Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is the largest and probably the oldest temple in Bangkok. Wat Pho is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, more than any other temple in the country. The golden Buddha is more than 150 feet in length. Many enchanting and ornate murals adorn the walls. The temple area is stunning and we spent 3 hours wandering around and clicking pictures. We ended the day with a 2-hour traditional Thai massage inside the temple compound.
The Grand Palace
The elaborate Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo are the most photographed sights in Bangkok. Work began on the Grand Palace under King Rama I in 1782 to provide a home for the King and a resting place for the Emerald Buddha. The Royal Family no longer lives in the Grand Palace, having moved to the Dusit area, but tourists visit this spectacular site to see Thailand’s holiest temple, Wat Phra Kaeo. Stroll around, and give in to the urge to take a hundred pictures. Doesn't matter that each one of those angles has been clicked before -- you deserve one all of your own.
Chao Phraya River
No visitor to Bangkok should miss seeing Bangkok from the river. A great way to get around Bangkok without the hassle and hustle and bustle of traffic is by the Chao Phraya Express. There are stops all along the river bank and its a quick and cheap way to get from one place to another.
Khao San Road
I arrived in Bangkok with an agenda. One of my favorite cities in the world, I decided to change things up a bit and focus on one of the city’s most fascinating streets. I visited Bangkok’s most famous street - the backpacker gateway to Southeast Asia – Khao San Road and its neighbor, the equally handy Soi Rambuttri. Just about anything is available on Khao San Road. Accommodation, travel services, massages, food, clothing, jewelry, used books, pirated DVDs, tattoos, hair braiding, fake IDs, you name it. Forgot to graduate from Oxford? Or become a member of the media? Or turn 21? No problem! Khao San’s fake ID merchants can help. Need a tattoo and a bus ticket to Vietnam? Khao San’s got you covered. If you need it, you can probably find it on Khao San Road. It’s a place to disappear or, perhaps, to find yourself.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
This Grand Palace complex also houses The Wat Phra Kaew ( Temple of Emerald Buddha), the most sacred Buddhist Temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the style of the Lanna school of the north, dating from the 15th century AD. This image statue is raised on a series of high platforms and except the King, no one is allowed near the statue. A seasonal cloak covers the statue and it changes three times a year to correspond to the summer, winter and rain season. The changing of the robes is performed only by the King to bring good fortune to the country and considered as a very important ritual.
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
How to Get ThereSiam Ocean World is located at the basement of Siam Paragon mall. It is accessible using the BTS Skytrain - get off Siam Station and take Exit 5 to the mall.Useful Info: The oceanarium is open from 10 am to 9pm, last entry an hour before closing. Price for adults is 900 baht, 700 baht for children.
Also known as the "Green Lung" of Bangkok, Lumphini Park is returning to the serenity of nature. Away from the noise and haste of the city, this place does the trick by providing you some peace. More than often, this place works as a therapy from the hustle bustle of the city. It is open from 10 am to 3 pm. I suggest you go here as early as possible. As the day progresses, this place too gets a bit stuffed with tourists hence beating the purpose of the visit. There is an artificial lake in the middle of the park, where you can lie back and relax. Lumphini Park is a lush oasis in the middle of Bangkok. It’s a great place to go for a picnic, relax, jog, yoga, or collect your thoughts.
