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Visiting Bangkok

The capital and largest city of Thailand, Bangkok’s fascinating history, rich culture and fast-paced streets have made it an increasingly popular destination for sightseers and cultural daredevils worldwide. Despite its fast-paced modernization, Bangkok has retained a rich physical record of its storied past. The legacy of its Kings remains in residence (though the King himself no longer does) at the impressive Grand Palace, home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and at the early-20th century Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion). Grand palaces like Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) remain impressive and popular sites for tourists and locals alike. Despite its humble origins as a small trading post, Bangkok has grown into a thriving, buzzing economy, replete with markets and malls to suit any... Read More The capital and largest city of Thailand, Bangkok’s fascinating history, rich culture and fast-paced streets have made it an increasingly popular destination for sightseers and cultural daredevils worldwide. Despite its fast-paced modernization, Bangkok has retained a rich physical record of its storied past. The legacy of its Kings remains in residence (though the King himself no longer does) at the impressive Grand Palace, home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and at the early-20th century Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion). Grand palaces like Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) remain impressive and popular sites for tourists and locals alike. Despite its humble origins as a small trading post, Bangkok has grown into a thriving, buzzing economy, replete with markets and malls to suit any shopper. The Chatuchak Weekend Market draws over 200,000 visitors each day with its myriad offerings, while more polished provisions can be found in Siam Square, the city’s retail district, and the massive 8-story mall at the MBK Center. So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Bangkok.    Close

Stories and Tips Bangkok

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Hotels in Bangkok: the Index

Written by SeenThat on 03 Apr, 2009

Below Any Possible RatingExploring extremes is a good way to get to know a new environment; I explored the bottom boundaries of the hotels in Bangkok, especially in the Khaosan Road area.Merry V has a superb location in the Khaosan Road area and a nice…Read More


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Visiting a Foreign Dentist in a Foreign Land

Written by SeenThat on 25 Feb, 2009

A Little House of HorrorsStatistically it was almost unavoidable. Following a few years without dental problems, an accident forced me to visit a foreign dentist in a foreign land.The accident was related to a journal I wrote for IgoUgo, namely the Dining on Wheels one.…Read More


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Trains: Out of Bangkok through Hualampong, Bangkok Railway Station

Written by SeenThat on 08 Aug, 2008

Four lines of trains lead out of Bangkok; they are called according to the direction they travel to: Northern, Northeastern, Eastern and Southern, the last is connected to the Malaysian railways.Hualampong: Bangkok Railway StationLocated on Rama IV Road, Rongmuang, the Bangkok Railway Station is easy…Read More


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Little Tel Aviv

Written by SeenThat on 06 Aug, 2008

The numbers are staggering; despite actual official statistics being hard to get, several sites quote the number one hundred thousand Israeli tourists in Thailand for the year 2003. Probably this number is larger now, since there is a continuous increase in the tourists' population segments…Read More


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The Social Ladder Walk

Written by SeenThat on 23 Mar, 2008

Denizens of any given city have their own peculiar pace. In extreme conditions the pace is usually slow, that’s the case in La Paz – maybe due to the lack of oxygen and the cold – and in Vientiane – probably due to the heat.…Read More


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Bangkok’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT Subway)

Written by SeenThat on 30 Jan, 2008

Bangkok’s Metro resembles in shape and design its older brother in Singapore. As there, the passengers are protected from the railway gap by glass walls spiced up with doors opening whenever a train arrives. The cars and stations are very similar and comparably comfortable and…Read More


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The BTS Skytrain

Written by SeenThat on 11 Jan, 2008

Certain aspects of modern cities create effects and links that in the past were not possible. The Skytrain in Bangkok was built on an elevated rail crossing Bangkok high above the street level and created a virtual street connecting the main attractions in the city.…Read More


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Bangkok Buses: from Yellow to Purple

Written by SeenThat on 08 Jan, 2008

At first the idea was frightening. I couldn’t speak the language; reading it took me ages and thus I wouldn’t be able to read the signs on time. Without even considering the option, I began exploring the metropolis using other methods.After a while I changed…Read More


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Shopping a Wat?

Written by SeenThat on 28 Nov, 2007

Few cities seem to be better positioned for earning the title of capital of the Multipolar Global Village than Bangkok. The cosmopolitan population, the myriad of visitors it hosts every year and the lack of imperial connotations, make it an ideal candidate. Beyond that, it's…Read More


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Touring Bangkok’s Shopping Malls

Written by SeenThat on 05 Nov, 2007

For a professional traveler taking too seriously a trade which is misunderstood by most humans, traveling across the world in order to visit a shopping mall and buy items from international brands available everywhere is almost a crime.While perpetrating such a scandal, he would have…Read More


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