Bangkok

Bangkok
1. Though never officially recognized by Guinness contrary to wide claims it is safe to say Bangkok has the longest place name in the world. We dare anyone to find us a city moniker that stretches beyond this Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.Bangkok rapid growth amidst little urban planning and regulation has resulted in a haphazard cityscape and inadequate infrastructure systems. Limited roads, despite an extensive expressway network, together with substantial private car usage, have resulted in chronic and crippling traffic congestion. This in turn caused severe air pollution in the 1990s. The city has since turned to public transport in an attempt to solve this major problem. Four rapid transit lines are now in operation, with more systems under construction or planned by the national government and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. .....
Wat Pho
2. Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must do for any first time visitor in Bangkok. It one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people do not take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing.

This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here.The highlight for most people visiting Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. The figures here are impressive 15 metres tall, 46 metres long, so large it feels like it has been squeezed into the building. The Buddha feet are 5 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother of pearl illustrations of auspicious laksanas (characteristics) of the Buddha. 108 is a significant number, referring to the 108 positive actions and symbols that helped lead Buddha to perfection. You willneed to take your shoes off to enter, and if you would like a little good luck, we recommend purchasing a bowl of coins at the entrance of the hall which you can drop in the 108 bronze bowls which line the length of the walls. .....

Grand Palace
3. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew in a common compound, and is where you will end up after exiting Wat Phra Kaew. Despite the proximity of the two, there a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European inspired designs of the Grand Palace (the roof being the exception). The Grand Palace is nowadays used only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence. The present King Bhumibol (Rama IX) lives in Chitralada Palace (also closed to tourists), which is located not too far away in Bangkok Dusit district. Though the interior of most of the buildings remain closed to the public Highlights of it are
  • Boromabiman Hall, built by King Rama VI and every king since has lived here at some time. Amarinda Hall, the original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice. Nowadays it impressive interior is used for ceremonial occasions and coronations. It contains the antique throne, used before the Western style one presently in use.Grand Palace Hall / Chakri Maha Prasat. Visitors are allowed inside the spacious European style reception room. This building has not been used for royal residence since the mysterious death of King Rama VIII (the older brother of the current King), found shot dead in his room in 1946. The reverence for the monarchy in Thailand means that, even today, this remains a completely taboo subject to talk publicly about in Thailand.
  • The Museum, which has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models of the Wat and Palace and numerous Buddha images. Labels are in Thai only, but there are free English tours available frequently.
  • The impressive Dusit Hall, rated as perhaps the finest architectural building in this style. .....
  • Wat Phra Kaew
    4. Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade.The Emerald Buddha (Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn) is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the style of the Lanna school of the north, dating from the 15th century AD.Raised high on a series of platforms, no one is allowed near the Emerald Buddha except HM the King. A seasonal cloak, changed three times a year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy season covers the statue. A very important ritual, the changing of the robes is performed only by the King to bring good fortune to the country during each season. The temple of Emerald Buddha is beautifully decorated and has a great sense of peace about it. .....
    Wat Arun
    5. There are over 31200 Buddhist temples spread around Thailand. In Thai these are called wat. One of these, the Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. Sitting majestically on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, the legendary Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand. Despite the name, the most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline.

    This Wat or Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is a place that simultaneously represents the center of the universe and the single pointedness of mind sought by adepts. Thousands of miles in height, Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. The four corner prang of Wat Arun, which house images of the guardian gods of the four directions, reinforces this mystical symbolism.there are over 31200 Buddhist temples spread around Thailand. In Thai these are called wat. One of these, the Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. Sitting majestically on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, the legendary Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand. Despite the name, the most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline. .....

