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.
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.
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.
Safari World Bangkok Thailand
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.
Chao Phraya Boat
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.
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…
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
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'
Baiyoke Sky Hotel Ratchaprarop Road Bangkok Thailand
Day 9 - Back to Delhi We decided to spend a day exploring the infamous Pratunam Market, which was right outside our Baiyoke Sky Hotel. We thought that we will be able to do some decent shopping in that monster sized retain hub of Bangkok in 5-6 hours. Little did we know that the charms of the market would fade in the veil of bargaining skills and crazy pricing. After a disappointing attempt at shopping in Pratunam, and gorging on the Thai Street food on the last day, we left for Delhi in the night.
Siam Niramit Bangkok Thailand
Day 5: A visit to the Floating Market, “Damnoen Saduak” which is a unique experience. You are placed on the boat and are taken to different shops which are floating on the water as the name suggests. One can buy fancy jewelry, Handicrafts, Clothes and eateries. One can enjoy the juicy noodles with the choice of meat or can enjoy the tasty Barbeque freshly prepared Chicken. One should not forget to taste the Famous Coconut Ice cream served with groundnuts. While going towards the hotel, one should also take the benefit of gazing the beautiful creation of Mother Nature- Snakes. One should visit the Snake show which will last for 45mins or so. People play with those poisonous creatures and live their livelihood. One can even enjoy an elephant ride as well!! In the evening, we headed towards the show named as “Siam Niramit” which has the biggest stage in the world. There were more than thousand actors and actresses. This act or play depicts the history of Siam Kingdom and a must watch.
Chao Phraya Express Boat Company Limited Phra Nakhon Thailand
Day 4: Gems stone Gallery is a house with different precious gems all around the world. Before entering, one has to undergo a round trip to the Gems World – the story of a Gem. Heading towards Bangkok, the Wat Pho Temple (Reclining Buddha). All the ladies are preferred to wear decent clothes or else you are given a green over coat to cover yourselves. The interior of the temple is carved brilliantly. The 40 m long and 15 m high Buddha gives immense pleasure to the eyes as well as soul. One can buy a bowl of coins with 20 Baht and follow the outer door of the temple by dropping per coin per bowl. It’s dinner time, Cruise, on Chao Phraya River, a buffet will be served with live music. Words like party, romance, rejoice, will greatly describe the atmosphere. If you are a silent bee, then you can feel the soft breeze through the journey of around an hour and can have a glimpse of colorful Bangkok.
Baiyoke Tower II
Another city, another supertall to climb up. On my visit to Bangkok, I had the chance to go up Baiyoke Tower II, the tallest building in Thailand. Located in the Ratchathewi district, the building, which contains the Baiyoke Sky Hotel (the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia) is 304 meters tall. In itself, the design of the building is quite bland, but the view from the top is great. The revolving observation deck, which gives a 360 degree view of downtown Bangkok, is in the 84th floor. There is also a public viewing area at the 77th floor. A bar, called Rooftop, is located a floor below the revolving deck and is perfect for chilling out with a cocktail while admiring the Bangkok skyline.
Four Seasons Bangkok Hotel Bangkok Thailand
To be honest, this review is from my trip in 2010, and I certainly hope Four Seasons Bangkok is still as amazing! I am sure a lot of people who know me will possibly be a little bit shocked that I am talking about this experience since it was one of the trips I made with my soon to be ex-husband but I say why not? Life takes away a lot, good memories shouldn’t be a part of the deal. :) Coming back to Four Seasons Bangkok, if I had to sum up the experience in just one line, I would like to say – Bradley Cooper and other actors from Hangover 2 were also staying there at that time. Yup! Obviously I am trying to make it sound like we hung out and stuff, which of course, never happened. What did happen though is that I had a great time at FS, Bangkok. Must point out their amazing service, that brilliant goose-down bed (FS hotels never disappoint in that regard, ever), courteous staff, stunning oriental interiors and superb food. Forget everything else, I still haven’t gotten over the fries! Lame, I know, but those fries were a work of art! Swim (in my case being parked at the shallow end), shower, TV, room service, your favourite sandwich and fries… You know what I mean? Of course, you can’t let gluttony take over your stay. You have to step out no matter how comfy the bed. It’s pretty easy to get around town from Four Seasons Bangkok. You can take the metro which is just short walking distance away or hail a cab just as easily but my daily ritual used to be to hop on a tuk-tuk and let it whisk me away to one of the shopping destinations. Most of them are just 10-15 minutes away. I would come back, sip on a glass of wine and head for a relaxing massage. Good life!
Khlong Thom Center วรจักร Bangkok Thailand
The Hot Springs Our next destination was the Krabi Hot Springs. Also in the Klong Thom district of Krabi province and part of the Khao Pra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary itself, a short ten to fifteen minutes drive took us there. At first glance, we were, well, disappointed! Specially since our morning so far had been breathtaking, and our expectations had risen accordingly. A small, murky looking pond with hot water in it? Was that all? Turns out, it wasn’t. A little further was the Hot Spring Mineral Waterfall. Thermal hot springs originate underground in volcanic chambers, the water from which cascades down the rocks. Averaging 35-40 degree Celsius, it is said to be rich in natural mineral salts, claimed to cure myriad health complaints from rheumatism to skin conditions. You can take a dip in the water, but try to beat the crowds if you want any of the calming and therapeutic effects it could offer. Your experience could be like relaxing in an open-air jacuzzi.
