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Guidebook for Bangkok

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Guidebook for Bangkok

Drinks & Nightlife
One of the world's most famous red-light districts, Patpong is where Thailand's Go-Go culture all started. Its two parallel side-streets, found between Silom and Surawongse Roads, house dozens of neon-lit strip bars offering naughty shows and the famous pole-dancing entertainment. Patpong has long since been usurped as the 'king of the scene' by Soi Cowboy, its counterpart around Sukhumvit.Mainly for sightseers more interested in seeing the famous spot for themselves. Location: Located between Silom and Surawong Roads, it's within easy walking distance from the Skytrain station (Sala Daeng) or the MRT station (Silom).
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Patpong Night Market
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One of the world's most famous red-light districts, Patpong is where Thailand's Go-Go culture all started. Its two parallel side-streets, found between Silom and Surawongse Roads, house dozens of neon-lit strip bars offering naughty shows and the famous pole-dancing entertainment. Patpong has long since been usurped as the 'king of the scene' by Soi Cowboy, its counterpart around Sukhumvit.Mainly for sightseers more interested in seeing the famous spot for themselves. Location: Located between Silom and Surawong Roads, it's within easy walking distance from the Skytrain station (Sala Daeng) or the MRT station (Silom).
Soi Cowboy was named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s, this red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights up a colourful streetscape of 20 or so A go-go bars that line its sides. Don't be shy, it's pretty easygoing and open-minded, entry is always free and drink's prices are fixed. Location: Located just opposite of Terminal 21 and less than 100 metres from Sukhumvit Road, between Asoke Road and Sukhumvit Soi 23 (the nearest Skytrain station is Asoke, or MRT station Sukhumvit). MRT: Sukhumvit Station BTS: Asoke
Cowboy
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Soi Cowboy was named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s, this red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights up a colourful streetscape of 20 or so A go-go bars that line its sides. Don't be shy, it's pretty easygoing and open-minded, entry is always free and drink's prices are fixed. Location: Located just opposite of Terminal 21 and less than 100 metres from Sukhumvit Road, between Asoke Road and Sukhumvit Soi 23 (the nearest Skytrain station is Asoke, or MRT station Sukhumvit). MRT: Sukhumvit Station BTS: Asoke
Sightseeing
Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water. Opening Hours: 08:00 -17:30 Location: Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier) Price Range: 50 Baht
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Wat Arun Ratchavararam
158 Thanon Wang Doem
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Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water. Opening Hours: 08:00 -17:30 Location: Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier) Price Range: 50 Baht
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Location: Na Phralan, Phra Nakorn (inside Grand Palace complex), Old City (Rattanakosin) Dress Code: no short pants or short skirts, not sleeveless tshirts. Sarong are for rent at the entrance but better dress appropriately to avoid the queue. rice Range: 500 Baht!
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha
2 Na Phra Lan Rd
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Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Location: Na Phralan, Phra Nakorn (inside Grand Palace complex), Old City (Rattanakosin) Dress Code: no short pants or short skirts, not sleeveless tshirts. Sarong are for rent at the entrance but better dress appropriately to avoid the queue. rice Range: 500 Baht!
Parks & Nature
Sanam Luang or Sanam Luang is a large stadium. Located in front Wat Mahathat Yuwarat Rangsarit between the Grand Palace and Bowon Mansion, Mongkol Phranakhon Bangkok.The Sanam Luang was originally called Thung Phra Meru because it was dedicated to the royal burial ground. And the royal family, when in 1855 reign of King Mongkut. His Majesty graciously. Change name from "Thung Phra Meru" is the "Sanam Luang" as appeared in the announcement. "In front of Wat Mahathat. People cited long time ago was a misfortune. The name of the district. 'Thung Phra Meru' is not like this, from here at the front of Wat Mahathat is called 'Sanam Luang'.