Patpong Night Market
Generally all malls closed by 8 pm, so early, hmm, what to do? But if you are in Bangkok still shopping is possible- How?? Bangkok is also famous for its ‘Night Market’. Among them one which is the most prominent and famous among tourist is “Patpong Night Market” located in the Silom, district Of Bangkok. The place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the nearby GO GO Bars and lot of foreign Tourists. This market in Bangkok’s notorious nightlife district is a first and the easiest stop for many tourists. The quality and the prices of most of the items sold in the market are as real as it looks. But remember not to be fooled by the first impression and Bargain hard in order to buy something. Both Market and Go Go Bars seems to complement each other well. For More: Click Here Facts: Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hrs. Opening hours: 6pm to 2am (In order to get good deal, reach as the market opens at 6pm) How to get here: Take BTS to Sala Daeng and exit down from one of the right hand stairs. Walk from the main road and as you see that the vendors on the pavement are increasing, you are in the right direction and after 2-3mins you will know you are here. Or ask anybody. What to find here: Shoes, watches, tees, lasers, lamps, handbags etc…
Pratunam is so-called the wholesale shopping area. This is where Platinum Mall and the Pratunam Market is located. Somewhere along the alley (sadly I forgot the exact soi number), there is a famous stall which sells char siew wonton noodles and braised pork rice. You can ask around and almost everyone will be able to tell you where it is. Or if you happen to walk past it, you definitely will not miss the long queue! Don't worry about queuing for too long as the table turnover rate is high.
Yaowarat Road Bangkok Thailand
Explore Chinatown in the evening If you're not visiting Bangkok during a weekend, you can go to Pratu Nam market, for some serious and cheap shopping. At Pratu Nam, everything, even if you're buying a single piece, is available at a wholesale discounted price. You can find quite a few flower markets around Bangkok but if you want to see the real flower market, Yodpiman (the largest flower market in Bangkok) is the place to be. Full of colors and lovely smell, Yodpiman flower market is a nice and vibrant market to visit. Here you can find all kind of flowers, vegetables and fruits. Though the market is open 24 hours, it is busiest before dawn, when boats and trucks arrive with flowers from all over Thailand. Set off for Amphawa OR Ayutthaya Right behind it is the popular Yodpiman River Walk, if you fancy a cooling breeze walk, with a beer in your hand. Asthe sun pulls the curtains, Bangkok's Chinatown throbs with an electrifying energy. Countless street vendors come alive with their temporary shops on pedestrian walkways and transform the entire area into a foodie's kitchen. Neon signs shine bright along the entire length of Chinatown, attracting innocent food lovers to empty out their pockets. Moreover if you're into sea food, no other place, in the entire Bangkok, can beat Chinatown. Day 3 - A Day Trip to Amphawa OR A Day Trip to Ayutthaya. And DRINKS Treat yourself with drinks at a rooftop bar and explore the city's many skylines If you're here during a weekend, I recommend a day trip to Amphawa, where you can find Thailand's biggest floating market, and the much extraordinary Maeklong train market. If not, explore some ancient temples and the deep rooted history in Ayutthaya. Both require you go around 100 kms out of the city, which takes 1 to 2 hours, each side. You can get a minivan from the Victory Monument, for both places. Note: Before you hit your favorite rooftop bar, make sure you're not wearing shorts and/or flip-flops, as most of the places are quite particular about a gentleman's dress-code. Also Read: Thailand Travel Guide and learn more about the country Subscribe to get travel tips and useful travel resources, delivered in your inbox! Amphawa floating market is open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; but Maeklong train market can be visited 7 days a week. Where you can find a few floating markets inside the Bangkok city as well (with Talin Chan floating market being the most popular) they are quite tiny in size and often leave tourists craving for more. Maeklong train market, on the other hand, is the one and only such markets - running on a railway track - in the entire world. Ayutthaya offers a complete different experience from that of Amphawa and Maeklong. Unreal and bewitching, the ruins and temples of Ayutthaya picture an unearthly landscape that will leave you awestruck the moment you end up here. This is where you'll find centuries old temples, many impressive and gigantic Buddha statues, and the much talked about Buddha head entwined in a tree. Conclude your visit to Bangkok with some drinks in a fancy rooftop bar, and take your love for the city to a next level. Some of the most popular ones include Sky Bar, Moon Bar and the Octave Rooftop Bar, but to tell you the truth, I've only tried Sky Bar, and yes, it was great.This blog was originally published on 'Footlose Dev'
Suvarnabhumi Airport Nong Prue Samut Prakan Thailand
It was an official trip to Thailand to attend a conference 3 years back. I just managed to get my passport just 2 days before the scheduled trip of 21st April. So I had no time to manage the visa but depend on Visa on Arrival process. Reaching Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport with the team, I took the queue for Visa on Arrival and submitted the VISA fees of 2000 Rs. and got the VISA instantly. We had few cabs waiting to pick us from the Airport and drop us at Pattaya. Our company had already booked a hotel for us in Pattaya where the conference was scheduled.
