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Bangkok Revisited

A January 2007 trip to Bangkok by smallplasticman

Floating Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Revisiting Bangkok's Ratchadapisek Road and vicinity; Din Daeng district, for the fourth time in as many years. Some new experiences awaited me this time around.

Bangkok Revisited

Overview

Floating Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I returned to Bangkok for the fourth time in as many years this January for a 28-day trip less than 3 weeks after the New Year’s Eve bombings. The police presence in and around the city was visible but not uncomfortable to cope with. I felt safe returning to a country in the midst of political crisis and political controversy, especially surrounding the condition of the new airport. Although the new airport’s taxiways were already beginning to show signs of cracking, we managed to land and take off without incident. The Thai Baht was strong, so my American dollar had lost a little of its buying power, but was still strong enough to earn 35 Baht per dollar, which didn’t seem to make much of a differenc...Read More

Oishi's Express

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Restaurant

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A few years ago Oishi’s introduced its bottled brand of green tea to the Thai people. It has been a huge success. Oishi’s now has expanded into the dining market.Oishi’s Express, located at the Jusco department store on Ratchadapisek Road, is a great place to sit down and enjoy a Japanese buffet. It is there that you can eat all you want in an hour and a half. But be warned, if you leave too much food on your plate, you will be charged for wasting.As you are seated you are given a clip with numbers on it. These are to be used for ordering food, which is first chosen by you to be cooked by the chefs. It is basically Mongolian style. As you wait for your fried food there are dozens of ap...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Oishi's Express
Ratchadapisek Rd.
Bangkok

Siam Beverly Hotel

Restaurant

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Hidden away on the third floor of the Siam Beverly Hotel is a cozy, quaint, and reasonably priced place to eat Thai buffet. Between 11am and 2pm The Siam Beverly knocks your socks off with a variety of sushi choices, Thai salads, soups, and sautéed to order meats and herbs. Priced at 180 baht per person ($5 USD) it’s also an incredible bargain. Drinks are extra.Though the view isn’t beautiful, it is nice because it is air-conditioned. The view offered is an eight-lane road and people going about their business down below. Like Oishi’s, the Siam Beverly delivers on the sushi. There are several choices of sushi, including the more exotic blends. One could dine on sushi alone and leave ev...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2007

Siam Beverly Hotel
188 Ratchadapisek Road.
Bangkok, Thailand 10320
+66 (2) 2754397

Bangsaen/Bang Saen Beach

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Attraction | "Bang Saen Beach"

Bangsaen/Bang Saen Beach Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I love Bang Saen. The first time I visited this beach town I fell in love with it. I don’t know if it was the lack of foreigners or the trip up the hill to where the monkeys sit by the side of the road looking for food to be thrown from the windows of cars. There is something appealing about it, and even my children found it to be captivating.When you first go to the beach there are umbrellas and seats and tables all set up for you. The cost is 30 Baht per person to rent the seats and table. After you get situated, and often before you have had a chance to settle in, the many different vendors swoop down upon you. Without leaving your seat an array of food items can be purchased and delivered ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Bangsaen/Bang Saen Beach

Chonburi, Thailand

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Attraction | "Chatuchak Market"

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Welcome to the world’s largest weekend market. Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market, or JJ’s Market, is a must see for any shopper of anything you can imagine. Thousands of vendors from all parts of Thailand and around the region are eager to sell and negotiate prices of their items to you. You will rarely find prices listed on most objects, as it seems it really depends on how you are sized up by the individual vendor as to what the starting price will be. They expect the tourist and the locals to haggle over the price, regardless of how good of a deal the item first seems to appear. There are signs everywhere warning the large crowds to beware of pickpockets. It is for this reason I carried...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

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Suan Lum Night Bazaar is the place to see and be seen if you are of the trendy Thai people and an excellent place to shop and drink and be entertained if you are a visitor. The prices here are a little more inflated than the Chatuchak Market but it is less crowded and cooler. The beer garden is more like a beer forest; a huge area with hundreds of tables surrounded by beer and food vendors. The entertainment here seems to try to appeal to the visitors. On the three occasions I have visited here the bands played covers of American bands. Regardless of the music there are usually very attractive, scantily dressed women gyrating and dancing to the music.The beer menus are incredible, but ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Rama Iv And Wireless/sathorn Roads
Bangkok

Saxophone Pub and Restaurant

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Attraction

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The Saxophone is a great place to listen to rhythm and blues and have a few drinks. Three years ago I patronized this place with my brother-in-law, and on this last trip I did so again. On both occasions the music was very good. Whether it’s a Stevie Ray Vaughn cover or an old Robert Cray song, the artists who perform there seem to enjoy producing this style of music, and they do so in English.The beers and drinks there are not cheap. A twelve-ounce Singha will set you back 150 baht. Judging the crowd here, and how they were drinking, it didn’t seem to have much of an effect on their alcohol consumption. The Saxophone usually has a drink special. On this last trip there it was a one-li...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

Saxophone Pub and Restaurant
3/8 Phayathai Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10400
+66 (2) 246 5472;

Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)

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Attraction

Dusit Zoo (Khao Din) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok’s Dusit Zoo is a great place to visit whether you are a tourist or a Thai person, and it is reasonably priced. The entrance fee is 50 baht for Thais and 100 baht for foreigners. The family-friendly forty-seven acre park offers many things to see and do besides watching the animals. To start with, a small tram circles the park, making it easy to get an overview, before setting on your path by foot. This is a great thing to do if you are with kids. There are several play areas for kids scattered throughout the park and a lake where paddleboats can be rented cheaply.Also scattered around are many places to eat, including a food pavilion. Whether you’re looking for Thai ice cream, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2007

Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)
71 Rama V Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10300
+66 (2) 281 2000

An Array of Trays Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I’ve always wanted to eat grasshoppers. As a child I used to catch them and let them go after my jar was full, but as I grew older I learned that these strange bugs were also snacks for some people in the world.My first week in Bangkok I was able to eat four different types of insects and/or bugs. The bugs I ate were purchased from a transient vendor whose cart was parked in front of my mother-in-law’s driveway gate. The cost varied by the amount of insects you ordered, but usually about a cup of bugs were about 20 Baht. The first bug I tried was what I believe to be a cricket. Thai people call it a Manga-see-on. It was fried and flavored with some sort of spray and light powder, as were all t...Read More
Karaoke Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I love a good beer and enjoy cigarettes wherever I go. I especially like when the prices are affordable and there is not a huge amount of social stigma attached to my indulgences. In Bangkok, especially in the Din Daeng neighborhood where I stayed, smoking and drinking is a regular part of daily life for a large majority of the men after a long day of work. I rarely saw women doing either of these activities. This has me believing that women are the smarter of the two genders. Aside from that, sitting down with the local men and sharing a beer while swapping stories and getting a crash course in Thai-speak, was, and will always be for me, one of the highlights of visiting Bangkok. I usually bu...Read More

Medical Tourist

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Story/Tip

Anthony's Birth Day Photo,
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Bangkok is known for so many different things: the beautiful temples, the great travel deals, incredible food, Buddhism, and brothels. Bangkok is also gaining a reputation as a place for foreigners to travel for elective surgeries. Bumrungrad Hospital claims they receive 350, 000 international patients a year. Medical tourists come to Bangkok for face-lifts, heart surgery, hip surgery, and other medical procedures for bargain prices. On average medical procedures here are about one sixth to one eighth the price as they are in the United States. The attention given to those who have received them have defined the procedures and the patient care as first class.My first experience with Bangkok’s ...Read More