    Jim Thompson House
    6. This former home of an American named Jim Thompson, who started the Thai silk industry after World War II, houses a magnificent collection of Asian art and many unique displays.The lovely garden enclosed compound sitting on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal would have gone completely unnoticed, had it not been for a legacy left behind by a middle aged American man named Jim Thompson. His elegant residential enclave, comprising six traditional Thai teakwood houses transported from Ayutthaya and Bangkok Ban Krua community, echoes Jim Thompson 30 year love affair with Southeast Asian art and cultural heritage.An architect by training and an avid collector of Asian objets dart, Jim Thompson keen eyes and flair for design breathed life into everything he touched. After his discharge from military service in 1946, Jim Thompson decided to settle down in Thailand, where he dedicated over 30 years to reviving Thai silk then a dying cottage industry and introduced it to the world most respectable fashion houses and catwalks in Paris, New York, London and Milan.

    The same goes for his Thai house, which was no ordinary teakwood villa complex filled with incongruous collections of antiques, but a breathing museum even then that embodies Jim Thompson life long passion and whimsical design choices. One day in 1967, while at the height of his success, he mysteriously disappeared into the Malaysian jungle, and thus began the legacy of Jim Thompson.Upstairs, you are greeted by a series of decorative wall hangings that Jim Thompson acquired from various Buddhist temples. Like ancient murals, they tell stories of the Buddha previous and present lives as well as his spiritual journey towards attaining enlightenment. From here, proceed to the right and encounter the solemn sandstone Buddha image guarding the entry to the Thai kitchen, which now houses Jim Thompson exquisite collection of Benjarong porcelain ware. .....

    golden Buddha
    7. This temple is well known for its 3 metre tall, 5.5 tons solid gold Buddha image, constructed over 700 years ago during the Sukhothai period. Originally the gold image was covered with plaster to conceal it from the invading Burmese and was just rediscovered accidentally about 40 years ago.On 14 February 2010, Wat Traimit new building named Phra Maha Mondop was officially opened to the public. And the gold Buddha was moved here. The first floor of the building is the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre where tourists can learn the history of the Chinese immigrants in Thailand as well as their culture which has become part of the Thai culture. The second floor holds an exhibition of the origin of the gold Buddha. And the top level is where the world largest gold Buddha image is enshrined.
    This highly revered temple contains the golden Image Buddha, which is made of solid gold and weighs approximately 5 ? tons.The golden Buddha was taken to the Wat Chotanaram in Bangkok. In the 1930 the image finally ended up in the Wat Traimit, still covered in plaster. In 1955 a viharn was erected to house the image. When the golden Buddha was moved to the new building using a crane, a cable broke and the image fell to the ground and into the mud. The workmen are said to have run off fearing bad luck. .....
    Wat Ratchanadda
    8. The prasat itself is like five concentric square towers, each consecutively taller than the other. The outer, middle and center towers are capped by cast iron spires, which gives the temple its name. The two interstitial towers are capped by open walk ways lined with shrines. Visitors to the prasat are requested to make a 20 Baht (0.62 USD) in box just inside the entrance gate at the base of the structure.At the ground level the thick laterite columns supporting the towers form an almost maze like collection of corridors. Although youre always within sight of the outside, it worth taking a little time to get lost in the corridors on your way to the massive spiral stairway up the center tower. In late 2007, an installation describing the history of the structure was put on display in some of the corridors.

    All of the text is in Thai, but there are plenty of pictures.The staircase is constructed as a free standing metal center column with thick wood treads cantilevered off it. You can choose to climb all five stories at once or get off at any level to explore. The stairway actually ends on the roof of the fourth tower. Here there is an outside walkway from which you can see the golden Mount across the street, as well as the park in front of the temple. From the walkway you can climb one last stairway to view the shrine at the top of the temple. .....

    Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
    9. Inside is a stunningly beautiful central dome, under which the Royal Throne sits. Lining it and each of the six other domes walls are frescoes depicting Chakri Dynasty monarchs (painted by Galileo Chini). The long hall on the upper floor is embellished with embossed roman and floral patterns showing Renaissance and Baroque arts. Outside, visitors can find impressive views both from the large paved plaza in front of it (site of the annual Tropping of the Color in December, the Red Cross Fair in late March, as well as the King Rama V statue) or the trim gardens adjoining it with Vimanmek Mansion. On Children Day, in the second week of January each year, the grounds and interiors are more fully open to the public.

