Travelling around in 4 continents, I have already experienced everything about costums, here and there having to wear several accessories to respect the local rules. Well advised, we all dressed shirts with sleeves and trousers to visit the Grand Palace. But...
My wife was wearing open shoes, and part of two fingers could easily be seen. Impossible! So, to enter the Palace, she had to buy and wear a pair of socks. Cheap, as a matter of fact. And, this time, no one took the shoes off.
be careful : you can have a normal facial treatment for c.a 500 bht and collagen for 1000 bht,
sometimes spa looks nice outside but inside are cheap and no professional like i.e:Ragnam ,in ragnam road close to the king power
Fun Alternatives: MBK on the 4 floor there is a place that doesn't shine so much but they use very good materials and people really know what they do.
The national museum certainly warrants a visit, but I've got mixed feelings about it. The exhibits are fine, but the way they are exhibited is old fashioned, to say the least.
Unique Suggestions: This is not a flash modern museum with high tech interactive displays, but it does have a certain charm. The majority of the displays are in large stone buildings with shuttered windows, i.e. no air conditioning. You feel like you are exploring a museum they way they used to be; character filled and quite quaint in places. Definitely not hi tech, e.g. the leaflet we were given upon entry was a poor photocopy with many English errors, not what you would expect from a National Museum.
Fun Alternatives: I like the museum and I like to look at the artifact from Thai history but the information for non Thai is not good. Many labels are Thai only so it is not so visitor friendly. I hoe they can improve this
when i first came to bangkok i booked into modern place apartments soi 99 ramintra road bangkok,i paid 12 months in advance and the owner told me that after 12 months i would get one month free,well when the 12 months was up they started to charge again and the owner denied the promise of 1 free month,during my stay there i encounted many problems such as the internet i was paying for hardly ever worked,the air con was always breaking down,water leaking from ceiling in bathroom,not to mention that there is a truck yard directly opposite the apartment that you have to put up with,noise, dust and fumes.the apartment is situated in a very noisy soi at the back of fashion island.when i left the apartment they refused to give me back the 7 thousand bart deposit and charged me a further 3 thousand baht for power and water for a 13 day period, i would not recomend this place to anyone
Unique Suggestions: ask them to put any contract in english
Fun Alternatives: there are many other decent apartments a little further away
That snake was put on the shoulder of innocent and naive looking tourist in front of the gate to Wat Po (where reclining Buddha is). The owner of the snake goes around with his snake in hand and offers tourists to take it on their shoulders to take photo with her. When he takes advantage of a naive person and put the money in pocket he quickly moves to another victim yet unaware and to big amusement of his colleagues-mercenaries who sell all kind of useless things to tourists there. These people are pushy types and are best to be ignored altogether. Often they don't even ask if you want snake around your neck or not but just put it on you and you may think how nice they are to show you thier pet. Just remember they will charge you a lot for that if you let them do it.
My father was also among the 'victims' and he was charged 350 THB (!!!) for having snake around his neck for a minute or two. It didn't make sense to argue with that kind of person since he has advantage of having friends around him who will stand by his side.
Unique Suggestions: Give him some money very fast and run away.
Fun Alternatives: Never take such 'service' from anyone even though they look and speak all soft and sweet as a candy. Don't be naive. Arguing with them can put you in troubles because they will gang up together. When you will be in the position you will want to lower their ridiculous price they will become very unfriendly and ever mean. If you will get loud then you situation will become centre of attention. They know that very well.
If you must do it then always ask for the price first and negotiate. Worst thing is when you don't ask and count they will say OK price in the end. They won't. Don't be fooled with their 'friendliness' - all they want from you is to extract as much baht as possible.
Wat Mangkon Kamalawa in China Town Bangkok is on Charoen Road. The Chinese name is Leng Noei Yi.
The Thai name is Mangkon Kamalatawa. It was built in 1871 and comprises a series of Chinese Buddhist Temples and Taoist deities in the total complex. The style is Southern Chinese. The Chinese temples are to the rear of the grounds after you pass through a passage way from Charoen Rung Road.
Mangkon road. The Temple is open from 6 am until 5 pm every day.
ph: 66 2 222 3975
Unique Suggestions: if you in Chinatown, you'll pass this Wat.. just take a picture from outside of the main building, because 'no camera' sign is written.
Fun Alternatives: take a short walk to new market, you'll find a very intersting foods, dried fruits etc or go go Sampheng line
Trimurti, the god of love, with offerings of red roses - all in the name of love, and in the hope that they will meet their eternal sweethearts. The shrine is a landmark in front of CentralWorld.
In Hinduism, Trimurti represents the three aspects of God: Brahma (the Source/Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Transformer or Destroyer). Some resemblance with the concept of Trinity in Christianity is evident here. Many claim Trimurti is especially successful in matching foreign mates with Thai partners, and the shrine is so crowded on a Thursday night that you'll have to wait your turn. What we wouldn't do for love.
Located in front of Centralworld
Fun Alternatives: shopping at Centralworld
Ganesh is another Hindu Diety. He has the head of an elephant and the body of a fat human male. Elsewhere in Bangkok images of Lord Ganesh can be seen where the arts, education and media activities are located. This is because Lord Ganesh as the diety of good fortune and the remover of obstacles is associated with trade, arts and education.