River City Shopping Complex Talat Noi Bangkok Thailand
A nice shopping centre to pick up artefacts from. Do check out the furniture stores and other stores selling Burmese antiques. The Tom and Toms coffee shop has good coffee and pizza, and an even better view.
Ambassador Hotel Bangkok Soi Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok Thailand
This is the hotel we stayed in, its in sukhumvit soi 11. One of the best areas to party and its extremely near the mrt.
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.
Siriraj Hospital Museums Bangkok Thailand
Located in the Siriraj Hospital are six distinct museums in two separate buildings. The notable displays are mummified remains of the first known serial killer in modern Thai history, Si Ouey Sae Urng. He was said to be a cannibal, eating kids in the 1950s. The body standing in the booth is supposed to be a deterrent against such violent crimes. Another museum has a room dedicated to all kinds of parasites. There is a human testicle affected by elephantiasis weighing 35 kilos. Not a sight for the faint of heart. Another museum has babies affected by genetic disorders preserved in formaldehyde. Though I was looking forward to this part of the trip, I couldn't save myself from the frowns of my relatives.
CheQinn Bangkok Hostel Nana Tai Alley Bangkok Thailand
Located at about 5 minutes of a walk from BTS Nana, this is the perfect location for any backpacker to stay at. With a couple of 7 Elevens, about 15 eateries, beauty parlours and all the street vendors within 100 meters makes it an ideal place to stay in. The entire street comes alive at night, with restaurants that open only around midnight and shack-like restaurants with live performers and great music resulting in parties every night.
Silver Gold Garden Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Thailand
Pocket Friendly 5-6Kms from Suvarnabhumi Airport Decent Rooms
Waking up in Bangkok.It's 10:00 am and I'm ready to share with you the most stunning 'room with a view' in the heart of this city at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. It's been said time and again that this city is an experience not a destination. But what I do know is that Bangkok gets a clear win for this fantastic first impression this city has left on me.
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.
Fresh Market Khlong Toei Khlong Toei Bangkok Thailand
It’s the biggest fresh market in Bangkok, a local market not popular among tourist but it’s a must visit place for market enthusiast who loves to see and explore the local places. To get the feeling that you are in Bangkok (other than tourist places) Klong toey district is a must visit place. 2 reasons to visit: firstly it has the biggest and the largest fresh market and secondly it is the biggest slum and port area in Bangkok. Here you will simply find everything you need- vegetables, fruits, kitchenwares, meat, chocolates etc. For more:Click Here Facts: Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hrs. Opening hours: Daily from 6 am till midnight (better to reach in early hours) How to get here: Take MRT to Klong Toei station (blue line on map) exit up the escalators and walk towards east from the main road for 10 mins. As you reach the crossing, just go straight and market will be in front of you. Bus no: 45, 46, 72 or 102 to this area (intersection of Rama 4 and Narong Road) What to find here: Vegetables, Meat, Fruits, Spices and many more.
Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Take a overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, a very comfortable train reaches chiang mai early in the morning.. You find plenty hotel/ guest house representative wiling to provide you their services at railway station itself..choose any as per your budget..
Jim Thompson House ถนน พระราม 1 Bangkok Thailand
Jim Thompson was an interesting man, or he is an interesting man - one doesn't know what happened of him after he went missing from the Cameron Highlands. The several houses put together are beautiful, and are beautifully restored. The artefacts inside are equally interesting - especially the Chinese blue pottery stools with a compartment for coal to be put it, to keep your seats warm in winter!
Terminal 21 Khlong Toei Nuea Bangkok Thailand
This airport/travel themed mall is fun and is interesting. Each of the nine floors is made to look like a different city. So you can go to London, Paris, the Caribbean, Tokyo, Rome and a few other cities, all in a matter of a few hours! The Caribbean floor has an amazing food court. The supermarket - Gourmet Market has a lot of international foods and a salad bar. Shop at the other floors, tuck in at the Caribbean!
The Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phrakaew) Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand
Also located within The Grand Palace Complex is the Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. One of the country’s most revered Buddha statues, apparently carved out of a single block of jade, is enshrined here. So revered is the Statue of the Emerald Buddha, that no one except the Thai King is permitted to touch the statue. Dressed in seasonal costume like many other Buddha statues in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha changes costumes thrice a year every time the season changes, in an elaborate ceremony performed by the Thai King himself. Photography is not permitted inside the Temple. Even though it is the magnificence of the palace grounds and the popularity of the Emerald Buddha which attract hordes of visitors here, there is a smaller and much less talked about museum within the Grand Palace Compound as well, one that I would highly recommend: the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins. Located just beyond the ticket booth, and right before the entrance to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this obscure little museum does get some what over-shadowed by its more illustrious neighbours, but as the entrance is included in the cost of the main ticket, it is definitely worth a visit to see the large collection of everything from jewellery, to weapons as well as ancient Thai money.
KS Guesthouse Khan Na Yao Bangkok Thailand
We decided to stay at KS Guesthouse, close by, just across the bridge. For 450 bahts, we are in this nice air conditioned quadruple room with a large balcony overlooking the canal. We would recommend this room to travelers. KS guesthouse is 5 minutes by foot from Khao San road.