    The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, a large impressive building in Dusit district in Bangkok, was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to serve as a reception hall for the Dusit Palace. Construction started in 1906 and the building was finished in 1915, during the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI).Built in Italian Renaissance style, the two storey Throne Hall resembles the famous Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City in Italy.It is built from Italian white marble with a large dome in the middle and six smaller surrounding domes.King Chulalongkorn hired two Italian architects to design the throne hall, Annibale Rigotti and Mario Tamagno. The latter later also designed the Hualamphong train station in Bangkok.The interior is as remarkable as the exterior.

    The walls and the large central dome are covered with murals telling the history of the currently ruling Chakri dynasty from the first King, King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great (Rama I), who became King in 1782 until King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) who ruled until 1925. The Royal Throne sits under the huge central dome. .....

    Lumphini Park
    10. Lumpini Park is an inner city haven of tranquility, fresh air and shade offering city dwellers the perfect connection to nature. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park is more than half a million square kilometres big, and the habitat of various flora and fauna.Historically, it dates back to the 1920s and was set to be an exhibition centre for Thai crafts and flower displays. Although this original vision was never fulfilled, Lumpini Park has over the years grown into the endearing centre for outdoor leisure activities for Bangkokians, who would convene before and after sunset to enjoy a round of jog, light workout, aerobics and a host of other recreational activities.umpini Park appeals to people of all ages today, from wise elders practicing tai chi, sweethearts lounging by the lakeside, to nine to five workers craving fresh air and physical exercise and every other shade in between. The park is home to ever rarer indigenous flora, a forest park, and some quirky residents like the water monitor lizards... Looming beyond the immediate green, glimmering city skyscrapers punctuate the scene. .....
    Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute
    11. Located in the Thai Red Cross Institute, this organization produces anti venom serum for snake bite victims nationwide.Snake farms tend to gravitate towards carnivalesque rather than humanitarian, except at the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute. Founded in 1923, the snake farm gathers antivenin from venomous snakes. This is done by milking the snakes venom, injecting it into horses, and harvesting and purifying the antivenin they produce. The antivenins are then used to treat human victims of snake bites.Regular milkings and snake handling performances are held at the outdoor amphitheatre.The leafy grounds are home to a few caged snakes (and a constant soundtrack of Western rock music), but the bulk of the attractions are found in the Simaseng Building, at the rear of the compound. The ground floor houses several varieties of snakes in glass cages.The Royal Cremation Ceremony of HM Queen Saovabha on May 24, 1920.

    HM King Vajiravudh decided to build a permanent building in her memory to be used for research in medical science. He granted the Thai Red Cross Society a big sum of MONEY and a piece of land at the corner of Henry Dunant and Rama IV Road for the main building and as a permanent headquarter of the Science Division of the Thai Red Cross Society. With a donation from Queen Sawangvadhana and the Thai Red Cross Society own budget, two additional buildings were erected on both sides of the main building to facilitate the establishment of a self sufficient scientific institution. .....

