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A December 2008 trip to Bangkok by garymarsh6

Lebua at State Tower Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
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Jim Thompson House

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Attraction | "Peace and Tranquility in Bangkok"

Jim Thompson House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Jim Thompson Thai House.Who was Jim Thompson?Jim Thompson was an American entrepreneur born in 1906 in Greenville, Delaware. He attended university and trained as an architect. He volunteered to join the Army and became a member of the OSS a forerunner of the CIA and served in France, Northern Africa and Asia. He was trained in jungle warfare and jungle survival.At the end of the war he was recalled to the USA and discharged from the forces but he knew that with the development of air travel tourism to Asia would take off but there was very little accommodation suitable for Westerners in Bangkok with the exception of the famous Oriental hotel which had seen the like...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2009

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

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Attraction | "Sights, Sounds and Colours"

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok Floating Market: Damnoen SaduakWhere!The floating Market of James Bond fame is not actually in Bangkok at all but involves a two hour journey to reach it by road. It is 110 kms to the west of Bangkok. Usually people visit this market en route to somewhere else or combine a visit to other places of interest.Various canals known as khlongs were built to assist in the transportation of goods around Thailand as there is an abundant supply of rivers and waterways in this area. The canals were used to bring water to the farmers in order to water their crops. It was also a quicker means for rural farmers to bring their produce to the markets to sell.The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2009

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
Damnoen Saduak, Thailand 70120
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour

Kanchanaburi

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Attraction | "Bridge Over the River Kwai"

Kanchanaburi Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the river Kwai.Where:Kanchanaburi town is situated in Kanchanaburi province in the West of Thailand approximately 150 Kms from Bangkok. The population of Kanchanaburi town is about 750,000. Two rivers, the River Kwai Noi and the River Kwai Yai merge into one which is not actually called the River Kwai but is actually the River Maeklong through the town of Kanchanaburi.The term River Kwai was immortalised in the novel ‘Bridge over the river Kwai’ by French writer Pierre Boulle and followed later by the 1957 film starring Sir Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and William Holden so this is how the name Bridge over the rive Kwai was coined. A...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2009

Kanchanaburi
130 Kilometers West Of Bangkok
Kanchanaburi, Thailand 71000
66 34 511 200; 34 5

Grand Palace

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Attraction | "The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho"

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok.The easiest way of getting to the Palace is by using one of the frequent river boats or river taxis along the Chao Phraya River rather than using a taxi or a Tuk Tuk. (Motor cycle taxi rickshaw). Bangkok is notorious for its traffic congestion and the pollution from the traffic fumes is abominable.The palace is a massive complex surrounded by a very large wall enclosing approximately 218,400 square meters of palace buildings and temples. The largest temple in the palace complex is called Prasat Phra Debidorn which is adorned with thousands of glittering and shimmering tiles and pieces of glass and gold leaf. In front of the temple is the go...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2009

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

Lebua at State Tower

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Hotel | "The Heady Heights of the Lebua all Suite Hotel"

Lebua at State Tower Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Lebua at State Tower Bangkok.Location.The Lebua Hotel is an all suite hotel which is ideally centrally located on the Silom road in the business district near to the Chao Phraya River. Excellent views of the Chao Phraya River and Central Bangkok can be had from the hotel and the hotels distinctive gold Dome can be seen for miles around.Getting there:It is approximately 40 minutes by car from Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (BKK). It is 30 minutes by car from Bangkok’s original Dom Mueang airport (DMK) which mainly handles internal flights. The nearest sky train station is Saphan Taksin which is approximate...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2009

Lebua at State Tower
1055 Silom Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
+66 2624-9999