Welcome to our BANGKOK Guide (Krung Thep : City of angels)
The full name of Bangkok is : Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit,
which means : " City of Angels, big city residence of the Emerald Buddha, impregnable city of God Indra, the world's great capital carved with nine gems, a happy and generous city in the huge Royal Palace remains the same celestial kingdom of God reincarnated, A city dedicated to Indra and built by Vishnukarn. "
The population living within the limit of Bangkok province is estimated to 12 millions people.
With a total area of 1568,7 sqm, most of it assumed as the city of Bangkok, that makes it the biggest city in the world.
The city is crossed by the Chao Phraya river which defines two areas, the right bank (old Thonburi) more traditional, with many klongs, water channel linked to each other and reaching the river desserving the name of "Asian Venice" to Bangkok, and the left bank, more civilised, where most of the tourist interests are located, as well as the business center, the BTS network and all modern buildings.
Places of Interrest
King Palace and the Wat Phra Kaeo
When Rama I did establish its capital in Bangkok in 1782, he decided to build a royal temple like all other former capital. Built at the same time as Wat Phra Kaeo, the King Palace will officially remain the king’s residence from 1782 to 1946, even if the royal family prefers the more secluded Chitrlada Palace since Rama V.
The Wat Phra Kaeo, is a pure treasure of the Thai Art, and hosts the Emerald Buddha, the most revered image of the Buddha all over Thailand.
This Bangkok landmark features some of the most spectacular pieces of South-Eastern Asia.
Entry Fee : 250 bahts (Including Vimanmek Palace and the Money Pavilion).
The place is open every days from 8h30am to 3h30pm. Dress properly.
Bangkok Temples Wat Tramit, which is famous for its splendid and grandiose Golden Buddha, was constructed during the Sukhothai period. The icon, made out of solid gold, is three meters high and weights 5.5 tons.
Located at the end of Yaowarat Road, in the chinese district, near Hualamphong train station.
The temple is open avery days from 9h00am to 5h00pm.
Wat Pho is located near the Grand Palace. the temple was built in 1688 and is one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple. It hosts the famous Reclining Bouddha, 46 meters long and 15 meters high, built in 1832. with nacre incrustation on the eyes and the feets. Wat Pho was also the first edusation center of the kingdom. Nowadays, the temple an important center for traditional Thai massage.
It is open to the public every days from 8h00am to 5h00pm. Entry fee: 50 bahts. Dress properly.
Wat Benchamabophit or Marble Temple is wellknown beacause it was built with Italian Marble during Rama V Reign. This building is a perfect piece of thai Architecture. Its is often assumed as the most beautiful temples of the world.
It is located in Dusit district. Open every days from 8h00am to 5h00pm. Entry fee : 20 bahts.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) was restorated during the Thonburi era to be the King Taksin "Royal Chapel". The most interesting building is the pagoda.
It is located along the Chao Phraya river on Thonburi side, in front of the Grand Palace, The temple is easily reachable by boat. Open every days from 9h00am to 5h00. Entry Fee : 20 baths. Pictures : 40 baths.
Wat Suthat and Sao Ching-Cha. Pieces of art of the Ratanasokin era (XIXe), the Wat Suthat building started in 1807 and lasted 30 years. Dedicated to the Indian God Indra, there is statue of him riding a three headed elephant, l'Erawan, at the entry of the building.
Erawan is the Thai name of the mythologic elephant Airavata, the white elephant carrying Indra in Hindouism.
Wat Suthat is close to Banglamphu. You can’t miss this red teak portal, 27 meters high, called Sao Ching Cha.
open every days from 8h30am to 9h00pm. Entry fee : 20 baths.
Wat Saket (The Golden hill temple) is located near Ratchadamnoen road. This temple has a 58 meters stupa with a golden dome and hosts a relic of the Buddha. Visitors can reach it climbing 318 steps. Upthere you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Bangkok.
The temple is open every days from 7h30am to 5h30pm. Entry fee: 10 bahts.
The Canals (klong) of BangkokEarly in the morning is the best time tol glide through the bustling Chao Praya River and Canal on board a long tail boat, passing picturesque scenes of Thai river life An original way to discover the other face of Bangkok.
Express Boat trip Bangkok/Nonthaburi : an express boat service on the Chao Phraya links Bangkok to Nonthaburi, northward, it is leaving from Ratsingkhon Pier, near Krung Thep Bridge.
Rates go from 7 to 15 bahts ; depending of the color of the flag of the boat.
Runs daily from 6h00am to 8h00pm.
