Central & Eastern Thailand Off The Beaten Path

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Central & Eastern Thailand Off The Beaten Path

  • Spas - Massages

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Like what I said before, Thai Massage is soothing and relaxing and sensual but not SEXUAL! Bangkok became infamous because of TURKISH STYLE BATH and MASSAGE (which thai's call soapy massage, oil massage, balls massage, happy ending and a lot more). This is ONE of the TURKISH BATH Houses near NANA Plaza in Klongtoey, Bangkok. You Better email me to...

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  • Khlongs - Canals

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    We walked along this pretty canal from near Wat Kalayanamit, then found a bridge across so we could walk to Wat Arun. This canal is not really a canal. It was part of the original Chao Phraya River till a false section of the river was dug in order to avoid this loop. It is one of the prettier stretches of canal/river. You can travel along it by...

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  • Churches and Cathedrals

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This church is in the Old Thonburi area of Bangkok. We got here by taking the public Chao Praya river boat, getting off at Memorial Bridge, walking across the bridge, then heading right. The church is well signposted from the bridge. This church is located in the old Portuguese area of Bangkok. The original church which occupied this site was...

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  • Forensic Science Museum

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    In the BTS guide we found a little piece about a Museum of forensic history. In the short description there were sentences like “for something out of the ordinary” and “not for the squeamish” and of course we got a bit curious. So we jumped into a cab and try to show him the brochure and he didn’t understand much of that. So we explained that this...

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  • Koh Kret

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    I first heard about Koh Kred (or Koh Kret) from fellow VTer, "TheDouglas". Thought I will check it out myself one good day. That one good day finally arrived. In fact, it was so good that it was too hot to explore the island, especially after noon day. Felt that I could fry an egg on top of my head. Koh Kred was created in the Chao Phraya River...

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  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    On our walk from Chattucak market to the nearest BTS, we passed by the street vendor selling funny looking foods. Looking closer, there are different kind of insects; worms, larvas, crickets (or grasshoppers) and pretty big insect looks like cockroaches. These insects are deep fried to brown. This unique stall attracts tourists to snap pictures...

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  • Ayutthaya

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Rachathiwat Ratchaworawiharn Temple was built before the Ayutthaya peroid. King Rama IV resided here while he was in the monkhood" The temple is situated at the end of Samsen Soi 9 on the banks of the Chao Phraya river .Inside the temple grounds an unusual stone bell tower.Climb to the top and check out the bell and view over the temple.In the...

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  • Pak Khlong Talat - Flower Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Go in the evening or at night - either by taxi directly there or by rivertaxi to Tha Rachini or Saphan Phut and walk. Walk along the streets to see the amazing variety of flowers - also try to find the large indoor wholsale hall. Apparently most business takes place here ain teh early hours of the morning (~ 2am-6am) so try and get there then...

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  • Fertility Shrine - Nai Lert Park

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Formally called The Goddess Tuptim Shrine (Chao Mae Tuptim), this is one tourist sight in Bangkok like no other in the World. The "Lonely Planet" listed this as a "Quirky Bangkok" tip (though the Hilton Hotel has since changed hands and been renamed, the Nai Lert Park Hotel). Trust me, quirky hasn't even begun to describe it. This is a shrine...

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  • Street Food

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Bangkok is a food heaven; a sensational culinary journey and taste experience that is unrivalled and guaranteed to delight your taste buds. Apart from renowned Thai cuisine with its blend of spicy, sour, sweet and salty, the smorgasbord includes every other famous type of cuisine found in the world. TOM YUM GONG as it is after all Thailand's...

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  • Chao Phraya River

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Jack’s Bar - as we nicknamed it - is a very rustic little place on the Chao Phraya River. Great for chilling out, people watching and taking in the atmosphere of the comings and goings of this busy river. Jack himself is a real character; if he’s not serving you your drink, he can be found negotiating river trips on either a long tail boat or...

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  • Safari World

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This cute little beautiful creatures are so adorable that you will remain awe struck for quite sometime as how they could perform. Right from taking a swim, catching the rings, carrying a huge ball, dancing , jumping and even kissing!!! Hahahah! Children just enjoy. I noticed, their handlers love them so much the training must have been very...

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  • Wat Prayoon

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    We have been to Bangkok many times and have done most of the touristy sights, so I was pleased to find a suggested walking tour of the Old Thonburi District in a guide book I borrowed from the library. The first sight on this walking tour was Wat Prayoonwong or Turtle Temple. We got here by taking the public Chao Praya river boat, getting off at...

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  • Muang Boran - Ancient City

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Their web site and the guide books talk about bus 511 and the Southern Bus station. I thought you had to go to the southern bus station to catch this bus. Not so. It starts and ends there. Not sure of the exact route but eventually it arrives on Ploen Chit Road and down Sukhumvit Road near the Marriott. You have to look for the 511 bus on the bus...