Our final destination was Safari World at Bangkok. Home to dolphins, seals, chameleons and countless colorful, tropical birds, Safari World is a major crowd-puller for tourist families with young children. There are shows at regular intervals where the agile animals perform complicated tasks with great dexterity. The 'safari' is a jeep-ride through an artificial zone which houses lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, elephants and many different varieties of deer. Visitors are also treated to a sumptious lunch at the end of the visit.
Calypso Bangkok Bangkok Thailand
What is Bangkok if not a bit eccentric and unique? The Ladyboy Bar and Gay bar are quite a common sighting here. The Calypso Cabernet Show is quite the hit among the tourists here. Oh yeah, it’s a cabaret show that is all ladyboys! Oh, and you can eat dinner there too if you like. It is quite a once in a lifetime experience and totally worth the time.
Sukhumvit Khlong Toei Nuea Bangkok Thailand
Passport stamped, the signs lead out to the taxi bay where on the press of a button one is assigned a bay number and the cab parked there will take the passenger to their destination. Easy enough! My first encounter with a Thai local was my cab driver who had very limited English but still managed to tease me by mispronouncing my hotel name deliberately to make me laugh. From Suvarnabhumi to Sukhumvit is about a 30-40 minute drive on elevated fly-over highways which have intermittent toll booths. Having the driver take care of all the toll fees is a good idea on the maiden cab ride in the city...my cab fare came to 820THB right to my hotel doorstep.
Chinatown Bangkok Thailand
It is a haven to explore the vibrant street-side cuisine. The food is cheap and fresh. Chinatown is definitely not to be missed. We had bird’s nest soup, suckling pig, roasted duck, and grilled prawns. It is a perfect spot for the best bargains as there are many whole sellers here if you need to buy souvenirs. Visit after sundown.
Temple of Dawn Bangkok Yai Bangkok Thailand
Next up was Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. This one is probably one of Bangkok’s most recognised attractions; you just have to see how gorgeous it looks all lit up at night. Wat Arun also finds itself on a Thai 10-Baht coin, that should indicate to you how iconic a landmark it really is. Named after Aruna – the Indian God of Dawn, it is believed that after the fall of Ayuthaya the royal fleet of King Taksin, founder of the former capital of Thonburi, arrived at this location precisely at dawn, which is how it got its name. Located right across the river from Wat Pho, it is easily reachable by the Chao Phraya Express Ferry that makes trips back and forth from one side of the river to the other. Climbing up is possible, very steep and narrow steps lead to a balcony high on the central tower, and if you’re brave enough to attempt the somewhat intimidating climb, you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic views. The 79 meter high prang or Khmer-style tower is decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi-colored porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.
Siam Ocean World Bangkok Co.
