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Bangkok: A Safe & Economical Intro to Asia!

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A November 2002 trip to Bangkok by Jim Rosenberg

Royal River Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Apart from being reasonably priced, the people we met in Thailand were friendly, the accommodations were outstanding, November weather is warm and pleasant and we were very pleased with our short introduction to Asia.

Bangkok: A Safe & Economical Intro to Asia!

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While we’ve happily traipsed through European cities with no guide, I didn’t feel comfortable with that approach in Asia. Our package included a half-day tour of the city, including visits to Wat Traimit, the temple of the Golden Buddha; Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha and Wat Benchamopit, the marble temple. After a wonderful breakfast buffet at the hotel, we were ready for our 9 a.m. appointment with our guide and several other travelers that we had met the night before on the way in from the airport. The tours that are available through Northwest World Vacations are conducted by Turismo Thai, which is a first class operation running daily excursions originating in Bangkok. They have t...Read More

Royal River Hotel

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Hotel

Royal River Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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We knew little about the Royal River Hotel aside from a few pictures and descriptions. It was the least expensive offering among those in the Northwest World Vacations packages, but the location on the river seemed attractive and it appeared to be high quality. As it turned out, we were not disappointed when we arrived in our very fashionably appointed room with a balcony on the top floor overlooking the busy Chao Phraya River. The food was outstanding. An elegant white-linen dinner buffet on the terrace featured chefs busily grilling small lobsters; fabulous arrays of fruit and flavorful Thai cuisine. A full meal with a couple of delicious Singah beers ran only around $12 per person and this ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2002

Royal River Hotel
670 Charansanitwog Road
Bangkok, Thailand
66-0-2433-0300

Century Park Hotel

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Century Park Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Century Park is an impressive property with a high level of finish, very comfortable guest rooms, very nicely done common areas and an extremely accommodating staff that will make your stay into a great experience. For excellent but not extravagant dining, check out the buffets offered at the Cafe at the Park. Breakfast was included with our room and it was fabulous, but the lunch and dinner offerings are also excellent and costs are comparatively light. We also enjoyed the informal, friendly setting of the Signature Bar on the second floor. This is a high-rise hotel and guest rooms feature large, bowed windows (none can be opened). Amenities are standard. High-speed Internet is av...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Century Park Hotel
9 Ratchaprarop Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10400
+66 (2) 246 7800

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Attraction | "Floating Market"

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Boats are a major means of transportation and we chose to visit the countryside on a tour that found us heading into a network of canals in a long-tail boat in a scene reminiscent of searching for Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. The boats are narrow and if you can imagine a 6-cylinder car engine with a short muffler and then a propeller stuck on the end of the drive shaft, you can understand the noisy propulsion system. We ended up in a floating marketplace that was very active. Like many stops in the tours, there are people there to sell you things from trinkets on up through tailor-made clothing and high-end furnishings. Prices are negotiable; something that some people find to be interesting and fu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2002

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

Sampran Riverside

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Attraction | "Rose Garden, Thai Cultural Shows"

Sampran Riverside Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Rose Garden is listed as a half-day tour, but it is easily combined with the floating market tour for a full day of activities. A Thai cultural show opens with a Buddhist procession -- complete with an elephant. A series of "acts" includes Thai boxing, the elegant "fingernail dance" and Thai music. While there are many different components to the show, it doesn't last so long that you end up squirming and waiting for it to end, either. The auditorium is airy and shaded. The very best seats for photos would be up front, but if that is not your concern, I think the best seat in the house would be near the center rear entrance where the ventilation will keep you very comfortable if it happens...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2002

Sampran Riverside
Km 32 Pet Kasem Road
Sampran, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand 73110
+66 34 322 544

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Attraction | "Chatuchak Market"

Chatuchak Weekend Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok offers an incredible array of items, from clothing, hand-painted ceramics, and food to antiques, jewelry, and pets. Bargaining is important, since the pricing structure anticipates it, and while it is not something many Westerners may be accustomed to, it is part of the sport. The market is huge, as these things go--around 35 acres. There are several "streets" to walk down within the market and then narrow alleys undercover. The market's human traffic count is estimated at more than 200,000 per day, and it can be a very hot and humid place to spend your time, but very interesting, too. In addition to the typical stall sales, you'll find some sellers hawking their wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace

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Attraction | "Grand Palace (The)"

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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If a person could only visit one site in Bangkok, then the Grand Palace would be the place to choose. It is a large complex of ornate temples, pagadas, pavilions, statues, gardens, and government buildings that has to be the city's number-one tourist stop and perhaps the most reliable place to pick up impressive photos because there is so much to work with. While there are guided tours, it is easy enough to pick up a map with your admission ticket learn about each structure from a guidebook. The Thai royal family no longer resides here, but there are still ceremonial guards and saffron-robed monks to be seen on the grounds, as well as a small army of groundskeepers who keep things looking good. Ou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2006

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

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It all started out innocently enough – $1,000 in bump money burning a hole in my pocket, the need to do something really different and the chorus from a pulsating 1984 song from the musical "Chess" that occasionally still plays in my head: One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster –The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free –You'll find a god in every golden cloister –And if you're lucky then the god’s a she –I can feel an angel sliding up to me. When we found that for around $775 per person we could get round-trip air from a smaller midwestern airport and stay five nights at the Royal River Hotel in Bangkok with break...Read More