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Bangkok Thailand

A February 2002 trip to Bangkok by richardfaust

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Bangkok Thailand

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Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Quick Tips:

Try to learn a little about Thai culture and history. Learn simple phases: hello, thank you, excuse me, sorry. Locals appreciate your efforts even if your pronunciation is off.

Best Way To Get Around:

Use the river taxis to get around.
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The cruise company can pick you up right in front of your hotel (if you are at one of the better riverfront hotels).

Rich ordered us the seafood dinner--lots of different Thai dishes that were good, but nothing spectacular. The prawns were a bit overdone. We saw fireworks again along the river--yeah!!!

On the way back down the river, we stopped at Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn, and saw a light show and heard stories about some of the riverfront attractions. It was very romantic. It was a great dinner for our great honeymoon!!!

Lesson Learned: You can make reservations and some (limited )special requests via email.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Loy Nava Riverboat Dinner Cruise
Chao Phreo River
Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace

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Our first stop was the Grand Palace. My shoes did not have a back strap, so I had to borrow theirs. An Asian "large" is by no way large! My toes were folded in on themselves.

The Grand Palace is the home of the Emerald Buddha. It was very beautiful. The ornate detailing of the buildings was unbelievable, and the grounds were very clean despite the thousands of tourists crowding into them.

Lesson learned . . . Make sure you wear comfortable and CONSERVATIVE clothing. Shoes that cover your entire foot and are easy to slip on and off are a MUST. Bring bottled water and LOTS of film.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

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

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Wat Pho, home of the Golden Buddha. The walk is short, but it becomes evident we are in a different world. Taxi drivers accost you every few steps and even tell you the temple is closed so they can take you to a new place--yeah, right!!! We met a young American woman who joined us in our hunt for the temple. The Golden Buddha is amazing because of the shine, and you feel an enormous sense of peace and realize how small you are in this world. The big surprise of the day was the Reclining Buddha. We knew it was big, but when you walk in, you are met with a huge image. The statue itself has a small childlike grin and is lying quite comfortably on his side. His feet are ornately decorated with moth...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Rattanakosin District Adjacent To Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 222 5910; 226

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Attraction | "Damneon Saduak Floating Market"

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The taxi driver agrees to be our personal taxi for the day and eventually became our tour guide for B2200 ($51). The floating market was the first stop. We took a long-tailed boat up a small river to get there. The trip was great because we got to see the everyday life of the people. Kids were playing and helping the family while the women washed dishes in the river. I was amazed at the brightness of the colors and the incredible strength of the smells as we traveled up the river. We arrived to the floating market, Damnoen Saduk, and boarded yet another boat to look around the market. The fruits and foods were amazing. As you travel by the floating vendors, you are pummeled with trinkets, foo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
Damnoen Saduak, Thailand 70120
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour

Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo

Attraction | "Samphram Zoo and Elephant Ground"

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In our typical goofy style, we headed to the shows and played. The crocodile show was very campy and westernized with music from Hawaii Five-O blasting. It was entertaining, but not much more. We had a blast feeding the catfish that live in the ponds. They are incredibly huge. One fish will eat half a bread roll whole. They were about 3 feet long and about the size of my thigh around (that is big!!!). As we were walking to the elephant show, I spotted a huge spinning sphere and I gladly had a spin. It was great. Rich laughed at his new wife spinning on playground equipment. The elephant show was entertaining, but it was also full of history and cultural relevance. I enjoyed learning abou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo
Phetkasem Road
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand 73110
+66 02 284 1873, 284

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Attraction | "Chatuchak Market (weekend market)"

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Probably the best place to go to get your native trinkets and baubles. We decided to be a little adventurous and take the sky train to the Chatuchuk market. The sky train was very cheap and hardly anyone was on it. Rich and I were surprised at how clean it was, and it was air-conditioned and quicker than a cab. I have no idea why more people do not use it. The market is incredible. It is about the size of a stadium market, but has four times as much stuff crammed in it. People say if you can’t find it in the market, then it doesn’t exist in Thailand. We found very good deals on things, but you MUST bargain. If you do not like the price, then you walk away. Nine times out of ten, they...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Patpong

Attraction | "Phat Pong"

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We headed out to the Phat Pong area. We started at an Irish pub, O’Reilley’s, and had dinner. The food was good, and I got a vodka Collins. We then cruised the streets looking for a little nightlife and found a go-go spot to check out. The place was filthy, the girls even worse. During the dart show, some fat thing came out and began rubbing on us. She only went away after a sternly worded admonishment. The place was disgusting. We finished our beer, then promptly left. The show was a chick who blew darts from her vagina and could aim like Annie Oakley. She hit all of the balloons. She also honked a horn, smoked a pack of cigarettes, and did a dozen other weird little tricks. We left there and...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Patpong
Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

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