grab Taxi

Grab Taxi is a smartphone-based taxi booking and dispatching service. Our vision is to revamp the Thai taxi industry, making it a safer and more efficient means of transport we can all be proud of. Only 20 baht booking fee plus more with your meter cost. Link: https://www.grab.com/th/en/taxi/

Grab Bike

If you don’t want to waste your time on traffic jam in Bangkok. I suggest you to use GrabBike (Win). It a safe personal transportation service provided by public motorcycles. You can use the Grab Bike services by downloading and using Grab application. Choose “GrabBike (Win)” car types. Only 10 THB booking fee applies. Link: https://www.grab.com/th/en/bike/

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