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Attractions in Bangkok City

Wat Phra Kaew Temple and Grand Palace

is almost mandatory for a visitor to Bangkok! The Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง) and the legendary Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew (วัดพระแก้ว) are located relatively close to Khao San Road, the Democracy Monument and Hualamphong Railway Station.

Go there by taxi, tuk tuk or why not on a cheap river boat on the Chao Praya River (to the Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier). From there it is walking distance to this beautiful temple and the magnificent Grand Palace. It is open at 8.30-15.30, every day.

Wat Pho Temple and The Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho (also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon), is one of the largest (80,000 square meters) and one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. The temple is also home to the 46 meters long Buddha which is covered with gold. Do not forget your camera when you visit!

The temple and the reclining Buddha is found at Chetuphon Road and is open every day between the hours of 8:00 and 17:00. The nearest pier on the nearby river is Tha Tien.

A night time food stall

Bangkok's Chinatown

Chinese architecture, signs and attributes in a multitude of markets, food and all possible business-wise to be found at Bangkok's teeming Chinese districts.

Chinatown is one of Bangkok's oldest sites, dating from the end of the 1700's. Yaowarat Road is one of the streets that we recommend you to visit. The Thieves Market, or Nakhon Kasem, has very good prices on electronics, antiques, used goods etc.

The National Museum

Enrich your knowledge about Thai history and Thai culture. Here you can walk around alone or with a museum guide.

This museum is located on Na Phra That Road, close to Banglamphu, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho. It is open Wednesday to Sunday, 9.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Muay Thai - Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing is the national sport of Thailand. You shouldn't miss it if you enjoy action sports! The combatants are using fists, feet, knees and elbows. A boxer wins (as in "western" boxing) on points, technical knockout or KO.

Lumpini Stadium is located on Rama IV Road. Events on Tuesdays and Fridays, starting at 6.30 pm and on Saturdays, starting at 5 pm.

Ratchadamnoen Stadium is located on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue. Fight nights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, starting at 6.30 pm.

The Crocodile Farm

The Crocodile farm is located in Samut Prakan, a few miles south of Bangkok and is one of the largest crocodile farms in the world. When the 60,000 crocodiles are waiting to end up as fancy shoes or bags (just sarcasm), they perform in spectacular shows. Some monkeys and elephants are also living and performing in this farm.

The Snake Farm

The Bangkok Snake Farm (Saowapha in Thai) is located on Rama IV Road. Here you will find all kind of snakes and reptiles.

The Chao Praya River

The river boat is cheap and you can move quickly in Bangkok. You will also avoid the worst heat and pollution from the traffic. There are many piers along the river from where you can catch on of these river boats.

The Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak is the Thai name of this floating market. It is often found in international articles and movies about Bangkok showing elderly women in hats selling food and other goods directly from the boats.

The market is situated about 100 kilometers from Bangkok and a feeling of a mild anticlimax is not unique for some visitors who have been traveling for about two-three hours in a minivan to get there.

Government lottery

The Lumpini Park

Lumphini Park is a huge green oasis right in the middle of the capital city of Thailand. Perfect if you get bored of cars and crowded streets.

The park has well managed green areas around a small lake in which you actually can take a tour in a rowing boat. Many Bangkok citizens perform their morning gymnastics such as Tai Chi Chuan, strength training or jogging here.

The park is situated close to Rama IV Road and Ratchadamri Road. If you are going by skytrain, get of at Ratchadamri Station and if you are going with Metro, we recommend you to get off at Silom station.

Jim Thompson's House

Jim Thompson was the American who made Thai silk world famous. He disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1967.

The house is now a museum where you can learn about Jim himself, but also about Thai silk and Thai traditional culture. We strongly recommend a visit.

The house is located on Soi Kasem San 2, close to Siam Square. The nearest skytrain station is National Stadium.

Bangkok at night
SUKHUMVIT SOI 3 - Photo by Jens W,

The Baiyoke Tower II

Baiyoke tower is the tallest building in Thailand and one of the tallest in South-East Asia. It has 85 floors and is 304 meters or 997 ft high.

A hotel is situated (book a room here) from the 22th to the 74th floor and there are also a couple of restaurants. On the 84th floor there is an observation deck that we strongly recommend you to visit. Amazing view overlooking the capital.

The Nightlife

Sukhumvit Area

Bed Supperclub - One of the most popular nightclubs in Bangkok. Here you'll meet the city's Hi-so (high society - the upper class). It is a fashionably decorated nightclub, with huge white sofas which makes the club feel both elegant and fresh. International guest DJs are performing here occasionally.

Location: Sukhumvit, Soi 11.

Escudo - Is a popular hip-hop / house music club, consisting of two floors. On the first floor can you listen to loud hip hop music all night long and on the second floor the house-music is on the agenda.

Location: Dutchess Plaza Building, Sukhumvit, Soi 55.

Glow - Is a smaller nightclub with a capacity of approximately 250 people. The music here is played by both international and local DJs and it is mainly house and electro.

Location: Glow is located on Sukhumvit, Soi 23.

Booze - Here can you go and see live music and also dance to music supplied by a DJ. Booze attracts mainly the younger crowds in Bangkok.

Location: Booze is located on Sukhumvit, Soi 55.

Q Bar - This is a trendy and celebrity-dense nightclub where you can dance and mingle. There are many vodka, whiskey and tequila brands to try in the bar. There are also Cuban cigars for sale.

Location: Sukhumvit, Soi 11.

Khao San Road Area

The Club - If you looking for more hardcore dance music, we recommend The Club where trance music is King. The Club has everything you might ask for in a "techno club": laser lights, UV lights, high ceilings and large disco balls in the ceiling.

Location: The Club is located on Khao San Road.

Lava Club - If you are in to hip-hop then the Lava Club is an excellent option. Pumping beats and bass lines mixed with rap is delivered out of the speakers. Lava Club is mostly crowded during the late evenings.

Location: Lava Club is located in the basement of the Bayon Building on Khao San Road.

Silom Area

Breaks - Offers all styles of dance music. The place is decorated in what might be described as underground style and the walls of the room include adorned with vinyl record sleeves.

Location: Breaks is found on soi 2 / 1 Silom Road.

Lucifer Disko - A club with two floors and the theme is "diabolical" as the name suggests. The music played here includes pop, hardcore techno and trance.

Location: 76/1-3 Patpong, Soi 1.

Siam Area

Hard Rock Cafe - The famous restaurant chain found in many of the world's greatest cities. Enjoy live music and eat good burgers and other bar food a' la USA.

Location: Hard Rock Cafe is located on Siam Square.

Concept CM2 - Located in the basement at the Novotel Siam Square Hotel. Both live bands and DJ's are offering the latest hits of hip hop, R & B, pop and rock.

Location: Concept CM2 is set out in the basement at the Novotel Siam Square Hotel.

Chidlom - Ploenchit Area

Bar @ 494 - Is a classic wine, whisky and champagne bar with a great range of noble beverages.

Location: Bar @ 494 are found in the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, 494 Ratchadamri Road.

87 + - This club is located in the luxury Conrad Hotel. This means that the bar has been given a special status and attracts the wealthy. International Djs are offering modern dance music.

Location: 87 + is located in Conrad Hotel, 87 Wireless Road.

Spasso - Located at one of Bangkok's oldest hotel bars and one of the recipes for the success is the great live music. The bands here play popular songs that the audience (probably) will recognize and can sing along with.

Location: In the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, 494 Ratchadamri Road.

Quake - A night club where you can enjoy live music. The bands are mostly performing classic rock.

Location: 106/12-13, Soi Langsuan.

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