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An October 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

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Quote: Thousands of Shops, Millions of People

Democracy Monument

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Attraction | "Landmark and Oxymoron"

Democracy Monument Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
Quote:
On my very first day in Bangkok, the Democracy Monument became the landmark signalling that I was near Khaosan Road; the first landmark I learned to recognize in this huge metropolis. A large traffic circle located roughly on the center of Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang, at its junction with Thanon Dinso, is covered by an imposing structure which is impossible to ignore.OxymoronAt times,it seems to me that oxymorons are an intrinsic telltale of the Thai culture; more often than not that’s a sign that my understanding of that culture is incomplete. That’s the case ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2009

Democracy Monument
Ratchadamnern Klang Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour

Khlong Saen Saeb

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Attraction | "Hidden Landmark"

Khlong Saen Saeb Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
Quote:
One of the main landmarks of central Bangkok, the Khlong ("Canal") Saen Saeb is almost out of sight, hidden below the street level. The hidden landmark is one of the reasons the metropolis is known as "Venice of the East." The canal connects Khlong Mahanak near the Mahakan Fortress and the Golden Mount to Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao where the canal ends at the Bang Pa Kong River; eighteen kilometers of it are used for an express boat service providing publ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2009

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)

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Attraction | "Thousands of Shops, Millions of People, Endless Bargains"

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
Quote:
Nicknamed MBK, Mahboonkrong is considered among knowing Thais as the best shopping mall for cellular phones. However, much more hides within this giant.LocationMBK is on the southeastern corner of the Siam Square Junction; its location provides a spectacular visibility to the structure, which is an easily recognizable landmark.On the junction’s kitty corner is the Siam Discovery Center; both malls are connected by an elevated bridge that provides access also to the Skytrain. A covered, air-conditioned pedestrian bridge over Phaya Thai Road connects ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2009

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)
444 Phayathai Road
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 2620-9000

Thai Best Dishes

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Attraction | "On Tiny Crabs, Pickled Mangoes and Fermented Fishes"

Tom Yam Kung Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Thai cuisine features a high level of complexity; the best way to approach it is learning to differentiate among the different types of dishes, and afterwards understanding the variations. The most obvious classification is regional, the main categories here being Northern, Isaan (northeastern), Southern and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2009

Thai Money

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Attraction | "Baht and Tical, Satang and Fuang"

20 Baht Banknote Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
Quote:
Dealing with different types of money is one of the travelers troubles; knowing local prices and payment methods is essential for assuring a pleasant trip. After writing a journal of Thailand for every week of the year, it is time to dedicate an entry in one of them to the Thai baht.Baht and Tical, Satang and FuangIn old English texts, the name "tical" can be seen as referring to the Thai currency; however the name baht is in use since the 19th century. Both were units of weight used for silver and gold coins. As such, there are m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2009