Bangkok Journals

4 busy days in Bangkok

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An August 2010 trip to Bangkok by Naty_Ellis

Pullman Bangkok King Power Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: August 2010 my travel destination was Bangkok, Thailand. I travelled with my mother, brother and sister in law ... Tight itinerary! So many things to do and see in so few days.Loved the place and will definately plan to come back shortly!

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Attraction | "A close up with the Thai culture"

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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We knew that a whole day would be needed if taking a tour to the Floating Market.Despite of the fact that tours usually take up a whole day, if you want to get a taste of the Thai culture, you can’t leave the city without having been there. There still will be plenty of activities you can fill your late afternoon and night with.4 days were definitely not enough for me … the fact of having a limited stay made me have to prioritize and choose those places I couldn’t leave out on visiting.Internet was of great help at time of selecting the tour company that would lead us on such a fascinating experience. Our idea was to have a selected option prior to arriving to Bangkok. There w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2010

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

Day 1 - Arrival day

Pullman Bangkok King Power

Hotel | "A ROYAL stay"

Pullman Bangkok King Power Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Destination: BangkokAccomodation: Pullman Kingpower Hotel. Their website pretty muched showed how beautiful this hotel was so i was eager to get there and experience a pleasant stay.We arrived at 1am ... very hot and humid night ... we were received immediately and helped with our suitcases. The staff people were extremely welcoming and after filling in some forms we were taken to our room. To get to your floor you need to use your magnetic card that will also be used to enter your room and switch on the air and lights. We were assigned a room on the 8th floor ... i was surprised by the speed of the elevator as in few seconds we had arrived and we hadnt even sensed the sa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Pullman Bangkok King Power
8/2 Rangnam Road, Thanon Phayathai
Bangkok, Thailand 10400
866-539-8117

Day 2 - Temple touring

Grand Palace

Attraction | "Really worth the visit ..."

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Destination: Bangkok. I had previously read many intersting travellers opinions as to what places where a MUST while visiting Bangkok and the Grand Palace was always ranking top places.In opinion to many travellers, the best way to get there is by boat along the Chao Phraya River ... this was definately a thrilling experience. No traffic congestion and some fascinating views of the city from a different perspective.We were aware that the entry fee would cost around 250 BHT (a little less than 10 USD), that opening hours were from 830am to 430pm and that the dressing code was pretty strict (long pants and shirt/tshirt with sleeves, no tank tops, no bare feet, no see through clothes no...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2010

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

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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Attraction | "An encounter with the Reclining Buddha"

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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If youre thinking about visiting the Grand Palace or Wat Arun then also plan on visiting Wat Pho, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok that houses the famous Reclining Buddha. This temple is a tourists favorite for 2 main reasons: the 15 meter high and 46 meter long reclining Buddha covered up in gold plating and the magnificent Thai tradittional massages. The entrance to Wat Pho is on Chetuphon road. Entrance fee is 20B, its opened every day and opening hours are from 08.00am to 5.00pm.It was raining and we decided to walk our way from the Grand Palace ... it must have taken us approximately 20 minutes ... but it was a pleasant walk. The rain was very much refreshi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2010

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Rattanakosin District Adjacent To Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 222 5910; 226

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Attraction | "Watch your steps, enjoy the view!"

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Arun is one of the most well know temples in Bangkok as well as a one of the most popular photographed and published images.Early in the morning, on my way along the Chao Praya River to the Grand Palace, an English tourist had made me realise that the image of this Wat is found on one of the locals coins (i believe its the 10BHT coin).The temple is located on the west bank side of the Chao Praya River opposite to the Tha Thien Pier that is within walking distance of Wat Pho.By 2 pm we had completed our visits to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho and were ready for our next stop: Wat Arun (also known as the Temple of Dawn).This 82 meter high pagoda will clearly stand out within t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2010

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Royal Barge National Museum

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Attraction | "A walk to the Royal Barge Museum"

Royal Barge National Museum Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
Quote:
It was around 330pm and the last attraction on our list to visit that day was "The Royal Barge Museum" ...The Chao Phraya Express boat was our selected mean of transportation and a small confusing map of the boats route was our guide. I had read about this museum in some sites, had seen some beautiful pictures but hadnt really been able to gather clear directions on how to get there. We figured out that if we asked along the way, someone would be able to help us out.We got off at pier number 12 (at the Phra Pin Klao Bridge) and walked our way under the bridge.After a few blocks we started getting ride offers from tuk tuk and taxi drivers but as we were pretty much convinc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2010

Royal Barge National Museum
Phra Pin Klao Bridge
Bangkok, Thailand

Day 3 - Shopping Day

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Attraction | "Shoppers delight!"

