A January 2004 trip
to Bangkok by khall921
Quote: Thailand is a beautiful blend of people, culture and food. We spent time in Bangkok at the many temples and also the beaches in Phuket. Our honeymoon was filled with adventure and romance in our travels through Thailand.
Hotel | "Bangkok Marriott Spa & Resort"
The hotel had several options for dining, including a restaurant right on the river with a Thai cultural show. The service was excellent.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2004
Bangkok Marriott Spa & Resort
257 Charoennakorn Road
We were given a welcome fruity drink when we sat down and then the dinner started after that. We were offered 7-8 courses of food - from appetizers to soup to several main dishes to dessert. The menu was a traditional Thai menu, with several curries and seafood and Thai desserts. Most hotels that are along the Chao Phraya River probably offer this sort of option. It was wonderful because we got to experience a little bit of the river, some amazing Thai food, and see the night sights of Bangkok all without leaving our dinner table.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2004
Manohra Dinner Cruise
257 Charoennakorn Road
Attraction | "Floating Market / River Kwai Excursion"
The next stop was the dock for the long-tailed boats. We cruised through the canals and saw how many of the Thai people lived directly on the water. We arrived at the floating market 25 minutes later and had the option of exploring on foot or hiring a canoe to take us through the market. We chose to explore on foot and walked around for about an hour. Towards the end though, we were ready to move on, as we had seen everything we wanted to see.
Following the floating market, we drove to a teak market where people were carving the teakwood into various shapes and sizes. We then drove into the town of Kanchanaburi and walked through the JEATH museum. Afterward, we went to a floating restaurant over the River Kwai where we had a traditional Thai lunch with tea, soup, and curry and then rode the long-tailed boats again to the Bridge. We were given time to explore the bridge and walked across to the other side.
Following the bridge, we went to the war cemetery for a half hour and then we drove back to Bangkok. We were staying farther south from the drop-off point, so the tour guide hired a taxi to take us back.
This tour was well worth the money and the time. When I booked the tour through Travelocity, I thought we were only going to be stopping at the Floating Market and the River Kwai. We got to see what traditional Thai life was like, sample some Thai food and also see many interesting sights that we wouldn't have if we'd been on our own.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
Damnoen Saduak, Thailand 70120
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour
Attraction | "The Grand Palace"
The tour guide walked us through the various palaces and temples and gave us a history of the area in very broken English. We were able to go to a few places in the complex that we might not have without a tour guide. The actual tour was relatively quick, but we were hot and jet-lagged, so it was just the right amount of time. Make sure to wear sandals; otherwise, you will have to go outside of the complex to rent the proper shoes.
However, before dropping us back at our hotel, they proceeded to take us shopping at various tourist shops, like a tailor shop, a jewelry shop, etc. The tours and the shops must have a partnership together to make extra money. We didn't buy anything, and the tour guide was getting a little irritated. When we signed up for the tour of the palace, we didn't know that these shops would also be on the agenda.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2005
Na Phra Lan Road Ko Rattanakosin District
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
+66 (2) 694 1222