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Bangkok - The Heart of Southeast Asia

A January 2004 trip to Bangkok by HiramAbif

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Bangkok is the heart of Southeast Asia. It is a major stopover whether you come from Europe and North America or the Far East and Australia. You will never get bored in Bangkok, and it has something for everyone

Bangkok - The Heart of Southeast Asia

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Overview

A Golden Space Design Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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It is somehow unfortunate that Bangkok for the average Westerner is linked with its vibrant nightlife, the sex shows, and its sex industry. The city has a lot more to offer. The cuisine (for those in to gastronomic pleasures) is second to none (whether Thai or other Asian, European, etc.) and usually very well priced. Shopping in Bangkok can be incredibly rewarding, and I am not referring in those tourist-orientated stalls on Shukumvit Street. There is a wide variety of other options, from art and antique shops to the massive shopping centers like MBK (see below). In Bangkok, you are spoiled for accommodation, and if you read your Rough Guide, you will find the best option for your budget....Read More

Street Vendors

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Restaurant | "Street Corner Vendors"

Street Vendors Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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To the unsuspecting Western eye and palate, one of the most challenging culinary sights in Thailand are the corner street vendors selling fried insects. If you are not warned by another visitor, the first thought that springs to mind when you see the piles of cockroaches, grasshoppers, worms, and all sorts of other arthropod varieties sold complete with seasoning, soy sauce, salt, and pepper is: "Surely this is not real". Yet it is. The Thais buy them as if there is no tomorrow. Piles and piles of fried insects will disappear in front of the very startled Western eyes. Thai buyers and Western overlookers look at each other bemused and puzzled. The Thais scorn the Western reluctance to sample what...Read More

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Street Vendors
Various Locations
Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace

Attraction | "Wat Phra Kaew and GRAND PALACE (or ROYAL PALACE)"

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The whole complex is a vast area of several acres and more than 100 buildings. They represent Thai architectural concepts and the elaborate designs and ornaments will both challenge and impress the Western eyes and minds. In order to fully understand what one sees, he/she will need perhaps months of reading and preparations and several days of touring. In practice, this does not happen, and the average tourist spends a couple of hours going around, inpressed by what he/she sees but not really comprehending one single iota of the Thai history and culture.

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

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Attraction | "Wat Arun"

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I found Wat Arun one of the most impressive Wats (temples) in Bangkok. It is located very near the Grand Palace, on the other sife of the Chao Praya river. It is dedicated to the Indian God Aruna, and the craftmanship of this building is stunning. When you stand below the 82-meter prang (Khmer-style tower), the building is overpowering to your senses.

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

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)

Attraction | "MBK"

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Every tourist that visits Bangkok will be suggested a visit at the Chatuchak nmarket, which, with the exotic animal trade, the bizarre cacophony of sounds, and the mix of smells and heat, matches the impression of a vast third-world bazaar. MBK, on the other hand, in the heart of central Bangkok (very near SIAM skytrain station) is very first-world, with everything a Western shopper would dream of (BUT IN THAI PRICES). MBK has eight air-conditioned levels, each expanding in a pretty vast space, with hundreds of shops at each level. You can find numerous banks and money-changing outlets, restaurants to cater to every palate and budget, from the usual Western culprits (McDonalds, etc.) to ...Read More

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