Nestled below the posh Siam Paragon mall in Sukhumvit, Bangkok is the Siam Ocean World oceanarium. It is one of the largest in Southeast Asia, just a tad bigger than the Manila Ocean Park, at 10,000 square meters. I visited the oceanarium on my third visit to Bangkok, during the food tour. The aquariums were grouped into zones, seven in all: Weird and Wonderful, Rain Forest, Deep Reef, Rocky Shore, Living Ocean, Open Ocean, and Jellies. The Weird and Wonderful section contain several cylindrical aquariums housing weird creatures, such as the giant spider crabs, sea horses of all shapes, and mollusks that somehow resembled Admiral Ackbar of Star Wars. The Rain Forest also has its share of strange animals, not just fishes. I was particularly fascinated with the lung fishes, some albino-colored cave fishes with two hind legs, some rodents that swim, and a chameleon, staring at the onlookers with its multi-colored eyes.The Deep Reef, containing large tanks, are populated with a multitude of fishes, swimming around the artificial corals and rocks set in the aquarium. Penguins and other marine animals populate the Rocky Shore. Midway through the exhibits we entered a room to board glass-bottomed boats to observe the fishes from a different angle. We were also able to see the machineries that responsible for the upkeep of the aquariums, and we saw where they are breeding some of the fishes and shells. After taking the glass-bottomed boats, we went through the 270-degree acrylic underwater tunnel to the Open Ocean, where sharks, stingrays and groupers abound. The size of the aquarium was impressive, but the number of shark species and sharks were a bit of a letdown (Manila Ocean Park has more sharks). I did enjoy the last part before we exited - the jellyfishes. I'm allergic to jellyfish stings in real life, but I find them fascinating. Seeing them in LED-lighted aquariums is the best way to observe them, as it removed the possibility of being stung. But it's a biatch to take pictures of them. It took Arvy several tries to take that picture of the jellyfish above, and all my efforts turned out to be blurry blobs. There are other activities in the Siam Ocean World that we didn't do, such as disturbing the starfishes in the "petting zoo," feeding the sharks and otters, having fishes eat our foot callouses in the fish spa, and scuba diving in the aquariums to encounter the sharks.
Jim Thompson House Rama I Road Bangkok Thailand
The Jim Thompson House was the main agenda for day 1. The house is interesting and the architecture is spectacular. Jim Thompson's story however is even more intriguing. But while the museum was the star of the day, I was tickled by the little library next door, even better was the old fashioned jukebox that was there. The nice thing about Bangkok, I realised are these little surprises - an old fashioned jukebox, a gaming parlor, a few temples that have not made it to the "popular list", the hospitality and Kaizen coffee.
Siam Center Rama I Road Pathum Wan Bangkok Thailand
Retail therapy and mall hopping was the agenda for the evening. Gourmet Market at Siam Centre, cheesecake and tea at Harrods and shopping at Bath and Body Works and Sephora was the perfect way to end the day. The Siam Center is huge with endless shopping options. While most things cost about as much as they do in India, some chocolate, teas, coffees and certain cooking supplies are available here in plentiful at a fraction of what they cost back home.
Safari World Khlong Sam Wa Bangkok Thailand
Day-4Another thrilling day awaits us as we board our bus to travel to the SAFARI WORLD. It's a huge arena divided into 2 parts. One is for different shows. We watched Urang Otan Show, Dolphin Show, Sea Horse Show & Cowboy Stunt Show followed by Lunch. After lunch it was time for JUNGLE SAFARI. Here , animals are set free and you have to watch them from the bus which runs at 10 Kmph. Afterwards we came back to hotel
Night Market Ratchaprarop Road Bangkok Thailand
If my food hunt until now looks a little complicated to you, let's take you to the night market in Bangkok. Yes, it's a non-vegetarian's paradise with delectable eats that would often be a sweet surprise on your plate. Occasional grease fires at the stalls added to the atmosphere of this food sanctuary in the heart of the city.
Soi cowboy(for Adults) After a long tiring day we reached our hotel around 8pm. Refreshed ourselves and went out for a night stroll around Sukhumvit. Luckily we stumbled upon a small lane which led us to the famous Soi Cowboy. It is similar to Pat Pong without the night market. It follows the same pattern as in most of the GoGo bars in Thailand, drinks served by ladies and bikini dances. However, it is much better. Each bar here has its own theme. From naughty cops to sexy nurses, you name it. You can take the ladies back to your hotel rooms by paying the bar fine. Bar Fine (in general, may differ) – 500 Baht Charge(boom boom,as it is locally called) – 1000 Baht, again it may differ.