Damnernsaduak Floating MarketLocated 80 km south of Bangkok near Ratchaburi, Damnoen Saduak is the name of a small town that became famous with its small narrow khlongs network and its floating market. You have to go there early morning to enjoy the turnoil of the small boats surrounded by colors and smells.
The market takes place from 6h00am to 1h00pm. You can visit it by foot or onboard a small rented boat.
Jim Thomson’s HouseIntegrated to the National Nuseums, Jim Thompson’s House, settled in the green along San Sap Khlong, is the museum of an american who felt in love with the Kingdom in the mid 20th century. He actively participated to the re-development of the Thai silk trade around the world, this asian art aesthete made his home a real paradise where tropical plants, siamese architecture and high valued art objects.
It is located in Soi Kasemsan 2, on Rama I road, facing the National Stadium.
Entry fee : 100 bahts.
open every days from 9h00am to 5h00pm.
Suan Packard Palace Literaly, Wang Suan Phakkat means " lettuce farm Palace ". Originally, this five traditional wooden houses building was a vegetable farm. It was then used as residence for princess Chumbon from Nakhon Sawan. Her parents did build the Palace in the 1950s. all five pavilions are allo linked with footbridges. Surrounded by a luxurious garden, it provides an harmonious and peaceful atmosphere in the middle of the buildings.
Suan Packard Palace is located 352 Sri Ayutthaya Road, near Phaya Thai Road junction.
Open every days from 9h00am to 4h00pm. Entry fee : 100 baths.
Vimanmek Mansion PalaceThis Palace is located behind the National Assembly. This palace is believed to be the world largest building made entirely of golden teak.The building was originally constructed on Srichang Island in the Gulf of Siam by King Rama V ( King Chulalongkorn). In 1901, the building was moved to its present site which was Bangkok suburbs at that time.
Open every days from 9h30am to 3h30pm. Entry fee included with Grand Palace Tickets.
Traditional Dances Show at 10h30am and 2h30pm. Entry fee : 100 baths.
Rose Garden Show Get a taste of Thai culture in a skilfully presented show of breathtaking beauty. Witness a colourful Buddhist ordination procession, an elegant fingernail dance, an exciting and delightful hill tribe’s dance, as well as Thai sword-fighting, Thai boxing, an elephant show, a charming folk dance and a traditional wedding ceremony....
Located 30 kms from Bangkok. Many Shows all day long.
Mueang Boran (Old City) It is the world's largest outdoor museum, Where important monuments of Thailand are recreated in their full majestic splendour. Spread throughout a 200 acres park, it features the most outstanding representations of Thai architecture, history and way of life. You will be fascinated by the authentic wooden village, temple and markets that were moved from their original locations to the Ancient city.
Open every Days from 8.00am to 5h00pm. Entry fee : 100 Bahts. Located in Samutprakarn (1 hour from Bangkok Center).
Dusit Zoo Located near the Royal Place, this is the oldest zoo of Bangkok, it host African and asian mammels and birds in a gorgeous tropical garden.
Dusit Zoo : 71 Rama V Road, Dusit, Bangkok
Open every day from 9h00am to 6h00pm. Entry fee : Adult 50 Bahts, child 10 Bahts.
Crocodile Farm The Crocodile Farm in Samutprakan is said to be the world's largest crocodile farm. Besides crocodiles of ages, the farm also breeds elephants, tigers and chimpanzees. Do not miss the Crocodiles Wrestling Show
Open every days from 7h00am to 6h00pm. Located in Samutprakarn (1 hour from Bangkok Center).
Dream WorldThis beautiful landscape Park was designed with a very classic style. It was laid out with European style plazas, miniature recreations of world famous legends and exciting playing machines.
Located at Km 7 of Rangsit -Ongkhrak Road.
Open every days from 10h00am to 5h00pm, up to 7h00pm on holidays. Entry fee, including roundabouts : 450 bahts.
Safari WorldThis zoo exists since 17 february 1988. This park covers a 430 Rai area and is divided in 2 parts. The first, Safari Park, houses a large variety of animals such as zebras, giraffes, birds, tigers, lions, bears, etc. in an environment done up to look like their natural habitat. The second one, the Marine Park, exhibits marine species and some rare animals. You can attend some incredible performances by trained animals such as dolphins, birds, seals and monkeys.
500 acres area located 99 Ramintra road, Samwatawantok, Klongsamwa.
Open every days from 9.00am to 5h00pm.
Entry fee for Thais and Expats: 40 Baths, Tourists : 400 Baths
Bangkok MuseumsThe Royal Barge Museum. The Barges, decorated and carved are used for special occasions, they are hosted in warehouses on Bangkok Noi Khlong, close to the Chao Phraya River, near Phra Pin Klao bridge.
Open every days from 8h30am to 4h30pm.