    Thonburi
    12. Tradition thrives in Thonburi, Thailand former capital across the Chao Phraya River from the rest of Bangkok. Orchards and khlongs (Thai for small waterways) weave past this west of the center neighborhood temples and tuk tuks. Thonburi slow pace and vestigial capital structures remind of a Thailand before immense urbanization. Its relative isolation seems to transcend the passage of time, despite the commotion of the now center being only a riverboat ride away.Tradition thrives in Thonburi, Thailand former capital across the Chao Phraya River from the rest of Bangkok. Orchards and khlongs (Thai for small waterways) weave past this west of the center neighborhood temples and tuk tuks. Thonburi slow pace and vestigial capital structures remind of a Thailand before immense urbanization. Its relative isolation seems to transcend the passage of time, despite the commotion of the now center being only a riverboat ride away. .....
    Safari World
    13. On the outskirts of Bangkok, Safari World offers a drive through range for seeing by car or one of the park coaches. Animal shows including a marine park, orangutan boxing and a cowboy stunt display are held daily. If you have never been to Africa then the Safari Park is the ultimate safari experience. Drive in the comfort of your car through the African designed landscapes to see hundreds of animals from all over the world.At the Marine Park you can take a jungle cruise, see the white tiger exhibit, visit adventure island or catch one of the many exciting shows including a stunt show, dolphin show or professional water skiing.Take the family on a full day guided excursion out of Bangkok to Safari World, Thailand greatest and most popular open zoo. Covering over 200 acres, Safari World comprises of two main attractions Safari Park and Marine Park. .....
    Siriraj Medical Museum
    14. Since the 19th Century, Siriraj hospital has been established as the first western medical centre in the Kingdom of Thailand according to the royal legislation and graciousness of King Rama the V of the Chakri Dynasty. Siriraj hospital is also the first medical college of Thailand to train medical doctors and nurses for more than a century. Several significant contributions in nearly every aspects of medical care and public health with support from large number of Siriraj alumnists have brought trust and respect at national and international levels to this hospital.During her nearly 120 years as a pioneer in modern medicine not only in Thailand but also Southeast Asia, Siriraj hospital has collectively gathered an enormous compilation of medical equipments and tools, anatomical and clinical specimens including important artifacts and archives relating to the history of medicine in Thailand. Until now, these magnificent collections are separately displayed in 6 different small museums in various pre clinical and clinical departments.The Siriraj Medical Museum is located at the Siriraj Hospital. It comprises of six different museums. .....
    Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
    15. Spiral up the Guggenheim esque atrium of the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre where the top three of the building 11 storeys are exhibition halls. Beyond painting and sculpture, youll see video, conceptual photography, installation and performance sometimes all at once, in the case of a show by Navin Ravanchaikul. Rotating BACC curators like Luckana Kunavichayanont and Apinan Poshyananda mix up categories even further by showing cutting edge work alongside traditional Thai, Western academic, modernist and foreign shows.The best feature of the BACC is not necessarily what hangs on its walls, but the structure itself a modern collage of rounded corners and straight edges, with a spiral interior, twisting tightly like a shirt wrung out to dry.
    Even on weekends, the building remains empty compared to its bustling neighbour, MBK. Why furry iPhone cases and blonde hair extensions are more sought after than art is grist for the aporia mill, but consider the extra leg room a blessing.Start your visit at one of several cafes perhaps for one of Bangkok best cups of coffee at Gallery Drip on the first floor or the interesting mish mash of sushi and creativity and HOF Eat & Art on the third. Then make your way through the small galleries, lined up in a row like a school dormitory, with rotating exhibitions. .....
    Vimanmek Mansion
    16. Built by King Rama V, this palace is the largest teak structure in the world featuring a unique blend of Victorian and delicate Thai architecture.Located on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly, Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world largest building made entirely of golden teak. Removed from Ko Sichang in Chonburi province, it was rebuilt in the Dusit Palace in 1900 by the command of King Rama V. It was recently renovated by HM Queen Sirikit, and made into a museum paying homage to the late King.As well as antique furniture, there glassware, porcelain, old photographs and memorabilia from the late King reign (1868 1910). Many rooms currently maintain the atmosphere of the past.

    Billed as the world largest teakwood building, Vimanmek Mansion was built as a royal residence in the first few years of the twentieth century. It was only used for a few years before it fell into disuse and was practically forgotten until the early eighties. It was rediscovered by Her Majesty the Queen and turned into museum reflecting the Thai heritage from the dramatic reign of King Rama V.From a single restored building in the 1980s, the Vimanmek Mansion Museum has grown to include more than a dozen restored structures of the old Dusit Palace displaying everything from ancient artifacts of Thailand pre history to contemporary photographs donated by His Majesty the King. It has now become a large complex of museums where the buildings themselves form part of the collection on display. .....

