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Hire a guide/car for tour in Bangkok and Tokyo

May 16th, 2014, 03:08 PM
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Hire a guide/car for tour in Bangkok and Tokyo

My husband and I will be in Bangkok for a day and a half as well as Toyko and am looking for a tour or private driver/tour guide to show us the sites, good local food. Advise needed on which area to stay in both places.
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May 16th, 2014, 04:34 PM
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Bangkok has bad traffic. Best to use skytrain and ferries. You can visit Wat Arun by ferry and walk to Grand Palace and National Museum. That is enough for 1 day.

At night go to Siam Niramit show.

Get a hotel skytrain or river. Pathuwan Princess is ideal if the price is ok for you.
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May 16th, 2014, 04:35 PM
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Japan has a great rail system. No need for car.
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May 16th, 2014, 10:35 PM
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In Bangkok, stay along the river and you can use the water taxis to get to the major attractions on the river, which I would count as Grand Palace/emerald Buddha, Wat Po (Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun. If you have the stamina in the heat, you can take the sky train to the Jim Thompson House.

Tokyo: No way to even get a sense of the place in a day. Maybe take the hop on/hop off bus one day. But hiring a car and driver makes little sense.
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May 17th, 2014, 07:02 AM
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Jim Thompson house is a tourist trap. Suan Pakkard is more interesting if you have time.
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May 17th, 2014, 08:16 AM
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Suan Pakkard is lovely, especially the Laquer Pavillion. But the JT House is a part of history - definitely worth seeing the Thai teak houses he put together and all of the Thai antiques. Jim Thompson revitalized the Thai Silk industry. A fascinating character, do read a bit about him. For a first-timer, Suan Pakkard may not mean much. if you do decide to go read up on it first.
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May 19th, 2014, 06:38 AM
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Unless you are related to Jim Thompson he wont mean anything to people either. He is famous for disappearing without a trace. Something the Thais take advantage of. You can go to a teak house anywhere in Thailand and see the same thing. Suan Pakkard has good artifacts which make for good viewing. You dont have to read up on them to enjoy it.
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