Bangkok in Brief

| February 10, 2012

Bangkok, one of Asia’s most thriving metropolis. It’s where everything is there to be discovered. This colorful city is where you can experience down-to-earth lifestyles to the most luxurious ones. You can pay from two-hundred to a hundred thousand baht room for a night in a hotel. You can have a 15 baht street side to a million baht for dinner. It’s new but old. The city sets countless sky scrapers in metro business district. The antique lifestyle is also a nice scene on both side of the Chao Praya waterway. If you have one day in Bangkok, this page is a guide for your plan exploring in this wonderland!

What you’ve heard lately in the news about the political unrest might sound serious. It is actually unlike the civil war. Outside the protest area, evertything happens as usual as it has done. All the fun stuffs are waiting to be explored here in Bangkok!

PLACES TO GO
Despite being an ongoing metropolis, this megacity still remains a numerous historical places where a great deal of Thai ancient story is revealed. These are the places you should never miss.

Wat Pra Kaew (The Royal Monastery of the Emerald Buddha) and Grand Palace
One place never to miss, just being there you could feel the energy of the Thai people in creating such a beautiful and elegant Architectural master piece. Be aware of tuk-tuks or taxi drivers trying to scam you that it is close. If you are there before 3pm it is open!More..
Wat Arun
Also known as Temple of the Dawn or Wat Jaeng, it is located on the Thonburi side of Chao Praya River opposite to Wat Po in Bangkok side. This was the royal compound in Taksin dynasty. The temple is influenced from the mix of Thai, Khmer and Chinese art.More..

Wat Po
This large and extensive temple neighbours the Grand Palace on Thay Wang Road and houses the very impressive gigantic gold plated reclining Buddha which is some 46 metres long and 15 metres high.More..

 Muang Boran (Ancient City)
The Ancient City Gateway to Thailand’s Cultural Heritage The Ancient City, MUANG BORAN, is an excellent reflection of Thailand’s multi-faceted ancient culture presented in an authentic and visually exciting setting.More..
SHOPPING

If you have one day to shop, these are the place you’ll definitely find all you need.
Hi End Brand names


Siam Paragon An upscale shopping mall located next to Siam Center and opposite to Siam Square. It is one of the biggest shopping centers in Asia including a wide range of stores and retail shops for internationally renown brands, restaurants and food outlet and all kinds of entertainment for city lives.More..

Markets
MBK


An enormous shopping mall in Bangkok. 2,500 shops in a of 89,000 square meters area. A whole floor dedicated to mobile phones and electronics. If you are from the west this place may surprise you with the crowd that always get in your way, that’s how popular this place is. More..

Platinum
Clothing and accessories at wholesale prices in an air-conditioned environment attracts a lot of people to visit. Stuffs are in a wide range of price but most of them are cheap. Each of the floors sells different types of fashion items.

Pantip Plaza
It mega complex hardware and software. Pirated softwares movies games porn.

THINGS YOU SHOULD TRY
Thai Traditional Massage
No oil just fingers hands elbow knees and foot applied to you body with bending and stretching. If you’d tried it you massage experience will never be the same.

Spa
Because the nature of Thai people of being serviced minded. A spa experience in Bangkok may be one of the best. There are wide ranges of treatment from massage treatments to body scrub, facial, baths, to hair spa, bust firming and the list goes on.


Spice
Thai cuisine is characterized by the combination of ingredients, seasoning and herbs in a dish usually eaten with plain rice or sticky rice. The most popular Thai spicy food is Som Tam or spicy Papaya Salad. There are some other types of spice presented in many types of chili pastes or curry.

Bugs


Bugs are edible like beef. We always see them served fried along the street. They might look less like food for many foreigners but still, it’s what you should try. They’re actually not as bad as they look!
Thai food and dessert

Thai food is about many flavors: sweet sour salty peppery and hot. It’s a combination of flavors added to the main ingredient. Having thai food is all about sharing, three or more variety of dishes should be ordered with white rice and shared through out the table. Other than “Tomyum Kung” and “Padthai” you should try “Tomka Kai” “meKrob” “Hormok Tala” for a fast lunch nothing beats “Pad Krapao”

A rush hour ride on motorcycle taxi
Imagine yourself getting fast through gaps between cars during Bangkok’s rush hour. This will be quite a thrill and you will see how Bangkok traffic is actually like. The pollution is the only bad thing about this try but motorcycle helps get you through it fast.

PLACES TO STAY
There is wide range of accomodation choices in Bangkok rated from boarding school-like to rock star quality like, priced from 250-hundred thousands baht a night.

Luxury
Many are international brand hotels have made their way in Bangkok. The five stars are Mandarin Oriental , Four Seasons the Sheraton brand, Royal Orchid Sheration Hotel & Towers by the Chao Praya river Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit road.
Under the Hilton brand, there are Millenium Hilton and the Conrad Bangkok.

