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Bangkok - An expat's perspective

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I'm an expat - been living here in Thailand for 10 years and now with a young family. For that reason, I try to suggest ways not to get stuck in traffic or hot and bothered!

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10 Places

Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Chao Phraya River

Bodies of Water

Lumpini Park

Parks

Khlong Bang Luang Artist House

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops,

Siriraj Medical Museum

Speciality Museums

Jim Thompson House

Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Verandah at Mandarin Oriental

Restaurants

Airport Rail Link

Taxis & Shuttles

WhiskeyGirlDublin's City Tips

  • Tipping is not necessary but appreciated if you have been given good service. Note: in many nicer restaurants/bars, a 10% service change will be added to your bill.
  • If someone tries to rip you off, walk away and take your money with you. Getting angry will not help as you "lose face". Try not to take it personally and let it go.
  • Rush-hours are from 7am-10am and 4pm to 7/8pm. If you think you have traffic problems at home, think again. During rush hours, take public transport, motorbikes or walk.
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    Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gets you adrenalin pumping 13/12/2017
    • Worth a visit 11/12/2017
    • Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)
    Address:
    1871 Rama IV Road
    Phathumwan
    Bangkok 10330
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 252 0161
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:30 - 15:30
    Sat - Sun
    09:30 - 13:00
    Other:
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    Chao Phraya River
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

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    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bargain heavily
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Need a boat ride 15/12/2017
    • Fastest way to travel north to south 14/12/2017
    • Chao Phraya River
    Phone:
    +66 87 109 8873
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 21:00
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    Lumpini Park
    Parks
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very relaxing 15/12/2017
    • Great park to wander around 15/12/2017
    • Lumpini Park
    Address:
    Rama 4 Road
    Wangmai, Pathumwan
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    7688887588
    Other:
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    Khlong Bang Luang Artist House
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

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    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No shows during the weekdays 01/09/2017
    • Would have preferred to give this a miss 25/08/2017
    • Khlong Bang Luang Artist House
    Address:
    Soi 28, Wat Kuhasawan, Thonburi
    Bangkok Soi 28, Wat Kuhasawan, Thonburi
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 868 5279
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    Chatuchak Weekend Market
    Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops,
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

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    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 511 Shopping in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit one day on weekend when in BKK 16/12/2017
    • Quite a good place for bargain goods. Just expect to get what you paid for. 16/12/2017
    • Chatuchak Weekend Market
    Address:
    Kamphaeng Phet Road
    Lat Yao, Chatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 83 956 3656
    Hours:
    Tue
    13:00 - 00:00
    Wed - Thu
    07:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    18:00 - 00:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Siriraj Medical Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Super interesting 06/12/2017
    • Outstanding Attraction 03/12/2017
    • Siriraj Medical Museum
    Address:
    2, Wang Lang Road
    Siriraj, Bangkok Noi, Siriraj Hospital
    Bangkok 10700
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 419 2600
    Other:
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    Jim Thompson House
    Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jim’s art collection 16/12/2017
    • Interesting; 1hr max 16/12/2017
    • Jim Thompson House
    Address:
    6, Soi Kasem San 2, Rama 1 Road
    Wang Mai, Pathum Wan
    Bangkok 10330
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 216 7368
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • As this is a working temple, you will need to observe the strict dress code. No shorts or uncovered shoulders. They will provide wraps to cover yourself.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see! 16/12/2017
    • Lovely Rainey trip 16/12/2017
    • Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    Address:
    2 Sanamchai Road.
    Grand Palace, Pranakorn
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 226 0335
    Price range:
    US$ 0 - US$ 0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Verandah at Mandarin Oriental
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 7,967 restaurants in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breakfast with a view 11/12/2017
    • Location, location 10/12/2017
    • The Verandah at Mandarin Oriental
    Address:
    48 Oriental Avenue
    Mandarin Oriental
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 659 9000
    Price range:
    US$ 18 - US$ 61
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 00:30
    Other:
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    Airport Rail Link
    Taxis & Shuttles
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    WhiskeyGirlDublin Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Try to get the express trains
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 89 Transportation in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quick cheap and easy 16/12/2017
    • Save time and safe 14/12/2017
    • Airport Rail Link
    Phone:
    +66 2 308 5600
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