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My First Trip to Bangkok

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A December 2004 trip to Bangkok by Kauai Boy

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Quote: Another spontaneous desire to travel resulted in this incredible journey across the Pacific for a 2-week romp through the capital of Thailand – Bangkok, Krung Thep, the City of Angels, the Big Mango . . .

My First Trip to Bangkok

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The Royal Garden Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Another spontaneous desire to travel resulted in this incredible journey across the Pacific for a 2-week romp through the capital of Thailand – Bangkok, Krung Thep, the City of Angels, the Big Mango . . . As a first-timer, I wanted to experience as much as Bangkok could offer me. With only 2 weeks, I opted to stay within a reasonable distance of the city – the rest of the country will just have to wait for my next adventure-on-a-whim. My private guide started me on a basic city tour – the temples, the markets, a ride on a tuk-tuk, and a cruise down the Chao Praya, the River of Kings. We stopped at the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and joined in the joyous fest...Read More

Novotel Lotus Bangkok

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Novotel Lotus Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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For my arrival into Bangkok, I decided to try for a hotel toward the center of the city (Priceline’s Downtown or Sukhumvit Zones), with easy access to the downtown tourist attractions, shopping areas, and nightlife. The Novotel Lotus Bangkok fit this description perfectly, being just a few steps from the corner of busy Sukhumvit and Soi 33 and a mere 5-minute walk to the BTS Skytrain Phrom Phong station adjacent to the large Emporium shopping complex, with high-end international brand name shopping, a food court, and a multiplex cinema. Walking through the dimly lit, marble decor of the lobby, I was checked in by a very friendly, English-speaking agent who briefed me on the hotel’s amenit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2004

Novotel Lotus Bangkok
1S0I DAENG UDOM SUKHUMVIT 33R
Bangkok, Thailand
66-66-2610111

Bangkok Marriott Spa & Resort

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Hotel | "Marriott Bangkok Spa & Resort"

Bangkok Marriott Spa & Resort Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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For a change of scenery, I decided to try for a Priceline four-star hotel in the Silom/Riverside zone, getting the Bangkok Marriott Resort and Spa. Actually across the river and quite a distance to the south of the Silom District, the resort sprawls over 10 acres along west bank of the Chao Phraya. Three separate buildings surround a rather large pool area, the "Grand Sala" and the Riverside Terrace, all heavily landscaped in lush tropical foliage plants and native Thai orchids. The main central building houses the front desk and concierge services as well as the business center, while the north and south buildings are atrium-style buildings with various restaurants and the fitness center...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 14, 2004

Bangkok Marriott Spa & Resort
257 Charoennakorn Road
Bangkok, Thailand
66-2-4760022

Sampran Riverside

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Attraction | "Orchids and Elephants at the Rose Garden"

Sampran Riverside Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Being an orchid enthusiast and species collector, a visit to a local orchid nursery led me to the fortuitous discovery of the Thailand December Horticultural Fair 2004, an annual event being held at the Rose Garden in Nakorn Pathom just outside of Bangkok. The weather here during the dry season is so incredibly predictable that the week-long fair – with its elaborate flowering plant displays – is set outdoors under the thick canopy of native Thai trees. This is simply unheard of in most other parts of the world, where weather is always a looming threat. The Rose Garden is a fairly large resort that houses a five-star hotel, botanical garden, conference center, golf course (claimed to be l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 14, 2004

Sampran Riverside
Km 32 Pet Kasem Road
Sampran, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand 73110
+66 34 322 544

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

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Attraction | "The Lady-Boys of Bangkok"

The Lady Boys of Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok is apparently world-famous for its incredibly "real" cross-dressing entertainers – to the extent of being able to support several mainstream stage venues with "all-male" casts in Vegas-style performances. Two of the more popular (but pricier) productions are Mambo and Calypso. Very similar to each other, both Mambo and Calypso are cabaret performances showcasing the song and dance as well as the elaborate costumes of various Asian cultures, with a few western/pop numbers thrown into the mix. The first, Mambo, was entertaining in both a cultural and a comedic sense, and despite the price, was quite enjoyable. Housed in a Broadway-style theatre building, the show is conve...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 14, 2004

The Lady Boys of Bangkok
Downtown
Bangkok, Thailand
0870 160 9558