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Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall 
Ayutthaya Ancient City  - out of the city all day tour
Ancient City  - Area: Samut Prakan rated in Popular Tour book
Bangkok Old City Nightlife By Tram - Dinner
Bang Lamphu

Calypso Cabaret Show Bangkok

City PillarRattanaokin

Samut Prakan
City Canal & old city tram night tour 

Democracy MonumentBang Lamphu
Bangkok BMA Bike SmileRattanakosin
Bangkok BMA Bike Smile

Chuvit Garden, Bangkok
Sukhumvi Asoke
Ganesh Shine Huai Khwang
Giant Swing
Huai Khwang tour zoneHuai Khwang
Huai Khwang MarketsHuai Khwang 
Kamthieng House
Sukhumvi Asoke
Kho Kret IslandNontaburi
King Prajadhipok Museum - พิพิธภัณท์พระบาทสมเด็จพระปกเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว

Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin

Mahakan FortBang Lamphu
Rose Garden Suan Samphran
Sampeng Lane marketsChinatown
Samut Prakan
Street vendors BarsSukhumvit
Street vendors Food 

Benjakiti Park Bangkok

Wat Bowonniwet Wihan Bang Lamphu
Bang Lamphu
Bang Lamphu
National MusuemRattanakosin
Rattanakosin Exhibition HallBang Lamphu
Wat Trimit, the Temple of Golden BuddhaChinatown
Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram

Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market 

Samut Prakan
Wat Srisa Thong (Golden Head) Nakhon Phatom
Victory MonumentRatchathewi
Hospitality Venues
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Art of Muay Thai

Thai hereditary distinguished Art of Fighting which succeed for along centuries is Muay Thai. Usually fighters have to use their parts of the body to defend such as hands, feet, knees elbows and head, which is known as 'Nawa Awut' (Nine weapons). Furthermore, to be the most efficient they need to combine with souls, spirits, incantations, musics, literatures, virtues and manners.

Muay Thai : Art of fighting tradition

A great tradition of muay thai is paying respect to teachers, who give love, kindness and knowledge of science and art of fighting which is called 'Wai Kroo'. It is highly respect as their parents.
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

Tuesday, Friday : Commencing at 18.30-22.30 hrs. Saturday : 2 Programs 1st Commencing at 17:00-20.00 hrs.2nd

Commencing at 20.30-24.00 hrs.


Rajadamnern Stadium

Monday,Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday : Commencing at 17.00-22.00 hrs


Price Includes

Pick up and drop off from hotel in Bangkok city area
Entrance fees


Transfer Service

Transfer service operates according to pre-assigned and route only. Please let us know your hotel name during your booking process. Extra charge will be applied for transfer in some Bangkok area. (To be advised)


Lumpinee Boxing Stadium (Sat) (17.00 PM. -20.00 PM.)

1 Pax 2,570  -  2-3 Pax 2,145  -  4-5 Pax 1,975  -   6 Pax Up 1,890  
Ayutthaya Ancient City  - out of the city all day tour
The Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya in short, is one of Thailand 's historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya ), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in  Southeast Asia . During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya , traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited. The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubere in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition. The Kingdom of Ayutthaya was built and developed in leaps and bounds. The ruins in Ayutthaya that survived the test of time embody both the glorious and ignominious stories of the Kingdom.  
Ayutthaya (full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) capital of Ayutthaya province. Founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom, often referred to as the Ayutthaya kingdom or Siam. 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya historical Park.. The city was refounded a few kms to the east.
Tour options
  • Ayutthaya Ancient City
  • Ayutthaya & Bang Pa-in
  • Ayutthaya & Tarad Thai Market
  • Ayutthaya & Lopburi
  • Ayutthaya by Riversun Cruise
  • Ayutthaya by Grand Pearl

Typcial tour program (please check individual tour itinerary)

 Pick up : 08.30 hrs 

Tour Itinerary :

08.30 hrs
   Our staff meet you at the hotel lobby.
09.30 hrs   Visit Wat Phanan Choeng, founded shortly before the establishment of Ayutthaya as the Kingdoms capital. Its main building enshrines a huge, seated Buddha image, that is 57 feet tall an object of particular devotion to Thais of Chinese origin. This principal image called Phrachao Phananchoeng was built of stucco in the attitude of subduing evil in 1325. The temple is a popular stopover for riverboat cruises along the Maenam Chao Phraya. This temple can be reached by boat from the fortress ruins.  

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, located to the Southeast of the island, this temples lofty chedi is visible from most of the town. The monastery was built in 1900 by King U-thong who granted the temple with the name Wat Pa Kaew. The intention was to create a center of Buddhist studies (Ceylonese Sect). As the temple used to be headed by a patriarch, local people also called it Wat Chao Phraya Thai.                   

12.00 hrs   Lunch at the local restaurant.

13.00 hrs   Continue to Wat Chaiwattanaram, located on the bank of the Maenam Chao Phraya, to the west of the city island is Wat Chaiwattanaram. Built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, Wat Chai Wattanaram was conceived as a replica of the Angkor temple. A Royal monastery, the temples unique feature is a huge prang which is surrounded by smaller prangs. This symbolizes Mount Meru , the abode of the heavenly gods.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet, located inside the compound of the Grand Palace -the foundations of which are still visible-and served as the royal chapel, as Wat Phra Kaeo does in Bangkok . This Wang Lung Palace ( Royal Palace ) was built by King U-Thong upon the founding of the city. Used as a residential palace, it became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. When King Borom Trai Lokanat commanded the construction of new living quarters, this residential palace was transformed into a temple,and the establishment of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. In Ayutthaya 's heyday, this was the largest temple in the city.


Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit, a large bronze seated Buddha image (Phra Mongkhon Bophit) was originally enshrined outside the Grand Palace to the east. It could be dated to the 15th century and was originally intended to stand in the open air. Later, King Songtham commanded it to be transferred to the west, where it is currently enshrined and covered with a Mondop. In the reign of Phra Chao Sua, the top of the Mondop was burnt down by a fire due to a thunderbolt. The King then commanded that a new building be built in the form of a big sanctuary (Maha Wihan) to cover the image in lieu of the former Mondop. During the second fall of Ayutthaya , the building and the image were badly destroyed by fire. The present Viharn and Buddha image have been reconstructed and renovated. The open area located east of the Viharn was formerly Sanam Luang, where royal cremation ceremonies took place.

15.00 hrs
    Depart from Ayutthaya.

16.00 hrs    Arrive to your hotel in Bangkok.
Bus from Bangkok leaving River City complex
Return on Boat onn Chao Phraay River includes lunch on boat

Tour Prices:
  • These will vary according to the options provided, ie., bus and/or boat.
  • Generally a full day tour is priced between 1200baht to 2000baht
Siam Niramit

Visit Bangkok guide : Siam niramit show in Bangkok ThailandSiam Niramit is a world-class performance that looks at Thailand's artistic and cultural heritage. This must-see show is performed on a gigantic stage (now listed in the Guinness World Records!) and features over 150 performers and as many as 500 costumes. Enhanced special effects and the world's most advanced sound, light and stage technology combine to make this a very realistic, stimulating, and inspiring experience. No-one should miss this “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Thailand” – you will be surprised and entertained throughout the 80-minute show.


  Siam Niramit is a world-class performance that looks at Thailand's artistic and cultural heritage. This must-see show is performed on a gigantic stage (now listed in the Guinness World Records!) and features over 150 performers and as many as 500 costumes.


          Enhanced special effects and the world's most advanced sound, light and stage technology combine to make this a very realistic, stimulating, and inspiring experience.

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          No-one should miss this “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Thailand” – you will be surprised and entertained throughout the 80-minute show.

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          In addition to the spectacular show, a traditional Thai village is situated in the grounds of the theatre, where Thai and foreign visitors alike can explore the Thai lifestyle of bygone times. Other outdoor entertainments are laid on, and the Sawasdee Restaurants serve a delicious Thai-Western buffet.



Siam Niramit Theatre is near Thailand Cultural Center at Ratchadapisek Rd.

The fastest way to there

Thailand Cultural Center station of the MRT (subway) is the nearest.

Then take a taxi at Carefure side. Fare is around 55 Baht. (Too far to walk.)


Calypso Cabaret Show Bangkok



Bangkok Show and Entertainment / Calypso Cabaret - Bangkok Thailand

Calypso Cabaret constantly strip down decorations and costumes to the bare necessities. We minimize choreographic ambitions and create choreographies , which highlight the specific talents and abilities of our actors and actresses. We do not cater to any markets or fashions or trends. The overload and without any doubt the overkill of today's frenzies of the media world are verifying our concept of reduction.

Daily training of physical stamina , daily rehearsal of the current show and new productions , try to regain daily our motivation not to copy , not to reproduce the traded cliches and stereotypes.


  • Brazilian Churascaria cuisine at Rio Grill Restaurant.
  • Round trip transfer from/to hotels in center of Bangkok.
  • Child rates are applicable for child less than 120 cm. height.
  • A tour requires a minimum of two people.

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Bangkok Smile Bike
location: 4kms West of Siam 
Zone: Bang Lamphu - Rattanakosin - Thonburi  
Rated: F-PG <> Duration: 3hrs       (updated 10-01-2012)
Cost: Nil - sponsored by BMA Bangkok Metro Authority

Don't miss this grass routes adventure. Biking & Canal tours easily won a place in the "Popular Icons eBook." If your a little unsure about a D.I.Y. there are several excellent low price quality bike tours linked in the tour database

This D.I.Y. program began in 2009 under the name Bangkok Green bikes and was relaunched 2010 under its current name. The Free bikes are provided along locations for two bike routes, one on each side of the river. At a very leisurely pace well suited for seeing the city, each route takes little more than one hour. The areas popular tour zones noted in the family zones ebook, Rattanakosin zone includes a special D.I.Y. 6km walking tour and a excellent night open tram tour.

Bike lanes are provided on the street and sidewalk—but, Bangkok being Bangkok, these lanes are not respected as dedicated bike lanes. Frequent obstructions should be expected from cars, pedestrians, vendors, and after 3pm on school days, multitudes of uniformed school children. It's more polite to bike around Thai people walking in the bike path than to ring the bell and expect them to move. Inevitable, because of crowded vending areas and blocked bike lanes, some riding will be with traffic in city street. Surprisingly, these bicycles are given more courtesy from drivers than might be expected.

The combined bike route is approx 18kms. Photos & maps > slideshow map image is in the photo link 

Bangkok smile bike kiosk along the Rattanakosin route
1. Grand Palace                            2. National Theatre
3. Tourism Division                         4. Santichai Prakan Public Park
5. Sip Sam Hang Rd (Wat Boworn)  6. Bangkok City Hall              
7. Saranrom Park                           8. Tha Tien
Week day: 10:00am-06.00 pm.  Weekend : 10:00 am. – 08.00 pm.
Thonburi (other side of the river) has several kiosks.

update: Jan 2012: To take a free bike a passport or official looking photo ID is required (Passports not held). Bikes must returned to same kiosk. Maps are provided free of charge and mark the route and major sites along the way.

The bikes are general good condition, the seat cannot be raised very high which may make it a little uncomfortable for tall people. Locks may be available on request, but riders are asked not to stray from the well-marked bike route. Bike helmets are not provided, but with the slow pace, the danger is not much greater than walking.

East of the river, the route forms a continuous circle, you can pick up or drop of a bike at any kiosk.

West of the river, the route is mostly marked and more of the ride will take place in the street. There is also a staircase or two to traverse, but the ride is extremely interesting as it goes through non-tourist areas. Some of the side trips (marked on the map but not on the pavement) are particularly interesting. The route is one-way starting at Somdej Phra Pinklao Road at Phra Pinklao Bridge across the river from the Bangkok Tourism Division office. They may run out of bikes late in the day.

The 2nd Smile Bike kiosk is accessible by ferry, near the Thonburi Railway Station Pier and the old Thonburi Train Station (not to the actual train station, AKA: Bangkoknoi, which is about 800 mtrs inland from the pier and passed on the route). The bike route ends to the south at Wat Phichayayatikaram Worawihara. The penultimate west-side Smile Bike kiosk is at the Memorial Bridge, which can pleasantly be walked over.              
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City Pillar
Travel spot <> Zone: Rattanakosin  <> Rated: F-PG 
Duration: 30mins <>  Cost: Minimal

You'll find one of these pillars in every city in Thailand--distances between cities are always measured from the urban monuments.

According to an animistic belief that survives within the larger Buddhist religion, the pillar is also home to the spirit Phra Sayam Thewathirat, who is the guardian of the city. Inside the shrine for Lak Meuang, you'll also see an additional pillar erected by King Rama IV.

In 1782, King Rama I erected in Ko Ratanakos the Lak Meuang, a wooden city pillar used to symbolize the founding of the new capital of Bangkok.

The city pillar is important to the Thai people, and often you will see local people gathering to make offerings to the spirit dwelling inside.
Located: Opposite the Grand Palace Map link <> Photos <> Tour leader database > tours

Open Hours: 7am-6pm daily Visit Time: 30min-1hr Average Wait Time: None Price: Free

Nearby: Located opposite the Grand palace and many nearby Tour Icons
Nearby venues: use the link below to "Tour zone"

Exposure: Outdoor with some covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements
Ages Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers

Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Ferry/Boat Walking
Parking Availability: Limited
Get into the culture and try the local Canal ferry "Saen Saep"

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Zone Rattanakosin, features in tour Icons > Family including map link and tour database logistics.

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City Canal (Klong Saen Saep) and old city night tram tour 
Departure time depends on venues your wish list:-
Starting from base: Sukhumvit Soi 19, BTS (skytrain) station Asok. 
1. Transfer 1.5km to canal
by MRT (subway) or Taxi (car/tuktuk/motorbike) - cost: 50bt [add 20mins]

2. Fast ferry ride on the canal Saen Saep to Rattanakosin (old City)
  • see the backstage of the city; local life along the Canal, among dazzling tall buildings that tower above. Fare: 20bt [add 50mins]

3. Arrive Pier Phan Fa Liat, the junction of several old city tour zones    
Many attractions, here are a few within walking distance 
  • 100mtrs East: King Prajadhipok Museum open 9am-4pm.  
     three (3) storey heritage listed building (Aircon). Entry: 40bt  [add: 1hr]

    • 200 stairs (caf'e half way), to a majestic Golden Chedi, from the rooftop enjoy 360 degree view of the "old city". Entry fee: 20bt  [add: 1hr]

  • 300mtrs N.West: The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall open: 9am-8pm (last ticket 6pm) 
    • interactive centre 11 zones (Aircon)  Entry: 100bt   [guided tours: add 2hrs]
    • must do: 4th flr Skyroom, Caf'e and lounges offering a Panoramic view of several Majestic icons including  some attractions mentioned above.  [add: 30mins] 
  • 500mtrs N.West: Democracy Monument
    Start point of Buddy Group Bangkok Old City Nightlife By Tram 
    cost: 1,000-1250bt subject to seasons (children approx half price)
    • 7.00pm: Dinner: enjoy a substantial delicious Thai dinner  
    • 8.00pm: Tram tour: 17 seater open air tram. finish approx 9.30pm 

 Post tour option
  • 9.25pm Disembark tram engage the bizarre nightlife street markets, Bars and Restaurants of @ "Khao San Rd",  an exciting area where East meets West in a comical disaster. 

Cost: one (1) P.A. 4hrs: 3pm to 7pm 1,500bt see APAC standard charges
Best practices: one (1) P.A. per 3 pax, negotiable based on composition of client group.
Hours can be extended for nominal cost, enquire for details
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Bangkok Old City Nightlife by Tram & Dinner 
location: 4kms West of Siam 
Rattanakosin area is also known as Bangkok Old City, a treasure of rich historical stories from generation to generation. 

The City Old town night tour by "Buddy Tram" offers an enjoyable entry point concept starting with a delicious set dinner at 7pm at the Sidewalk Café Rajchadamnoen, located directly opposite the Democracy Monument.

Uncover a hidden face of Bangkok on a tram in style that will uplift your travel experience.  The tour finishes approx 9.15pm in Khao San Rd where you can enjoy the infusion of cultures "Asia meets Euro".

  • 07.00 PM Dinner
Dinner: set menu three (3) choices
  • 08.00 PM Tram tour 17 seats

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Golden Mount, Ratchanaddaram Temple, Democracy Monument, The City Pillar Shrine, Grand Palace, Wat Pho,
National Theatre and Santi Chaiprakarn Park.
* some Icons are photo stops

  • Disembark tram options  
9.15pm Khao San Rd 
9.20pm Sidewalk caf'e 
9.25pm Hotel De 'Moc

Rated: F-PG  
Cost: seasonal fluctuations 
  adults: 1000bt to 1400bt tram and dinner (tram only 70%)
  children (under 12) approx 50% of adult price
Bookings: advanced booking essential contact your booking agent or book direct at T: 02-282-2831-3

Getting there: The BTS (skytrain) is not close, the old city area is vulnerable to traffic congestion in peak hour, Taxi, Tuktuk,  MRT (Subway) in the area.

Accredited with orientation tour from Sukhumvit
Experience MRT (Subway) / BTS (Skytrain), Canal Ferry and more
2012-01 included in best sellerCity Canal and Old City Tram tour

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Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin

An reserved area of land boasting several Photo Icons such as 

  • A Royal Sala (decorated Gazebo) an area set aside for members of the Royal family.

The area is a surrounded by Cultural attractions.

  • The Queens Gallery (art centre)

At the junction of zone "Bang Lamphu" and "Rattanakosin" along Ratchadamnoen Road.  This Road is often heavily decorated with lights around King's birthday (5 December) and Queen's birthday (12 August) and other major anniversaries.

Sanam Luang and recently created Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin (ลานพลับพลามหาเจษฎาบดินทร์) in front of Wat Ratchanadda and its Loha Prasat are open spaces that frequently used to celebrate various events.

Map link <> Photo Gallery <> slideshow

Best time to visit: late afternoon, then visit then return in the evening for stunning night photos.

Getting there: The BTS (skytrain) is not close, the old city area is vulnerable to traffic congestion in peak hour, Taxi, Tuktuk, MRT (Subway) in the area.

Accredited with orientation tour

Experience MRT (Subway) / BTS (Skytrain), Canal Ferry 

2012-01 included in best seller
City Canal and Old City Tram tour

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Bang Lamphu 
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Mahakan Fort
Travel spot <> Zone: Bang Lamphu <> Rated: F-PG
Duration: 20mins <> Cost: Nil

Only 2 forts remain: Fort Mahakan & Fort Phra sumen. Bangkok was originally moated and walled with forts Built in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I). The moat was formed by a canal dug at a distance of about 2kms from the Royal Palace. The moat was 7.2km long, today it's called Klong Bang Lamphu and Khlong Ong Ang. The original 16 gates & 14 forts (Phra Sumen, Yukornton, Mahaprab, Mahakan, Mootaluog, Seurtayan, Mahachai, charkphet, Phisua, Mahaluok, Mahayak, Phrachun, Phra-Ar-thit, and Isintorn).

Mahakan fort octagonal-shaped. Its width measured from the outside base from north to south is 38 mtrs.

Its height from ground to top of the battlements (Mai Sema) is 4.90 metres and from the ground to the roof is 35 metres. the structure is made from bricks coated with cement. The base of the structure is under the ground.

The fort has three floors of which there are staircases leading to the first and the second floor. All of walls are decorated designs in the shape of big anglular battlements.

The highest floor of the fort is an octagonal-shaped tower with one entrance. The roof's frames are made of wood, and the roof covered with the two-tiered tiles, its shaped like cone-shaped lid or like inverted lotus leave. At the ground floor, 6 cannons are located in sema (battlements) cavities.

The fine arts department registered the fort as the national ancient monument in 1949.

In the period that fieldMahakan Fort - ป้อมมหากาฬ marshal Sarit Thanarat was the prime minister, lights were installed to make the fort attractive at night. During the reign of King Rama IX, a picture of the Mahakan Fort has been printed in the 10 Baht banknote for a while.

In 1982 the fine arts department renovated the dilapidated part of the fort and painted it many times because the fort is located in community area.

So, the leaders of the foreign countries, the official foreign visitors, including many travellers from all parts of the world always visit the fort.

Map link <> Photos

  • Bus Ferry/Boat Walking
  • Parking Availability: Limited
Get into the culture and journey by the local ferry along the"Saen Saep" Canal (Khlong), at pier No: 27 "Phan Fa Lilat" it's only a 50 mtr walk.

Nearby Attractions:
There are many Icons in the immediate area (within 500mtrs), see more in the link below for tour zone.
2012-01 this Icon included in  City Canal and Old City Tram tour

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Democracy MonumentZone: Bang Lamphu
Rated: F-PG <>  Duration: 1hr 
Cost: Nil

Surrounded by caf'e, nice place to rest, best in the evening.  The immediate area (500mtr) zone has several Icon attractions such and directly opposite the monument at sidewalk caf'e is the starting point of the Buddy group nightlife open tram tour.

At the roundabout on Thanon Ratchadamnoen stands the impressive monument of four winged sculptures and a central turret commemorating the June 24, 1932 military coup, which brought the establishment of a constitutional monarchy.

Thailand's military leader, Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram (often referred to as just Phibun), commissioned the monument as a tribute to the coup, as well as a movement to a more westernized Thailand. The four massive golden wings stand twenty four meters high, in representation of the four branches of the military and the day of the coup, June 24th.

The design of the monument was largely inspired by the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The monument at the roundabout was intended to be like the Arc, while Philbun widened the Thanon Ratchadamnoen to accommodate more traffic like the Champs-Élysées.

Despite what the name suggests, the coup was hardly a move to democracy, and the monument became a gathering point for Thai students and protesters, which ultimately led to the coup in 1976. The 1976 coup effectively brought an end to the military dictatorship that was in place, and the monument stands as a reminder of Bangkok's rocky political past.

The building of the Monument was highly unpopular at the time. Local residents and shopkeepers (mostly Chinese) were evicted from their homes and businesses with 60 days notice. The widening of Thanon Ratchadamnoen to create a ceremonial boulevard involved cutting down hundreds of shade trees, a serious matter in the days before air conditioning, given Bangkok's torrid climate

Getting there:
MRT subway station Hua Lamphong or take the local canal ferry along the canal Saen Saep, and enjoy the view of the inner city from the canal.

Nearby venues: within 500mtrs are some excellent Icon/Attractions such as Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall (interactive 2hrs), which is adjacent to several photo shoot places such as the Sala (Gazebo) reserved for Royal travelers called "Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin", allow [15mins], from here you can see to the rear about 100mtrs the view of the Metal castle known as "Loha Prasat" (excellent night photos). The castle is behind a wall to get close you need to make a brief walk around the corner to Wat Ratchanatdaram. This Wat has an excellent local markets for souvenirs. On the other side of the Road is the Queens Gallery and not and a short walk to another Museum. At the nearby intersection.  

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Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall  
location: 4 km West of Siam  <> Zone: Bang Lamphu <> rated: Family
Duration: 2hrs <> Cost: 200bt
Concept: State of the art interactive exhibition center.

Experience the Best of Bangkok in a Day

The Centre is a four-storey interactive self-learning centre with state-of-the-art multimedia technology providing detailed information on the history, arts and culture of the
The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, or Nitas Rattanakosin in Thai, is located on Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, near Wat Ratchanadda temple.

Here you can explore Bangkok’s history and heritage on a 2hr guided tour through a wonderland of interactive multimedia presentations as you trace the renowned city’s journey from its birth to the present day.

Rattanakosin era, which dates from the city’s establishment as the nation’s capital in 1782.
Rattanakosin is one of a number of formal names for Bangkok. The seven exhibition rooms in the recently-renovated building present different facets of the city, conveying the grandeur of Rattanakosin. This 'island' is bounded by the river and a canal, Klong Lawd, and is home to the city’s most important religious and administrative buildings. This is where Bangkok had its genesis before it spread in all directions to become the major metropolis it is today. It is often called Old Bangkok or the Old Royal City.

1) Grandeur Rattanakosin Room  
2) Prestige of the Kingdom
3) Remarkable Entertainment
4) Renowned Ceremonies
5) Graceful Architecture
6) Impressive Communities
7) Sightseeing Highlights

Opening Hours: 
Open daily except Mondays. 

Tuesday to Friday 11.00am to 08:00pm
Weekends & National holidays 10.00am to 08:00pm

Entrance Fees
Adult: 200 Baht (Thai and foreign visitors)
Children: 50 Baht.  Free of charge: Students in uniform or with student card, monks or novices free

Located: Near the Grand Palace Map link <> Photos <> Brochure & floor plan
Getting there: use map tricks to find transport stations. Add to the adventure, try the canal ferry Saen Saep Canal.
Accredited: appears in Bangkok's tour leader database > tours view the A - Z Directory for logistics.
Tip: The 4th floor offers an excellent night photo view of nearby Tour Icons - see photo Gallery examples
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The Giant Swing / Sao Ching Cha - เสาชิงช้า

Travel spot: Duration: 30 mins  Cost: Free 
The Giant Swing (Thai: เสาชิงช้า, Sao Ching Cha) is a religious structure in Bangkok, Thailand, Phra Nakhon district, located in front of Wat Suthat temple. It was formerly used an old Brahmin ceremony, and is one of Bangkok's tourist attractions.

Location: at the entrance to Wat Suthat Thanon Ti Thong
Zone: Bang Lamphu: approx 4kms West of Siam
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The Giant Swing was originally constructed in 1784 in front of the Devasathan shrine by King Rama I. During the reign of Rama II the swing ceremony was discontinued as the swing had become structurally damaged by lightning. In 1920 it was renovated and moved to its current location in order to make space for a gas plant. The ceremony was again performed until 1935, when it was discontinued after several fatal accidents.

The last renovations were done in 1959, and after 45 years of exposure to the elements the wooden pillars were showing signs of serious damage. A major reconstruction began in April 2005. Six teak tree trunks were used.

The two used for the main structure of the swing are over 3.5m in circumference and over 30m in height. The remaining four are used for support and are 2.30m in circumference and 20m in height. The swing was taken down in late October 2006 and the work finished late December of the same year. The rebuilt swing was dedicated in royal ceremonies presided over by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in September 2007. The timbers of the original swing are preserved in the National Museum.

In 2005, the Giant Swing, together with Wat Suthat, was suggested as a future UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Ceremony of Tri-yampawai or the Swing Ceremony was one of the 12 royal ceremonies held in each of the months of the Thai lunar calendar in the Sukhothai kingdom. Originally held in the first lunar month, it was moved to the second lunar month in the early Rattanakosin period at the beginning of the 19th century. The ceremony was a Bhramin new year's ceremony and lasted for 10 days.

According to an ancient Hindu epic, after Brahma created the world he sent Shiva to look after it. When Shiva descended to the earth, Naga serpents wrapped around the mountains in order to keep the earth in place. When Shiva found the earth solid, the Nagas moved to the seas in celebration. The Swing Ceremony is a re-enactment of this story. The pillars of the Giant Swing represent the mountains, while the circular base of the swing represents the earth and the seas. In the ceremony Brahmins swing, trying to grab a bag of coins placed on one of the pillars.

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King Prajadhipok Museum
updated: Feb 2012
This little known museum is a great alternative to crowded temples and palaces, and offers an interesting insight into the history of Thailand. This was the 1st complete museum centering on a monarch in Thailand and it was opened to the public in 1980

Indeed, not far from the museum is Democracy Monument, which was constructed in 1939 to celebrate the coup d’état of June 24, 1932. After visiting this museum, you will have a clearer understanding of the significance of Democracy Monument, and how a country that bowed to absolute power of monarchy, made it's tentative steps towards a constitution.
The committee achieved great success infusing culture of a heritage building with displays; colourful, character an interactive "timeline" .

King PrajadhipokThe various exhibitions inside the museum guide you through the life and reign of King Prajadhipok, from his coronation in 1926, through to his eventual abdication in England, where he lived until his death in 1941. His reign marked a turning point in Siamese history and he became the last absolute monarch and first constitutional monarch of the Chakri dynasty, when the Khana Ratsadon (People’s Party) staged a coup d’état in 1932, demanding a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” The coup was bloodless and the king willingly signed the draft constitution on June 27, 1932, essentially giving away all his powers. But later, in 1933, he expressed his discontent with the way the new government was running the country. In 1934, he left the country on the premise of an eye operation, never to return. He formally abdicated on March 2, 1935.

 Location: at Saen Saep Canal pier Phan Fa lilat Bridge intersection, the museum is housed in a three (3) storey registered heritage building. It was built in the early 20th century by a French-Swiss architect, Charles Beguelin, and has served numerous purposes over the years and became the Prajadhipok Museum in 2001. The original building was built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn. Mr.Frederic John Samson was the designer of what was meant to be a tailor's store. Later, it served as office of the department of public works after the King Prajadhipok’s Institute took over the role of management. In 1980, the king’s wife – Queen Rhambai Barni – donated a large number of authentic personal items such as reading glasses, photographs and memoirs.

The Exhibitions: Inside, there are exhibits of accounts related to King Prajadhipok; for instance, the royal lineage, his biography, his activities, the bestowal of the constitution and the royal regalia. Modern technology is used for explanations and in guided tours of the museum.

Entrance fee:
40bt  Bags must be left in the lockers in the entrance; keys are provided and a security guard sits by the door. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and there are guided tours every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

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Koh Kret Island
Zone: Nontaburi  <> Rated: F-PG <> Duration: 4hr <>  Cost: Minimal, include in a River tour

It was never really intended that it should be an Island. It just happened to be a piece of land that needed to be circumnavigated with some water. That there were people living there, and have lived there since.  So, Ko Kret Island is the result of a little bit of waterway engineering that started back in 1722. It was decided to make a canal 'short-cut' to avoid a long, severe bend in the Chao Phraya river.  Over the years, the canal has been widened both manually and by natural erosion of the river waters, resulting in a considerable width of water to now justify the area of Ko Kret as a true island.

The main ferry pier landing area is near to everything that happens on this small island, but it would be sacrilege simply to stay in this 'tourist' area. Ko Kret is a wonderful community of friendly people, living in a world that has for the most part passed them by. On the plus side, there is tranquillity and friendship on Ko Kret Island, on the minus side, tourists - both Thai and foreign - tend to flock to the island - particularly at weekends

The island is totally devoid of cars. Bicycles and foot being the normal mode of transport. Rush hour on the island is as fast or as slow as you want to make it!  The island is about 2km across and a convenient footpath runs right around the perimeter. It takes a couple of hours lazy walk to do the walk around Ko Kret. Longer if you are interested in all that is going on there. You can also hire a bike. Walking or cycling are the two options. Walking is best, for much of the time you will have to get off your bike anyway.

Eating: Ko Kret is rightly renowned for the food is serves up - whether from a couple of barrels upturned, with a plank of wood or a tin sheet acting as counter, or at one of the 'sit-down' places near the main market/landing area. Much of the food to be had has a local flavour with historic leanings towards the Mon people who largely inhabit the island. There are several delicious local-made sweets that just ache to be tried. Don't fill up at the first stall, for there will be others to try en-route. Then you will have either started, finished your trip near the market.

Pottery: The main inhabitants of the island of Ko Kret, are ancestors of the Mon Tribes who were commonplace in central Thailand in middle sixth - tenth centuries. The Mons have their own distinct form of Buddhism - with more emphasis on superstition and astrology than their Thai cousins. Spirits are important part of the Mon form of Buddhism. They are also adept with their pottery making skills - a main source of income for many of the inhabitants of the Ko Kret Island. The clay for the hand-thrown earthenware pottery is gathered locally from the Island.

Most of the pottery can be sought out at the small individual potters along various lanes and footpaths.

Wat Paramai Yikawat
The favoured Wat on the Ko Kret Island, is Wat Paramai Yikawat - also known as Wat Mon - several pagodas of white marble, together with a Mon-style Marble Buddha. It is well known - being the central point of all things tourism on the Island. Near the market place/Wat you will find the leaning Chedi - accident or engineering marvel it matters not. It is interesting. Some say that the base is constructed - nay hewn - out of marble. If that turns you on, then fine. Marble - white or not, does not normally have to be painted regularly with exterior grade emulsion paint!

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Street vendors Bars -Sukhumvit

These "mobile stalls" (Pang Loi) on the streets of Bangkok can look a little intimidating to foreigners but as you quickly discover it’s a popular hospitality culture that you must try. You most often find these stalls in high concentration in particularly busy areas, if that’s a tourist area then it will be priced accordingly.
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When to   11pm to 4am
During the evening there are many stalls stocked with “tourist merchandise”, by around 9pm they begin to close or pack up and dissappear. By around 9.30pm a new wave of  vendors materialise with stalls to cater for the late night culture, by 11pm they're in full swing. Sparkling ferry lights, sound blasters and hot wired into any nearby electrical network... it's happ-y part-y time! 

Their plastic chairs are full by 1am and it's steady trade until the early hours of the morning. Patrons are a good mix of tourists and locals in search of a late dinner or to catch the one that got away!

The atmosphere is social, most everyone inspired by their outing, sharing the tales of their earlier experience.

The “Hospitality” is premiere, usually lots of waitresses for your undivided attention.  If your hungry they be only too keen to spring into action and summon a menu from a nearby stall. If you become consumed by their smiles you'll indulge to shout them a drink and for that you'll be rewarded. Bar games, charades, shoulder massage and an endless supply of hand towels hot or cold.  
Along the banks of Sukhumvit between Soi 3 & 21 (Soi Asoke) you'll find many Pang Loi (mobile stalls). Most of the bar & food category are on the “odd” side (one side of Sukhumvit is odd numbers and the other is even).  Draw straws, park yourself in a chair and within a few drinks you’ll can be immersed in conversation with someone from another country or one of three (3) sexes; him, her or ladyboy (gaetoy).

Most often you’ll not understand what's being said (Language and music) but with the ingredients of contagious Thai smiles, international sign language and a party atmosphere you get by.   Err..... don’t try this sober unless you have a natural ability (Thai style) to be merry.
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Ladyboys on Sukhumvit
DO carry a camera, with a few drinks under the belt everyone is up for a pose (do ask the ladyboys before you snap or else the will), and without question 2nd to a mirror a camera (and a smile) is the easiest way to start contact with Khon Thai.

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Street vendors Food -Sukhumvit

These "mobile stalls" (Pang Loi) on the streets of Bangkok can look a little intimidating to foreigners but as you quickly discover it’s a popular hospitality culture that you must try, but they provide convenient, delicious and cheap meals to the locals. You most often find these stalls in high concentration in particularly busy areas, if that’s a tourist area then it will be priced accordingly.

Some street vendors operate in groups, often in local markets, which means you can go to the same place every night and have a different choice of meal. Some even open around the clock. The main attractions usually include a noodles stall, a made-to-order food stall, and 'curry on rice' stall.

TO EVEN VAGUELY UNDERSTAND Bangkok is to understand that life transpires out on the streets. Not the main roads mind you, but the tiny neighborhood sois that unite the community.

People flood the sidewalks each night as soon as it starts to cool off — men match wits over chess, teens gather to watch soccer, lovers stroll as lovers always do.

And at the heart of it all is the street food. Tuk-tuk drivers recharge with a quick bowl of soup, students chat over shaved ice, and old men scarf down chicken rice while nursing a Singha.

Knowing what's what is essential when eating from food stalls. You should be able to figure out what kind of food a particular stall is selling by observing the ingredients in the glass display window and the way they're being prepared. 

There are many kinds of noodle stalls available; chicken noodles, duck noodles, egg noodles with wonton and 'moo daeng' (red barbequed pork), beef and meat ball noodles, 'yen ta four' (noodles in red soy bean paste with fish ball, squid and morning glory) - the list is endless. The noodles themselves come in different sizes and shapes too.

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Wat Saket, the temple of Golden Mount
zone: Bang Lamphu about 4kms from Siam Centre: allow: 2hrs  cost: low
The major feature is the Golden Mount, dating from the 1800. It is an artificial hill topped by a gilded pagoda which is 260 feet in height from its base. Begun by King Rama III and completed in the reign of King Rama IV, the golden mount is one of the most celebrated landmarks in Bangkok’s old area. The golden Chedi houses relics of Buddha and affords visitors who climb its 318 steps a panoramic view of Bangkok from the top. 

Travel Bangkok guide : Ubosot at Wat Saket Bangkok ThailandWat Saket’s major feature is the Golden Mount, dating from the 1800. It is an artificial hill topped by a gilded pagoda which is 260 feet in height from its base. Begun by King Rama III and completed in the reign of King Rama IV, the golden mount is one of the most celebrated landmarks in Bangkok’s old area. The golden Chedi houses relics of Buddha and affords visitors who climb its 318 steps a panoramic view of Bangkok from the top.

 Wat Saket, the official name being Wat Saket Ratch Woramaha Wiharn, is an old temple that was built in the period of Ayutthaya and originally known as "Wat Sakae ". When Thonburi was the capital, the temple was claimed as the royal temple and its name were changed to "Wat Chaeng", means temple of the bright morning.
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Wat Saket is easily recognized by its golden Chedi atop a fortress-like hill near the pier for Bangkok's east-west klong ferry. The wat was restored by King Rama I, and 30,000 bodies were brought here during a plague in the reign of Rama II. The hill, which is almost 80 meters high, is an artificial construction begun during the reign of Rama III. Rama IV brought in 1,000 teak logs to shore it up because it was sinking into the swampy ground. Rama V built the golden chedi to house a relic of Buddha, said to be from India or Nepal, given to him by the British. 

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The concrete walls were added during World War II to keep the structure from collapsing. All around the Wat are the accommodation where the monks live and go to school.
The Golden Mount, a short but breathtaking climb that's best made in the morning, is most interesting for its vista of old Rattanakosin and the rooftops of Bangkok. Every year in the 12th lunar month (late October to mid-November - for nine days around the full moon) Wat Saket hosts Bangkok's most important temple fair, when the Golden Mount is wrapped with red cloth and a carnival erupts around it, with food and trinket stalls, theatrical performances, freak shows, animal circuses, and other monkey business. People come here at this time to pay respect to Lord Buddha's relics, and to rejoice in the festive occasion. However, at present times, the Golden Mount festival is not as popular as it used to be in the olden days.

Access by car: Drive to Thanon Worachak Rd and park in the temple.
Access by bus: Few buses pass here. The bus no. 15 from Silom, no. 49 from Chinatown pass the temple entrance.
Access by boat: Canal boat on Saen Saep Canal, stop at Phan fa Lilat Pier.

ADMISSION FEE:  Daily open 8.30AM - 5.30PM  10 Bath for going up the golden mount

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The beauty of Thai temple made up of fine craftmanship in various fields. Such artisans and craftpeople were excellence ranged from the king, royal relatives to commoners. A large number of them were in the royal auspicious. So their works becomes a massive artwork among the calm atmostphere.


What's Wat?  Wat means temple in Thai language.


 A Buddhist temple consists of two major parts

1. Buddhavas area, where rites and rituals are performed. Temples hall and shrines are situated in this area, consecrated as the residence of the Lord Buddha.

2. Sangkhavas area, the residential quarters of Buddhist monks.

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Ubosot or Bot (the temple hall)

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Ubosot or Bot, (the main chapel or the Assembly Hall – a hall) is used for performing the monastic ritual. For Buddhists, the main chapel is the heart of the monastery. Buddhist ceremonies and rites are held in the hall, including the ordination ceremony and the citation of the Buddha's teachings. The place is considered sacred, sourrounded by temple markers on all directions.



The Sanctity Wall

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The symbolic barrier built as a low wall around a place of worship to define the area of sanctity.

The Boundary Markers

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          The temple markers, Sema, define the sacred or purified site. They can be hills, rocks, woods, trees, moles, roads, or streams.

Vihara (the assembly hall)

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          Significant Buddha images are enshrined in the halls, where monk assemble and prayers are offered on specific occasions


The main Pagoda or Stupa

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          The structure, the most proinent in a temple, used to be regarded as representing the Lord Buddha, often with the holy relies enshrined. Its significance declined in late Ayutthaya period and early Bangkok period, with the main temple hall regarded as the most prominent structure instead.


The public hall

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          Such a vast, open hall can be located in the Buddha's or Sangkha's areas, as a multi purpose hall, where people can gather for merit making, sermons, or even a cremation service.


The Holy Bo tree

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          The Bo or Pipal tree is considered the symbol of the Lord Buddha's Enlightenment. Most were saplings obtained from Bodhagaya in India, or from the Holy Bo tree in Sri Lanka, considered the same Pipal tree under which the Lord Buddha attained Enlightment.


Holy Scripture Hall

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          A structure that is meant to contain the Tripitaka, the holy scripture. In the old days, the holy scripture was inscribed on plam leaves or planks. The hall was thus surrounded by water to save the scripture from mites and insects.


The Bell Tower

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          Temple bells are employed to summon Buddhist monks to the daily prayer, and to sound their mealtimes.


The Gallery

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          Built as roofed paths around the shrine, it is usually lined with Buddha images, and serves as the site for worshippers to walk around in self concentration, or to participate in ceremonies in progress in the temple hall.


The Crematorium

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          Temple located within the old city wall of Bangkok are traditionally void of crematorium, as residents were forbidden to cremate the deceased in the area, to avoid air pollution.

Monks Residences

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          Modest living quarters for Buddhist monks, built for them by devout Buddhists or put up among themselves, after annoucing to the public their intention.

Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan
Zone: Rattanakosin (old city)  4kms from Siam

Attraction:  photo stop, nestled among many Icons
Best times: morning for the temple markets, otherwise late afternoon and evening offers excellent photos. 2012-01 try the evening tour Old city night tram tour
A royal temples of the third grade. It's name means "Royal Niece" because it was built by King Rama III in 1846 for his niece, Princess Mom Chao Ying Sommanus Wattanavadi. She later became the queen and consort to King Rama IV, who built Wat Sommanat Worawihan to remember her. The name of the temple is variously written in English as Wat Ratchanaddaram, Wat Rajnadda and Wat Ratchanadda, among others. It is located between Ratchadamnoen Klang and Mahachai Roads, in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok, across Mahachai Road from the Golden Mount.
The viharn, or ordination hall, of Wat Ratchanatdaram is parallel to the canal. Built in the style of Rama III, the viharn has square supporting pillars around it. Inside it is a copper Buddha image. It was placed there in 1864 by King Rama III. King Rama IV named it Phra Setthamuni.
To the west of the viharn is Loha Prasa, or metal pagoda, which I describe in a page of its own.
There is an amulet market at Wat Ratchanaddaram. The amulets, or talisman, is wore as protection against malevolent spirits as well as to ward off misfortune. Most Thai people who are Buddhist carry at least one amulet with them at all times. The majority of these amulets bear the image of statues from famous wats. Some show holy men, Thai kings (the most popular being Rama V), and quite interestingly, a many-armed monk with his hands closing his eyes, his ears and his mouth, to give him better concentration, but to the outsider, appears like a human version of the hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, say-no-evil monkey. Also common are Hindu deities.

In 2005, Wat Ratchanatdaram and the Loha Prasat were submitted to Unesco for consideration as a future World Heritage Site. Wat Ratchanatdaram is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free.
The main for attraction for tourists visiting Wat Rachanadda Buddhist Temple in Bangkok must surly be the multi-tiered Loha Prasat Monastery or metal castle as it is known. It's inescapably the most striking feature here. The monastery is 36 metres high with 37 metal spires signifying 37 virtues toward enlightenment.


Loha Prasat first started it's life out in 1846 and was fashioned around an earlier Sri Lankan Temple. Originally conceived as a chedi to compliment the Wat, it has since evolved into an elaborate Meditation Chamber. Meditation cells can be seen at intersections dissected by passages on each level of the building. They all run from north to south and from east to west if this makes any sense to you.

The actual prasat itself consists of five concentric square towers with the outer, middle and center structures being crowned with cast iron spires hence the name Metal Castle. Supporting the towers at ground level are hefty laterite columns collectively forming an astonishing labyrinth of corridors. Inside you'll be amazed

Getting there: Wat Ratchanatdaram on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, at the junction with Mahachai Road. The Skytrain and Metro DO NOT pass near here, the best way is Saen Saep Canal. or taxi. There are many other sights in this area, see zone link below. Opening hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Entrance fees: none

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Wat Bowonniwet Wihan  - Bang Lamphu 

border=0or Wat Bowon for short, and its former name was Wat Mai, was built in the reign of King Rama III, by Somdet Phra Woraratchao Maha Sakdipollasep. In the reign of King Rama VI, the nearby temple Wat Rangsi Sutthawat and Wat Bowon were amalgamated into one temple in 1923.


 This is one of the most important temples of Bangkok, whose one-time chief abbot was King Rama IV before he ascended the throne. King Rama IV and King Rama VII, as well as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had resided here during their monkshood.


Enshrining Phra Ubosot is a brazen Buddha image name Pha Phuttha Chinnasi in attitude of sudduing mara posture. The image was shifted from Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat in Phisanulok province.


During monkhood, King Rama 4, 6, 7 and 9 had resided this temple. There have been six abbots from the beginning to the present, three of whom have been Supreme Patriarchs including H.H. Somdet Pra Nyanasamvara, the sixth and present abbot from 1961.


In addition to Pha Phuttha Chinnasi, the temple hightlights are Uposatha Hall, the Main Gateway (known as Siew Kgang in Thai), Sala Dang [The Red Pavilions], Great Cetiya, Buddha Footprint, Vihara Geng & Vihara Pra Sasada, Bodhi Tree, Tipitaka & Karnparien Hall, Pra Tamnak Panya, Pra Tamnak Pet and the distinctive and unique murals painted by well known Thai painter, In Kong.

A small English library is available at Gana Soong (International Section). border=0Mahamakut Bookstore, on Phra Sumen across from the temple, has many Buddhist books in English; closed on Sundays.

Open : Daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission : Free
Tel : 0 2281 2831-3
Nearby Places/Attractions: Khaosan Road., Democracy Monument, Phra Athit Road
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The temple view from Yawarat Rd.Wat Trimit, Temple of Golden Buddha

   Wat Trimit Witayaram was built in 1831 by three Chinese men and renovated gain in 1954 to be a house of the main buddha image from Wat Prayakrai.   When the renovation was nearly complete, people found that the buddha image was made of gold because of crashing down of the outside plaster when they tried to enshrine the buddha into temple hall.

     The rediscovery of the golden buddha made the headlines in all newspaper countrywide. People wished to have a view of and pay homage to the buddha.

            In 1991, the Guinness Book of Records conducted an evaluation and recorded the golden buddha at Wat Trimit as "the sacreded object with the hightest intrinsic value" worth 21.1 million Pound.

History of the buddha image

            There has so far no evidence as to when and where the buddha image was built. But based on the features of the image which belongs to the buddha image in Sukhothai era( 13th century) in the peak prosperity period of the kingdom.



Supposedly, the golden buddha had later been plastered over and made it appear no different from any others, possibly to conceal it from the enemies notice

In early Bangkok era, Kings had to revived the country as well as the religion. Numerous temples in Bangkok were built while thousands of abandoned ancient buddha in northern cities were transported to be enshrined at temples in Bangkok. And this plastered over golden buddha was moved to Wat Prayakrai in southern Bangkok at first
 In the reign of King Rama IV, Wat Prayakrai became abandoned and was in a state of dilapidation. The Lord Abbot ordered to move the big buddha to stored at Wat trimit which was under his auspices in 1935 and then found the truth later
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Besides the golden buddha that is a hightlight of Wat Trimit temple, the underneath of the buddha hall has two nice exhibition that worth to see, the golden buddha exhibition and the Chinatown, Yaowarat, Heritage Center
 The Chinatown Heritage Center (Chinese community museum) was also built in the temple to commemorated the three Chinese who established the temple. It's also the place to learn about oversea Chinese's life in Thailand

National Museum

zone: Rattanakosin:  4kms West of Siam Centre
The largest museum in Southeast Asia and houses collection of Thai artifacts, including some interesting collections of Chinese weapons, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood-carvings, etc., 

The history dates back to 1874 when King Rama V opened the first public "museum" to exhibit the royal collection of King Rama IV, and other objects of general interest, at the Concordia Pavilion inside the Grand Palace. Later, the Museum was transferred to its present site, the "Wang Na", or "Palace to the Front" which had been the palace of the Viceroy. In 1926, it was named the "Bangkok Museum" and subsequently developed into the National Museum Bangkok, when it came under the direction of the Department of Fine Arts in 1934.

The main parts of the National Museum are as follows:
1. Phutthaisawan Hall 2. Bahting Pavilion 3. Shiva Mokapiman Hall   4. The Red House 5. Isara Vinitchai Hall
6. Patihan Tasanai 7. Gold Treasures 8. Mahasurasinghanat Hall 9. Prapad Pipitphan Hall
10. Isaret Rachanusorn 11. Royal Chariots

1. Phutthaisawan Hal: built in 1787 to house the important Buddha image, Phra Buddhasihing. Inside the chapel, the mural paintings depict scenes from the life of the Buddha.

2. Bahting Pavilion: Built in the reign of King Rama VI (1910 - 1925) formerly located at Sanam Chand Palace in Nakhon Pathom.

3. Shiva Mokapiman Hall: built when the Viceroy to King Rama I, Maha Surasinghanat, built the Palace of the Viceroy. Originally used as and Audience Hall, it now houses the Thai History Gallery.

4. The Red House: displays of personal effects of the Queen Consort of King Rama II (1809 - 1821), and household items of the early Rattanakosin period.

5. Isara Vinitchai Hall:  The Audience Hall of the Palace of the Viceroy and was erected by the Viceroy in the reign of King Rama III. It is used today as a gallery for special temporary exhibition.

6. Patihan Tasanai Pavilion: Patihan Tasanai Pavilion was constructed in the reign of King Rama VI. Formerly located in Sanam Chand Palace in Nakhon Pathom.

7. Gold Treasures: Displays gold dedication objects that are in forms of Buddha images, sheets of imprinted images, golden tributary trees, stupa, and certain auspicious mythical animals.

8. Maha Surasinghanat Hall: or South Wing Building, displays various artifacts from the World heritag prehistoric site, Ban Chiang, art history collection before 13th century and Asian Art collection.

9. Prapad Pipitphan Hall: or North Wing Building, houses art objects from the Lan Na, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya

10. Isaret Rachanusorn: Constructed as the private residence for King Pin Klaw, the second King of King Rama IV. King Pin Klao was fond of the European way of life.This building contains furniture of the period and some European furniture which belonged to King Rama VI, as well as some Chinese furniture.

11. Royal Chariots: this garage houses royal chariots of various sizes and other artifacts for a royal funerary ceremony. The chariots for high-ranking members of the royal family.

Daily open 9.00AM - 4.00PM except Monday, Tuesday and Holidays.  100 Bath per person for foreigners.  

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Wat Pho is also famous as Thailand's first university, and is center for traditional Thai massage - the rich, famous and powerful have all been known to come here. Inscribed on stone in the walls of Wat Pho are all that was known about Thai massage dating from the reign of King Rama III (most previous texts were lost when the Burmese destroyed Ayuthaya)
To get a traditional massage here costs 150B for 30 mins, 250B for an hour and herbal massages are available at 350B an hour. If you want to experience traditional Thai massage, this is probably the best place available and is highly recommended, though be aware that it's not exactly a gentle experience. A foot reflexology massage is also available at 250B for 45 minutes.
It is also possible to take courses to learn traditional Thai massage. These are for 30 hours and cost 4,500B. Courses can be spread over either 10 or 15 days. The massage center is situated at the back of the Wat, the opposite side from the entrance. To get a massage, simply turn up here and wait in line until a masseur is available - perhaps 10 or 20 minutes in the quieter periods in the early morning and late afternoon.
Opening hours: 08.00am to 5.00pm
Admission Fee: 50 THB

Contact Phone: (+662) 221 2974 or (+662) 225 4771

Transportation:  Chao Phraya Express Boat Rajini (Pakkhlong Talat) Pier Tha Chang  or Pier Tha Tien Pier 

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 Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
Zone: Dusit (old city)
Best time:  Evening: Photos

One year after the completion of the construction of Amphorn Satharn Villa.within the Dusit Palace in 1906. His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) had commissioned the construction of another hall. This reception hall is situated to the east of the Amphorn Satharn Villa in addition to the other reception halls in the palace grounds. The commemorative stone was palace grounds. The commemorative stone was palace by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn in mNovember, on the occasion of his 40th year of ascension to the throne. The Throne Hall was named after an old hall which was constructed during the reign of His Majesty King Mongkut (Rama IV) which at the time was in such bad condition that it could not be renovated. It was torn down and made into a garden.

The Throne Hall was constructed in the Italian Renaissance and Neo Classic style of architecture. The exterior is decorated with marble from Carrara, Italy. The Throne Hall is a two storey marble construction approximately 49.50m, 112.50 m and 49.50 meters in height, with a large dome in the centre surrounded by six smaller domes.  

The construction was carried out during the later years of his Majesty King Chulalongkorn’s life. He passed away in 1910 and to fulfill the late wish of His Majesty King Vajiravudh it was Finally completed in 1915. The construction took eight years, and the total budget came to 15 million baht.

On the interior of the domes are paintings depicting the history of the Chakri Dynasty, from the first to the sixth reign. These paintings by Mr. C. Riguli and Prof. G. Chini are as follows :

On the interior of the dome on the north side is a paintings of His Majesty King Phra bhudhayodfa (Rama I), during the time when he was titled Somdet Chao Praya Maha Kasatsuk, upon his return from the war with Cambodia.

 On the Eastern Dome is a painting of Their Majesties King Phra Phutta Loetla Napalai (Rama II) and Phra Nang Klao (Rama III) supporting art. On the Western Dome is a painting of His Majesty King Mongkut (Rama IV)’s coronation at the Dusit Maha Prasart, Busabok Mala Grand throne in 1911.

The walls are decorated with the Royal Monograms of His Majesty King Vajiravudh, decorated with the garuda, the naga, the Erawan in natural surroundings and paintings of Thai and European children. Along the balcony of the central dome are ‘art nouveau’ paintings of European ladies holding garlands of flowers.

After the change from an Absolute Monarchy to a Constitutional Monarchy on the 24th of June 1932, the Hall was used for many official functions, as was the wish of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn as well as holding the meetings of the Members of Parliament.

Beginning from the vaulted ceiling to the north of the main Hall, we can see a grand painting representing King Rama I, or Phrabhudhayodfachulalok, at the time he was still holding the position of General Chakri, or Somdej Chao Phraya Maha Kasatsuk; on his return from battle the entire army and officials of the state offered him the Throne so he could rule the land which was in turmoil. To the south of the eastern dome is depicted King Rama II making a tour of the city seated on his Royal Palanquin, behind which are scenes of the constructing of Pha Prang of pagoda at the Temple of Dawn which the King enlarged so that it would glority the city.


Last, to the north of the eastern dome is seen King Rama III also on a tour of the city seated on his Royal Palanquin. The background depicts the Padej Dasakorn Fort, the pagodas at Prajetupon Temple and the Rajmontian Place at the Grand Palace, all of which the King constructed and repaired for official affairs during his reign. The ceiling of the dome to the west portrays King Rama IV seated in front of Phra Budha Jinasi Image. To his left and right we can see an assembly consisting of ecclesiastics of different religions and the declaration of religious liberty in Thailand. 

The ceiling to the south of the main Throne Hall show the familiar sight of King Chulalongkorn, or Rama V the Great liberating the slaves and abolishing slavery completely from the Kingdom. The dome ceiling to the east of the main Throne Hall depicts King Rama VI as his Coronation in the year 1911 sitting on the Busabok Mala Throne at the balcony of the Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall.

In the middle dome the biggest dome of the Throne Hall is inscribed with the Royal initial of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn. And the ceilings of the Throne Hall are alternately inscribed with the royal styles and titles of King Chulalongkorn and King Vajiravudh, signifying that this Throne Hall was built during the reigns of Their Majesties.

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Erawan Shrine (Phra Ram Shrine)
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Thai dancers at Erawan Shrine
The Erawan Shrine (officially named Thao Maha Brahma) in Bangkok is not old, but it is an interesting testament of the role of religion in modern Thai society.

History:  Built in 1956 to appease the supposed evil forces that were taking the lives of construction workers and causing other calamities in the construction what is now the Grand Hyatt Erawan. 

Shouldered by busy intersection and beneath the Skytrain - Famous shrine attracts many visitors. Erected in the mid 1950s after the Govt., decided to build the luxury Erawan Hotel at this location. However, the construction was beset with many problems that superstitious labourers refused to continue unless the spirits were appeased. After consultations with the wise spiritual leaders, erection of a shrine to honour the four-faced Brahma God, Than Tao Mahaprom. 

Brahma Statue, Erawan

A magnificent image of the Brahma God was cast and gilded and The Erawan Hotel opened to acclaims and worldwide fame. Towards the end, the property could not compete with more modern facilities, and was replaced by the privately owned Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok in 1991. Originally constructed to grace the old Erawan Hotel, the location became known as the Erawan Shrine.


After the shrine was erected, construction deaths stopped and the hotel grew very prosperous. The apparent effectiveness of the monument made the shrine one of the most revered spots in Thailand. The great importance of the shrine became terribly apparent in 2006, when a mentally disturbed Thai man attacked the statue with a hammer - onlookers beat him to death in broad daylight. The statue was replaced within two months, incorporating pieces from the original image.

What to see: The Erawan Shrine is located on the northwest corner of the Grand Hyatt Erawan property, near the Chit Lom stop on the skytrain. It consists of a golden statue of the four-faced Hindu god Brahma, named Than Tao Mahaprom. The statue sits beneath a glittering canopy, surrounded by offerings of flowers, incese and candles.

The area is crowded with worshippers day and night and always wafting with incense smoke. It is also common to see people bowing as they pass by bus, taxi or above by skytrain. Open daily 08.00 – 22.30 

Getting there 
Located below the BTS (skytrain) use BTS station Chit Lom and then a brief (300mtr walk)
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Kamthieng House 

Zone: Sukhumvit <> Rated: F-PG  Duration: 2hr <> Cost: Minimal
A traditional Lanna (Chiang Mai) home in the grounds of the Siam Society in Soi Asoke Bangkok,  preserves the 700 hundred year old Lanna architecture and culture from Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.  > Map link <> Photos <> Sukhumvit zone 

Making of a museum

The timber house, with its characteristic "Kalae" or 'V' shaped wooden carving at the apex of the gable, is regarded as one of the rare examples of traditional Lanna architecture and art. 

Lanna kalae: To preserve Lanna culture for future generations, Mae Nai Haw donated the house to the Siam Society as an ethnological museum. In memory of her mother Mae Kamthieng, the museum was named Kamthieng House.  

It took two years to plan, dismantle and move the old house from Chiang Mai to be reassembled in the grounds of the Siam Society in Bangkok. 

The Asia Foundation and John D Rockefeller Foundation funded the project. On 21 November 1966, His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej officially opened Kamthieng House.

What you see - Lanna culture

A tour of Kamthieng House gives the visitor an insight to the Lanna lifestyle, rituals, beliefs, family life, culture, art and architecture.  Lanna society practices animism, a belief in the presence of spirits in natural objects and phenomena. Special rituals are performed to appease these spirits before any family or communal activity. The Naga serpent is symbolic of water vital for rice cultivation, the rice goddess influences the rice crop, a staple food and the buffalo spirit affects the beast of burden working the fields. Being an agricultural society there's a deep respect for nature and the need to be in harmony with the elements. Ancestral worship is also practiced as seen from the family ancestral altar in the guest hall of the main house.

Lanna fabrics

Weaving, a traditional Lanna craft is evident from the beautifully embroidered fabrics in the bedroom, where elaborately carved wooden lintels are installed above the doors to protect the occupants. Talismans and amulets are also popular forms of protection for individuals and homes.

Carved wooden lintels
The exhibits displayed reflect family and community life, combining traditional displays with film clips to illustrate cultural activities and recorded ritual chants in the background to simulate realism. Kamthieng House is a museum dedicated to preserving a lifestyle from a culture that's almost 800 years old, providing an interesting study in a traditional society that's fast disappearing.

The family home on the Ping River

One such Lanna family steeped in these traditions were descendants of a prince from Yunnan in Southern China who migrated to northern Thailand. The matriarch Mae Nai Saed, a great granddaughter of the prince, built the original Kamthieng House in 1848 on the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai. In a matriarchal society, the Lanna women are heads of households, own property and have rights of inheritance. The family home was owned by three generations of descendants, Mae Nai Thip, Mae Kamthieng and Mae Kim Haw who lived in the house till 1963.

Getting there: Located within 300mtrs of BTS skytrain Asok and MRT Sukhumvit
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Benjakiti Park Bangkok
Zone: Asoke, Sukhumvit

Noteworthy: Bangkok's newest park on the grounds of the state tobacco factory has less shade and fewer people than the others.

Word to the wise: Here you can jog, bike, canoe or rent a paddleboat as the green oasis is almost as large as the Lumphini Park - and still growing as they keep building. Rental bikes that can be ridden around the 1.9km-long circuit.

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Between Asok Crossing and Queen Sirikit Convention Center runs the Benjakiti Park.

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The park is oval in shape and in the middle lies a relatively large dam decorated with fountains. The dam is approximately 2 km in diameter and it is possible to walk, run, bike or rollerblade around it. The park is just a few years old, and is kept fresh and clean.

During the day, the park is often completely empty but it gets a bit more lively in the evenings.

It is then that elderly Thai men will come to sit and chat, walk around the park or jog. Children are there with their parents learning to bike and groups of youth also run or jog to keep in shape.

There are separate paths for bicycle traffic and pedestrians which does keep things running smoothly.

In the park there is also a skateboarding ramp, exercise equipment and a large Buddhist meditation center.

The park is a small but appreciated refuge for Bangkok's residents and visitors. You can rent both bicycles and peddle-boats in the shape of swans, at a little kiosk in the park.

The easiest way to get to Benjakiti park is with the Sky Train or the underground to the Asok station, alternatively you may take the underground to Sukhumvit or Queen Sirikrit Convention Center.

The park closes each evening at 20.00

Opening hours: Daily: 5am - 8pm  Address: Ratchadaphisek Sukhumvit

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Chuvit Garden, Bangkok

Zone: Asoke, Sukhumvit

Chuvit Garden (Thai: สวนชูวิย์) is also commonly referred to as Chuvit Park (alternate spelling: Chuwit Park) and was created in 2006. It is privately owned by Chuwit Kamolvisit (Thai: ชูวิทย์ กมลวิศิษฎ์) a controversial Thai politician and massage parlour owner.

The story behind this park is shadier than the plantings. Khun Chuvit, the benefactor of the park, was Bangkok's biggest massage parlour owner. He was arrested in 2003 for illegally bulldozing, rather than legally evicting, tenants off the land where the park now stands (between Soi 8 and 10).

With all the media attention, he sang like a bird about the police bribes he handed out during his career and became an unlikely activist against police corruption. Chuvit later ran unsuccessfully for Bangkok governor in 2004 and successfully for the Thai parliament in 2005. This park was one of his campaign promises. It's a pretty green patch in a neighbourhood lean on trees.

The entrance gate pillars carry the following rather unexpected inscription:

Chuvit Garden - Named in honor of Mr. Chuvit Kamolvisit - Dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ 29th August 2005 to God be the glory

The garden is open to the public between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM. It is very well maintained, safe to visit and a quiet place to relax. The rear area of the park is especially popular with families with young children.

Chuvit Garden is conveniently located close to BTS Nana Station next to Soi 10. It's also a short walk from MRT Sukhumvit Station at the Asok / Sukhumvit Road junction. Admission is free.

Phone: 0-2260-8001 Ext. 8205   Fax: 0-2254-8787

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Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram


The Marble Temple

Wat Benjamabophit is located in Nakhon Pathom Road, a quiet side street just off Phitsanulok Road where Government House is located. The temple is just a few hundred metres from Dusit Garden, the palace complex constructed by King Rama V in 1900.

King Rama V built this temple in 1899, hence the name Benjama-bophit which means the fifth king. It was built near Dusit Garden to replace two older temples pulled down to construct the new palace.

The visitor on entering the main gate is struck by the dazzling sight of the ubosot or ordination hall made from white Italian polished marble slabs, the famous Carrara marble, which gave the temple the name, the Marble Temple.

The ubosot is an elongated building with glazed roof tiles, multi-tiered gables with gold eaves and bird-like chofahs protruding from the ends of the roof. Terraced roofs with gold edged gables descend from both sides of the ubosot.

The grand main entrance to the ubosot is framed in elaborate gold designs and flanked by pillars. The windows are framed by gold carvings, in striking contrast to the sparkling white marble walls.

The ashes of King Rama V are stored at the base of the main Buddha statue on the altar of the Marble Temple.

A canal, spanned by two old wrought iron bridges, separates the main temple compound in Wat Benjamabophit, from the other part of the temple grounds where the monks' living quarters are located. Visitors can be seen feeding the huge striped catfish swimming in the canal.

Carrara marble in Thai design

Within the southern compound, near the eastern temple wall is the Phra Tenang Song Dharm or Royal Recitation Hall, used by King Rama V for recitation of the Buddhist scriptures on holy days.

Behind this hall is the building, which King Rama V lived in when he was ordained as a monk in 1893. Originally in the Grand Palace, it was reconstructed on the grounds of Wat Benjamabophit during the construction of the wat from 1900 – 1905.

Bell tower and garden behind

An old bell tower stands in the middle of a huge lawn beyond which are the viharn or sermon hall and the temple foundation building.
The temple grounds are neatly kept with beautiful flowers and the buildings, in matching décor, are well laid out and maintained. Wat Benjamabophit, with the Marble Temple as the centerpiece, is one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok, a royal legacy of King Rama V.

Admission Fee

There is a 20 Baht (US $0.50) admission fee payable at the kiosk to the right of the entrance.  Open daily: Daily 8am - 5pm

Getting There

Wat Benjamabopit is one of the few places that is difficult to get to by public transport alone. We suggest taking the Chaophraya River Express boat to Tewet pier and the grab a tuk-tuk to Wat Benjamabopit. The other option is to take the Skytrain to Phyathai station and then find a taxi on Sri Ayutthaya road to take you to the temple. 

Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market Zone: Nontaburi
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Bang Khu Wiang The floating market is located at the mouth of Khlong Bang Khu Wiang. Tambon Bang Rao Nok, Amphoe Bang Kruai. It takes about 10 minutes by boat to go to this floating market from Amphoe Bang Kruai.

Probably the easiest to get to in terms of distance from Bangkok, Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is probably the most difficult to deal with because of its opening hours - 04:00 and 07:00. Sellers bring natural goods (vegetables, etc.) and it is also possible to see monks rowing boats to collect alms! 

Not at all commercialized, this is probably one of the few places you can see such a traditional way of life around Bangkok.  The best choice to enjoy a traditional Thai floating market without the touristy push is Bang Khu Wiang. Monks arrive by boat in early morning on their daily 'tak baat' (alms round), and a variety of farm - fresh produce is offered.

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How to get there: 

Probably the easiest way to get there is by boat down the river. You will arrive in Bang Kruai and from there it’s a 10-minute boat journey to the market. There are a limited number of tours so otherwise a taxi might be your best bet. At that hour in the morning, chasing around after buses is not recommended!

From there it is a 10-minute boat ride to the market. If boats don't suit you, no worries as taxis and tuk-tuks are available for hire at the market.

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Far less touristy than Damnoen Saduak, at Bang Khu Wiang you can see monks arriving at dawn to receive their alms. This market is more traditional than most of the other floating markets in Bangkok (as evidenced by it’s opening hours: 4am – 7am! Perhaps a good one to hit while you’re still jet-lagged and awake at odd hours…)

Bang Khu Wiang is the easiest floating market in Bangkok to reach. Tours are fewer here, but you can catch a water taxi at Wat Chalo Pier in Bangkok, which leave every 15 minutes starting at 5am; it’s a 45-minute ride.


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Bangkok Flower market
Zone: Chinatown

The Pak Khlong Talaat ("Talaat" means "market") is mainly, a wholesale market for fruit and vegetables, but also a consumers market. The wholesale area is concentrated near the river.

The market is on Chak Phet Street and in side-streets on both sides of it, very close to the Memorial Bridge. If there is one market worth seeing, this is it. Pak Khlong is a wholesale clearinghouse for Bangkok flower vendors, it is considered Bangkok's main wholesale market. You can enjoy the best-smelling market in Bangkok.

The best time to go is very early morning, when boats on the Chao Phraya River and trucks from nearby provinces arrive with immense quantities of fresh cut flowers, vegetables, spices, and fruits, all piled high inside the market and along nearby streets.

Things start to get frenetic around 2:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. There are great photo opportunities as all the flowers, particularly the orchids, are sold under fluorescent lighting.

The vegetable market too has a good smell. You can regard Pak Khlong Talat as the "Covent Garden" of Bangkok. This is indeed the main trading place for vegetables. Do not forget to visit the riverside (to see the wholesale area) and the building with a market inside.

If you are at Wat Pho, follow Maharaj Road with the Chao Phraya River on your right hand side. Walk up and down the market a few times. Do not forget the small streets at both sides and enjoy the best-smelling market in Bangkok.

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Sampeng Lane markets
zone: Chinatown Bangkok

What's it about: Wholesale/Culture
Open: 9am to 5pm Daily, best days: week days  
Best practices:  If your serious shopper and a newbie you will need a local. The bargains are fantastic but you'll need to be on the ball to weave through the crowd and expect to lose your team (carry a phone).  If your going for the culture then you want need the extra hands to carry the bags.

Sampeng lane (also known as Soi Wanit 1, or Chinatown Walking Street. It's a narrow street (Soi) but very very long, crossing several main roads.

Culture: it's busy, stay patient (cool heart) some sections are high rooftop (good circulation) with aircon shops with open doors allowing cool air flowing into the narrow Soi, but other sections are low roof flanked by "stalls", it's humid but lower prices. Ideally you should 1st make a discovery tour to collect intel and prices then make a return visit and catch the prizes.

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The Western end is Pahurat, the Indian market.

At the beginning of Sampeng Lane (East) you'll find mainly shoe shops, almost all are wholesale (meaning you have to buy at least 3 x).

Even though the majority of the people are locals, there is no lack of foreign tourists who walk along with wide eyes, wondering about the thousands and thousands upon items for sale.

In between all the madness there are lots of food sellers, bring your appetite and try them. Not all will be to your taste but for such a small price you'll never know what's really fabulous unless you try!

Also, if you see someone selling freshly-squeezed pomegranata juice, go for it, the price is a fraction of the cost of Western prices.

"Game land" at the Western end there is another Soi that leads into a small narrow Soi (or maze) full of every possible electronic game (software) that you could imagine, it's incredible cheap, the Soi is narrow and humidity may well be at sweating zone but for those that have a passion will endure the heat.

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The Royal Barge Museum
Located: Tour zone Thonburi
approx 5kms West of Siam Centre
On the banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal off the Chao Phraya River, is a huge boathouse that displays eight royal barges that are the product of the finest Thai craftsmanship.

Start your tour of the museum by viewing the four-part video clip which will give you an overview of the history of the royal barges.
Price: approx 100bt admission
open: 9am to 5pm
Tour options: D.I.Y., combine in a Canal tour or use A.P.A.C. (see details at the end of this section.

Access: Incorporate the visit in a Canal tour or if going direct use the local River ferry to River Pier (N12) Saphan Phra Pinklao Pier and a breif walk
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There are various types of barges and the designs depend on the function of the vessel. The actual royal barges are the vessels for the monarchs. There are four such Royal Barges in the museum:
The Suphannahongsa or golden swan, the personal barge of the King is by far the most majestic. This royal barge, which was carved out of a single teak tree trunk, was completed in 1911.
The majestic Suphannahongsa

The Narai Song Suban H M King Rama IX is the latest addition to the royal fleet. This Royal Barge was launched on 05 April 1996 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Ayulyadej's accession to the throne.

Narai Song Suban HM King Rama IX

The making of a royal barge is best illustrated by the construction of the Narai Song Suban H M King Rama IX in 1994. The Anekchatphuchong was first constructed during the reign of King Rama IV. The current version on display at the museum was launched in 1914.


The fourth royal barge is the Anantanakharat with its seven-headed Naga sprouting from the bow.


These four Royal Barges on display at the Royal Barge Museum are beautifully adorned with the intricate carvings on the hulls which are elaborately painted.The barges are in berths and raised above the water level in the dock with the mythical figureheads on the bow towering above the visitor.The other four barges on display at the museum are escort vessels:

The Ekachai class barge with the horn of a mythical dragon on the bow.

The Krabi class barge with Hanuman the Monkey God astride the bow. 


The Krut or Garuda class barge with a garuda in flight on the bow.
Krut or Garuda 

The Asura Vayupak class barge with the half bird and half ogre on the bow.
Asura Vayupak

With the exception of the Ekachai class escorts all the other escort barges have a cannon at the bow. The hulls of the escort barges are lacquered in black and gold.

Dating back to the Ayutthaya Period, the Royal Barge Procession used to involve as many as 200 longboats in an elaborate procession undertaken by King Narai the Great to accompany diplomatic delegation sent by King Louis XIV of France. During this period, the royal barges were used in battles, religious occasions, boat races as well as royal ceremonies. Unfortunately, these early barges were burnt to dust after Ayutthaya fell and was ransacked by the Burmese.

After King Rama I ascended the throne and established a new capital in Bangkok, he revived the centuries-old tradition and ordered constructions of new barges. Among the most elaborate and significant is the Suppanahong, with the ‘golden swan’ as the figurehead. This majestic 50-metre long vessel, carved from a single piece of teak, is considered the personal barge of the King.

The arrival of motorised boats after King Rama IV’s reign, and the absence of war, has limited the role of the royal barges to purely ceremonial purposes, particularly the Royal Kathin procession at the end of every Buddhist Lent. World War II and a period of political turmoil during King Rama VII’s reign had disrupted the royal barges’ service, until King Rama IX (King Bhumibhol) initiated the restoration of war-damaged vessels and resumed the annual Royal Krathin procession.

The the types of royal barges for details on the barges and crew.
There are two other locations where the barges are kept, the Royal Thai Navy Royal Barge dock near the Arun Amarin Bridge and the Royal Motorboat Dock at the Vasukri Pier.The majestic splendor of the Royal Barges can only be fully appreciated when viewed in the Royal Barge Procession during which up to 50 barges are assembled in a regal flotilla to sail down the Chao Phraya River.
One such procession was the Royal Barge Procession at the APEC closing ceremony in 2003. The grandest procession was Royal Barge Procession 2006 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the reign of His majesty the King.
For the latest Royal Barge Procession on 5 November 2007, please see the Royal Barge Procession 2007 to celebrate the 80th birthday of HM King Bhumipol Adulyadej. The Royal Barge Museum by the Bangkok Noi is a legacy of Kings for generations to come.
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Wat Samphran 
  Wat Samphran 

A unique temple off the tourist guidebook's radar

Wat Samphran is a unique temple off the beaten tourist path. It’s often excluded from guides, but well worth the visit. 

This building is about 17 stories tall, with a giant dragon spiraling to the top. Its grounds include many sculptures of other beasts and a large building shaped like a tortoise.


The other giant animal sculptures located on the grounds Wat Samphran include an elephant, rabbit and dolphin. Visitors have commented that there are several hidden treasures upstairs and downstairs within the temple, so explore, explore, explore.



The entrance to Wat Samphran is small, so look for a sign that says Police Academy, and you will find the temple’s address less than halfway down the road to your right. 

Some say tourists beware, as it is not well-maintained like some of the other sights in the area.




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Rose Garden Suan Samphran 
Suan Rose garden
is Located about 30 kilometers out of Bangkok, the Rose Garden (Suan Sam Phran) offers some of the nicest gardens you are ever likely to see.


The nicest gardenThe site comprises 75 acres of perfectly manicured grounds with a lake as a central feature. Certainly a place for gentle strolls and picnics, the resort also offers a number of excellent restaurants alongside cultural shows including handicraft skills, Thai boxing, and sword fighting. For the children’s entertainment there’s also an elephant show, and for adults, the site has its own golf course and a spa. Given the distance involved, a visit is going to be an all day affair, as such, unless you have plenty of time to spare in the capital, a visit to the Rose Garden is unlikely to be high in your list of priorities.

Rose garden is located Nakhon Phathom province. Inside decorated many flowers garden and Thai village. Rose garden have local shows. There are many activities for you when you coming. If you want to learn about Thailand culture you don't missed it.


One of the major tourist attractions that can be done as a day trip from Bangkok, is the Rose Garden (Suan Sam Phran) in Nakhon Pathom Province. Located about 30 kilometers out of Bangkok, offering some of the nicest gardens you are ever likely to see. The site comprises 75 acres of perfectly manicured grounds with a lake as a central feature. Certainly a place for gentle strolls and picnics, the resort also offers a number of excellent restaurants alongside cultural shows including handicraft skills, Thai boxing, and sword fighting. For the children’s entertainment there’s also an elephant show, and for adults, the site has its own golf course and a spa. Given the distance involved, a visit is going to be an all day affair, as such, unless you have plenty of time to spare in the capital, a visit to the Rose Garden is unlikely to be high in your list of priorities.


    What to see:
  • There are a multitude of beautiful floral displays of great variety. A Thai-style houses; parts of the area are hotel, lodges, and golf course. It also features an attractive Thai cultural show that commences daily in the afternoon.
  • If you come in the morning you can learn about Thailand lifestyle basic Thai dance carve umbrella paint or farm etc.
    When to go:
  • Every day 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
    How to get there:
  • By car From Bangkok you take Phetchakasem road drive to km 32 marker you will see a sign on the left.
  • By bus From Tha chang you can find bus number 123 get of at Rose Garden or take a bus from bus terminal at southen Bangkok. You have many choices you can go there by bus of Bangkok - Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok – Ratchaburi, Bangkok – Suphanburi and Bangkok - Aom Yai-Sam Phran-Nakhon Pathom lines.
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Rose Garden Tour "Thai Village Cultural Show" 
 Rose Garden Tour " Thailand Village Culture Show " , Bangkok Halfday Tour
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The Rose Garden " Thai Village Cultural Show " ,Located about 30 kilometers out of Bangkok, the Rose Garden (Suan Sam Phran) offers some of the nicest gardens you are ever likely to see. The site comprises 75 acres of perfectly manicured grounds with a lake as a central feature. Certainly a place for gentle strolls and picnics, the resort also offers a number of excellent restaurants alongside cultural shows including handicraft skills, Thai boxing, and sword fighting. For the children’s entertainment there’s also an elephant show, and for adults, the site has its own golf course and a spa. Given the distance involved, a visit is going to be an all day affair, as such, unless you have plenty of time to spare in the capital, a visit to the Rose Garden is unlikely to be high in your list of priorities.

Enjoy the unique and unforgettable experience of the world-renowned Thai Village Cultural Show. Daily, over 150 performers vividly portray a fascinating cross-section of Thailand's culture, heritage and way of life -- dances, ceremonies, rituals, sports and pastimes. The 60-minute action-packed show highlights:

Thai Martial Arts:
Thai-style boxing is extremely popular in Thailand. Accompanied by its unique ritual and ceremony, it is an art that Rose Garden Tour " Thai Village Cultural Show " Bangkok Halfday Tour, Bangkok Sightseeing Tour, Thailanddemands a high degree of skill and fitness. The boxers dance around with great agility and are permitted to use - elbows, hands, feet, knees. In fact, just about any part of their supple and well-sculpted physique. Sword fighting, a traditional and historical form of combat for both male and female warriors dates back over 600 years.
Thai Wedding Ceremony:
Witness a traditional Thai wedding ceremony performed according to ancient Thai customs. It is a ceremony of pageantry, humility, joy and splendour with all the friends and relatives of the newly-weds participating.
Ordination Into The Monkhood:
In Thailand, young men usually spend a period of time in the Buddhist Monkhood. To mark a young novice's entry into the monk-hood, the Buat Naag ritual consisting of a traditional procession followed by the ordination ceremony is performed. It is attended by the groom's relatives and close friends who make the event, a colorful, joyful and enjoyable occasion as the young man embarks on a period of study and meditation.
The Fingernail Dance:
The Fingernail Dance is a graceful dance which originated from the North of Thailand. It is usually performed as a gesture of greeting and welcome.
Dance From The North East:
A mixture of North Eastern dances which collectively and symbolically express greetings and good luck.

Bamboo Dance:
Another North Thailand dance, which is usually performed during the the full moon. It requires great skill, practice and timing. Even a small slip can be very painful.
Kala Dance:
The Kala Dance comes from the southern part of Thailand. The dance features coconut shells and reflects the importance of coconuts in everyday village life.
Yoey Dance:
From the Central Plains of Thailand. This is a dance of flirtation and fun.
Elephants at Work:
As they still do today in the teak forests of Northern Thailand. You will enjoy riding on them. In addition to the unique and unforgettable experiences of the Thai Village Cultural Show, experience the typical rural Thai way of life in the Thai village at The Rose Garden Cultural Centre. See villagers at work in a natural setting creating traditional village handicrafts, weaving silk, making pottery, painting umbrellas, making "Khon" masks, weaving mat, making traditional Thai dolls, carving fruit and vegetables, making garlands, threshing rice, and crafting intricate silver and laquerware. These and many more fascinating aspects of Thai Village life are depicted and we believe you will treasure the memories of your visit for a long time to come.
Tour Itinerary of Rose Garden Tour " Thai Village Cultural Show "
12.15 hrs.Pick up from the hotel in Bangkok
12.45 hrs.Leave Bangkok for rose garden
14.30 hrs.Visit rose garden Thai village with Thai style house
 Offering a display of the tradition such as
 Monk’s irdubation, thai wedding ceremony, Thai boxing
 Folk art and thai lolk andce
16.30 hrs.Leave rose garden for Bangkok
17.30 hrs. Arrival Bangkok and Sent you to the hotel in Bangkok

 Tour Price : 850 Baht per person
Tour Inclusions :
- Pick up and drop off from Hotel in Bangkok city area
- All admission fee as in the tour itinerary
- English speaking guide
Tour Exclusions :
- Personal expenses
- Optional tour

Chaomae ThapThim (Shrine or Goddess Tubtim)

Thailand is full of shrines and spirit houses and, to many foreigners, they all look more or less the same.


But those foreigners probably haven’t been to the ‘Penis Shrine’ behind the Swissotel Nai Lert on Chitlom. Tucked away from the main road, probably out of modesty, the shrine is dedicated to the goddess Tubtim, a fertility spirit.



It is filled with hundreds of phalluses from women who have prayed for fertility. Some of these well-endowed statues are so big — about 10 feet tall — that they have legs (so that good fortune will travel with you), big enough to arouse penis envy in any man. The phalluses, some made of rocks and some wood, stand straight up in the ground and are decorated with feathers, scarves, ribbons, paint and garlands of flowers.


As an offering, women leave jasmine and lotus flowers and if they are successful in conceiving, they return with yet another phallus or three. Seeing as how there are hundreds of penises throughout the shrine, it’s a safe bet that the goddess’ success rate is pretty high.


Literally hundreds of penises (phalluses) - from small wooden carvings to big stone sculptures that stand ten feet tall and decorated with ribbons - make this shrine quite unique. It honors Chao Mae Tubtim, a female fertility spirit. Women visit this shrine when they are trying to conceive, leaving offerings of lotus and jasmine. And if rumours can be believed, the shrine has a good success rate.


Women will return if their wish is fulfilled, and place yet another phallus at the shrine in thanks. Little is known about the origins of the shrine, which now stands on the grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel in the heart of Bangkok. It can only be recalled that a spirit house was built by Nai Lert, for the spirit who was believed to reside in the large Sai (Ficus) tree.


Offerings of fragrant Jasmine garlands, incense sticks or lotus buds are commonly placed at the shrine. The star attractions here are the phalluses though. Confronted by this extraordinary and hidden-away display makes many first-time visitors (tourists) blush, considering that Thai people have such a gentle and polite nature. But sexual imagery, as a matter of fact, is not uncommon in Thailand.


Much of modern Buddhism has its roots in India's ancient Hinduism, and many spiritual rituals and symbols are shared by both religions. These particular phalluses ('lingams') have their origins from the fabled Hindu god Shiva, and are sold at many markets as good luck amulets, or for protection. They are also believed to have some mystical influence over the cash-flow of businesses, so don't be surprised if you spot one lying discreetly next to a cash register - or even dangling perhaps from the rear-view mirror of a taxi.


Location: Grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel, Chit lom Ploenchit

How to get there: BTS Chitlom


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Club Taco - Bangkok - Samut Prakan


PLACE: Club Taco at Bueng Taco (Tako Lake)

LOCATION: 175/1, km 13 Bangna-Trad Road, Moo 12, Tambon Bang Phli Yai

OPENING HOURS: Weekdays 12 pm - 6 pm Weekends and holidays 10 am to 6 pm

ADMISSION: 2hrs 300 baht <> 4hrs 500 baht.

This is a place for water sports lovers. Wakeboarding can be enjoyed here. This is a cross between waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing. Instead of being pullede by a boat you go around the lake being pulled by a system of cables. This has the advantage that several dozen people can play at the same time. Club Taco has toilets, showers and a restaurant. It is a great place to go at the weekend to either play or just watch and have a picnic.  Rental fee is from 300 baht for two hours. Price includes basic equipment for beginners. Wakeboards can be hired for 200 baht. It is open daily.

Tel: +66 (0) 2316 7810
Club Taco is a great place to meet the Bangkok wakeboarding crowd. It is located at 175/1, km 13 Bangna-Trad Road, Moo 12, Bangplee-Yai. 

The easiest way to get there is by driving down the Bangna-Trad Highway (direction Chonburi. After passing the exit to the new Airport, you continue about 2 km and take the next U-Turn. After passing Panasonic and the Green Valley Golf Course, you will see a large pile of container on the left side. After passing the container and a fly-over, turn left at the next soi. Make sure you don’t miss this small soi, otherwise you will regret it…. around 200 m inside the soi you will see a small entrance gate to soi on the right, marked with the a water ski sign. From there just follow directions to the lake.

Fun for all ages Knee boards, skates and wakeboards for rental

Club Taco is open from 10.00 am till dawn on weekends and 11.00 till dawn on weekdays. Entrance fee is 300 THB for 2 hours or 500 Baht for all day. Anual membership is also available. The entrance fee allows free use of water-ski and knee-boards or windsurf boards. Wakeboards are available for rent: 100 Baht for boards with boot bindings or 50 Baht for boards with strap bindings.

A nice restaurant right next to the lake provides Thai food and refreshments.
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Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Zone: Samut Prakan
Floating Market


PLACE: Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market

LOCATION: Wat Bang Nam Pheung, Tambon Bang Namphueng, Phra Pradaeng District

OPENING HOURS: Weekends, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


A new floating market near Bangkok located at Tambon Bang Namphueng, Phra Pradaeng District. It originated under the cooperation between the Bang Namphueng Subdistrict Administration Organization and local community in an attempt to release their superabundant crops and, as a consequence, create employment and income to the community. The charm of this floating market is the canalside lifestyle of the community whose members are mostly Thai – Mon. 

Local products and famous food such as fish-scale flowers, herbal joss sticks, Hoi Thot (fried mussel pancake), Khanom Khrok or mortar-toasted pastry, mango, etc. are also offered on sale. A rowing boat for rent is available at 20 Baht each. A bicycle trek to experience the local lifestyle and visit the fruit orchards is also provided with a bicycle for rent available at 30 Baht each. Bang Namphueng Floating Market is open only on Saturdays and Sundays during 8.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. For more information, please contact Chief of the Bang Namphueng Subdistrict Administration Organization at Tel. 0 1171 4930 or Bang Namphueng Subdistrict Administration Organization Office at Tel. 0 2819 6762.

To get there: By car – exit from the Express Way (Dao Khanong – Suk Sawat) to Suk Sawat Road, turn beside the BP gas station near Phra Pradaeng – Suk Sawat T-junction toward Phra Pradaeng Market, turn left via Wat Song Tham Worawihan for approximately 5 kilometres, turn right for another 1 kilometre upon noticing the direction sign to the floating market until arriving at Bang Namphueng Health Centre which provides a parking area. By bus – take air-conditioned bus No. 138 (Chatuchak – Phra Pradaeng), No. 140 (Victory Monument – Suk Sawat Express Way), No. 506 (Pak Kret – Phra Pradaeng), or ordinary bus No. 82 (Sanam Luang – Phra Pradaeng).


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Erawan Elephant Museum

พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ Click for Thai language Click for English language

LOCATION: Sukhumvit Road as you enter Samut Prakan
OPENING HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
ADMISSION: 300 baht for adults. Thai price is 150 Baht.

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As you drive into Samut Prakan Province from Bangkok, you can't help but notice the giant three-headed elephant alongside Sukhumvit Road. This is the Erawan Museum contained within the world's largest elephant. The height is about 50 metres or 15 storeys high. The five storey museum inside the elephant contains antiquities. The Erawan Museum is owned by the same ompany as Ancient Siam. You can join tours that go every half an hour. This starts in the base of the pedestal which is a kind of museum of antiquities. Then you go up inside right up to the belly of the elephant. Make sure that you check out the small window that gives you fine views of the surrounding area.

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Getting there: Bus no. 25, 142, 365 and air-con bus 102, 507, 511, 536. A taxi from On Nut Sky Train station won't cost more than 100 baht and will take about 35 minutes. Click here for more information on transport.

If you are driving from Bangkok to The Erawan Museum along Sukhumvit Road, these are the two signs that you need to look out for. (Click on the images to see bigger versions.) You will see them shortly after Carrefour Samrong on your left. This is the Kanchanaphisek Outer Ring Road. It is a little tricky since they built this intersection. You need to turn left following the sign for "Bang Na" but don't go up the ramp to the Outer Ring Road. Take the road on the left of the ramp and then do a u-turn under it. You will then see the parking for The Erawan Museum almost straight away on your left.
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Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo 

LOCATION: 555 Moo 7, Taiban Road, Tambon Taiban.
TELEPHONE: tel. 02 703 4891-5, 02 703 5144-8.
OPENING HOURS: Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ADMISSION: There is a two price system. 80 baht for Thai and 300 baht for foreigners. If you can speak Thai you can usually get local price.
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The Crocodile Farm was built in 1950 as Thailand's first crocodile farm. It is now the world's largest crocodile farm. It is situated at Tambon Tai Ban, 3 kilometres from Samut Prakan town. The farm has over 60,000 crocodiles of different kinds in various pits. Daily shows feature catching crocodiles bare-handed. Shows take place every hour from 09.00-17.00., except at noon; additional shows at 12.00 and 17.00 on holidays. Feeding time is between 16.30 - 17.30. Another star attraction for visitors is the elephant show of which performances are held daily every hour from 09.30 -16.30. Furthermore, you can see tigers, chimpanzees, and other animals such as gibbons, turtles, boa constrictors, pythons, birds, camels, hippopotamuses, and of various species of fishes. There is even a Dinosaur Museum which has on display life-size models and skeletons of more than 13 kinds of dinosaurs and also features a multi-vision slide presentation on man and prehistoric animals.


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GETTING THERE: You can take air-conditioned buses Line Nos. 7, 8, and 511, to the end of the Line or by non air-conditioned buses Line Nos. 25 and 102, to Samut Prakan and then take another ride on a local truck (blue songtaew) Line No. S which goes all the way to the Crocodile Farm. You can also take Songtaew 30 or 36 from Paknam which goes along Sukhumwit Road. You need to get off at the turnoff pictured below. The songtaew costs 8 baht and a motorcycle taxi from the top of the Soi costs only 10 baht. If you want to go to Ancient Siam afterwards, come back to this intersection and catch the same songtaew again for another 4 kms.

DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: The main entrance to the Crocodile Farm is off Sukhumwit Road. If you are driving from Bangkok on Sukhumwit Road, it will take you about ten minutes (depending on traffic) from The Erawan Museum. The distance to this turnoff is 7.2 kms. (Click on the images to see bigger versions.) When you arrive in Samut Prakan, you shouldn't enter the city but turn left at the traffic lights following the sign for "Chon Buri". This is the bypass around the city. A few minutes later you will pass Big C on your right. At the next intersection go straight across the lights. This turnoff is 500 meters after the traffic lights. Turn right down this Soi. Go to the end where the road does a sharp turn to the right. Keep going for another 600 meters and you will see the Crocodile Farm car park on your left.

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Wat Srisa Thong (Golden Head) 
พระราหู or "PHRA RAHU" is the mythical god of darkness. 

Zone: Nakhon Phatom (approx 50kms) from Bangkok 
Allow: 3hrs best at late evening  Cost: low  

Why should you go
Visit the "Black God" pray to negate Negative effects...  it's spooky, it's cultural and good luck. There are several interesting day time Icons in the same area.

Best time: evenings 8pm onwards or later if you dare!
Worshippers offer Rahu eight black items, among them black chicken, black jelly, black liquor, black rice and black pudding. The temple prepares the offerings for you at around 300bt were something Dark, don't be surprised if you experience something different, when we visited it happened to us, see photo gallery below.

The History: The temple builded in B.E.2358 Rattanagosin era in the reign of King Rama 1st. Wat Srisrathong is the original of PhraRarhu amulet and ceremony in Thailand, founded by Luangpor Noi an abbot of Wat Srisrathong at this temple. Rarhu is the giant god who eaten the sun and moon, in Thailand people worship PhraRarhu for strong success in wealth luck fortune and protection. These are the best of PhraRarhu amulets from Thailand, all the batch create follow the same way Luangpor Noi made since the first batch. (Wat=Temple, Srisra=Head, Thong=Gold)

Later King Rama IV ordered to dig a canal from the Nakhon Chaisri River to Phra Pathong Chedi, called "Klong Chedu Bucha" for more convenient transportion to pay homage to Phra Pathom Chedi. This canal lined past the southern part of the village and Huathong Temple. As the result of this, many people moved to settle down near the canal for convenience. Huathong Temple was also moved to locate near Klong Chedi Bucha. Then Luangpor Noi changed its name into "Srisathong Temple". Besides, the government has promoted the village to be Srisathong Sub-district so far.
The Amulet: This Powerful Rahu amulet is to negate negative effects of Rahu in ones planatary position. Also to bring success in life and monetary gains. In Hinduism Rahu is known as a malefic planet that can cause problems in ones life if not favourable placed in ones astrological chart. However he is also able to best own financial blessings, power over others and success in legal proceedings. In Thailand he is revered as a deity all on his own.

This amulet is a true amulet for Rahu fans as it is from the temple that is dedicated to Rahu in Nakhon Pathon Thailand.
 It was created by the resident monk is a master on Rahu mantras and ceremonies, hence this amulet/talisman has great power. Behind the amulet you will find a powerful Rahu yantra.  

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Tip: hire a Minibus for your group and go with a local

Contact Bangkok APAC (A Personal Assist <> Concierge),
they will organise your visit and guide you through the process of purchase your gifts for blessing, the prayer and return journey 
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Victory Monumentzone: Ratchathewi
This large obelisk, located in Ratchathewi, was erected in June 1941 at the end of the French-Thai War, in commemoration of Thailand's victory.

The win saw Thailand regain some land they had been forced to cede to France in 1893 and 1904, including some parts of western Cambodia and northern and southern Laos, although they were forced to cede them back in 1945 at the end of the Pacific War. Composed of reinforced marble and concrete, the monument's design is very Western, especially compared to the nearby Democracy Monument.

Five statues, one each for the army, navy, air force, police, and civilian bureaucracy, surround the tall obelisk in traditional hero stance. It sits in the middle of one of the busiest traffic intersections in the country, and the Skytrain runs directly past it.

Getting there:     map location 
The obvious is the BTS skytrain and stop at the Victory Monument station
Picture left: BTS station Victory Monument

The BTS skytrain wraps around part of the monument on it's way to the next station.

 If your good with your camera you can catch a shot through out the out the skytrain window but better to stop at the Victory Monument station where you can catch a photo without leaving the exit gate.

Otherwise exit the station get a close up of the monument and visit the nearby Icon the Victory monument markets, open 5pm-10pm daily

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There are several, see the link below for tour zone Ratchathewi.

Times & Dates Open Hours: 24 hours
Visit Time: 30min-1hr   Average Wait Time: None  Price: Free

Exposure: Outdoor with little or no covering.
Age Recommendations/RequirementsAges Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers

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Huai Khwang tour zone

2011-04-21: Urbania  
8kms North East of Siam Centre


Whilst in essence an suburbia catering mainly for locals there lives are few treasures that will attract tourists across Shopping, Attractions and Nightlife.

Getting there 

MRT (Subway) line runs through the zone with several stops at key destinations.


Mainly late afternoon and late into the evening. Several cultural themes otherwise good entertainment for all ages

Siam Niramit stage show 

  • Arguably the best theatre performance, a "must do" tourism attraction for all ages.

Mansion 7 Indoor Amusement centre 
  • A haunted house shopping centre playground more for grown ups with Bar and eatery

Easykart: Go kart race track 
  • suitable for all ages from 8 and over. The track is indoor so weather conditions will not hamper your experience.

Ganesha Shrine Hindu temple. 
  • Across the road from the MRT station, watch the locals pray, buy you goodluck charms or seek the vision from a fortune teller.

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Culture = Medium <> Shopping =  Medium <> Nightlife = High <> Public Transport = Medium 

At MRT station Huai Khwang your in the hub of the attractions with surrounding eating venues. On the walk to Mansions 7 you'll pass "Family BBQ" (2star culture) and at the rear is Family steak (3.5star) otherwise more at Mansions 7. If you cross the road to temple walk another 150 mtrs to Huai Khwang Terrace (on the left) which is a 4star shopping arcade with a excellent food court on the 3rd flr. 

Huai Khwang Markets Bizarre runs all day and in the evening the "Night Markets" sprawl along the main street, it gets a congested but that's the price of bargain shopping.

This zone is part of two (2) zones known as
Ratchada and RCA both cater for the young at heart, see more in the ebook Bangkok nightlife zones

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Huai Khwang Markets
When you start taking pictures of the food and hardware at Huay Kwang market, you realize how big it is. The actual market, it seems, is small, but all around it, for blocks and blocks, outside vendors are set up and offer the freshest fish (still breathing), meat (with feathers still on it in some cases) and  vegetables (greenest) and fruit (redest and yellowest).

It is a very Thai neighbourhood. Saw one paleface the whole two hours or more. And it's not a very well off 'hood either. Old apartment buildings sprout laundry on the shakey balconies, with eletrical wires running between them and show signs of distress, the worst being burnouts and abandonment.  Nearby there are some brand new apartment buildings that probably house more well to do Thais and palefaces. Also nearby are some of the city's biggest, flashiest massage services.


Well, I headed off to the market earlier today, after language class. It's an easy four-stop trip on the MRT from Sukhumvit to Huay Kwang station. Look at the map, exit 3. You leave the station, do a 180 and head for Prachasongkhro Road and turn left. It's about a 200 metre walk.  Street vendors crowd the sidewalks on way to market building, which as far as I can tell, is only a small part of the overall market experience.



 . . .  or ready to eat: veg- and fruit-shaped candy or prepared meals. Yes, that food sits out in the boiling sun and humidity. And yes, people have been known to get food poisoning, especially in the hot season, which is just simmering now.  Vendor stalls are covered in tarpaulins to keep out the sun. Across the street from the tarp-coverd stands, a local prays for a good market day or luck in love (not kidding here . . .).


Here's one sub-soi (alley) filled with knock-off clothing and other cheap goods, including fake flowers in third image. Bob Marley t-shirts featured.


Ahhh, plastic chairs and tables. Bangkok would be unrecognizable without them at every corner and sub-soi food cart. Hardware shop, first image, has every size and colour. Lots of meat products in this alley, second image. Veg vendors set up in front of (lucky) gold shop. Every centimetre of pavement has potential revenue, for both property/business owner and outside vendor so you will see sellers in the strangest roadside locations, like using the steps of a gold shop.

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Old apartments stand in background of nearby street of Huay Kwang market. This sub-soi was filled with mobile phone vendors.  Database links 

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