Lives in Bangkok, Thailand
Since May 2009
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Bodies of Water
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops,
Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums
Sacred & Religious Sites
Taxis & Shuttles
The snake farm is a very well run, professional centre in the heart of Bangkok. They are a center for research on snakes and anti-venom development in South East Asia. The staff are very knowledgeable, the collection of snakes very impressive. Their main goal is research and education and not tourism so your small entrance fee is going to a good cause. The demonstrate and educate with live snakes in the afternoon in a small outdoor stadium/seating area. It is mostly shaded and they use microphones to be heard if it is busy. When it gets too hot, there are many levels indoors to be explored (with lovely air-conditioning). The top level is a little undeveloped in parts but the bottom level was excellent and showcased many snakes with their information alongside. For a Thai tourist attraction, its very well run. Kids love it
This is always a fun day for visitors to Thailand. We often take people on the river because you can see parts of the city you would miss otherwise. The river is very busy and there are plenty of photos opportunities. It also feels cooler on a hot day, particularly when you pick up speed. Two options for getting around 1. Public transport. People get the boat like they'd get the bus in other countries. It avoids traffic. Its very cheap (under 50 baht). Its a little challenging to navigate but people are friendly and the "boat conductor" can tell you too. 2. Hire a long tail boat. This cost of this depends on what you want and your negotiating skills but expect to pay 1000-2000 baht for a private long tail boat for 1-2 hours. This should include a tour of the khlongs (canal system) and a stop off at a Temple or two. Note: If you do option 2, there are souvenir and drink vendors who will paddle up in small boats to sell to you. A great way to grab some refreshment.
There's a lot going on in this park at any time. People exercising, playing badminton, doing Tai Chi. There's a lake that you can hire boats to pedal around. Or row. Families with children might enjoy this. Some of the boats have a small roof for much-needed shade too. You can also buy food to feed the catfish and turtles at the gates on the way in for very little money. There are bathrooms and a lovely big playground. At certain times of year they offer a concert at sunset on Sundays for free. One interesting thing to see for tourists is the playing of the national anthem at 6pm. Everyone stops moving and stands still (and you would also be obliged to observe this custom). Fun, cheap afternoon out.
This is in the heart of the canal part of the city. They showcase local artists artwork on the walls. There is coffee & tea available & on a Friday they have puppet shows featuring Thai traditional dance and puppetry. However this is not always available and is often canceled so check on the day by calling the number on their site. Aside from the puppets, you can paint thai traditional masks or just enjoy watching the canal traffic go by. Its very peaceful and the children enjoyed it.
I live in Thailand and go here a few times a year to pick up specific items. I also regularly bring friends and family who are visiting Thailand to this outdoor market. Its always a fun experience for people. However, its crowded and outdoors in hot, hot Thailand so I'd recommend a few precautions. - Go early when its not yet crowded. Everything is open at 10am but get there a little before to orient yourself. Many stalls are open at 9.30am. - Plan to do a half day there. Its so hot and crowded by mid-afternoon that your energy can slump and people can get grumpy so leave before that. - Keep a positive frame of mind when it comes to bargaining and have fun with the vendors. This is more likely to result in a discount. Always ask for a discount. - If a vendor is obnoxious, go elsewhere. Otherwise it just enourages them. There are lots of really fun people selling their wares here. - If you see something you like, buy it. You think you'll be able to find your way back to that stall. Its a maze however. - Stay hydrated. Snack for energy. The food and juice stalls are one of the best things at Chatuchak market so its a great place to try some local Thai food. - Beer is not sold between 2 and 5pm but there are places who will sell it to you anyway in a coffee cup. Don't be surprised :) - The BTS and MRT both have stops here and are air-conditioned and easy to use.
Gruesome/Awesome. Its a nightmare to find, even with a GPS but its worth the trip and driving around the hospital to find the entrance. If you are squeamish or concerned about what young kids might see, read the reviews first. Mummified rapists propped up in closets, body parts, accident victims, parasites section (eughhhh). Its not something you'd see at home. Its like a very macabre version of the famous Body Works tours. Its interesting. Its different. The tsunami section is very good too. This is a non-traditional tourist attraction and will certainly give you a few stories to tell afterwards. Its also cheap.
If you are interested in textiles or Thai architecture this is a nice attraction in the city centre. I feel like this is actually a better attraction in terms of architecture rather than textiles (although Jim Thompson made his fortune in the Thai silk industry). Its a nicely kept compound with gardens and an old Thai style home. It also has a nice restaurant with accessible Thai options (if not the most challenging)
Get a boat trip for the full experience. I'd also recommend hiring one of their official guides as in my experience they are very knowledgeable and go a long way to explaining the history and culture of the temple. The reclining Buddha is beautiful and this is a working temple so its nice to watch people make merit here.
I've been here numerous times over years of living in Bangkok and have taken guests. Its always a lovely weekend afternoon or brunch experience. There's so much to watch on the river and you are right beside it. If the sun moves, the staff will happily reposition the parasols for you. That's the very good service that we always get here. We've never had a bad experience. The food has something for everyone whether it's Thai, Western or some fusion dishes. It's not cheap by any means but they offer value in terms of atmosphere and food & service quality. We've brought our toddler with us and they've been very welcoming to kids although without offering child specific options.
Its a good way to get into town if your flight arrives during a peak traffic hour and is cheap and air-conditioned. Trains are very clean and run often. A good option for budget travelers. You will probably need to interchange to the BTS for the main downtown areas but its signposted in English and reasonably easy to navigate.