    Siam Park City
    17. Siam Park City designs its amusement zones for guests at all ages for example, Small World for kids, Family World for family members, Fantasy World for teenagers, and X Zone for thrill lovers. Also, it offers a pass to the Water Park where all guests are welcome to enjoy water rides and relax under the tropical coconut shades.Surrounded by refreshing and delightful environment, Siam Park City provides a wide range of facilities restaurants, food stalls, golf cart, and convenience store. Refresh your day with international lunch buffet including Thai, European, Indian, and vegetarian at our signature restaurant.

    The well trained staffs are always ready to serve you with a smile.Enjoy the world largest wave pool certified by Guinness World Records and the world class thrill rides. Extend the excitement and happiness with variety of fun tastic attractions and facilities. Be our guest and enjoy the world class amusement park available in Bangkok.Splash and fun, Siam Park City is one of Thailand largest theme park, covering an area of almost 120 acres and featuring a wide range of fun and exciting rides as well as adventurous and entertainment activities in five zones such as a roller coaster that speeds 80kph and a ride that drops you from 75 meters above the ground. The main highlight ofSiamParkis its water park, which is considered the world largest man made, sea like pool, favored by both kids, families and teenagers. .....

    Dusit Zoo
    18. Koalas, elephants, zebras and pandas are just some of the 1,600 animals on display in this fairly well maintained zoo. The zoo also boasts large green spaces and a pond with paddle boats.The park features a large man made lake in the middle, and various animal zones are placed around it. Large trees and manicured greenery line both sides of the path, providing shaded resting areas throughout. Upon paying the admission fee, you will receive a map detailing all the main attractions and facilities. Dusit Zoo is expansive, so if you have limited time, it a good idea to pick out your areas of interest from the map and go straight to these places.

    Alternatively, for a quick observation, hop on the tram ride, a mini train that takes you around the park in a breezy 20 minutes. If time is not your concern, an easy stroll in a clockwise direction is a guarantee that youll see everything the park has to offer.Thanks to its convenient location, Dusit Zoo is within walking distance of Bangkok many attractions. Standing tall and noble on the east side is Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, an impressive example of Italian architecture that been used for several state and royal functions and ceremonies. Located in front of the throne hall is the Statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the first of its kind erected for a Thai King from FUNDS raised by Thai citizens. .....

    Erawan Shrine
    19. The Erawan Shrine is located on the northwest corner of the Grand Hyatt Erawan property, near the Chit Lom stop on the skytrain. It consists of a golden statue of the four faced Hindu god Brahma, named Than Tao Mahaprom. The statue sits beneath a glittering canopy, surrounded by offerings of flowers, incese and candles.The area is crowded with worshippers day and night and always wafting with incense smoke. It is also common to see people bowing as they pass by bus, taxi or above by skytrain.The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to appease the supposed evil forces that were taking the lives of construction workers and causing other calamities in the construction what is now the Grand Hyatt Erawan.

    The misfortunes were caused, it seemed, by starting the construction on an unfavorable date. After the shrine was erected, construction deaths stopped and the hotel grew very prosperous.The apparent effectiveness of the monument made the shrine one of the most revered spots in Thailand. The great importance of the shrine became terribly apparent in 2006, when a mentally disturbed Thai man attacked the statue with a hammer onlookers beat him to death in broad daylight. The statue was replaced within two months, incorporating pieces from the original image. .....

    Chatuchak Park
    20. This park was constructed with cooperation from several agencies, merchants and people who realized that green areas can enhance and improve urban environment. In commemoration of this cooperation, a clock tower, a flower clock and sculptures from 6 Asian countries have been created and decorated in this park. At present, Chatuchak Park is a heaven for health conscious people living in the northern side of Bangkok. The park users may walk or jog along the shady tracks line with vegetation or appreciate with the beauty of nature in Thai Literature Garden and Herb Garden. They may also stop to view lovely fish at the Fish Watching Bridges over the pond or row a boat in a pond located in the middle of the park. In addition, they can choose to exercise at any fitness stations provided in Health Plaza, built in commemoration of the auspicious on occasion of the Crown Princess 3rd Cycle Birthday.Located next to the Chatuchak MARKET, this large park has public tennis courts and soccer fields.