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  • Tiger Temple

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Here at the tiger temple you will find wild tigers that have been brought up and cared for by the local monks It really a wonderful experience with the big CATs. The entrance fee is just only 300 Baht and you can have unlimited photo taking with the CATs. The keeper will bring you into the area and they will take the photo for you. You will go...

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  • Lumpini Park

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    When we arrived at Bangkok (our last visit July 2006) my brother handed us over a paper where he had written down the Thai name of LUMPHINI - SATHOR. Our hotel was located in that area, and we had to speak the LUMPHINI in a special pronunciation, that is not in an English or Dutch way. We got to our hotel right away ... Did you know that the...

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  • Victory Monument

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Extracted from the website below since it describes the monument best: ..."Victory Monument commemorates those who died in national service – policemen, military officers and civilians. The concrete monument has a number of statues representing the services alongside plates commemorating those who died in the Franco-Thai dispute of 1943. Foreign...

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  • Amulet Markets

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    The amulet market is right next to the Grand Palace along Na Phralan Rd .It's also close to Thailand's well know Thammasasat Univerisity , Silpakorn University & the National Museum . Take a stroll along Na Phralan Rd and you will see the classic Bangkok street with people sitting on the ground selling mostly Buddha amulets,herbal...

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  • Nakhon Pathom

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Petchaburi Information Name: Petchaburi Attraction Type: Eco Tourism, National Parks, Historical Parks, Beaches Close to: Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan Location: Central Thailand Pictures and information in the web: Petchaburi Last Visit: September 2008 My Photos First Photo: Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park Second photo: Phra Nakhon Khiri...

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  • Nonthaburi

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Nonthaburi Nonthaburi is a province located only 10 km from Bangkok. Have some interest attractions and have very cheap markets. Information Name: Nonthaburi Close to: Bangkok Location: Central Thailand - Part of Bangkok area Capital: Nonthaburi Pictures in the web: Nonthaburi Last Visit: September 2008 My Photos First Photo: Market in...

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  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    In actual it was not as interesting as you may read from article in Internet. It abit disappointed when I found the boat price were so expensive which cost us 500baht per person. We departed from Bangkok about 7am reached there about 8:30am. Took a boat to floating market. We expect there are crowded with hundrreds of vendors and purchasers...

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  • Chatuchak Park

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    The Chatuchak park is a component of the Chatuchak weekend market and if you are walking from the market going to the MRT Station or the BTS Sky Train Station, then you will pass by this park as it has a short cut in going to the Stations. according to Wikipedia: Chatuchak park is one of the older public parks in Bangkok. Construction began in...

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  • Suan Lum Night Bazzar

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    You can drop at Lumphini MRT station and the Night Blazzar is just beside the station, It opens at about 6pm till midnight. You can try the foot reflexology and massage there for about 250 to 350 baht per hour. There are about 800 stalls selling from souvenirs to clothes and shoes. Bargaining is a must. Many tourists goes to the Chatuchak weekend...

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  • Bridge on the River Kwai

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    I enjoyed immensly the tour I took to Kanchanaburi to the Kwai river. It is about 70 miles from Bangkok. The history of the Burma / Siam (Thailand) railway, is quite fascinating. And I do mean the real story of the events depicted in the Alec Guinness / William Holden film The Bridge on the River Kwai, which was largely fictional. However the...

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  • Samut Prakan

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Samut Prakan Samut Prakan is a province located only 26 km outside Bangkok on the east and south. In Samut Prakat located the largest outdoor museum in the world: Ancient City - Muang Boran. Other popular attractions are: Crocodile farm and Erawan Museum. Information Name: Samut Prakan Close to: Bangkok and Chonburi Location: Central...

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  • Patpong Night Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This is a rather unusual tip but we found it very interesting watching the vendors begin setup for the Patpong Market. You have to be VERY CAREFUL though. The sidewalks and stairs and such are VERY crumbly and uneven. WATCH WHERE YOU ARE GOING. But, if you dare, you can start at the Silom end of Patpong at around 3:30pm and slowly make your way...

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  • Phuket

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Several times already ,we visited Phuket , and we would be back for more..one of the paradise on earth we would to rate it :-) Phuket, formerly known as Thalang ,or Jung Ceylon,is located in the southern provinces of Thailand, neighboring provinces is Phang Nga and Krabi (wikipedia). Our journey started from CGK airport Jakarta ,Indonesia, Phuket...

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  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Okay, I'm a walker in Bangkok at the right opportunity. WaLker! Can't beat it to notice the local life and some of the smaller urban details. BUT... Walking Bangkok can be a bit difficult if you don't keep your eyes peeled. It's a case of peripheral vertical vision. Down on pavement level (wonderful Brit word there, I'll say it again.......

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  • Santa Cruz Church

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Apparently quite a few Chinese people live in the Old Thonburi District. We passed this busy Chinese Temple (it was Chinese New Year time) on our way to Wat Kalayanamit. The temple can be accessed from the river walk which passes by the Santa Cruz Church.