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Sanam Luang
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Sanam Luang or Sanam Luang is a large stadium. Located in front Wat Mahathat Yuwarat Rangsarit between the Grand Palace and Bowon Mansion, Mongkol Phranakhon Bangkok.The Sanam Luang was originally called Thung Phra Meru because it was dedicated to the royal burial ground. And the royal family, when in 1855 reign of King Mongkut. His Majesty graciously. Change name from "Thung Phra Meru" is the "Sanam Luang" as appeared in the announcement. "In front of Wat Mahathat. People cited long time ago was a misfortune. The name of the district. 'Thung Phra Meru' is not like this, from here at the front of Wat Mahathat is called 'Sanam Luang'.
Suan Luang Rama IX is a public park and Botanical Garden The largest in Bangkok The area of about 500 rai in the district of Nongbon , Pravet east of. Bangkok Build to build to embrace. His Majesty In the 60th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King's 60th Birthday Anniversary on December 5, 1987 by Professor Emeritus Decha Boonkum as President of Landscape DesignThe commonsense area Composed of auspicious hall. And the Great Park Inside the Ratchaprasong tower showcases stories about royal activities. And his appliances.
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King Rama IX Park
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Suan Luang Rama IX is a public park and Botanical Garden The largest in Bangkok The area of about 500 rai in the district of Nongbon , Pravet east of. Bangkok Build to build to embrace. His Majesty In the 60th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King's 60th Birthday Anniversary on December 5, 1987 by Professor Emeritus Decha Boonkum as President of Landscape DesignThe commonsense area Composed of auspicious hall. And the Great Park Inside the Ratchaprasong tower showcases stories about royal activities. And his appliances.
Arts & Culture
A huge, three-headed elephant statue standing upon an equally gargantuan pedestal is the first, and last, thing you see when visiting Samut Prakan's Erawan Museum. It's a splendid, towering beast: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. From conception to completion it took almost ten years to construct. With a proud, war-like demeanor and trunks the size of ancient Banyan Trees, this is an epic image of Hindu mythology's Airavata (otherwise known as Erawan) you'll never forget. Opening Hours: Everyday 8:00-17:00 Location: Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan How to get there: From the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum .
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The Erawan Museum
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A huge, three-headed elephant statue standing upon an equally gargantuan pedestal is the first, and last, thing you see when visiting Samut Prakan's Erawan Museum. It's a splendid, towering beast: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. From conception to completion it took almost ten years to construct. With a proud, war-like demeanor and trunks the size of ancient Banyan Trees, this is an epic image of Hindu mythology's Airavata (otherwise known as Erawan) you'll never forget. Opening Hours: Everyday 8:00-17:00 Location: Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan How to get there: From the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum .
Shopping
JJ Green Night Market might just be the coolest place to shop in Bangkok, with its much more chilled-out, bohemian vibes when compared to the capital’s gargantuan Chatuchak Weekend Market just down the road. Part vintage flea market, part local drinking hangout, JJ Green is best visited on Thursday to Sunday evening, from 17:00 to 24:00, although many bars here keeps going until after midnight on Saturday and Sunday night, when the market is at its busiest. Opening Hours: Thurs - Sun 17:00 – 02:00 MRT: Chatuchak BTS: Mo Chit Address: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
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JJ Green Night Market
1 Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd
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JJ Green Night Market might just be the coolest place to shop in Bangkok, with its much more chilled-out, bohemian vibes when compared to the capital’s gargantuan Chatuchak Weekend Market just down the road. Part vintage flea market, part local drinking hangout, JJ Green is best visited on Thursday to Sunday evening, from 17:00 to 24:00, although many bars here keeps going until after midnight on Saturday and Sunday night, when the market is at its busiest. Opening Hours: Thurs - Sun 17:00 – 02:00 MRT: Chatuchak BTS: Mo Chit Address: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Rot Fai Market (Train Market) in Bangkok is an authentic open-air bazaar selling an incredible array of vintage collectables and memorabilia from yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion and Mao kitsch.Rot Fai Market is located on Srinakarin Soi 51, just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall. The best way to get there is via taxi – all drivers should know Seacon Square. However, traffic can be bad on Friday and Saturday nights so you could consider taking the BTS Skytrain to On Nut Station first, then catching a taxi from there. Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight (Thurs-Sun) .