    This respite from MARKET mayhem is branded a Learning Park, with sculptures and playgrounds. The small Rail Hall of Fame houses old locomotives and various vehicles, including London taxis and World War II Japanese patrol cars. Adjacent Suan Rotfai (Railway Park, 0 2537 9221), the old railway golf course, offers bike hire, a good pool, the Butterfly Garden and Insectorium (0 2272 4359 60), scale models of Bangkok landmarks and a Traffic Town where kids can test for a Junior Driving Licence. In more contiguous green space, Queen Sirikit Park hosts the Children Discovery Museum and a botanical garden. .....

    Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit
    21. The Wat Mahathat is a large and busy temple in the old Rattanakosin district of Bangkok, just North of the Grand Palace. Its full name is Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit Rajaworamahavihara. The temple is very highly revered it is one of the six temples of the highest grade of first class Royal temples. The temple enshrines relics of the Buddha.The Wat Mahathat is one of the older temples of Bangkok it was built during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, before the city of Bangkok was founded in 1782. The temple was then known as the Wat Salak. During the centuries the temple was renovated and raised in class several times. It was later renamed to Wat Mahathat, a name often given to temples containing relics of the Buddha.

    The Wat Mahathat is an important temple for Buddhist studies, as it houses a well known meditation center and the first Buddhist University in the country, the Maha Chulalongkorn Raja Vidyalaya University where hundreds of monks study the teachings of the Buddha.The Wat Mahathat is a busy, crowded complex containing a large number of buildings. Surrounding the temple courtyard are the galleries that are lined with a large number of tall Buddha images on very ornately decorated pedestals. The base contains memorials to deceased people whose ashes are interred in niches. .....

