Fun things to do in Central & Eastern Thailand

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    WAT PHO / Temple of Reclining Buddha

    by 71stuman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the largest reclining buddha in Bangkok, it measures 46 metres longand 15 metres high, it has mother-of-pearl inlaid on the eyes and feet. It is the largest Wat in Bangkok covering 20 acres and houses more than 1000 Buddha images.

    Massive Reclining Buddha

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    Pottery Island

    by beebah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Koh Kred (Kred Island) It's and island in the Chao Phraya River, in Nonthaburi Province. My father is half Mon (I'm mixed Thai-Mon-Chinese) So i'm quite into Mon traditions and places where there're something to do with the Mons. A Mon community migrated to Koh Kred from Burma since 1776, preserved their traditional way of life, culture and their pottery handicraft. You can buy very low price of fine pieces of pottery handicrafts here in Koh Kred and of course try out some unique food and Thai desserts along those canals

    **** Nonthaburi,Where is it? ****

    Nonthaburi.The town is about 20 km. from Bangkok and accessible by road or river. Popular as town of fruit orchards and numbers of historical temples. But here I'll show you Koh Kred where it used to be a settlement of Mon people and their fine family pottery biz.

    ****Koh Kred****
    There are a number of temples around the island. In addition to Wat Poramai, another interesting one is near the northeast corner of the island features a very large tree as well as a large number of chedis in various states of decay.

    If you walk all the way around the island in a counter-clockwise direction, then when you come back to the channel and head north, you'll find yourself walking along a path containing many restaurants on the river-front.

    Boat trip around island available for 40 Baht each.

    *** Getting There ****
    Most tourists get to the island by boat. A number of river tour operators have day trips to Ko Kred. Some overnight trips move on to Ayuthaya. You can also take the Chaophraya River Express Boat service to Nonthaburi pier, where you can get a connecting boat to Ko Kred for about 100 Baht.

    Otherwise hire TukTuk to Pakkred town.(50 Baht) Ferries cross from Wat Sanam Nua to Wat Poramai every few minutes (2 Baht) . It also possible to find a Tuktuk or rickshaw driver to take you to the ferry pier. (20-30 Baht)

    Wat at Koh Kred
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  • Elephant Fun

    by GuyRoberts Written Jun 4, 2010

    Join the Surin Project at the Elephant Study Centre in Baan Tha Klang which aims to take these endangered thai elephants away from street begging and circus shows and provide an alternative sustainable income for thir mahout owners. We had a wonderful week planting elephant food, living in mahout homes and soaking up the old thai elephant traditions of the Gwi people. The project is en route to or from Cambodia & Laos and I guarantee you will have a truly rewarding time there.

    A perfect antidote to the Elephant Round Up too

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  • Nong Nooch, Pattaya, Thailand

    by sinname Written Oct 21, 2009

    If you are looking for THINGS TO DO in Thailand or Pattaya, Nong Nooch Paradise is a world renowned adventure park. With a sight seeing list of famous ELEPHANT SHOW and THAI CULTURAL SHOWS, MINI ZOO, SPORTS CAR COLLECTION, BUSINESS CONFERENCE FACILITY, SCHOOL EDUCATION along with the biggest and most beautiful BOTANICAL GARDENS in SE Asia.

    It offers also accommodation of all sorts including beautiful resort, from lakeside terraces, 6 star standard luxury villa's and Thai style living houses. Of course take advantage of all the wonderful Thai luxuries of excellent food, famous friendly service, relaxing massage, swimming, cycling, visit Jomtien beach and enjoy the public festivals and Buddhist holidays.

    Entrance to Nong Nooch Pattaya Lakeside villa and pontoon garden

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    Summer University-An Asian Experience

    by tammycnx Updated Sep 3, 2009

    The three-week summer programme allows students to tailor make their own course to meet their needs both in terms of education and price.

    Module Structure
    Module 1 English Language Studies (See web site for further
    Modules: (There are 15 hours of instruction for each module)

    Module 2 Cross Cultural Management and Communication in Asia
    Module 3 Asian Culture and Philosophy
    Module 4 Tourism
    Module 5 International Business – an Asian perspective
    Module 6 Emerging Economies in Asia

    Elephant riding Aug'08 Sai Kaew Beach-Koh Samet Arrival day at Asisn U campus Welcome dinner Thai resturant

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    Summer University-An Asian Experience I

    by tammycnx Updated Sep 2, 2009

    The International Summer University is open to anyone over the age of 20 from all over the world with a minimum of 2 years of completed studies at university level.

    Many students and working people have joined the programme as a way to enjoy a holiday and at the same time enhance their knowledge of Asia and Thailand

    Credit Transfer
    The Summer University offers the opportunity of credit transfer, subject to approval by your academic institution. Two ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) equivalent credits are awarded for each Module. Participating universities from other countries can utilize their individual criteria to award credits.

    The three-week summer programme allows students to tailor make their own course to meet their needs both in terms of education and price.

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  • Sri Racha Tiger Zoo - DON"T!!!!!

    by khunwilko Written Aug 24, 2009

    I haven't been for a long time nor do I intend to go until something is done about the place - . However this place is a definite "NO_NO" from the point of view of animal welfare, conservation etc. The place is no more than a 19th century style side show. They engage in preposterous gimmicky shows like the suckling of piglets by tigers with the piglets wearing tiger on earth does that help in our understanding of tigers or their conservation???
    A few years ago - 2004 - they managed to feed their tigers with chickens that were infected with bird flu (got them cheap?) - this resulted in the death of nearly 60 tigers!!

    furthermore one should bear in mind that the breeding of tigers requires the keeping of detailed records, DNA etc - this is to ensure firstly that the sub-species of Tigers aren't interbred and secondly especially when large numbers of tigers are bred, to make sure they are not part of the Tiger meat and "parts" trade to meet the demand for "traditional" medicines in China.

