Subject: RE: Help re Bangkok
Hi Karen, ABF means American Breakfast (usually a buffet with a wide selection of hot and cold breakfast items).

>From it's website - the Hilton looks like a nice, American style, hotel (but I am not personally familiar with it). We've stayed in a 'boutique hotel' called the Swiss Lodge which was very reasonable and in a really interesting area of the city (http://www.swisslodge.com/) and also at the Meridien President (across from Erawan Shrine) which has excellent rates over the Internet through AsiaHotels (right now it's $52US) - as site through which I've booked a great number of hotels in the region (http://www.asiahotels.com/hotel/Le_Meridien_President_Bangkok.htm) I recommend them both highly.

A few of the highlights of Bangkok IMHO: - The Grand Palace on Lak Meuang Road - Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which is adjacent to the Palace (and you can also get a great massage next to it!) - National Museum - Vimanmek Mansion - Jim Thompson Thai House Museum (and there's a lovely store on the property) - Erawan Shrine (near Siam Square)

If you get a chance to go out of the city, I'd suggest the ancient capital of Ayuthaya which is just 45 miles north of Bangkok.

Have a great trip - it's a wonderful country and Bangkok is a fascinating city. I'm going through there on my way to Chiang Mai for our Chinese New Year holiday next week.

Cheers from Hong Kong! Judy (a former Albertan)