    Suan Pakkad Palace
    22. The Suan Pakkad Palace is the first museum in Thailand where the owner, their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, decided to convert their private residence, built in the traditional Thai style opened in 1952 , is located on 6 Rai on Sri Ayudhya Road, Bangkok, containing their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga collection of antiquities, which has been passed down through successive generations. The Suan Pakkad Palace is a combination of fine arts and ancient artifacts from the era of H.R.H. Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, son of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn, Rama V and Her Majesty Queen Sukhumala Marasri.There are groups of 4 traditional Thai houses with the covered hallway between them. Houses 5 to 8 are located along the west side of the property.
    The Lacquer Pavilion stands in the main garden to the south of the compound. The Ban Chiang Museum [Thai Heritage] and Marsi Gallery are in the Chumbhot Pantip Centre of Arts.Once the residence of Princess Chumbhot of Nagor Svarga, one of Thailand leading art collectors, this lovely complex contains five traditional Thai houses, each featuring a collection of historic items and works of art. .....
    Magic Land
    23. Magic Land closed after its 25 year land lease expired. Today a go kart track operates on the site with a fairytale castle of the old park in the background.The park resembled California Disneyland, but was not related to Disney in any way.The most striking similarity would have to be a copy of Disneyland centerpiece Sleeping Beauty Castle.With millions of people to entertain, the city of Bangkok offers something for everyone.This major city has the lion share of Thailand family attractions and there are two main amusement parks that are popular among Thai families.A visit to one of the large and vibrant Bangkok amusement parks is a fun way to break up the constant walking and sightseeing of a Bangkok holiday, and is a sure fire way to keep the kids entertained. Day trips to Bangkok amusement parks can be arranged easily from HOTELS OR taken independently by hopping aboard a taxi or city bus. Note that while many outdated guidebooks still list Magic Land Bangkok first amusement park this is now closed. .....
    Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre
    24. Formed in 1997, the Bangkok International TRADE & Exhibition Center (BITEC) is a highly acclaimed exhibition venue and has been the chosen name for many international organizers. It has served as the forum for all MICE events and was awarded the Global UFI Operations award. BITEC, over the years has evolved as the foremost venue for many notable international exhibitors. Standing out as Thailand first facility built primarily for exhibition and event purposes, the center embodies the best of traditional Thai hospitality and charm. With the addition of two newly built halls, the total combined exhibit space available is of 50,400 sq.m and is still in process of further expansion. Besides being furnished with state of the art facilities, it provides both indoor & outdoor parking facilities and marshalling areas for delivery trucks and coaches. .....
    Bangkok Noi District
    25. Bangkok Noi District Museum is a museum in Bangkok, Thailand.It is located on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya river near the Bangkok Noi canal. It was established by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority to preserve the rich community history of the area.The area was a historical site for foreign traders given the connection by the canals and the museum has much content reflecting this. The Bangkok Noi Museum records the old trade undertaken by the people in the past. Another old trade preserved in the Bangkok Noi Museum is the polished bronze bowl trade.Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour. Administratively, it is split up into 50 districts which are further split into 154 subdistricts but these are more often used in official business and for addresses. Visitors will find the conceptual division below of the main areas more useful for getting around. .....
    Dusit Palace
    26. Dusit is a leafy, European style area that is the political centre of Thailand. Its development dates back to the early 1900s, when King Rama V built the Dusit Palace, a complex of palaces and royal residences he created to escape the heat and chaos of the Grand Palace. The seat of power to this day, there are numerous political institutions, international organisations and royal palaces spread throughout.King Rama V was the first Thai monarch to visit Europe. He was very impressed with what he had seen there, and came up with some drastic ideas to make Bangkok ready for the 20th century. Rattanakosin was a cramped district with many waterways, as opposed to Europe where broad avenues dominated cities like Paris and London. King Rama V decided that most of the original canals in Rattanakosin had to disappear in favour of roads for horse carriages. But this was only the beginning King Rama V started designing a completely new district from scratch that had to become the new royal city, a district with grandeur, wide avenues and a leafy, European feel. The result of this process is Dusit.There are several public transportation to get in Dusit. The Chao Phraya Express Boat serves the district, but it is still quite a hike towards the Dusit Palace from the pier. There are plenty of bus lines going through, but we all know what a hassle that is. If youre too lazy to cope with this all, you might just want to go by taxi, which is by far the easiest option. It close to the library which may be helpful in getting taxi drivers to understand where you want to go. .....
    Giant Swing
    27. Wat Suthatis one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, famed for its beautiful roofline, huge golden Buddha, magnificent frescoes and giant swing out front.Wat Suthat was begun by King Rama I (1782 1809), founder of the Chakri dynasty, soon after his coronation. It was continued by Rama II (1809 24) and completed by Rama III (1824 51).Rama I brought the temple main Buddha image to Bangkok by river from Sukothai. On its arrival, the king declared seven days of festivities and the bronze statue was paraded through the streets on the way to the wihan built specially for it at Wat Suthat. Rama himself walked barefoot in the procession and it is said he was so exhausted by the time he arrived that he staggered into the temple.A huge red teak arch, carved under Rama II, is all that remains of an original giant swing, which was used to celebrate and thank Shiva for a bountiful rice harvest and to ask for the god blessing on the next. .....
    Bangkok Aquarium
    28. One of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, Siam Ocean World spreads across an area of 10,000 square meters. It is housed on two floors, in the basement of Siam Paragon shopping mall of Bangkok. It is a subsidiary of the Oceanis Australia Group, one of the best aquarium operators in the whole world. With its innovative approach and huge array of aquatic exhibits, Siam Ocean World is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Thailand. Apart from its recreational options, it also proves to be a very good learning center for kids.The exhibit is divided into seven zones, each with individually designed theme.

    Meet some rare and bizarre looking marine life, from striped frogfish to blind cave fish, nautiluses to humped head Maori Wrasse. Feel the skin of friendly starfish and walk amongst the ocean fiercest predators ragged tooth sharks, black tipped sharks, sting rays in the 270 degree underwater tunnel. Better yet, dive into the depth of the Open Ocean and flirt with the sharks and colourful marine creatures, or hop aboard a glass bottom boat and simply watch them dance underneath your feet.The Oceanis Group was established 1993. Oceanis Australia Pty Ltd is the World largest aquarium owner and operator (by numbers of customers and volume of displays). The Group owns aquariums in Melbourne, Mooloolaba, Busan (South Korea) and manages the Ocean World Aquarium in Shanghai. .....

