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A February 1990 trip to Bangkok by panda2

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Quote: Bangkok continues to intrigue my interest.

BKK

Overview

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This country continues to fascinate me even though I cannot stand the heat and humidity here with its pulsating life of its rich culture, people personalities, the wealthy down to the street beggar all live in this city in their realities. This is a great place to come for your medical needs, as there are hospital facilities where a heart operation is a small fraction of what the U.S. charges. Picking up hustlers, whether on the street or in the bars, may seem great at first, but tires very quickly, as there's no depth of personality other than every other line of illusion such as, "I love you," "I miss you," and "give or—better yet—send me money" given their limited English skills and...Read More
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This place has seen better days, but it's clean, comfortable, and a relatively good value for the money. It has an outdoor swimming pool for day use and a fitness facility where guests pay THB 100 per day of use. It's in the business district, within two minutes' walk of the hotel compound from the Sky Train station Nana. Breakfast buffet is included with hotel stay, and a voucher is issued for each guest each day. Buffet hours are 6 to 10:30am. The food is all right, the best being the fresh fruit—papaya, watermelon, pineapple—and made-to-order omelets. High-speed Internet shops right outside the hotel are available for one THB/minute. Check the pricing, as they're not all the same. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2003

Ambassador Bangkok
171 Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand
(66-2) 6776240 to 5

Rose Hotel

Hotel

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Rose Hotel had 105 rooms was cheap, clean but modest back in 1989 when we first visited, located in the red light district. The entrance was through an alley with a wooden sign post overhead Rose Hotel.Now, the Rose Hotel has transformed itself into quite an impressive place to stay with 70 rooms with comfortable beds, shower and bath, phone, TV, refrigerator, mini-bar, no longer a budget place, rates starting at THB1600 if booked on the Internet, otherwise starts at THB2100 for a standard single. Their Rose suite is THB3500 booked on the Internet, otherwise THB4200/night. Rose Hip dining service provides a friendly dining ambience with Chin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2003

Rose Hotel
118 Suriwongse Road
Bangkok, Thailand
2-266-8268

The Oriental Bangkok

Hotel | "Oriental Bangkok"

The Oriental Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Oriental Bangkok offers world-class accommodations and is the default choice for dignitaries and heads of state. The choice of rooms are Superior River Wing in teak and Thai silks, Deluxe River Wing with a light and airy feel, Deluxe Stateroom for more space with a prime river front view, Garden Wing Room colonial style.The choices of suites are: executive, deluxe, Author's, Siam, Selandia, Oriental.Leisure activities: spa daily 7am-10pm, swimming pool, sports centre, Thai cooking school, Cultural programme, Oriental shops, day care centre.Dining choices: Le Normandie for French cuisine; Sa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

The Oriental Bangkok
48 ORIENTAL AVE
Bangkok, Thailand
66-26599000

Tower Inn Hotel

Hotel | "Tower Inn"

Tower Inn Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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We used Precision Reservations to book Tower Inn, we couldn’t see the hotel name from the street, so my partner got out of the taxi and went into the hotel lobby to confirm. The hotel staff spoke English, but it was still a bit hard to understand as the pronunciation of words wasn’t complete. A hotel bell boy was determined to carry a bag to our room for a tip, he informed us two bottles of water are provided free per day. My partner only had a small THB 10 coin to tip, he was satisfied or didn’t make a fuse about it. The room was quite large...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2006

Tower Inn Hotel
533 Silom Road Bangrak
Bangkok, Thailand 10120
+66 (2) 23783004

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel

Hotel | "Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers"

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
Siphya Road · 2 Captain Bush Lane
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
+66 (2) 2660123

Jimmy Restaurant

Restaurant

Jimmy Restaurant Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This restaurant is associated with the Mandarin Oriental and not very far from it. When I was in Bangkok in 1990, I walked with a backpack for maybe an hour and a half in the hot climate, sweating—finding this air-conditioned place playing MTV on the monitors on the second floor was a much-welcomed relief. After realizing that they serve fruit drinks, I must have ordered four drinks, gulping down one after another. The staff just smiled as I quenched my thirst. Not every place serves drinks like mango shakes, so it's nice to find a place like this that does a good job of it. It's fairly expensive by local standards, but because of the favorable exchange rates, it seems ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 13, 2003