Entry fee : 80 baths. Camera and video fee: 100 to 300 bahts.
The National Museum is one of the largest and most interesting museums in Southeast Asia, Not to be missed.. It offers a stunnibg collection of art pieces from the bronze era to to the modern Bangkok period.
Open every days but monday and tuesday and holidays 9h00am to 4h00pm. Entry fee : 40 bahts.
The National Museum of Royal Elephants is located in the first building on the right when entering Vimanmek Palace. The museum hosts a carved repliqua of a white elephant: so real it seems alive. The white elephant is much more important than any other elephant. In Thailand, it is a sacred animal as it symbolize prosperity for the city.
Open every days from 9h00am to 4h00pm. Entry fee: 10 bahts. Free entry with the Grand Palace ticket.
Shopping Mall in Bangkok
Shopping is one of the main tourist interest in Bangkok. Shopping there is one of the most competitive in Asia.|
Siam Paragon hosts more than 300 commerces, mostly high luxe boutiques (ferrari, lamborghini, bang & olufsen, dolce & gabbana, vertu...), you will also find many restaurants and food courts as well.
This is a high class Shopping mall. You will find there famous trademarks like Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Versace, Kenzo, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo.
Also called Mahboonkrong or Mabunkrong, MBK Center is a huge shopping mall in Bangkok. On 8 levels and 330 meters long, it hosts not less than 2 500 shops and stands on a 89 000 m2 area, it is one of the biggest Shopping Mall in Asia. It is famous among all for its mobile phone and electronic devices vendors renting a full level (the 4th), for clothes stores, but also for the many furnitures and decoration items you can find there. Counting around a daily average of 105 000 customers, it is considered as the most visited of the country.
A huge shopping mall located 604/3 Petchburi Road entirely dedicated to computers and electronics. 5 levels of shops where everything that has a processor or printed circuits is sold de boutiques, as well as softwares, games music and movioes CD, CD-ROM, VCD and DVD.
Bangkapi The Mall
Mall Bangkapi is a bit out of the center of Bangkok, but easily reachable with the boat through the khlongs. Attractions : Mall, aquatic park, cinema, entertainment / theme park.
Located on Ladprao Rd., Bangkok 10240, Thailand
World Trade Center
in 2006, after three years of renovation, this shopping mall finally extended its area to 550 000 sqm. The World Trade Center, Bangkok is nowadays the biggest Shopping Mall in all South-East Asia.
Located in Pathum Wan district, at Ratchaprasong Junction.
Geysorn, Century Plaza, Platinium (ready-to-ware clothes) ....
Bangkok Main Markets
Week-end Market - Chatuchak|
A public park of 18 hectares on Phaholyothin road, facing Northern Bus Terminal, locally known as Suan Chatuchak, is where a huge popular week-end market takes place, selling over 1000 different local products, like animals, handicraft, plants, fresh fruits, antics reproductions, shoes, toys, clothes and domestic items. The week-end market is opened saturday and sunday, from dawn till dusk, from about 7h00am to 6h00pm.
Located on New Road, between Silom and Sathorn, this market offers an impressive collection of cut flowers and orchids. Charming necklaces made of jasmine flowers are a speciality.
Longeant la banque de Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, derrière Samsen Road, ce marché est surtout réputé pour ses plantes en pots.
Facing Khlong Lot, on Atsadang Road, between the Royal Hôtel and the Ministry of interior, many small stalls sell cheap second hand items, like cameras, typewriter, music instruments and radio, and all kind of electric devices. Bargain is the law.
Woeng Nakhon Kasem
Mostly known as the "Thieves Market", is located between Yaowarat road and New Road, near Phahurat, you will find there antics, includingChines and Thai art pieces, china, furnitures... Bargain or get lost.
You will find there many low price clothes and accessories shops, for men and women. Located in the center of the city, almost facing Pranthip Plazza, it is easily reachable from Ratchaprarop Road.
Located on Krung Kasem Road, near Saphan Khao and the Department of Economic and technical cooperation, at the intersection of Lan Luang Road, the famous clothing market opens doors at 10:00. There are mainly sold wholesale effects. It is therefore appropriate to discuss pricing if you intend to buy clothes in large quantities.
Just at the feet of Phra Buddha Yodfa bridge, along Chakrawat Road, it is also called "flower market", you will find there all kinds of flowers. the shops can also compose bunches for all occasions.
On Phahurat Road, parralel of Yaowarat Road, west of Chinatown going to the river, you will find a wide variety of clothes that women will love. The market sells all kind of fabrics, from white cotton to batiks and silks. Phahurat is a really ionteresting place. And you will find spices as well as the clothes.
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