    Under Thai wildlife protection laws and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), the trade in tigers is illegal, no matter whether the animals are domesticated or come from the wild."

    THere are some people in the Thai government who are concerned about this, and there is a suggested Tiger "ID" scheme....

    "Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, the largest private tiger farm in Chon Buri province, is the major target of the tiger ID scheme, as there are over 400 tigers kept at the zoo. "

    Many Tigers slip through the net and of course this means that it is relatively easy for them to be slaughtered and sold on as meat and parts.

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    Amphawa Floating Market

    by expatbangkok Written Aug 1, 2009

    Amphawa is the real thing which the Thais go to, charming, good food, nice and rustic. Damnoen Saduak is the fake, crap one packed with tourists and all the trappings that go with it. I couldn't get outa there fast enough. We stayed the night on the river at Amphawa. I highly recommend it.

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    Enjoy a Wild Safari in Central Thailand

    by yellowcab Written Jul 22, 2008

    If you are into wild adventures near Bangkok. I suggest you go to
    Kanchanaburi at the sanctuary that is managed by monks and young international volunteers. This is close to 2-3 hour drive from Bangkok. This is the place where you get a chance to see tigers but in chains. you get a chance for a photo ops. Plus you can get your kids the chance to see & interact other tame animals in the wild like carabao, cow, wild boar, horse, peacocks and etc...There is an entrance fee there about 100baht.

    But if you are into animal cage or shows go to Nakhon Pathom for the cobra, crocodile and elephant shows.

    You can check my Thailand page for some pics.


    Photo ops with the animals in the wild Tiger w/ monks
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  • Zoos and Safari Parks

    by MichaelGH Written Apr 23, 2008

    There are two places very close together on the eastern seaboard of Thailand, Sriracha Tiger Zoo and Khao Kheow open zoo/safari park. Both are very well maintained and you can get very close to the animals

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    by WaRPer Updated May 6, 2007

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    Chanthaburi, Eastern Thailand, 4-hour drive from the greatest city to look for tropical fruits, freshly picked from the trees!! The best time to visit is around late-April to mid-June. Apart from 'Chan' people's unique lifestyle (and seafood dishes), this province is one of the world's most famous jewelry trading spots.

    Chanthaburi has it all...
    Beaches -- Jaw Law and Laem Singh beaches
    Kitchagood National Park and 'Kra-Ting' waterfall
    Koong-Kraben biological sunctuary
    Taksin (once-greatest Thai ruler) historical sites
    Largest Catholic village and most beautiful Gothic-style church in Eastern Thailand
    Oasis Sea World -- see 2 species of dolphin only found in Thailand
    Thai - Cambodia market at 'Baan Pakkad' border
    (check out my other tips for more details specifically)

    Kitchagood National Park
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    Snake Farm

    by KISSofJUDAS Written Mar 16, 2006

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    In Bangkok, there is a place called "Queen Saovabha memorial institute" where is possible to see a show with the snakes (king Cobra,Monoclead Cobra,Malayan pit viper and others), it's very interesting!!

    Me against the snake! cobra

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    Bangkok: Khao San Road

    by Myndo Updated Mar 5, 2006

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    Well known from the film "the Beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio. Here you find all the road sellers, bars, cafes that you want.
    The Road used to be a secret tip for the Backpacker community, but got a tourist destination by itself in the last years.

    After 5 p.m. the road is closed for traffic and becomes a pedestrian mile.

    There are many guest houses, hotels etc here or close by. The location makes it a good starting point into Bangkoks Old Town. In walking distance from the Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, the Khlongs.

    Khao San Road at Night
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    Bangkok: Wat Arun

    by Myndo Updated Mar 5, 2006

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    On the other side of the River Chao Phraya (seen from the Old Town), you can see the big Prang of Wat Arun.
    "The Temple of Morning Dawn" as it is also called is said to be one of the most beautiful sacral buildings of Thailand.
    It is covered as you can see when you get closer by millions of ceramic tiles. The ground color is white what makes the Prang glow from far, but there are actually many more colors on it.

    To get there, take the ferry from behind Wat Pho. Maybe you have to search a little, until you find the dock, but it is worth. Crossing the River costs an amazing 3 Baht per person :-)
    Entrance to the Wat was free.

    From the dock there also go ferries to other destinations along the river and you can rent a boat for a trip through the Klongs.

    Wat Arun
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    Bangkok: Wat Pho

    by Myndo Updated Mar 5, 2006

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    This is Bangkoks biggest and oldest Temple.
    It has 4 Vharns, 95 Cedis, a galerie with about 400 Bddha statues and many side buildings.
    The main attraction is a 46m long and 15 m high golden statue of a lying Buddha.
    On the feet of this Buddha are pearlmut inlaid ornaments. They show what is necessary for a Buddha.

    Compared to the Wat Phra Kaeo the visit is really cheap. Only 20 Baht per person.
    There are also not so many people around here as at the Palace. If you can only have a look at one temple in Bangkok, choose this one.

    To enter the Wat Buildings itself you have to take off your shoes. Have alook not only at the big things (said Buddha), but also on the small ones. I am always enjoying the craft and the beauty of the ornaments that cover almost everything.
    The walls, the doors, the pillars, are all decorated, painted, sculpted, plated with pearlmut inlaids, golden etc.
    There was a curious sound in this temple, you will notice it shortly after entering. A sort of rhythmic "pling, pling" but not really regular. I found out what it is when coming around the feet of the Buddha statue. There is a row of pots in which people throw coins. "pling, pling, pling".

    Wat Pho, lying Buddha
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