Top 10 things to do in Bangkok!

Old Jan 31st, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Top 10 things to do in Bangkok!

Hello,

I will be in Bangkok, staying at the Sofitel for 4 days. What, would you say who have been there before, are the Top 10 things - the must see - in Bangkok?

I have all the nessessary books and reading materials, but just want to know what the "experts" have to say?

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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 12:45 PM
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This expert says 'do a search' and read the replies to all the other threads just like this.

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what do you like doing? that would have a bearing on replies as there are loads of things to do in BKK
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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 02:08 PM
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1. grand palace

2. jim thompson house

3. klong tour in the afternoon

4. wat arun

5. reclining buddha

6. spa at face massage

7. chatuchak market

8. sky train ride

9. Sukhumvit road especially at night

10. Thai street food

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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 02:17 PM
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Anything with Tong!
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I'm not the typical tourist (it took me until my 10th or 11th visit to see the Grand Palace!!!) but here is a list from me anyway.

-Grand Palace
-Wat Pho
-Wat Arun
-Klong tour on a longtail boat (these are the canals that run from the Chao Phrya River.. you see an interesting side of Bangkok life along the canals)

-Jim Thompson house (try to do lunch in the restaurant.. it's tasty and reasonable)

-The Weekend Market (Chatuchak)

-Drinks at night at the top of State Tower at a place called Sky Bar (the view is awesome and the air is clean and fresh 64 floors up.. and it's outside)

-I like to live dangerously now and then, and take a ride in a tuk-tuk!

-I enjoy shopping at MBK mall. It's totally unique!

-I am not a spa/massage person at all, but I suppose this should be on your list. Not sure if the rough Thai massage would be to your liking, but lots of folks here swear by it!

Each of us has our own favorite things to do/see in Bangkok. The very first thing I always do is re-connect with my many friends in the city.

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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 09:27 PM
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my favorites in bkk

my custom made wardrobe
spa massages
sapphire and ruby jewelery
grand palace
wat arun at in the morning
chatuchak market
reclining buddah
silver jewelry bargains
cheap gourmet dining
beautiful thai hospitality

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I see you have gotten a few good tips already I would also add going to a Thai boxing match at Lumpini stadium. Here is a trip report with pictures and links http://gardkarlsen.com/Bangkok_trip_report_2007.htm . I hope that it can give you an idea of what to expect. Are you staying at Sofitel on Silom? They have a great wine bar there called V9

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Old Feb 2nd, 2009, 12:05 AM
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A trip on the Chao Praya river on the public boat - cheap and a great way to see the river area of bkk

Thai massage at Wat Po massage school. - The best are at the school itself outside if the temple (near the boat terminal)

Eating street food from one of the many stalls around the city (or try one of the small "hole in the wall" local restaurants for "real" thai food

Take a tuk tuk (bargain hard for the fare! - should be 20 -50 baht for most journeys).
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It doesn't get plumped much here but I adore the Suan Pakkard Palace (or Wang Suan Pakkard).

Everyone loves the Jim Thompson House but this, to me, is equally enchanting. The standard description of "five small teak houses" etc. doesn't begin to do it justice. The Laquer Pavilion is exquisite.

It is convenient to the skytrain.

The day we visited last August, there were two other people on site the entire time; that was undoubtedly part of the charm. Perhaps many travelers think in terms of the category of "houses" and choose to visit the Jim Thompson House, leaving this less touristed. Or perhaps our experience was a fluke.

You have gotten lots of good advice in posts above so it might be equally helpful to tell you what underwhelmed some of us. For me, the Joe Louis Puppet Theater and the packaged daytrip to Ayutthaya (up by bus, back by boat) were both lackluster in comparison with what I expected.

More great advice from Fodor's that helped us in Bangkok: 1) Tong's team, and 2) the Nancy Chandler map. I particularly wouldn't want to tackle the Chatuchak market without the Chandler map.
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places:

grand palace
jim thompson house and main store
prasart museum
klong tour of thornburi
wat pho
wat arun
V-mek palace--large teak palace


activities:

shopping: custom clothing, bargains in markets, house hold decor, jewelry, natural materials

any market



food: any and all at a reasonable price

the thai people: interactions of all kinds---getting to know one or two at a minimum

lux hotels for bargain prices

tour with guides, including tong, ratt, cherry and others...
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