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Bangkok and Beyond

Destination(s): Bangkok

If you have a full week in Bangkok, you'll have a chance to really explore and get to know the city and nearby locations. This itinerary guides your way through temples, museums, day trips, restaurants, and activities, guaranteeing that you'll leave Bangkok satisfied. read more about Bangkok and Beyond

World Fellowship of Buddhists

World Fellowship of Buddhists

  • 616 Sukhumvit Road, Soi Medhinivet
  • (At the back of Benjasiri Park, beside the Emporium)
  • tel:+66 2 661 1284-90
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10110
Shades of Retro

Shades of Retro

  • 522/3 Soi Thonglor
  • corner of Soi 16
  • tel:66 2 714 9657
  • Bangkok
Siam Society

Siam Society

  • Sukhumvit 21 Road
  • 131 Soi Asoke
  • tel:+66 2 661 6470
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10110

On November 20, 2009 fire destroyed the offices and shops but only caused some damage to the library. Events in the auditorium continue, but check the website for updates.** The Siam Society makes for an interesting, intellectual stop outside of the typical tourist path. It was founded in 1904 as a result of cooperation between Thai and foreign scholars who dedicated themselves to promoting the study, enjoyment and availability of Thai art, science, culture and natural history. Nowadays, the Siam Society acts as a non-profit organization committed to the same causes as its founders, offering library facilities, an ethnological museum, and various activities ranging from performances to study tours.

Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute and Snake Farm

Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute and Snake Farm

  • 1871 Rama IV Street
  • Pathumwan
  • tel:+66 2 252 0161 x4
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10330
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

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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Beirut

Beirut

  • Sukhumvit Soi 2, Phloen Chit Center, basement
  • Khlong Toey
  • Bangkok, 10110

Don't shun the basement location. This "down to earth" place is popular with foreigners and Thai alike. Located in Phloen Chit Center Tower, Beirut brings the best Lebanese fare in the city with the usual hummus and falafel but also a variety of meat combos. read more about Beirut

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

Oriental Spa (The)

Oriental Spa (The)

  • 48 Oriental Avenue
  • The Oriental Bangkok
  • tel:+66 (0)2659 9000
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10500
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

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

  • 494 Ratchawithi Road (corner of Ploenchit and Ratchiwithi)
  • (Next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel)
  • tel:+66 2 225 7612(Tourist Information)
  • Bangkok, 10330

In the middle of the glitz and traffic of downtown commercial Bangkok stands Erawan Shrine, a very unique place of worship that is a must-see. Devoted to the Hindu god Brahma, Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to honor the spirits that once resided in trees that were chopped down during construction of the nearby Erawan Hotel. Nowadays, the shrine is constantly flooded with worshippers praying for good fortune as they burn incense, light candles and place carnation garlands at offering tables. Traditional Thai dancers perform on a stage around the clock, and tourists are welcomed to partake in the spirituality. The open-air fills with pleasant scents and the good vibes are abundant. Erawan Shrine is a Bangkok must. read more about Erawan Shrine