Located in front of CentralWorld, Ratchaprasong
Unique Suggestions: Lord Ganesh is also accompanied in the images with a cobra and a rat. The cobra is a snake associated with Shiva and the symbolism is that Ganesh is the son of Shiva. The rat symbolises that which is small and weaker, but the two together symbolise co-existence of the great and the small.
The position of Lord Ganesh's trunk has symbolism also. When the trunk turns to the left this reflects the direction for success. To the right represents denouncing aspects of the world. For believers in Lord Ganesh as a spiritual force for them, when purchasing an image which is proper for their future path in life it is necessary for them to choose one with the correct trunk position.
Fun Alternatives: shopping and eating at Bangkok's Ratchaprasong District
Wat Mahannapharam built over a century ago is a fine blending of Thai and Chinese art, mirroring the great influence Chinese culture wielded on Siamese people at the time. The temple houses a gold statue of ‘Luang Por Pra Ruang’ from the Sukhothai period.
Fun Alternatives: if you pass Thanon Tanow, you can take a picture to Wat Mahannapharam.. then try eating experience along Thanon Tanow.
There are some life sized pictures of Thai costumes that have holes where you can put your face on it to take a picture. Well, this one is not also free. The people won't mislead you that it's free but they would not tell you either that there's fee for every picture taken with it. They'll just stand around and let tourists put their faces on the hole and after a picture is taken that's when they will collect Thai baht 20 for it. Subtle trap, don't you think? So next time you see anything anywhere, where there is hole for you face to put on, expect that a payment will be asked after a picture. A thing I'm reminded of, nothing is for free! :(
Learn not only the room rates. Learn all hidden costs in the hotel i.e. breakfast, dinner, room service rates, learn whether the hotel has a free shuttle service to the airport. We stayed in Sofitel Centara in February 2009. The room rates seemed quite cheap. When we arrived to the hotel, we payed 3300 baht for 3 soups, a sandwich, 4 beers and a salad. Later we found out that this was an incredible price in Bangkok. In the morning we learned that an average breakfast was 1000 Baht for a person. And we had the same breakfast at 200 baht in the shopping mall nearby. On the way back to the airport, hotel charged 1500 baht for a car and 2000 baht for a van. The taxi is just 500-600 baht on the same route. I will never visit Bangkok Sofitels.
Fun Alternatives: If you travel on low season, do not pay for your all holiday in advance. If you will stay for 5 days, make the reservation for the 1st day. If you like the hotel, continue. If you don't, search for an alternative. Call the hotel before you make your reservation and learn all details.
It is best to pay a little to a hotel worker who can shop for you as they will recognize you as american and make you pay 3x as much.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to shop alone, look tired and uninterested. I had a female follow me for some time trying to get me to buy something and I finally got a pipe at a very good deal
Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army. They became quite popular and eventually were shown in stadium across the country.
Rama IV Road, Bangkok. Telephone - 2528765, 2514303, 2537702, 2537940
Fight Nights: Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 P.M., Saturday afternoons 5-8 P.M., Saturday nights from 8:30 P.M.
Ticket prices: 220, 440, 1000 Baht (ringside)
Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue Telephone - 2814205, 2801684-6
Fight Nights: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, starting at 6:30 P.M.
Ticket Prices: 220, 440, 1000 Baht (ringside), special discount on Sunday nights
Channel 7 Stadium
Behind the old Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit), opposite Chatuchak Park, Bangkok
Telephone - 2720201
Fight Schedule: Sundays, from 1:45 P.M., third Wednesday of each month starting at 12:00 noon
Ticket prices: Free admission
336/932 Prachathipat Road, Rangsit, Pathumthani
Telephone - 9920099
Fight Nights: Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8:30 P.M.
Ticket Prices: 110 (women only), 220 Baht
Samrong Road, Samutprakarn Telephone - 3933592
Fight Nights: Fridays and Sundays, from 8:30 P.M.
Ticket Prices: 100 Baht for women, 200 Baht for men
74 Moo 12 Tumbon Omnoy, Amphoe Krathumbaen, Samutsakorn
Telephone - 4204317
Fight Schedule: Saturdays from 11:45 A.M.
Tickets: 200 Baht
International Stadium, Chachoengsao
23/22 Moo 6 Thepkunakorn Road, Tumbon Sothorn, Amphoe Muang, Chachoengsao
Telephone - (38) 821746-50
Fight Schedule: Sundays, from 4:00 P.M.
Tickets: 200 Baht
The Metal Castle, Loha Prasat, is located adjacent to Wat Ratchanadda. The design is based on an old style Buddhist structure in Sri Lanka. It was begun in the early 19th century by King Rama III but was only recently completed. The prasat is essentially five concentric towers with the outer, middle and inner towers capped with cast iron spires (hence the name "Metal Palace"). The two un-capped towers are open walkways lined with shrines.
The area in front of the temple has been developed by the Bangkok Administration. They have built a Thai style pavilion, gardens and also a statue in memory of King Rama III.
Wat Chanasongkhram is probably the only temple many Western people will see, since it is located just opposite of the famous Khao San Road in Bangkok. This is probably also the reason why there is a sign at the entrance, which reminds travelers to be dressed appropriately and not to enter the temple with shorts.
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