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Go Green in Bangkok

Destination(s): Bangkok

The Skytrain makes it easy to get around the city in no time, and it's cheap and you'll avoid the many traffic jams that clog up Bangkok's highways. There are also lots of huge green spaces within the main city center, and the slow pace of the city makes this a great place to visit for a relaxing vacation. read more about Go Green in Bangkok

Amari Atrium Hotel

Amari Atrium Hotel

  • 1880 New Petchburi Road
  • tel:66 02 718 2000 1
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10320

A bit of an old standby the Amari Atrium offers a good mid-range price. Centered around a 12-story atrium, the 568-room property has deluxe and executive suites. The commercial district and shopping areas of Bangkok are a short taxi ride away. Onsite eateries include the Italian restaurant Vivaldi and Mingles nightclub. The pool and accompanying sundeck with Jacuzzi overlook downtown. Internet deals are common on the website.  read more about Amari Atrium Hotel

Bangkok Sightseeing City Tram

Bangkok Sightseeing City Tram

  • 17/1 Phra Arthit Road
  • 17/1 Phra Arthit Road, Phra Nakorn
  • tel:+66 2 225 7612
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200
Grand Palace

Grand Palace

  • Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
  • East of the river, on Na Phra Lan Rd., near Sanam Luang
  • tel:+66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10500

Bangkok's Grand Palace served as the official residence of Thailand's kings from the time it was built in 1782 until midway through the 20th Century. Although the entry fee is considerably higher than most at 300 baht, the grounds are gorgeous and provide an unforgettable glimpse at Thai history and architecture. Sitting on over 215,000 square meters, the Grand Palace houses government offices, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and royal residences. A trip to the Grand Palace is worth combining with Wat Pho, its next-door neighbor of equal cultural importance. read more about Grand Palace

Akbar

Akbar

  • Sukhumvit Road
  • 1/4 Soi 3 Nana Nua
  • tel:+66 2 255 6935 / +66 2 253 3479
  • Bangkok, 10110
Wat Pho

Wat Pho

  • 2 Sanamchai Road
  • Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
  • tel:+66 2 222 5910 / +66 2 226 2942 / +66 2 226 1743 / +66 2 225 9595
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200

Over 200 years old, Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's largest and oldest temple complexes. For an entry fee of 50 baht, visitors can roam the grounds with or without a guide, stopping along the way at numerous notable temples and sites. The most famous of Wat Pho's relics is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, wherein lies an impressive 46 meter-long gold-plated image of a reclining Buddha. A first grade royal monastery, Wat Pho is also Thailand's oldest learning center and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Take a Chao Phraya River ferry to Tha Thien (pier). The Grand Palace is a short walk from Wat Pho. You can also cross the river from the pier to see Wat Arun. Beware that scam artists (often tuk-tuk drivers) will try to claim that the temple is closed for the day. Don't believe it.

[Note: Pho is pronounced with a P like Paul not an F like a Vietnamese noodle soup]
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Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center

Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center

  • Bangkok-Ayutthaya Highway
  • tel:+66 225 7612(Tourist Information)
  • Bang Sai
Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

  • Highway 32
  • 20 kilometers south of Ayutthaya
  • tel:+66 2 224 9477
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 13160
Khao Yai National Park outside of Bangkok

Khao Yai National Park outside of Bangkok

National Museum

National Museum

  • Na Phrathat Road
  • Phra Nakhon
  • tel:+66 2 224 1404 / +66 2 224 1333
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200

Established in 1874, the National Museum provides for a half day of exploration and discovery. It has three permanent exhibition galleries: The Thai History Gallery, The Archaeological and Art History Collections, and The Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection. The National Museum is huge, but manageable, especially considering the peaceful, shaded courtyards that offer breaks to visitors. Tours are available in English, German, French and Japanese from 9:30am until noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which is also when the museum offers free entry (otherwise, expect to pay 40 baht). read more about National Museum

Basil

Basil

  • 250 Sukhumvit Road
  • Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Level 1
  • tel:+66 2 649 8888 / +66 2 649 8366
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10110
Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market