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Talad Rod Fai Train Night Market
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Rot Fai Market (Train Market) in Bangkok is an authentic open-air bazaar selling an incredible array of vintage collectables and memorabilia from yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion and Mao kitsch.Rot Fai Market is located on Srinakarin Soi 51, just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall. The best way to get there is via taxi – all drivers should know Seacon Square. However, traffic can be bad on Friday and Saturday nights so you could consider taking the BTS Skytrain to On Nut Station first, then catching a taxi from there. Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight (Thurs-Sun) .
Entertainment & Activities
A simulation flight is an extra-special gift for everyone, from young children who dream of being pilots to those who have a passion for planes, and according to research it can even help those who are scared of flying find their wings. The experience feels so realistic that the cockpit in Bangkok has even been used in films and TV shows, and although it isn’t a bargain, it still costs significantly less than in Australia or Europe. BTS: Ekkamai Address: Gateway Ekamai, 2nd Floor, Sukumvit road, Klong Toey, Phra Khanong, Bangkok
Flight Experience Bangkok
A simulation flight is an extra-special gift for everyone, from young children who dream of being pilots to those who have a passion for planes, and according to research it can even help those who are scared of flying find their wings. The experience feels so realistic that the cockpit in Bangkok has even been used in films and TV shows, and although it isn’t a bargain, it still costs significantly less than in Australia or Europe. BTS: Ekkamai Address: Gateway Ekamai, 2nd Floor, Sukumvit road, Klong Toey, Phra Khanong, Bangkok
Experience what it's like to have the entire ocean as your playground during a visit to SEA LIFE, Bangkok's premier aquatic wildlife park. See an impressive variety of over 30,000 sea creatures up close while learning about their habitats. Activity Location: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World B1 Floor, Siam Paragon Shopping Center 991 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan Bangkok
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Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
991 Rama I Rd
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Experience what it's like to have the entire ocean as your playground during a visit to SEA LIFE, Bangkok's premier aquatic wildlife park. See an impressive variety of over 30,000 sea creatures up close while learning about their habitats. Activity Location: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World B1 Floor, Siam Paragon Shopping Center 991 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan Bangkok
Everything Else
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76. How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.
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ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
2194 Charoen Krung Rd
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Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76. How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.
Bangkok’s Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction and a food haven for new generation gourmands who flock here after sunset to explore the vibrant street-side cuisine. At day time, it’s no less busy, as hordes of shoppers descend upon this 1-km strip and adjacent Charoenkrung Road to get a day’s worth of staple, trade gold, or pay a visit to one of the Chinese temples.
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Yaowarat
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Bangkok’s Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction and a food haven for new generation gourmands who flock here after sunset to explore the vibrant street-side cuisine. At day time, it’s no less busy, as hordes of shoppers descend upon this 1-km strip and adjacent Charoenkrung Road to get a day’s worth of staple, trade gold, or pay a visit to one of the Chinese temples.
Amphawa is the second most popular floating market near Bangkok, not as large as Damnoen Saduak but more authentic, with visitors almost exclusively Thai. Located 50 km from Bangkok this once small village was apparently already present in the mid-Seventeenth Century. It has become such a magnet for Thai weekenders that food stalls have grown from the riverbanks and stretched far into the surrounding streets.The main draw is of course eating seafood grilled procariously on wooden boats moored around the famous central bridge, serving an appetizing array of huge prawns, shellfish and squid. Opening Hours: Saturday - Sunday
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Amphawa Floating Market
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Amphawa is the second most popular floating market near Bangkok, not as large as Damnoen Saduak but more authentic, with visitors almost exclusively Thai. Located 50 km from Bangkok this once small village was apparently already present in the mid-Seventeenth Century. It has become such a magnet for Thai weekenders that food stalls have grown from the riverbanks and stretched far into the surrounding streets.The main draw is of course eating seafood grilled procariously on wooden boats moored around the famous central bridge, serving an appetizing array of huge prawns, shellfish and squid. Opening Hours: Saturday - Sunday