Jimmy Restaurant
1270-2 Charoen Krung Soi 38
Bangkok, Thailand
2377515-7

Cabbages and Condoms

Restaurant | "Cabbages & Condoms"

Cabbages and Condoms Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Cabbages & Condoms is off the main street. A free vasectomy from the clinic next door is available for the male diners, and proceeds go to Population and Community Development Association (PDA), a non-profit organization founded in 1974 that tries to make condoms as common as cabbages (a common staple of Thailand). Once seated, it was a while before our server took our order. There are fruit drinks available. The service was slow on the uptake, taking perhaps 10 to 15 minutes. The quality of the f...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 12, 2003

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

Another Bite

Restaurant

Another Bite Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Another Bite is a delightful little trendy air-conditioned spot for drinks and homemade cakes, and for relief from the heat. The staff is warm, friendly, and helpful. We ordered a very small blueberry pie, and a small, green and red tea checkered cake, and iced cold milk.

Open weekdays from 10am to 7:30pm.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

Another Bite
207 Radvithi Road
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 (2) 241-0671

Balcony Pub

Restaurant | "Balcony Pub, The"

Balcony Pub Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Balcony Pub, gay friendly place, serves drinks and pub food on two floors, or in the outside patio, with WiFi from 5:30pm-2am. The kitchen closes 1am. There's American food, Thai food, and fruit drinks. The service is friendly service.

E-mail info@balconypub.com.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2006

Balcony Pub
86 - 88 Silom Soi 4
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 (2) 235-5891

Food For Fun

Restaurant

Food For Fun Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Food For Fun is located on the fourth floor of the Siam Center and is worthy of a trip here at least once just for the experience of it. It's a trippy place, and I would come here again. Each person is issued a food card with THB 1,000 credit on it upon entry. You go to the food areas that appeal to you, and tell them what you wish to order, It may take 5 minutes to prepare each selection and then the food is handed to you. You give them your card to swipe, which is returned along with a paper receipt telling you how much is charged. The atmosphere here is futuristic and trendy, with lighted tables al...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Food For Fun
Unit 407, Siam Center, 989
Bangkok, Thailand

MBK Foodcourt

Restaurant | "MK Restaurant"

MK Restaurant Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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MK Restaurant is a restaurant chain with more than 70 locations located throughout Thailand, and other parts of Asia offering a mix of Chinese hot pot, dim sum, and Japanese sukiyaki. This is essentially a soup from raw vegetables and optional meat, put into the boiling water pot at your table. You place your food into the boiling water, about 10 minutes or less pass by, use the ladles provided at the table to stir and serve yourself. Turn down the heat as appropriate. Your iced tea drink is constantly kept filled.   We also ordered a combo of roast duck and Chinese BBQ pork, a side of garlic green noodles,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

MBK Foodcourt
Siam Square
Bangkok, Thailand

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)

Attraction | "MBK Center (Maboonklong)"

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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MBK Center (Maboonklong) is one of the largest shopping complexes in Asia established 1985, with eight floors, over 2,000 merchants, over 150 eateries, and top this off with a large multi-screen cinema selection. Prathumwan Princess Hotel is attached to the center. Floors 1-3: accessories, clothes, cosmetics, jewelries, leather items, paintings, photo studios, salons, shoes; floor 4 mobile electronics; floor 5 furniture and decorations; floor 6 food center, floors 7-8 entertainment complex, with 8 movie theatres, 28 bowling allies, Karaoke, food and drink. Tokyo de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2003

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)
444 Phayathai Road
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 2620-9000

National Gallery

Attraction

National Gallery Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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On the day we chose to come to the National Gallery, the regular exhibit was closed and a special exhibit and celebration was taking place here. The artwork displayed are more than worth the price of admission.

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

Admission Price: THB10

Phone: +66 02 282 2639; 281 2224

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2006

National Gallery
Chao Fa Road, Ko Rattanakosin District
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 (2) 282 2639

Dusit Zoo (Khao Din) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Dusit Zoo houses collections of animals for the viewing audience to visit. The chilling effect my partner felt when he made eye-to-eye contact with a black leopard and felt the animal's desire to kill him was worth the price of admission.

