Bangkok Journals

bangkok rediscovered

A travel journal to Bangkok by Nik Browne

Quote: This Journal is based about bangkok the capital city of the land of smile, formely known as Thailand. many people knock the capital city for different reasons mailnly because it smells and for the sleazy sex indusrty but there is more to bangkok than just pollution and prostitution.

bangkok rediscovered

Overview

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Bangkok, like any capital city has a lot to offer. One being the Grand palace which is a must to visit and the nearby Watpo. The temple of the Emerald buddha is amazing and is one of the most religious sites in Thailand -the temples in both Wat Po and Grand Palace are stunning.Dusit Zoo and vimnaneck Palace are situated in an area that is more European than downtown with tree-lined roads and the big zoo - 50bt nice to walk around and breathe! Vinmaneck palace and grounds is massive and the Vinmaneck mansion has collections from around the world.A boat trip down the river chao praya is worth it for the view of Wat Arun that is decorated with Chinese ceramics, also nice at sunset on ...Read More

Sawasdee House

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Hotel

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Sawasdee Guest House just off Ko Shan road is an ideal location for the busy nightlife, just a two minute walk but far enough away to be quiet. The Lounge has a very chilled out atmosphere with long chairs you can lie back in and either read, sip a beer or cocktail or just recover from a night out. The staff are really friendly if you treat them with respect. Considering the ludicrous hours they work, it is amazing they are still willing to smile. Although rooms are basic you can''t do too much wrong for 200bt for a shared bathroom but up to 500bt with air conditioning and ensuite. You really pay for the atmosphere and lounge, 24hr bar as well - bonus!!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Sawasdee House
147 Soi Rambutri
Bangkok, Thailand
281 8138

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Basic accommodation - typical of some hostels on Ko Shan Road, shared bathroom, OK to crash for one night and has the benefit of being in the heart of the road but no area to meet other travelers.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Lek Guest House
Ko Shan Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Garden Restaurant

Restaurant | "Garden Restearunt"

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The resteraunt that is next door to Sawasdee Guesthouse is an outdoor affair which makes it quite pleasant when there's a breeze. The curries there are very nice indeed and pretty cheap for a resteraunt. 45bt for a red curry soup with chicken. Although if busy it may take a while for food, there's no hurry. It's nice to relax in and watch the people go by, sipping a beverage until you tuck in.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Garden Restaurant
Thanon rambuttree
Bangkok, Thailand

Ozio Restaurant

Restaurant | "Ozio resteraunt"

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Very nice food in this place. Extensive menu of pizzas, spaghetti, salads etc. ALthough a tad pricey in terms of other eateries - 180bt for a large pizza is well worth it. I'd say it's nearly as nice as Pizza Express but not quite!!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Ozio Restaurant
Siam Discovery Centre
Bangkok, Thailand

Songkran (Thai New Year)

Attraction | "Songkran"

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Songkran, Thai New Year is absolutley crazy, the place to be is Bangkok or Chiang Mai. After arriving in a midst of flying flour and ice cold water I knew I was going to enjoy this a lot. After putting my bags in, I went straight out again, bought a water cannon and got wet and soaked other people for a good 5hrs - it was brilliant fun to get into the spirit of the festival! A few miserable farangs threatened me if I squirted them so I squirted them and then ran!! As the saying goes "As in Rome do as the Roman's do." The history of the waterfest is that the water is cleansing and will give you good luck. Its also a good excuse for a massive waterfight!! Only Police missed a battering ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Songkran (Thai New Year)
Various locations
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour

Hole in the Wall

Attraction

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The Hole in the Wall is just off of Ko Shan Road down a little alleyway, I suppose you'd call it. It's very laid back, not too busy and has friendly staff, a pool table and a decent selection of CDs - it's a nice place to have a few beers, play a bit of pool and meet people in the pub.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Hole in the Wall
Off Ko Shan Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Gulliver's Travellers Tavern

Attraction | "Gullivers"

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Been to this place a few time sometimes on my own and sometimes with a friend. Good lively atmosphere nearly every night but mainly on the weekend. It has a wide range of cocktails and loud music, a few TV screens showing different sports. Really nice chicken sandwhiches if a tad on the expensive side.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Gulliver's Travellers Tavern
Corner of Khao San Rd and Chakrapong Rd
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 629 1988

Susie Pub

Attraction | "Suzies Bar"

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A bar that is full of Thai people, a few farangs mainly because of the expensive drinks menu but a good place all the same. Very lively any night of the week, good sound system with a wide range of music - absolutley rammed after 10pm but still a good crack.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Susie Pub
108/5-9 Soi Rambutri
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 281 1715

National Museum

Attraction | "Bangkok National Museum"

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The Bangkok National museum is a very large and informative museum with exhibitons including Buddha images and Wheels of Law to mother of pearl. The grounds are nice to walk around, with the main grounds being set in a large temple. This is a very good value for your money.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

National Museum
Na Phrathat Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 (2) 224 1333

National Theater

Attraction | "Bangkok National Theatre"

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The National Theatre itself is small enough to sit at the back row and still be able to see people rather than little stick people. The theatre is not used all the time - normally at the end of the month. I saw a traditional Khon dram/dance. Although I had no clue what was going on, the helpful programme gave a synopsis of the play. Don't forget to stand for the National Anthem at the end.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

National Theater
2 Rachini Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 221 0174

About the Writer

Nik Browne

Nik Browne
London, United Kingdom