Chatuchak Weekend Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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If you’re planning on spending a weekend in Bangkok then you'll definitely have to plan on visiting the Chatuchak Weekend Market.The idea of MARKET that i had in my mind was nowhere close to the real dimensions of this place. In my home town one of the biggest markets we have, opens on Saturdays from 9am until 3pm. I would say that its approximately 12 blocks long and 1 sidewalk wide surrounding a park. The Chatuchak Weekend Market covers 27 acres!!!I took the BTS and got off at the Moh Chit Station. As soon as you get out of the roofed part of the station you will clearly be able to visualize a beautiful park and the roof tops of the market. We arrived there at around 9a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2010

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)

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Attraction | "Ready, get set, SHOP!"

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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One full day had to be reserved for shopping and after rearranging a little our itinerary we planned that day to be a Saturday. This would also allow us to combine MBK with the CHATUCHAK weekend market that, as its name states, is only opened weekends.We arrived to the MBK shopping mall at 2pm after a long walk around the CHATUCHAK weekend market that i will write about in a seperate review.To get there, we found that the most convenient, cheap and fast way was taking the BTS skytrain. The station to get off at is the National Stadium Station and once their, you will be within walking distance to the shopping.MBK is one of the biggest shopping centres in Bangkok. The same is lo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 8, 2010

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

Day 4 - Floating Market Tour + night activities

Vertigo Bar

Attraction | "Reach out and touch it!"

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Four days in Bangkok ... so many items on my MUST DO list ... i was barely managing to fit everything in ...Never the less there was no way i would leave the city without having visited an open-air rooftop bar sitting 60 floors above ground level!This time we opted to go by Taxi as we were unsure of how to get to the popular "Sky Bar" ... After a 20 minute taxi ride we noticed that the taxi driver wasn't very sure of where he was going either ... we weren't of much help as all we knew was that the bar was located on the roof top of the last floor of a hotel.Finally he parked in front of the Banyan Tree Hotel Entrance ... we followed some directions that indicated our way to the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2010

Vertigo Bar
Banyan Tree Hotel
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 (2) 679 1200

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

Attraction | "Bargain till midnight!"

Suan Lum Night Bazaar Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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After our day tour to the floating market and rose garden we planned to go to the Lumphini Night Market ... Bangkok is the city of shopping and bargaining!!! ... there is always time to fit shopping in your daily activities as you will have options that extend out till midnight.Our walk from the Banyan Tree hotel to the market took us approximately 15 minutes ... our feet were getting really sore and the heat was overtaking the little energy we had stored away ... Every fan i saw within these hot corridors of stands was my salvation ...Within the market you have a pretty large food court with plenty of seating place, interesting and wide variety of food as well a scenario with ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2010

Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Rama Iv And Wireless/sathorn Roads
Bangkok

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

Attraction | "Funniest way to get a foot massage: FISH Foot Massage!"

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After a whole day of walking and touring we had planned to go to the Lumphini Night Market ... we hadnt had time for shopping during the whole day so we thought of this as a perfect activity to add to our already packed itinerary.Our walk from the Banyan Tree hotel to the market took us approximately 15 minutes ... our feet were getting really sore and the heat was overtaking the little energy we had stored away ... after walking our way around some of the stands we were surprised to see these pretty large fish tanks and benches around them with many many little fish swimming around. We observed as toursits would pass by with confussed expressions on their faces ... our curiosity took us t...Read More

Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Rama Iv And Wireless/sathorn Roads
Bangkok

Day 5 - Final shopping hours prior to departure

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Montevideo, Uruguay