Open till 6pm.

Admission: THB30

Phone: +66 74 325 037

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2006

Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)
71 Rama V Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10300
+66 (2) 281 2000

Siam Paragon

Attraction

Siam Paragon Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Siam Paragon opened in December 9, 2005. It has a large department store as its core, with other stores and restaurants surrounding it. It is topped with a cineplex and an aquarium takes over the lower level. Its look is rather upscale, very spacious with less people going through. We noticed lots of workers, with large inventories in its department store. What's lacking are customers paying for their goods.


Telephone 0.2.658.3000


BTS Sky Train Siam station.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2006

Siam Paragon
991/1Rama I Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 610-9000

National Museum

Attraction

National Museum Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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National Museum houses artifacts of its past in several poorly maintained buildings and requires the better part of a day to see it all. Guided tours in English and French on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30am, Japanese on Wednesday at 9:30am, and German on Thursday at 9:30am. The main building where you start your tour is the only one that is really air-conditioned. The other buildings aren't for the most part. There are theories as to the origin of the Thai people, but nothing conclusive. The floor plan of museum lists its exhibits. Adm...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2006

National Museum
Na Phrathat Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 (2) 224 1333

Country Road

Attraction

Country Road Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Country Road is a rather lively, loud, smoky bar that mimicks the look and feel, but not really the understanding of, the music they're playing. Bring ear plugs, as it's volume is deafening. It's a rather low-keyed girlie bar.


Sky Train station, Nana.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 26, 2006

Country Road
Soi Cowboy
Bangkok, Thailand

Asia International Custom Tailor

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Attraction

Asia International Custom Tailor Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This was the second tailor our tuk tuk driver detoured us to hoping we would make a purchase so he'd get a card for a free tank of gas, a common practice here with tuk tuk drivers. We were going to a tailor anyway but didn't know who would be a good tailor, otherwise this would have been very annoying. Avoid taking a tuk tuk, or negotiate no other stops if this is a problem for you before agreeing to get on. The dealer here was decent with us but dealt with us in US dollars instead of THB prices. He mentioned Egyptian cotton and I asked "What's the thread count?" He paused, and seemed not to know what to say. I spurted out some numbers: 100, 200, 400? He replied 400. I was curious abou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Asia International Custom Tailor
486/37-39 Petchburi Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Ocean World

Attraction

Siam Ocean World Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Siam Ocean World is a world-class aquarium attraction has seven areas to see: Weird and Wonderful, Open Ocean, Deep Reef, Rain Forest, Rocky Shore, Living Ocean, and Sea Jellies. There are two seal feeds: the first one at 12:30pm, and the second one is at 4:30pm; two shark feeds: the first one is at 1:30pm, the second one is at 5:30pm; and communication dives are every hour. We got to visit an aquarium without long lines since it's still fairly new. There's an area where you may touch some of the living creatures if you wish. There's a penguin area, but the import of penguins weren't permitted, but that is so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Siam Ocean World
B1-B2, Siam Paragon
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 687 2000

Siam Center & Siam Discovery Center

Attraction | "Siam Center"

Siam Center & Siam Discovery Center Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Siam Center is a more upscale shopping center, on four floors, with over 200 merchants to browse through, and a Food For Fun area on the fourth floor that is worth a visit by itself. Being trendy and upscale, there were less people here browsing than the MBK centre, as it's less affordable here. Daily 10am to 9pm.

Telephone +66.0.2658.1000-19 Fax +66.0.2658.1020-21

BTS Sky Train Siam station.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Siam Center & Siam Discovery Center
989 Siam Tower, Rama 1 Rd.
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 658 1000-19

Tawan Bar

Attraction | "Tawan"

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Tawan, established 1986, is a men's bar filled with muscle men who are primarily straight but will "perform" for money. There's a show at 10:30pm and a second show at midnight, but I personally found it too "macho," graphic, and frankly a turnoff. I did stay for the whole show, but as soon as it ended I couldn't wait to get out of there. The management is pushy, trying to see who you might be interested in. Not my type nor scene here. The police are paid off for basically an illegal operation so the customers aren't harassed. Daily 8pm-1am. Telephone +66.2.634.5833 BTS SkyTrain...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Tawan Bar
Suriwongse Road, Soi Tarntawan, Silom Rd, Soi 6
Bangkok, Thailand

Dream Boys

Attraction

Dream Boys Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Dream Boys is one among a slew of similar places in the immediate area along Soi Duangthawee for drinks, to see a show, and pick up a boy if you're interested. Or else, just pay for the drinks when you're done and leave.