    Rajamangala Stadium
    29. Rajamangala National Stadium is the national stadium of Thailand and the home stadium for the Thailand national football team. It is part of the Hua Mak Sports Complex, and is located in Hua Mak Subdistrict, Bang Kapi, Bangkok. It officially opened in 1998.It was first used for the 1998 Asian Games in 1998. Since then, it has been used for many international matches and football tournaments. Most notably, for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. Thai club sides have also used the stadium when playing in continental cup competitions. Krung Thai Bank FC (now Bangkok Glass FC) used it for AFC Champions League matches, and PEA FC and Chonburi FC have recently used it in the AFC Cup. Aside from football, it has been used for athletics, pop concerts and political rallies. Rajamangala Stadium was designed by the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University. The main material used in construction was concrete and therefore, though the stadium is impressive and imposing, it could never be described as beautiful. However, it is undoubtedly dramatic.

    The stands rise and fall like a giant, exaggerated version of Huddersfield Galpharm Stadium. At each end are quite narrow tiers of seats but the tiers rise and rise as they move round the sides until they peak level with the half way line. From an aesthetic point of view, the stadium is best viewed from a distance, preferably from the air, where the elliptical shape of the side tribunes seems particularly pronounced. .....

    Rama VIII Bridge
    30. The Rama VIII Bridge is a cable stayed bridge crossing the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. It was conceived to alleviate traffic congestion on the nearby Phra Pinklao Bridge. Construction of the bridge took place from 1999 to 2002. The bridge was opened on 7 May 2002 and inaugurated on 20 September, which is the birth anniversary of the late King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII), after whom it is named. The bridge has an asymmetrical design, with a single pylon in an inverted Y shape located on the western bank of the river.

    Its eighty four cables are arranged in pairs on the side of the main span and in a single row on the other. The bridge has a main span of 300 metres (980 ft), and was one of the world largest asymmetrical cable stayed bridges at the time of its completion.Bangkok is divided by the Chao Phraya River into the main eastern part and Thonburi in the west, with several road bridges linking both sides of the city. By the mid 1990s, traffic congestion on these crossings had become particularly severe. Phra Pinklao Bridge, in particular, was regarded as the worst. With suggestions from King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration commissioned studies for the construction of a new bridge north of Phra Pinklao Bridge to alleviate that congestion. .....

    Happy Land
    31. Happyland themeparks have pulled out all of the stops for 2012 and have introduced some stunning new rides and attractions that will get your pulse racing and your heart pumping. This year your vacation in Happyland will be the most memorable ever. All new amusement rides are designed according to the most severe standard in force to keep safety as a priority.Mainly focused for family entertainment, this family pool turns to be the one among the major attractions of the Happy Land. You wont know how long you stay in water playing with the crystal blue water falls, sliding ways and bowl riding. The family pools provides you with hours of enjoyment ,especially for the family group visiting Happy Land.Enjoy rides such as the Shoe slide,Flower basket, and fun slides at Kids Village in Happy Land water theme Park. The kids village is set in elegance with the panoramic view of a sea shore, has enough in store to fill the kids world with unlimited fun and entertainment. .....
    Wongwian Yai
    32. Wongwian Yai station is a BTS skytrain station, on the Silom Line in Khlong San District, Bangkok, Thailand. The station is located on Krung Thon Buri Road to the west of Taksin intersection, about 20 minute walking from Wongwian Yai where the statue of King Taksin is situated.There are plenty of residences and small shops around the station and the intersection, while larger markets and accommodations are crowded farther around the traffic circle of Wongwian Yai, including Wongwian Yai Railway Station, historical commuter railway terminal to Mahachai (local name of Samut Sakon provincial city) and Mae Khlong (Samut Songkhram) in south western suburb. The Station opened on 15 May 2009, together with Krung Thonburi Station on the 2.2 kilometers skytrain extension reaching Thonburi on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. .....
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