Bangkok Journals

Bangkok And Beyond

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A travel journal to Bangkok by uncoding

Map of the Skytrain Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Bangkok is the City of Angels, but until you become one you must navigate only as high as the Skytrain, and, more often, as low as the curving streets with long names. Once you settle in this tropical city, if you mix cab rides, buzzing Tuk-Tuks, and the Skytrain wisely, you can follow an itinerary that includes the Grand Temple, a river cruise and the go-go bars in one day. You might even have time for shopping at the Indian markets, dining in Chinatown, or for a breath of fresh air in Lumpini Park. But not if you get stuck in traffic and lose control of your destiny. Even budget travelers know time is money, so read these journals carefully for guidance through this fast and slow lane city.

Bangkok And Beyond

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Overview

Yuk Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok is many things to many people. For everyone it is hot and the traffic eventually becomes an issue. This journal offers some insight on the way to get around Bangkok, where to shop and where to head out for a beer. If you like sleeping among the world-wandering youth in Khao San Road you'll find something here. If you don't mind spending a dollar on a one way ticket across the city, then you should read about the Skytrain that outdoes any tuk-tuk when it comes to speed and comfort. If you like wats (temples) there is Wat Arun sticking up like an icon on the Chao Phraya River and the golden and awesome Grand Temple. If you like history spend some time at the Vimanmek Teak House and the Nati...Read More

Grand Pacific Hotel

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Hotel | "The Grand Inn"

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The Grand Inn is a handsome place with a small lobby that offers a nice escape from the busy street outside. Just a block away the Na Na Plaza Entertainment Center comes alive at about 7pm. So it’s a perfect place in Bangkok to stay for the drinker of tall bottles of Singha or Heineken who wants to see the high-booted girls dance to Eighties hits. Girls sit in the tightly packed bars waving to passing men and then sip drinks with them for a commission. If you don't speak Thai, that's okay, you can chat in limited English with them, or just dwell on the era of Chulalongkorn, one of the great kings of Thailand- he abolished slavery in the Land of Smiles. When I ventured over after checking in, seve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2002

Grand Pacific Hotel
Thanon Sukhumvit
Bangkok, Thailand
02/6511000

Sawasdee House

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Hotel | "Sawasdee Inn"

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There is one place to go for mango smoothies and people-watching near Khao San Road: The Sawasdee Inn. This meeting place in this popular alley is just 50 yards from the main drag. When that's packed with people this alley will be buzzing and weary travelers will fill the open-air restaurants for a break. Many backpackers make reservations to local sights, the islands, and elsewhere, at the travel agent inside. Backpacks serve as seats for those who missed out on the big teak chairs around the coffee tables where Westerners read paperbacks or travel books to sharpen their itineraries. Hotmail computers are always on in this lobby that's open 24 hours a day.If you've spent enough time at t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

Sawasdee House
147 Soi Rambutri
Bangkok, Thailand
281 8138

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion)

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Attraction | "Vimanmek Teak House"

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Teak House is a nice place to visit after moving through the crowds of Khao San Road. A few minutes after getting on the bus at Democracy Monument you will see the sky and lawns open up and take over on every side. That's the lawn for the National Assembly and the world's largest building made of golden teak: the Vimanek Teak House. Winding right along you'll soon get off on a tree-lined lane and head through the fences to this house that was first built as a royal residence on Ko Si Chang, then moved here in 1910, by what method I do not know. Once on the grounds you will leave modern Bangkok behind.King Rama V lived here at the turn of the century and in the 81 rooms you will see...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion)
Thanon Ratchawithi
Bangkok, Thailand 10300
+66 2 628 6300-9

Hard Rock Cafe

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Attraction

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After getting off at the Siam stop on the Skytrain you can shop until you drop in the huge shopping center, then, bags in hand, sit right at the bar of the Hard Rock Cafe. It's right there in the heart of Bangkok and it's just like being at home. The rock-n-roll memorabilia, the red and white checker table cloths, and the bartenders and servers are ready for your patronage. The prices are just like at home, too. About $3 for a draft beer, which is outrageous in Bangkok! But it's two-for one if you arrive during happy hour. That early in the evening there's no music, just a stage all set up and silent, but the energy is there. The Hard Rock Cafe is an escape. The backbeat never rests and the in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2002

Hard Rock Cafe
424/3-6 Siam Square, Soi 11
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 02 251 0797

Bangkok Skytrain

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Story/Tip

Map of the Skytrain Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Upon my arrival in Bangkok late last year, I took a cab from Don Muang Airport to Na Na Plaza, a district known for its nightlife. While the high-booted go-go's were a sight to see, the Skytrain turned out to be the best new thing in Bangkok for me. The sleek train runs all the way to the Chao Phya River from many points in the crowded city. Air-conditioned and with the average leg costing only a $1, the Skytrain turns Bangkok into a second cleaner, faster city. To see it sprout arms like Shiva to the Teak House, Chinatown and The Grand Temple would be a nice improvement.Not until I stayed in Khao San Road, after returning from a tour, did I realize how much time I saved on the Sky...Read More