BTS SkyTrain Sala Dang station S2

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Dream Boys
35/3-4 Surawong Road
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 (02) 234 0830

BKK - former Bangkok (Don Mueang) International Airport Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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BKK - former Bangkok (Don Mueang) International Airport is a large hub airport with two international terminals and one domestic terminal, 25 kilometers north of Bangkok. The new Suvarnabhumi Airport and replaces the former Don Mueang Airport. The domestic terminal is 500 meters from Terminal 2, connected with an air-conditioned walkway and shuttle bus. For Western food, go to Terminal 2, floor 4; for Thai food, Terminal 1, floor 4; and for Japanese food, Terminal 2, floor 2. Banking/ATM: The Thai Military Bank is located on the central block, fl...Read More

BTS Sky Train

Story/Tip

BTS Sky Train Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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BTS Sky Train has helped relieve some of the traffic congestion, and has made travel in Bangkok easier and more bearable in air-conditioned comfort. You access any of its stations by ascending a couple of flights of stairs. There are coin machines that dispense single journey tickets by entering the correct fare for your zone of travel. Beginning and ending destinations are broken up into fare zones. If you have questions or bills to change, queue-up for a station agent. The single journey tickets have a time limit valid for travel that depends on the number of stations you're traveling.T...Read More

Tuk Tuk

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Story/Tip

Túk Túk Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Taking one of these tuk tuks may be fun, but they're not air-conditioned and the cost depends on how good your negotiating skills are and, most important, the knowledge of how much you should be charged to get from one point to the other and even the color painted on a tuk tuk may be a more expensive fare. The tarp overhead blocks most of your view of the streets, necessary when it's raining. They're trying to make a living, but some are aggressive in their behavior while trying to get customers. You may try a polite "no," or ignore them, which usually works for me but is considered rude. On our latest visit, a tuk tuk driver wouldn't take no for an answer and was following us in his tuk tu...Read More

MRTA

Story/Tip

MRTA Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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MRTA, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand is operational in Bangkok, with expansion projects ongoing. We visited and took a ride in this large, clean, air-conditioned system. You determine what the correct fare is for your single journey token, pay, the token is read, the gate opens for you to pass, the platform is glass sealed, the double doors open when the subway train is on the platform, and it opens its doors at the same time. At your destination, you insert your token at the gate and it is collected, the gate opens, and you exit the gate. You may also purchase a stored value ticket for an adult or child. We fou...Read More

Sidewalk Meals

Story/Tip

Sidewalk meals Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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There are numerous sidewalk carts throughout the country, not just Bangkok, serving meals from THB 20 to 200, depending on the merchant, the food, and the location. The higher-end scale is aimed at foreigners with a taste for seafood. But for the local Thai, it's the low-end of the price around THB 20 to 30 that will satisfy the palate for a low cost. Most of the carts disappear by late at night. We had to look for one that looked a bit better stocked than most of the smaller vendor carts. We came across an alley with a couple of places that are really too big to move around on a cart easily, though it's still a sidewalk meal. These two places that both offered seafood and prices up to THB...Read More
Chao Phraya River Express Boats Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Chao Phraya River Express Boats are just one of several water transportation sources running along the river route providing a cheap alternative to the road traffic or Sky Train. Fares range from THB4 to 10. The standard express boat service 20 minute intervals is daily 6am to 6pm, special express boats Monday-Friday rush hours 6am to 9am, and 12pm to 7pm fare THB10. Chao Phraya Tourist Boat service was started in 2003, THB75 for an all-day ticket for unlimited rides on the same day with limited stops only of inte...Read More

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