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A June 2006 trip to Bangkok by britgirl7

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More Bangkok for Your Buck

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Monks at the Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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How on earth do I summarize the highlights that Bangkok has to offer?Imagine a city that never sleeps. Imagine dirty congested streets that excite rather than frustrate. Ah, some of the most remarkably tasty food on the planet. Street noodles down Kho San Road for . Where else can you sit in a restaurant eating spicy green curry and see a baby elephant stroll by. Imagine Patpong, a more sleazy shopping area (with GREAT prices) where you can be handed a "pussy menu"? (I won’t go into details!)In Bangkok the locals wash their dishes in the street, chickens and kids wander amongst the cars; and yet the temples shine and sparkle in the evening sun reflecting their golden hue to the...Read More

Swana Bangkok Hotel

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Hotel | "Swana Hotel"

Swana Bangkok Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Swana Hotel was our diamond in the rough. We made our reservations online from USA and after arriving at the airport in the early hours we were tired and nervous about what this Thai hotel had in store for us.The taxi drive from the airport was ½ hour and once downtown me and Karl began glancing nervously at each other as the driver circles the streets looking for the "Swana". The said streets began to take on a dodgy look. Graffiti, scaffolding, people washing their cookware in the roads… and there we were outside our hotel right in the midst of this. Gulp.However, on entering and being shown to our "superior" room ($39 for a double), we were amazed! The entryway, corri...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2006

Swana Bangkok Hotel
332 Visuttikasat Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 (2) 282-8899

Cabbages and Condoms Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Ironically enough the restaurant "Cabbages and Condoms"; dedicated to HIV and AIDS awareness is located in the Sukhumvit area which had more signs of the ‘bought’ women than the previously visited Khao San road area.Their catch phrase is "Our food is guaranteed not to make you pregnant". After dinner watch for the offering of a wrapped condom with your coffee rather than the traditional mint.Despite all the kitsch; this restaurant does have a very serious nature. Proceeds from the food and the adjacent gift shop are given to the Population and Community Development Association, a non profit organization.The restaurant itself is beautiful, lit with fair...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2006

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

May Kaidee's Restaurant and Cooking School

Restaurant | "May Kaidee"

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We found May Kaidee’s restaurant fairly difficult to find. We knew it was in the alleyways behind Khao San road and it took a while to seek it out, but it was well worth the effort.May runs a guesthouse, cooking classes, massage, and this restaurant, which is wonderful. She serves 100% vegetarian food (no fish sauce used) and the prices are cheap cheap cheap (40-50 baht a dish). The setting is basic but the food anything but that. I had a wonderful green curry and the food was well presented and so flavorful.I wish we had longer in Bangkok because it would have been great to participate in the cooking classes. Prices for that vary but are usually 1,200 baht for a full day where you lea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2006

May Kaidee's Restaurant and Cooking School
33 Samsen Road
Watsamphraya, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200
086-3984808

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Attraction | "Chatuchak Market and MBK Mall"

Chatuchak Weekend Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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SHOPPING ??? If you like car boot sales and flea markets, try Chatuchak Market for size. Over 35 hectares of market stall upon market stall selling everything from puppies, chipmunks, foods, crafts, and flea market type junk.It's open from 9am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday. I suggest you get there early to avoid both the crowds and the heat.The easiest (coolest and cheapest) way to arrive is via the BTS Sky train (Mo Chit stop), from here you just walk across the street. The Metro also has a stop here. The Market itself is just a mind-blowing maze of 15,000 stalls and it's great for gift shopping. Personally, I chose to concentrate on the food and an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2006

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Attraction | "Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha"

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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If you like Buddhas, you will be in your element here in Thailand. I was buddha’ed out by the end of this trip. Emerald Buddha, little Buddha, big Buddha and the Granddaddy of them all - the reclining Buddha!First seen by me at the very beginning of “The Beach”, where strangely enough, the reclining Buddha resides along the street. Poetic film license because here in Bangkok the Reclining Buddha rests in Wat Pho- Bangkok’s largest temple.This Buddha really is a wondrous sight. 150 feet of gold leaf splendor as he reclines (hence the name) one arms along his body the other propping up his head. The feet at the other end were 9 feet long decorated so intricately with Mother of Pearl whic...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 12, 2006

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

Floating Market and Tiger Temple

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Floating market Photo,
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We were hesitant about driving a car in Bangkok (they are crazy drivers), yet I had read about a place called the "Tiger Temple", located two hours North of Bangkok.Before leaving the States, I had considered booking a tour in advance which included the Tiger Sanctuary but there was only one company I could find and it was really expensive. My advice… wait.Get to Bangkok first and just hit up one of the hundreds of travel agencies along Khao San Road. We didn’t want to get ripped off, so I chose a decent looking agency that seemed to know what they were talking about. It's about impossible to get a trip just to the Tiger Temple as the visiting hours with the tige...Read More

People-watching on Khao San Road

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How many of you know a place, a street, which has its own website?REALLY CHECK IT OUT.A place where Backpackers mingle easily with ladyboys?A place where baby elephants wander the streets alongside the tourists?A place where you can drink your alcohol from a bucket and eat fried maggots from street vendors?How about buying a fake college education, press pass or Prada handbag?WELCOME to Khao San Road.Watch Leonardo Dicaprio in "the Beach" and see the very low end ($5 a night) accommodation where he stayed. This kind of hostel is readily available if you have the inkling to do s...Read More