5 day Bangkok Itinerary?

Aug 4th, 2014, 12:12 PM
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5 day Bangkok Itinerary?

Hey, Guys. You have been so helpful in setting up our trip. I'd love your suggestions for our Bangkok itinerary.
We are there for 2.5 days at the beginning and 2.5 days at the end. This is my plan.
8/7 Arrive late, check in and sleep

8/8 Friday
Grand Palace
Wat Pho -- massage?

PM tailor (rainy time) to get suits ordered
If didn't get massage at Wat Pho in am get massage now
Soi 38 or Chinatown for dinner

8/9 Saturday

Second Fitting for suit?

Wat Arun
Forensics museum

Dinner Gaggan (have reservations at 6 pm)
Night market?

Sunday 8/10
Flower market
Erawan museum

Check out and head to airport for 4 pm flight to Myanmar

(Myanmar then Luang Prabang in Laos)

Saturday 8/23
Arrive 7:30 pm back to BKK
Night market stuff

Sunday 8/24
Chatuchuk to buy stuff
???? Massage

Monday 8/25
Floating Market?
Out of town day trip?
Stay near airport for god awful early morning flight back to NYC
8/26 Fly home

As you can see I'm out of ideas for second half. What gems am I missing? Also know that 2 hours a day I'm working on some writing but my partner will need something to do. Any suggestions and help is appreciated. We love the wow moments like temples and hikes and art and music.

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Aug 4th, 2014, 12:37 PM
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Maybe Golden Buddha or Jim Thompson House in Bangkok.

Day trip to Ayutthaya and Bang Pa Palace. The architecture in Ayutthaya is quite different from Siem Reap.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 12:39 PM
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Bangkok is so full of things to do/see/experience we could all gov you lists and there would be only a little overlap!

My approach to visiting the main wats is to gof to the Grand Palace/Emerald Buddha, (via public water taxi) then to Wat Po, then take the foot ferry across the river to Wat Arun. Of course, there are plenty more wats, so you'll have to see if you want more or if those are enough.

Some other places I'd add are:

Wat Tramit in Chinatown - you could go there after the flower market. and before some yummy food.

The Jim Thompson House (read up on him, then go seed the lovely Thai teak houses he put together and furnished with antiques).

The Erawan Shrine right in the middle of downtown Bangkok, next door to the Hyatt.

Tell us more about what you are shopping for and more about what other sorts of things you'd like to see in Bangkok.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 12:41 PM
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Note: Live2Travel's suggestion of the Golden Buddha is the same as my Wat Tramit suggestion.

Do you have a copy of the Nancy Chandler map yet? More than a map, less than a guidebook.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 03:46 PM
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Suan Pakkard, Vimanmek Mansion and National Museum are good.

Jim Thompson house is a lame tourist trap.

Siam Niramit is a very good show for night.

Floating mkts are pretty lame.

Nancy Chandler maps are terrible. Looks like a 10yo drew it. Very poor.

I would do a 1n tour to Kanchanaburi which includes Erawan waterfalls.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 03:58 PM
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No I didn't know about that map. Your suggestions are so appreciated.

Shopping? Other than suits and shirts (getting made hopefully -- suggestions?) I'm looking to buy a nice table cloth and bed linens. Also some Buddhist amulets for gifts. That probably would be at the big outdoor market.

I'm also looking for a great cafe for writing in -- if anyone knows of such a place.

As far as other things to see ... We're really open. We love the awe-inspiring, the profound and the strange. (Music, dance, architecture, art, theatre, markets) Also where would you suggest to go for great, not too pricey, thai massage?
(Sorry if I'm overwhelming you with questions)
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Aug 4th, 2014, 04:28 PM
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MBK and Siam Paragon are good for shopping. Also Palladium centre.

Nice aircon and foodcourts.

If you like heat and humidity go to Chatuchak mkt.

Wat Pho massages are good. Otherwise its pot luck.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 05:32 PM
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The Nancy Chandler map is meant for giving you suggestions and giving you a sense of where things are in relation to one another. You can look up in the little book where to buy things and it will give you good suggestions. The night markets are only good for gee-haws... nothing more serious.

The big shopping centers like Siam Paragon are full of western goods - not what I go to Bangkok for. Most of the big shopping centers do have a floor of Thai goods - generally good quality but high prices.

The Suan Pakkard Palace is lovely, especially the Laquer Pavillion, but it isn't necessarily for a first visit to Bangkok.

If you love Thai Arts, consider the private Prasart Museum. You must make reservations in advance and have a docent guide you, but they have fabulous things. It's a bit pricey, $20 pp as I remember.

For Buddhist amulets, go to the amulet market at the foot of Wat Ratchanadda.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 06:04 PM
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Fantastic. Thanks!!
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Aug 4th, 2014, 06:32 PM
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blairfell - do be aware that from August 9 - 12 is a national holiday in Thailand and museums and other attractions might be closed. August 12th is the Queen of Thailand's birthday and is also the Thai mother's day.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 09:03 PM
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Choose your tailor wisely!

Experience the heartbeat of Bangkok by taking a ride on a public ferry from Central Pier (Saphan Taksin BTS) all the way to Nonthaburi.

On the way back get of at Pier 13, and have lunch in the open by the river at the Navalai River Resort.

Escape the mayhem and chaos by hitting the greenery of Lumphini Park (Sala Daeng BTS or Si Lom MRT). Watch out for the Monitor Lizards though!

Too hot outside? Then visit the Siam Ocean World for a couple of hours...

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Aug 5th, 2014, 02:31 AM
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MBK is full of Thai products as is Palladium. Palladium has good Thai style cutlery and traditional clothing.

Nancy maps are crayon like maps. Worst Ive ever seen. Free maps in airports are better.
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Aug 5th, 2014, 02:41 AM
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Off the top of my head of favorite activities that we did on our Jan 2014 trip ---

Canal (khlong) tour -- taking an hour+ ride through the canals was wonderful. We did this with a tour guide that we had for the day, but it's possible to do on your own. Highly recommend!

Bangkok food tour - we took the Bangrak food tour and loved it. Not only did we eat FAR more than we needed of a variety of different types of foods, but we got a view into several different areas of the city which we might not otherwise have explored. Highly recommend!

Chinatown market - a large, buzzing market

Golden Mount - a small hill in Bangkok topped with a golden chedi, there are great views of the city from here.

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Aug 5th, 2014, 06:32 AM
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Thanks all! This is terrific. I hope not everything is closed that weekend
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Sep 19th, 2014, 04:27 AM
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For an evening venue you should book the Calypso cabaret ( Thai Ladyboys show). Its fun, entertaining for all ages- you will really enjoy it. Also since its located at Asiatique you can browse the shops there and have dinner (don't do the dinner option at Calypso though)
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Sep 19th, 2014, 04:30 AM
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And I second the motion to get a Nancy Chandler map- its a great source of info in a handy map format.
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Sep 19th, 2014, 05:34 AM
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I loved my nancy chandler map, but try to purchase it in advance of your trip - while not to scale, it gives you a great idea of what sites to cluster together and how to get between them.
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