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No Shopping, No Tuk-Tuk!

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An April 2002 trip to Bangkok by Jenn966

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Bangkok is an amazing city, rich in history and filled with beauty. The vendors of a wide range of products and services are aggressive, but hey -- I'm from New York and so it was easy for me to ignore. If you're a softer touch, wear some earplugs!

No Shopping, No Tuk-Tuk!

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Overview

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* Dinner at Cabbages and Condoms. Yes, that's the name and yes, they hand them out like breath mints as you leave. However, the restaurant is clean, the service is great and the food is outstanding. * The Grand Palace -- every time I turned a corner I saw something more beautiful than a second before. * Thai Massage -- the first night in the city, the other women I was traveling with and I watched as Thai women our age came and went from a shop located under our hotel. Thai massage is wonderful and if you find a place that welcomes women clients, you'll have a great experience. * Day Trip to Ayyuthayya -- we missed a chance to see Angkor Wat, but a short journey by taxi f...Read More
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The Grand Pacific Hotel is located right on Sukhumvit Road, convenient to the Skytrain and upstairs from Robinson's Department Store. While the prices are a bit high, two of us shared the room. $50 a night for Western comfort (and I've reached that age where I like having it!) didn't seem too tough to take. We could have, and did, find cheaper accomodations later in the week, but spent two nights at this relatively luxurious hotel. The hotel is the designated rest stop for several airlines, including Korean and Singapore Air. There is a small (expensive) coffee bar in the lobby of the hotel that you'll walk by en route to the elevators. The floor with the main lobby of the hotel has ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2002

Grand Pacific Hotel
Thanon Sukhumvit
Bangkok, Thailand
02/6511000

Amari Boulevard Hotel

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Hotel

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We decided after one night in the lovely, but expensive, Grand Pacific Hotel that finding a less expensive place where we could have our own rooms wouldn't be a bad idea. A visit to an Internet cafe turned up the Amari Boulevard. We'd stayed at an Amari hotel in Phuket, and figured it would be OK. We scouted it out, found out the walk-in rates at the hotel (which were much more than the cheapest internet rate we found) and then went back to the internet cafe and book ourselves in for three nights. The rooms were not as nice as the Grand Pacific. They were much smaller, and mine had a lovely view of the top of the hotel canopy. However, for about US$35 a night, I was not going to complain. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2002

Amari Boulevard Hotel
2 Sukhumvit Soi 5
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
66-22552930

Cabbages and Condoms

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Restaurant | "Cabbages & Condoms"

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The women I travelled with and I returned to Bangkok from Phuket the day before the guys did and decided to scout this place out for dinner the next night. It seemed OK, but not great. I was amazed at how different it looks at night. The restaurant has a tree-lined courtyard, lit at night by softly glowing lamps. The trees form a canopy under which you walk along a wooden path into a building along the lines of a traditional Thai merchant house. On entering, you are given a choice between air conditioning or not. If you can stand it, you're probably better off staying out of the AC -- it will allow you to adapt to the heat better. There is a gift shop with a variety of items (not all of th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2002

Cabbages and Condoms
6 Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 229 4611

Sukhumvit Road Street Market

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Attraction

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At all times of the day and late into the night, vendors set up their tables and sell wares out of stall and small shops along Sukhumvit Rd. The vendors sell a wide variety of merchandise. Some of the things I particularly liked were sets of chopsticks, chopstick rests and soy sauce bowls all made of wood in Thai silk boxes (I didn't see anything like them during 2 weeks in China). I found some really beautiful Thai silk Barbie outfits for my 4 and 5 year old nieces -- those Barbie outfits were the most expensive things I bought! I picked up a few illicit DVDs -- some of which work here and some of which don't (different television systems seems to be the problem, not regional coding)....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2002

Sukhumvit Road Street Market
Along Thanon Sukhumvit From Soi 1 To 20
Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace

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Attraction

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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How do you find the words to describe one of the most beautiful sights you've ever seen? With trepidation because as I sit here thinking back to the day I visited Bangkok's Grand Palace, I still find myself having difficulty translating its beauty through the keyboard. So, I won't try to describe it (except in a couple of pictures). Here's some information that you might find helpful. The Grand Palace is comprised of a series of buildings, many of which are not open to the public. Included within its grounds is the temple (Wat) Phra Kaeo, in which one of Thailand's greatest treasures, the Emerald Buddha. The relatively tiny (60 cm or about 2 feet) image is dressed in a costume represting th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2002

Grand Palace
Na Phra Lan Road Ko Rattanakosin District
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
+66 (2) 694 1222

Temple Foot Etiquette

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Story/Tip

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OK, OK, so by now you've probably read all about how the Thai people think feet are really dirty and you think to yourself "they must be exaggerating." Well, particularly when visiting temples, it is NO exaggeration. You will be expected to remove your shoes upon entering any temple. There is often a rack or set of cubbyholes; if not, just find a spot to leave them. No one will steal them. If you would rather not walk barefoot, I think it's ok to wear socks, although I usually had on sandals and went barefoot, anyway. I'm luckily fairly flexible. If you want to sit down in a temple, you will preferably sit with your legs folded under you, and your backside resting on your heels. ...Read More