Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bangkok Itenerary

I'm back from the land of smile last Thursday. From blog vacation?? Partially I guess...

Our Bangkok trip was fun and tiring. Basically Bangkok is easy to navigate, most of tourist spot can be seen in city itself and is reachable via BTS (sky train) or Chao Phraya River Express (boat) or cab (funny how 7 of us can fit in just 1 cab) or tuktuk(trycicles) . Bangkok is somehow similar to our very own Manila but sadly a little better... Much safer, much cleaner and more traditional and is culture rich. Shopping is superb (Cheap clothes with good quality were everywhere). Food is delicious and cheap but mostly spicy.

Our 1st day was spent strolling in temples Wat Pho(reclining buddha), The grand palace and Wat Phra Kaew(temple of emerald Buddha), sight of wat arun(temple of the dawn) was seen from Tha Tien terminal. We had a relaxing Thai foot massage before having our dinner.

2nd and 3rd day was spent shopping in Central world, siam square/paragon, MBK and pratunam market. And ohhh the sight at 76th floor of Baiyoke sky (where we had our buffet dinner on our 2nd night), was astounding although the food was just so-so. We also watched patpong for experience.

The only thing I don't like about Bangkok was that most of locals don't speak English, and the tuktuk and some of taxi drivers were overcharging.

I will definitely be back next time... anyway to those of you who are planning to go to Bangkok, maybe this will help:

1.) The Grand Palace
Admission fee is 250Bah
t includes admission to Wat Phra Kaew(Temple of the Emerald Buddha) , Vimanmek Mansion and the Dusit Throne Hall.
-Opening Hours: Daily 8:30-11:30, 13:00-15:30
- How to get there: BTS Sky train to Taksin station, From here take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. It is a short walk from the pier to the entrance to The Grand Palace public entrance.

Dress Code: Visitors are required to dress appropriately.

Thus the following dress - code (applicable to both ladies and gentlemen)is requested:
1. Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights can n
ot be worn as outer garments.
2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter
length trousers can not be worn.
3. Sleeveless shirts or vests can not be worn as outer garments.
4. Sandals (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.

5. All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, can not be rolled up.
6. Sweat shirts and sweat pants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers can not be worn.

2.) Wat Pho - Bangkok's largest and oldest temple - Admission 50 Baht
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-17:00
How to get there: Wat Pho is situated to the south of the Grand Palace ( located right next to Wat Phra Kaew ) , between Thai Wang, Sanamchai, Chetupon and Mahathat Roads. It's about a five-minute walk south of Sanam Luang and the entrance is on Thai Wang Road. The closest pier for the Chao Phraya River Express is Tha Tien, buses 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 25, 48 and A/C 44 all run along Chetuphon Road.

If time permits:
4.) Wat Arun (temple of dawn) - Admission fee is 20 Baht
open from & 7:30am -530pm
How to get there: Catch the cross-river ferry from Tha Tien at Thai Wang Road. The wharf is about a 10-minute walk from the Grand Palace. Tha Tien can be reached by the Chao Phraya River Express ferry or buses 44, 91, A/C 8 or 44.
5.) Night market - Pratunam
is situated by the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetburi (Phetchaburi) roads, very near to the Amari Watergate hote

1.) Wat Traimit - Five tonnes of gold -20 Baht

Opening Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How to get there: : Hua Lamphong Station or Bus routes 4, 7, 21, 25, 501, 511, 513
2.) MBK shopping center / SIam Square

3.) Dinner at Baiyoke sky (590 Baht)

3.) Patpong
How to get there: Located between Silom and Surawong Roads, it's within easy walking distance from the Skytrain station (Sala Daeng) or the MRT station (Silom).

3rd day:
Shopping/ massage etc.
*Panthip Plaza on Phetburi / Petchburi Rd in Pratunam district (not far from the Amari Watergate hotel). - for cheap gadgets

That's All!


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