There are also five stars hotel under the Thai brand. Sukhothai Dusit Thani, Siam City, Amari, Centara

Middle class
Asia hotel Rachathewi BTS station
The Majestic Suite on Sukhumvit road.

Budget hotel can be found around the city especially on Trok Khaosarn and the nearby area with price started from 250 Baht a night.

Boutique hotel can be interesting with unique characteristics with its own standard.
Old Bangkok Inn
Arun Residence Bangkok
The Luxx Hotel
Chakrabongse Villas

FOOD
The Bangkokfood scene is enormous. Food from all over the world can be found in this city. It’s everywhere from the street side to high-end restaurants.

Street side


In the city, there are countless mobile stalls and row houses selling foods beside the streets around the city. It is the Thai version of fast food, very cheap and can be very good. Just make sure you find a clean one! Look for ones with a lot of people.
Buffet restaurant
“Moo Ka Ta” (Pan Pork) cook and serve yourself on a personal pan, can be found all over the city at only 100 baht.

Hotel Buffets; in most four to five star hotels, many are well worth a visit. Price ranges from 800- 2,500 depending on the time and day, some even provide freeflow of achohol and wines. Here are some places we recomend:
Flow at The Millenium Hilton
The Atrium at the Landmark
The ATELIER at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok

Sunday Brunch is another choice for fine buffet for your Sunday delight. You can check out the Sunday Brunch section for more info.

Fine Dining
Fine foods and wine. It’s everywhere in this mega city. They can be stand-alone or hotel venues. Click to explore these fine venue at the restaurant section

NIGHT LIFE
Lower Sukhumvit; bars, pubs, dance club, A gogos, you name it, it’s there! Mostly targeted towards international crowds.

Kaosan; packpacers heaven with bars, clubs and discos, a good combination of foriegn and local crowds.
RCA, Over ten dance clubs (808, Route 66, etc), live music and chill out venues
(Ratri Samosorn, etc) or even the Gentleman club like the Forte, located as a long street linking the Rama IV and Petchaburi road. It is where you’ll see many Thai teenagers hang out especially on weekends.

Thonglor and Akekamai are also areas for night owls. These areas can be packed with most upscale locals and some japanese business man. The popular venues are such as Santika, Curve or gentleman club at Sherbet and etc.

Many hotel venues; There are also places to chill out and listen live Jazz music with recommended to ones such as the Living Room at Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, the Dilomat Bar at the Conrad Bangkok or Bamboo Bar at the Oriental, or the 360 at the Millennium Hilton.

Seems like one day is not enough to explore all these interesting scenes in Bangkok. Even living in Bangkok, we can not keep track of all cool places in the city. So if you are here, just try things bits by bits. You’ll just fall in love with the city for sure.

Getting Around


Meter Taxi—the most comfortable way of transportation with reasonable rates. It’s recommended you try to pick new ones. Visit Taxi Siam page for more info or just call 1661 when you need one.

Bus— the cheapest way of transportation but it may not be as comfortable in rush hours or the busy routes. Besides, if you’re not familiar with the local area or you don’t study enough about the bus route, it can give you a headache once you catch the wrong one. Check out the info of Bangkok buses at Bangkok Mass Transit Authority website.

Motorcycle—guys wearing numbered waistcoat are found everywhere in Bangkok. They can ride you through alleys or main streets fast even in rush hours. Riding on the motorcycle can be quite a thrill while it costs as much as the meter taxi.


Boat—
transports along the Chao Praya river and canals around the city. It’s quite cheap and faster than the land transportation usually taken by those who travel to places near the rivers.

Urban Railway System—the most convenient and fastest way of Bangkok transportation running in Bangkok urban area. there are 2 systems which connects at many stations


BTS—
the sky trains running along the two main lines: Sukhumvit and Silom line.BTS page for more information.

MRT—Bangkok metro system (the underground) runs from Bangsue to Hualampong station. Visit MRT page for more information

Getting to Other Provinces

Taxi- for near by provinces you can take a taxi. Just call on out and ask for a price. From Bangkok to Pattaya the fair can be from 1,000 -2,000 Baht.

Train—you can catch the train at the Hua Lampong station. It is the center of Thailand railway system. For more information click on the railway page

Coach—There are three main bus terminals in Bangkok: Mo Chit station, Southern station and Ake-kamai station. Mo Chit is the center for the northern route while the Southern station is the center for the southern route and buses from Ake-kamai station go East.

Airline—there are two airports in Bangkok: Don Muang domestic airport for Thai Airways and Nok Air , and Suvannabhumi International airport where hosts many different airlines from all over the world.

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