Golden Buddha Mittaphap Thai-China Road Bangkok Thailand
Located right next to Hualampong Railway Station and at the near end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road stands the Temple of the Golden Buddha. Locally known as Wat Traimit (literally translated into the Golden Buddha), is a temple to the world's largest massive gold seated Buddha. It measures nearly five meters in height and weighs five and a half tons. Legends speak of how the artisans crafted the Buddha statues in gold and disguised them from invading armies by covering them with stucco and plaster. Discovered by accident, the Buddha at Wat Traimit was accidentally dropped, revealing, under a casing of plaster, a beautiful solid gold Sukhothai style Buddha, holding true to its many legends. Those pieces of the plaster are still kept on display. Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Dusit Bangkok Thailand
Not many people I know who’ve been to Bangkok have been to Dusit Park, but this was my favourite part of the city. If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle, the hoards of people, the traffic and the pollution, Dusit Park is a haven of green and tranquillity. The park is a result of King Chulalongkorn’s attempts to Westernize Bangkok, by creating a green space with manicured gardens and teak mansions. Highlights of the park include Vimanmek mansion and the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. Vimanmek mansion is the largest golden teak building in the world and was the summer palace of the royal family. It’s colour themed rooms contain fascinating artefacts and are open to visitors.
Suvarnabhumi Airport Bang Na-Trat Road Rachathewa Samut Prakan Thailand
Arrive at the Suvarnabhumi Airport from India. We had taken Thai Airways and the fare cost us approximately Rs. 23,000 from Mumbai to Bangkok. Oh, by the way, do spend some time looking at the construction of the airport. You'll find a lot of inspiration from the Indian mythology on the airport!
Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar Sathon Bangkok Thailand
This snazzy bar on top of the Banyan Tree hotel offers the best view of the city by night. On the roof of the 61st floor, at 196 metres high, you can sip on a cocktail and gaze at the twinkling lights of Bangkok below. Aptly named Vertigo, this open-air bar isn’t for those who are scared of heights and is only open weather permitting.
Taling Chan Bangkok Thailand
Bangkok has a lot of floating markets on the outskirts of the city. Taling Chan is one that you can try. You can ride a long tail boat for 100 baht, shop a bit and enjoy the lovely food. The only thing you have to keep in mind here is that you have to come early at 8am to avoid the heat and the crowd.
The Platinum Fashion Mall Ratchathewi Thailand
It is Thailand’s largest Stylist Wholesale and Retail fashion Mall. It consist of 2139 shops each selling different varieties of products. Mostly dedicated to ladies but there are also few shops for guys. The best part: the owners are itself the designer that is why the design, texture and color combination differ from each other. Isn’t it amazing? Also no need to do bargain because the price is more or less same in every shop. It’s a must visit place. Also the food court on top floor is the best part of it. You will get Vegetarian food here. Here shops operate on a principle: buying 1 piece at a retail price and if u will buy 3 at once it will be wholesale price. For More: Click Here Facts: Recommended length of visit: 5-6 hrs. Opening hours: 10am to 8pm (Go in the first hours so that one can get more time to shop) How to get here: Take BTS to Chit Lom Station and exit towards Central World Mall. Walk straight from the central world mall and after you cross Central World walk for another 5 mins on the same path and you will be here soon. What to find here: Clothes, Clothes and more Clothes.
Funarium กรุงเทพมหานคร ประเทศไทย
A huge indoor playground structure with slides, ropes, climbing walls, a ball pit, trampoline, cycling track, basketball court and a craft room with themed activities, paints, papercraft and more. Your kids will love Funarium, and you will love it even more because you don’t have to watch your kids while they play. There are about a dozen Thai minders to supervise your child at Funarium.Where: Sukumvit 26 (behind Carrefour, Rama IV Road)Timings: 8:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.Contact No. +662 665 6555Other places you can visit in Bangkok: Siam Park City, Safari World, Dusit Zoo, Museum Of Siam, Rattanakosin Exhibition HallPlaces to avoid in Bangkok: Try to avoid dubious areas such as Khao San Road, Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana.Hotels with clubs/facilities for kids: Centre Point Pratunam Hotel, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Holiday Inn, Bangkok