  • Phaholyothin Road
  • Beside Chatuchak Public Park
  • tel:+66 02 652 8836/ +66 02 625 8945
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10900

It is unlikely to hear Chatuchak Park's weekend market called by its official name. Commonly referred to even by the Thai as J.J. market (from an Anglified spelling of Jatujak) this is the mecca for bargain hunters and a good place to find a variety of street food. The labryinth of covered vendors -- which is only open on the weekends -- gets hot in the midday heat and haggling is the norm. Food vendors are spread throughout the open spaces. Both the SkyTrain (Mor Chit) and MRT Subway (Chatuchak) stop here. read more about Chatuchak Weekend Market

Phra Sumen Fort

Phra Sumen Fort

  • North-east end of Phra Athit Road
  • tel:+66 2 226 0060 (Tourist Information Center)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200

Phra Sumen Fort is worth checking out while in Bangkok, especially because of its location in a bustling are of the old city. The watchtower was erected over 200 years ago, originally part of a defensive wall to protect the city. The octagonal fort sits on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River and serves as a reminder of Bangkok's rich history. Across the way are a number of boutique restaurants and tasty food stalls on Phra Athit Road, close walking distance to worthwhile Khao San Road. read more about Phra Sumen Fort

Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park

  • Entrances on Rama IV Road, Sarasin Road, Wireless Road and Ratchadamri Road
  • tel:+66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10330

Smack in the heart of the city lies Lumphini Park, an oasis of nature within bustling Bangkok. The first of its kind in Bangkok, plans for the public park began in 1925. Lumphini Park is named after the Buddha's birthplace and covers approximately 58 hectares, gracing the city with greenery and waterways for picnics, pick-up sports and paddleboat rides. Early mornings are unforgettable: hordes of fitness group regulars engage in synchronized aerobics, while others jog peacefully and practice tai chi. Lumphini Park is a great place to take a timeout during a long day of sightseeing. read more about Lumphini Park

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

  • Paholyothin Road, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bangkok

Although greenery may be hard to come by in Bangkok, Chatuchak Park surely has a lot of it. A sanctuary for joggers, bicyclists and picnickers alike since 1980, Chatuchak Park is home to a variety of trees, a winding artificial lake and public exercising equipment for all to enjoy. It borders Chatuchak Weekend Market, thus also making it a haven for exhausted shoppers who need a break from the crowds. And although it is a bit hidden, the rolling extension of the park to the northwest cannot be missed. read more about Chatuchak Park

Khao San Road

Khao San Road

  • Khao San Road
  • In Banglampoo, just north of the Grand Palace area and Ratchadamnoen Road
  • tel:+66 2 225 7612(Tourist Information)
  • Bangkok, 10200

Nestled in the old city is high-energy Khao San Road, famous for its reputation as a backpacker stomping ground. By day, the street feels rather quaint, with vendors selling comfortable clothes, regional crafts and trendy jewelry, but at nighttime the street brightens up with dozens of bars and clubs. Delicious, cheap street food is available at all times of the day and cobblestone alleys lead to CD stores and tailors. Khao San Road is also one of Bangkok's locales for affordable guesthouses and travel agents. The best way to tackle the street is to wander. Gems are lurking around every corner and meeting a character or two is guaranteed. read more about Khao San Road

Sirocco

Sirocco

  • 63rd floor, 1055/ 111 Silom Road
  • State Tower Bangkok
  • tel:+66 (0)2 624 9576 / +66 (0)2 624 9555
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10500

Sirocco bills itself as the world's highest alfresco restaurant. Located high up on the 63rd floor of State Tower, Sirocco offers the breezy views one might imagine of the Bangkok skyline. The menu is Italian and much of the fare is imported as appropriate. Prices are not for the casual night out, but the views of stars and city, the live jazz, and the splendid drinks make Sirocco good for special moments and romantic evenings. Expect crisp formal service and be sure to dress on the formal side as well. Be aware that especially outside of the dry season, the restaurant is at the mercy of the weather. read more about Sirocco