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Loose Change

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An October 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Looking at the pictures of my last visit to Bangkok, I found a few places I haven’t reviewed yet; here is the loose change.

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion)

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Attraction | "Vimanmek Mansion: the World's Largest Golden Teakwood Structure"

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Vimanmek Mansion: the world's largest golden teakwood structureTEL. +66 2 628 6300 Ext. 5120-5121FAX +66 2 628 6300 Ext. 5136On an often Mispronounced NameOne of the Thai consonants is usually transliterated to Roman letters as "v" despite its sound being "w;" thus the correct pronunciation of the mansion’s name is "Wimanmek;" in Thai it means "celestial mansion."HistoryUpon his return from Europe in 1897, King Rama V (1868-1910) purchased orchards and paddy fields between the Padung Krungkasem ...Read More

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Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion)
Thanon Ratchawithi
Bangkok, Thailand 10300
+66 2 628 6300-9

Ratchadamnoen Avenue

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Attraction | "Ratchadamnoen Avenue: Bangkok’s Heart and Soul"

Throne Hall Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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It is impossible to imagine a visit to Bangkok without passing through Ratchadamnoen Avenue or one of the many attractions along it, which are the true heart and soul of the city. The street name means "Royal Passage," hinting thus that the avenue links between the Grand and Dusit palaces. Nowadays, the avenue is the centre of government administration in Bangkok, and hosts even the United Nations office in Thailand, on Ratchadamnoen Nok. Since its construction, many de...Read More

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Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)

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Attraction | "Khao Din - Dusit Zoo"

Dusit Zoo (Khao Din) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Zoos are not high in my list of priorities while visiting a city. Usually I skip them unless – as in Beijing – there is some point of special interest. That was the case with Bangkok; despite my long stays in town I had never visited the zoo. Something in the way I had seen Thais treating animals told me I won’t enjoy the event. Until one day I got stuck by the closed gates of the Vimanmek Mansion. The most natural step under the circumstances was to walk to the nearby Dusit Zoo....Read More

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

Queen's Gallery Cafe (The)

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Restaurant | "The Queen's Gallery Cafe"

Queen's Gallery Cafe (The) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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After having spent long periods of time in Bangkok, I find it difficult to find surprises; the place feels like home. Yet, in my last visit, when I was returning to my hotel on Khaosan Road from my daily walk, I noticed the Queen's Gallery Cafe.The building is unavoidable since it occupies a premium corner in front of the Mahakan Fort and near the Golden Mount, Wat Ratchanatdara...Read More

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Queen's Gallery Cafe (The)
101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd.
Bangkok
+662 281 5360

Soi Arab

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Mosque Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Sukhumvit is one of the most interesting streets in Bangkok and one of the best shopping areas. The street flows eastwards from the Ploen Chit Intersection and had recently regained importance after it became the main access road to the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Moreover, it is a popular residence area for expatriates from all over the world.As all the main roads in Bangkok,...Read More

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