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Hot Hot Hot Bangkok

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A June 2008 trip to Bangkok by bettybetty10

Muay Thai Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: A four day post MBA Grad visit in Bangkok in steamy, sweaty June.

Hot Hot Hot Bangkok

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Overview

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Bangkok was the first stop on our 3.5 week SE Asia post-graduation adventure! We saw many different facets of the city, from the historic to the ultra modern – all in just four days. As recent MBA grads, we were on a budget (as we hadn’t worked in 2 years with lots of debt!), but we also didn’t want to travel like 21 year old backpackers. For lodging, we required the following: private bathroom with hot water, 24 hour front desk, air conditioning, walking distance to attractions, and good reviews on travel sites. Some good advice from a friend – SE Asia is HOT and SWEATY!! Drink lots of water and make sure we don’t cram too much stuff in a day so we’re not too tired out to enjoy what we’re seeing....Read More

The Four Inn (Formerly Baraburi B&B)

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Hotel | "The Four Inn - Great Little Budget Find!!"

Superior Room - The Four Inn Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This is a cute little guesthouse that has just four rooms. We secured the superior room (king bed) for just $25/night. We checked in about 1am, and while it may seem like a deserted street, it’s quite busy during the day, and walking distance to Khao San Road and the other attractions. There is also a bus stop right outside the B&B that takes you to many of the tourist attractions.Our room was a decent size with a window facing the street. The king sized bed came with 2 pillows and 2 lightweight blankets. The room had a high ceiling so it made it look more spacious that it actually was, but it was very nice! There was a dresser as well as a bedside table, air conditioning and towels. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2008

Muay Thai

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Attraction | "10 Rounds of Muay Thai Boxing"

Muay Thai Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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There is Muay Thai Boxing many nights of the week. We went on a Thursday night at Ratchadamnoen arena. Get ready for 5 hours and 10 matches of Muay Thai!! It is actually pretty exciting because it’s a contact sport, and it’s almost impossible to get a bad seat. The first 7 matches are supposed to be more amateur, and the headliners are the last 3 matches. Doors open at 6:30pm, although many people do not arrive until 8pm or later for the better matches. 10 matches typically take 5 hours. If it is a close match, the audience will take sides and shout whenever a blow is made (which is pretty often!). Those who sit ringside are very passionate cheerleaders – sometimes it’s more interesting to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2008

Muay Thai
Rajadamnernn or Lumphini Stadiums
Bangkok, Thailand

Jim Thompson House

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Attraction | "Jim Thompson's House - Surprisingly Cool!"

Jim Thompson House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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We were not that excited to go to Jim Thompson’s house, but we felt like we should make a stop since we were planning to go to Siam Square. We didn’t really know who he was, and we weren’t sure how interesting his house would be. It was, surprisingly, a very cool museum!!You are required to go through the house with a tour guide. They’ll put you in groups according to language. The English language tour is quite popular, so there were about 12 people in our group. The tour takes about 30 minutes, and we walk through his garden, living area, bedroom, and more. We’re also given some history of the art that he collected (which is quite antique) and some of the unusual aspects of the house. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2008

Jim Thompson House
6 Soi Kasem San 2
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 216 7368

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Attraction | "Chatuchak Market - Patience = Rewards!"

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Chatuchak Market is the Saturday (and ONLY Saturday) market that sells everything under the sun. It is easy to spend an entire day wandering the hundreds of aisles, selling everything from clothing to pets, housewares to food. You can get there by taking the AirTrain and there are signs directing you to the market. OR, follow the crowd!The only downfall to Chatuchak is that it can get extremely hot – the aisles are very narrow, it is outdoors (so no fans or AC), and there are tons of people. A Thai friend of mine said that he went once and he almost fainted from the heat. At the start, it can feel like a total maze, and it was easy to get frustrated, because we couldn’t find the aisles we ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2008

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace

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Attraction | "The Grand Palace - Wow!"

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This is a must see tourist attraction in Bangkok. Despite the crowds of people and tour buses, it really took my breath away when I walked in. All the monuments, statues, and architecture were very well kept and displayed in vibrant colors – gold and oranges. The sheer size of the monuments was extremely impressive.It can take a couple of hours to walk around the Palace and see all the intricate details in the architecture, as well as dodge the tour groups! There is a huge mural that documents life during the time which the palace was constructed. There are lots of deities and other Buddha like relics on display (and are great photo ops!). It’s also interesting to see the visiting monks lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2008

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

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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Attraction | "Wat Pho - History and Massage"

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat (Thai for temple) Pho is right next to the Grand Palace. It’s the home for the gigantic reclining Buddha, and it is really an awesome sight! Surprisingly, there weren’t many crowds at Wat Pho, so we could wander around at our leisure. The Buddha is really gigantic, but offers a great photo op.On the grounds, there also seems to be a primary school of some sort, and as we were wandering the premises, there were boys playing soccer. One of the boys kicked the ball and it smacked me right on the shoulder! I feigned pain, and he genuinely looked upset, but I laughed it off. We found some smaller figures and other areas of prayer. We had given up on finding the Wat Pho Massage s...Read More

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

Checking out Khao San Road

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Eating street pad thai on Khao San Road Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Khao San Road is Bangkok’s backpacker alley. We decided to check it out our first evening there because we knew we would see a lot of travelers. While there are some older travelers, it is definitely Eurotrip 1996!! We felt a little bit old walking through, as we are in our early 30s. The neighborhood is crammed with 21 year old backpackers from all around the world, drinking (usually neon drinks or kamikaze shots) to their hearts content and making new friends. You can find tee-shirts, drug paraphernalia, hair braiding services, pad thai and spring roll vendors, and souvenir stores up and down the street. It’s pretty typical of any other backpacker area in any other metro city. There are so...Read More
Sticky Rice Festival @ Paragon Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Siam Square is a complete 180 from the Khao San Road area. It is totally modern and commercial with several mega department stores surrounded by smaller boutiques and markets. The department stores with names like Paragon, MBK, and more are filled with shopping (even a Ferrari dealership), restaurants (both high end and fast food), movie theaters, and other attractions like Ocean World – an acquarium! Watching the throngs of young Thais fill the streets and the shopping centers is an experience in itself. Often there are promotional events happening that cause crowds and commotion. The area is a look into young, chic and trendy life in Bangkok.I didn’t do much shopping there, but we did take...Read More