Bangkok Journals

Rambling Krung Thep

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An October 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: A week in Bangkok. Nobody knows exactly how many people live here. In a good year over twelve million tourists pass through the city’s international airport. If ignoring the official limits, finding the city’s edge is almost impossible. How to explore such a colossus in a week?

Rambling Krung Thep

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Attraction | "A Week in Bangkok "

Thanon Rambuttri Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Every country has at least one capital city. Many cities have attractive temples and sumptuous palaces. Moreover, a few cities are bigger than Bangkok. Yet, the combination of attractions we witness in Bangkok is unique, not only in size, but mainly in its cultural richness.A week in Bangkok. Nobody knows exactly how many people live in Krung Thep, the City of Angels. A sign of the city’s importance is the use of the word "Krung" in the name. It can be translated also as "nation," rendering the name into "Nation of Angels." The only other city enjoying the privilege – although informally – is Thonburi...Read More

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Royal and Religious Bangkok

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Attraction | "On Nok, Klang and Nai"

9 Gems Gate and Throne Hall Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
Quote:
Hundreds of royal and religious sites occupy vast parts of Bangkok; exploring all of them is almost impossible in a short visit. Yet, many of the main ones are along Thanon (meaning "street" and "avenue") Ratchadamnoen, which is the heart and soul of the city. The street name means "Royal Passage," hinting that the avenue links between the Grand and Dusit palaces. Ratchadamnoen is the centre of government administration in Bangkok. Despite the Western style of parts of it, it is intrinsically Thai. Few Westerners would recognize it as a single conceptual unit since it is divided into three parts, namely Ratchadamnoen Nok (outer), Ratchadamnoen Klang (middle), and Ratchadamnoen Nai (i...Read More

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Parks in Bangkok

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Attraction | "A Day in Nature"

Benchasiri Park Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Speaking of a walk in nature in one of the world’s biggest metropolises sounds strange. However, below the Skytrain and above the metro, Bangkok offers a surprising variety of green spots. The best before this tour, is having an invigorating coffee at Thanon Silom. The avenue can b...Read More

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The Malls Strip

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Attraction | "Sukhumvit, Ploen Chit, Rama I and Oriental Shangri-La "

CentralWorld Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The original Silk Road was roughly 8000km long and thus unsuitable for a morning walk. Modern Bangkok offers its own version, no less silky, and shorter for certain.Shopping for jeans in a Western styled shopping mall in Bangkok under the vigilant and colorful eyes of a spirits’ house, where offerings of Coca Cola – intercalated with Pepsi so that also the corporations would not be offended – are proudly displayed, transforms a banal shopping event into a cultural exper...Read More

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Street Markets

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Attraction | "Yaowarat, Phahurat, Silom and Patpong"

Wat Trimit - Chinatown Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Spicy chili fumes mix up with the sweet aroma of Thai coffee to announce the arrival to a street market. Where is the Real Asia? Street markets are an integral part of the Asian experience and Bangkok offers its share of these, which are scattered around the city. Three of the best options can be combined in a single day of visits to Street Markets.Yaowarat RoadBordering the Chao Praya River and reaching the Hualampong Railway Station, Bangkok's Chinatown is ...Read More

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