Bangkok Journals

The First, and Unforgettable, Bangkok

A July 2004 trip to Bangkok by captain kait

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Only a few days in Bankok were not enough to see all of this amazing city, but enough to catch a glimpse of this incredibly vibrant culture.

Suk 11

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Suk 11 Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The backpacker's paradise, Suk 11 (in Thai, Suk seep-et) offers plenty of atmosphere and a great location - just off the popular shopping district of Sukhumvit Road. The main lobby offers tables, games, music, and some souvenirs for purchase. There is plenty of information available about the surrounding areas. From there, you have to walk up a flight of open stairs to get to the accommodation areas, and from there you may be up several floors of narrow staircases. My room was on the low end of this budget hostel, but was roomy, cool, and comfortable. Shared bathrooms were nearby. Just down the hallway there was a much fancier area, where I assume the rooms were nicer but more expensiv...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Suk 11
1/33 Sukhumvit 11
Bangkok, Thailand 10110

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This is a clean, well-kept guesthouse outside of central Bangkok. It is on an out-of-the way street, but the Chao Phraya River and the well-known Rama IX Bridge are just a few blocks away. A 7-11 is nearby, as well are bus stops to take you into the city. There are fans in the rooms but no air-conditioning, so they can get stuffy. Shared bathrooms are downstairs and somewhat exposed by Western standards. However, this place has plenty of character. Signs read, "Walking on your toes is good for a long life," along the wooden staircases. Beds are just a mattress on a wooden frame with sheets. In the mornings, you can have breakfast at tables out front and read the morning paper. This is not a r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Bamboo Guesthouse
67 Samsen Soi 1
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
(02) 282 3412

Cabbages and Condoms

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Restaurant | "Cabbages & Condoms"

Cabbages and Condoms Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Thailand is a very beautiful country, the "land of smiles", but it has many problems that sit beneath the surface. Drug trading, child prostitution, economic downturn, and political corruption are very real to the Thai people, but what they try so hard to conceal it from tourists who are sheltered in cozy resorts on its south coastline. What I liked best about this restaurant was not that the proceeds go to a worthy cause, but simply that it raises awareness in a silent society. The white-linen tablecloth restaurant was gorgeous when we visited. We sat outside on in a tree-lined grove lit by candles and Christmas lights. Waterfalls and flowers added to the illusion of being tucked away from...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 20, 2005

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

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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Attraction | "Wat Pho"

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Pho is Bangkok's largest temple, certainly one of the most popular, and a good start to any trip to Bangkok. Wat Pho is probably most famous for the mammoth "Reclining Buddha" image, which is 46m long. Like many others before me, I was awed walking into the temple that houses this gigantic piece of art. You have to take your shoes off to go in, and there is a quiet aura of reverence inside. The huge room is almost entirely occupied by the Buddha, which is plated in gold. The feet are inlaid with pearl that illustrates Buddhist lessons. You can't deny that this image is simply awe-inspiring. The rest of the wat is also worth seeing for the architecture. There are many, many chedis...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

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

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Attraction | "Wat Arun"

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Arun, or the Temple of the Dawn, was very different in style from the rest of the temples we visited in Bangkok. The wat is very famous, and its image is published on many items throughout Thailand. It is centered around one great prang (a pointed tower) with four smaller ones around it. You are allowed to walk partway up the main prang. The light color of the structure is unique to this wat and incredibly beautiful. There are ceramic pieces everywhere in the building. It’s difficult to describe, but something you should see for yourself. When we visited in the early morning, the grounds were incredibly peaceful, though that is apparently normal for this temple. While it was beautiful at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2005

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Bangkok, Thailand