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Peeling back the Bangkok 'onion'

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An October 1999 trip to Bangkok by Travword

Sampeng Lane Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: PHEW! One week in Bangkok and your senses are on overload. The Thai capital is definitely a place on the move.

Peeling back the Bangkok 'onion'

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Overview

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Bustling back and forth on the roads, climbing ever upwards on the numerous skyscraper building sites, speeding up and down the Chao Phrya River and the inter-connecting klongs (canals), and hustling through the markets, department stores and supermarkets, the city is alive day and night. At first glance you may be inclined to work out how quickly you could get out of this chaotic mess. But, that would be a mistake, as the more you delve into the onion that is Bangkok, the more you peel back the superficial layers, the more fasinating things you find. In the humid heat and smoggy atmosphere, Bangkok is hardly the place for a pleasant stroll. But, on foot you will find plenty of interest...Read More

Dusit Thani Hotel

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Hotel

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The Dusit Thani Hotel is one of Bangkok's premier hotels. In a convenient location adjacent to the Skytrain and opposite Lumpini Parl, the Dusit is probably pitched more at the business and independent traveller than the tour package group. It has superb service, and well-appointed public areas, restaurants and rooms. If your budget will stretch, try and stay on one of the executive floors, with your own butler on call, evening canapes and drinks, and rooms big enough to share with friends and business associates.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2000

Dusit Thani Hotel
946 Rama IV Rd.
Bangkok 10500
+66 (2) 236-9999

Sampeng Lane

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Attraction

Sampeng Lane Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok's Chinatown is around the main roads of Yaowarat, new Road and Chakraphet. But, if you step off these busy streets with their many gold jewelry merchants, you will find Soi Wanit 1, or Sampeng Lane. A hundred years ago, Sampeng Lane was at the heart of a maze of alleys inhabited by Chinese and other merchants, and was notorious for its opium dens, gambling parlours and whorehouses. Today, it's mostly a traders' laneway, but fascinating nevertheless. The main laneway is barely four metres wide, but it stretches for about two kilometres lined on both sides with all manner of shops. A stroll from one end to the other will take about an hour or more. On the way you'll...Read More

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Sampeng Lane
Yaowarat Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Chao Phrya River Express

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Attraction | "River express boats"

Chao Phrya River Express Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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One of the best-value tours in Asia has to be the river express boats on the Chao Phrya River, Bangkok. These boats, plying up and down the river, are a water-borne bus service for city workers and visitors to the Thai capital. The boat service starts just south of the Rama V1 bridge and stops at various locations all up the river to Nonthaburi on the northern outskirts of Bangkok. It costs a baht to get on the floating dock, then 5-10 bahts for your journey. Peanuts! The 300-kilometre-long Chao Phrya is a major highway through the country, linking north and south, and providing a transport network for people and produce. As it flows through Bangkok, homes, industries, B...Read More

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Chao Phrya River Express
Chao Phrya River
Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Attraction | "Chatuchak weekend markets"

Chatuchak Weekend Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Chatuchak Weekend Market is the market experience in Bangkok. These vast local markets sprawl over 28 acres and house more than 5000 vendors selling everything from cotton clothing, shoes, children's clothing and hats to hill-tribe handicraft, antiques, herbs and spices, pet dogs, cats and aquarium fish and fruits, vegetables and more. There is some order to the location of everything at these markets; and then there is none. The best way to experience Chatuchak is simply to plunge in and let you senses - sight, smell and sound - take you around. Hours later and you still won't have seen everything, but you may want to stop for a drink and a snack - well, that's available...Read More

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Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand