Capitol of Thailand
My Thailand Journey 2010 Jan - 2011 May
Bangkok (BKK), a crown jewel of Southeast Asia and a city that never fail to entertain your every desire. I have been to Bangkok for almost 30 times main reason is because i was posted to Thailand for work for about a year and a half.
To the eyes of typical tourists, BKK is a shopping paradise. But to the eyes of many locals and foreigners (like me) who works there, Bangkok is a DRINKING HAVEN!!! Never in my life had i drank so much. Of course, there are historical sites you can pay a visit like Wat Arun and the famous Wat Phra Kaew aka Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
So if you are going to Bangkok and in a state of anxiety over what to do in Bangkok so won't have to come back Singapore and cry, "I MISS BANGKOK. NOT ENOUGH FOR ME!!!!", gather some information from my blog or ask me directly. Don't worry i won't bite you Have a good trip.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
If you havent been to Damnoen Saduak, then your Bangkok holiday isn't complete yet. One of the must-go attraction for tourist, it is located 100 KM west of Bangkok in Ratchaburi. Me, my mum and her friends hired a car which took us 3 hours from our hotel to get there. It wasn't a pleasant ride but still it was worth going there.
We took a boat ride around the floating market which cost 40 bhat person. I wouldn't recommend you buying any stuff from the boat or floating vendors as almost everything are made in China. However, if you see boats loaded with fresh fruits, try their mango with sticky rice (50 bhat). OH MY it tasted so good i completely ignored the surroundings and focused on my food.
Khao Sarn Road
Khao Sarn Road is located in the Banglamphu area of Phra Nakhon district. Is about 1km Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
The place is filled with street stalls and many pub & bars which explains why many foreigners likes the place so much. Sometimes you won't be surprise to find many backpackers roaming the street too.
There are many guesthouses and hostels which offer very cheap room rate - to find out about the different hostels in Khao Sarn, go to ===www.hostelworld.com=== for details and booking. However is quite inconvenient to get to the central shopping district of Bangkok. Nevertheless Khao Sarn do offer a great shopping experience too. Do check out this place if you are bored in your hotel room at night
The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
I have no idea why is it called temple of Dawn but is one of the must see attraction. You can go there by ferry or hire a private boat tour. The entrance fee is 50 bhat per pax but i would not recommend it. You could take some shots just outside the compound and it still look pretty good. The compound is surrounded with many souvenir shops. The time to tour the whole place is about 30 mins.
You can also visit the place before sunset and at night, the glowing tower at night is absolutely magical.
Wat Phra Kaew aka Temple of the Emerald Buddha
This is Thailand's most important and sacred temple, so you're expected to act with due respect inside it. No shorts. sandals or slippers are allowed inside the compound. The last time i went there, i have to rent a shoes and long pants at a very unnecessarily high price of about 50 - 60 bhat. Nevertheless i'm glad to be there.
The temple is full of tourists so taking a good picture of yourself with the temple could be quite a challenge. The ticket price for foreigners is 350 bhat, while the locals pay 100 Bhat. Isn't that call extortion? Anyway, if you are going or in Bangkok now, do put this in your Itinerary as it is the Country's most important monument.
Baiyoke Sky Tower 84th level
The view of Bangkok City on the 360-degree revolving roof deck 84th level of Baiyoke Sky Tower. Best time to go is at night as the daytime visibility is quite poor.
International Buffet at Baiyoke Sky
If you want more than just a view of the city, you can try the international dinner buffet price at 500 bhat ++ per pax which i opt for. The restaurant is located on the 77th stories Baiyoke sky tower. The food wasn't that great but with the view of the city just make your dining experience a very comforting and pleasant one.