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  • Rose Garden

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    The Rose Gardens lie on the banks of the Ta Chine River. You take take river cruises from the Rose Gardens to Wat Rai Khing wheere there is a natural fish sanctuary with thousands of giant catfish. . Sampran, Nakorn Pathom .

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  • Bang Pa-In Palace

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    If you have time, please visit this little known summer palace. there's a myriad of architectural styles to be seen in the buildings here. The grounds are much smaller than the grand palace in bangkok. cost 100 baht. it closes rather early, last entry is 4pm, i think. there's a dress code, same as the grand palace (skirts at least knee length,...

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  • Dusit Zoo

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    A popular place for the weekend in the heart of the city, Dusit Zoo or the other original name Khao Din Wana, tell taxi driver shortly go to Khao Din!!. Here you will see thai families spending time together. Its not only zoo, not only animals but here more like fun park for kids, relaxing park, wide area with many recreation activities provided....

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  • Kamthieng House

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Khamthieng House is abit of old Thailand hidden away on Asoke road .This traditional Northern Thai teakwood house is about 160 years old and is located in the grounds of Thai Siam Society.The Museum admission fee ia 100 baht .On display are equipment and tools used daily by farmers and fishermen in the North.There is also a Black Canyon to sit and...

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  • Ratchaburi

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Kanchanaburi Information Name: Kanchanaburi Attraction Type: Eco Tourism, National Parks, Waterfalls Close to: Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Tak provinces Location: Central Thailand Pictures and information in the web: Kanchanaburi Last Visit: September 2008 My Photos First Photo: Tiger Temple Second photo: The bridge over the Kwai river Third...

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  • Vimanmek Teak Palace

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This is Vimanmek Mansion, the world's largest structure of golden teakwood. It dates from 1901 and was home to King Rama V, his family and concubines for six years while they waited for completion of the new royal palace. Why he got tired of living in the Grand Palace, I have no idea, but he must have loved Vimanmek because it's pure English...

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  • Wat Mahatat

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This old temple was built in the Ayuthaya period during the Reign of King Rama I .The temple is located just off Phra That Rd and is very close to Sanam Luang Park and the Grand Palace.Entering the temple from the side gate you will see about 10 impressive large sitting Buddhas .Outside the main temple I saw many women dressed in white and most of...

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  • Bicycle - Cycling

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Going around Bangkok for a 2 bike tour is one thing, going on a 13 hours bike ride to the Gulf of Thailand is another. While it is rugged and appeals to one's sense of adventure, it does show life in Thailand in its truest most unadorned form. This is why Thailand is the land of smiles.

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  • Cooking Classes

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    I'm in the front here at the Blue Elephant Cooking School. This was a very special way to spend the day. We started with a market tour. Then we returned to the restaurant's cooking school where we experienced both demonstrations and "hands-on" cooking for 4 dishes. Our guide/instructor was one of the senior chefs for the Blue Elephant enterprise...

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  • Wat Pho

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    When you visit the Wat Po and Grand Palace (which can be done in an entire afternoon), walk along the tree-shaded sidewalk between the 2 places, specifically the street -- forgot the name-- nearest the Chao Phraya river. Locals have a sort of flea market (I'm not sure if they do this on Sundays only) where they sell used goods, but brand-new items...

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  • Wat Ratchabopit

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    I only discovered this temple due to an attempted con - it started out with some guy on the street (as ever) telling me about this place which was only open once a year.... Fortunately for me, the temple is an attractive place, and was well worth a wander around. Of course this temple is open daily, but it's less well visited than many of the...

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  • Chinese culture

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    From the look of it, you might think that this Chinese Arch would be the centre of attention in this part of town - but there wasn't a tourist in sight when I took this picture. It's probably all down to location - it's quite far from the most interesting bits of Chinatown, and a long walk from any of the river boat stops. However, if you happen...

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  • Ko Samet

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This is the unofficial beach retreat for people living in Bangkok. A three hour drive away, and a ferry trip later, you will find yourself on the party island of central Thailand. On the west side of the island is the calm, slow-paced resorts for a relaxing weekend. On the east side, there are clusters of clubs, bars and restaurants that inforce a...

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  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Most people that book with a touroperator forget this, but I got this tip from a collegue : Visit the Bayoke tower (the highest skyscraper with the 'drink,don't drive' publicity'. You have to pay a fee to go with the elevator to the top (about 87th floor - the highest point of Bangkok). But with the fee you get a ticket to drink a cocktail in the...

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  • Pattaya

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    It's possible to visit Pattaya just for a daytrip. Take an aircondioned bus in the morning from Bangkok and come back in the evening. The bus trip takes approximately 2 and half hours. There's not much to see when driving from Bangkok to Pattaya so it's good time to rest your feet and sleep. Pattaya is well-known for its sex tourism and you can...

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  • Suan Pakkard Palace

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This lovely ex-royal residence is in the middle of a busy commercial district, on Sri Ayutthaya Road, but don't let that put you off. It is made up of a collection of attractive old wooden houses which now house several collections of exhibits, many of which are connected to the performing arts. Make sure you look inside the highly decorated laquer...

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