Bangkok Journals

Bangkok's Secrets

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A travel journal to Bangkok by SeenThat

Wat Prayoon and the Cross of the Santa Cruz Church Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: The joy of seeing an old European styled bridge topped with garudas holding old fashioned street lamps; the delight of raising the eyes from the bridge and meeting a golden pagoda of exquisite shape, the smile of a unique culture and a world metropolis: Krung Thep.

Wong Wian Yai

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Attraction | "On Cathedrals, Wats and Salted Egg Yolk"

Wat Prayoon Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Reaching the AreaUntil recently, the Skytrain or the Metro did not reach this area; using buses was cumbersome, while taxis and tuk-tuks were unreasonably expensive. Only the bravest Marco Polos ventured there. In May 2009 the first extension of the Skytrain across the Chao Phraya River was inaugurated. Two new stations were built as part of the Skytrain Silom Line. The first one is called Krung Thonburi while the other is Wong Wian Yai; both are convenient for exploring the locations described in this entry. The trains operate between 6 AM and midnight.Around the RoundaboutWong Wian Yai was in the past the center of Thonburi; nowadays is a good ...Read More

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Tha Chang Wang Luang, Tha Phra Chan and Wang Lang

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Attraction | "Exploring a Few Piers"

Wang Lang Pier Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Grand Palace of Bangkok is so magnificent that it overshadows several attractions surrounding it. Bangkok is known as the "Venice of the East" due to its many canals; the Grand Palace was surrounded by them and an artificial island was created in order to protect it properly. Accordingly, the city has many piers; a few of them are near the palace and should be in the list of visited places of every traveler crossing the city.Tha Chang Wang Luang and T...Read More

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Chulalongkorn University

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Attraction | "On Well Educated Snacks"

Chulalongkorn University Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The first and most prestigious university in Thailand was founded in 1917 and named after the King Rama V by his son and successor. Why should one visit Chulalongkorn University? Simply, it is very close to several attractions and is surrounded by three markets offering some of the best Thai food in town.LocationLocated on Phaya Thai Road, between Rama I and Rama IV roads, the university is one long block away from Siam Square and within walking distance from the Ratchadamri Junction. That means it is practically part of the main ...Read More

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Chulalongkorn University
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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Noi's Little Bangkok

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Attraction | "Nit Noi Bangkok"

Temple Gate Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Not amidst Bangkok’s shiniest attractions, this district houses several gems that definitely are worth a special visit. Originally named Amarin, the area was renamed Bangkok Noi (Little Bangkok) in 1916. Despite being located in Bangkok, Little Bangkok is close to the Grand Palace. It can be easily accessed from downtown through the main highways leading from Bangkok westwards and southwards, or with the express boats and ferries roaming the Chao Phraya River. Unlike the city...Read More

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Wang Burapha

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Attraction | "On a Non-Existing Place"

Old Siam - Wang Burapha Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Eastern PalaceIn 1875, King Rama V built a royal mansion for his brother, Prince Bhanu Rangsi Sawangwong. The building was known as "Wang Burapha" or "Eastern Palace." In 1951, the mansion was torn down and three movie theatres were built there and named: King, Queen and Grand. Opened in 1954, they became the center of the cultural life in town in subsequent years. Yet, people still refer to this popular area as Wang Burapha. Maybe with a good reason; isn’t Bangkok as a whole the Eastern Palace of the world?Location...Read More

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