Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Oct 2010
50-64 year old female
Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops,
Piers & Boardwalks
Flea & Street Markets,
City Tours, Walking Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Private Tours, Day Trips
Bodies of Water
Room Escape Games
Gift & Speciality Shops
Sacred & Religious Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites
Flea & Street Markets, Bodies of Water
Only on Saturday and Sundays, you can spend all day at this market if your feet can take it (and your internal temperature!). Its chaos. It's amazing. It's fun!! thousands of stalls, millions of shops, just only sort of organised into groups, youll never find the same one again, so if you see it...buy it. Bargain your head off. It's the cheapest market you'll find, and has everything from pets (which you sadly can't have) to clothes, food, souvenirs, home wares, ...it's mayhem.Many will say 'catch the skytrain' to Mochit station, we never did. We took a lovely cool taxi, right to the doorstep and again back home. For the money? Cheap. totally worth it not having to queue for the skytrain. Ask your concierge to get you a taxi (or tuk tuk). Bring some spare carry bags, and a backpack to make carrying easy. Take water, very comfy shoes, small change, and tons of it. Take advantage of the many food stalls there, coconut icecream - yum! There's a couple of cafes, but not many good luck finding one. There's maps at the front guards hut if you can find it. Otherwise just blunder your way around, it's as good a way as any. Queen Sirikit park is adjacent to this huge market, if you find you need a sit down and a break. if you're going in Rainy season, put a pair of thongs (slaps) in your backpack for when it rains. Or, like we did, buy a pair.
Such a different type of place - a great pier with interesting (but expensive shops), you can catch a longboat or ferry from here, which the kids will love. Or.....the reason I have it on my list - the Amulet market is just here, (with your back to the pier its down the road to your right) just outside down the road. Thais spread their wares on rugs on the ground or on card tables, and it's fascinating. Not your usual souvenirs but second hand, antique, bric a brac and religious goods. Amazing. Your teenagers (and you) will enjoy the different types of stuff for sale, rocks, pendants, buddhas, pens, toys, clothes, rings, watches...you'll find something to amaze you here, my teen boys loved it. Don't catch tuk tuks from here, it's right near the Grand Palace, which is just up the road, and it's VERY expensive to catch them. Just wander down a little further and catch one from there, or a taxi. Lots of carts with cold drinks, go to the bathroom before you go as I've not seen a toilet here, but a great hour or so meandering down this fascinating and very different market - Tha Chang Amulet market.
All teenagers love movies. The Paragon Cineplex has 2D, 3D and ...wait for it....4D movies!!! We go and see a 4D movie here.every time we're in Bangkok. 4D is either 2or3D but adds amazing sensory element...moving seats,..bumps, knocks, jiggles and tremors...in time with the action of the movie. It also has puffs of wind and breaths of air, sprays and drips of water (not too much) and scents. Its so much fun. For this reason there is usually only ONE movie at a time (the same one for a month I believe) and it's usually an action movie where they can add lots of 4D elements. If you choose a 3D movie to see in 4D, it's even better. We've seen a 2D (no glasses) and a 3D one (with glasses) in 4D and the 3D one was more fun. There's ticket machines in the court, or windows where you can buy it from the guy. Have a look at the online website for Paragon Cineplex. You'll be able to see what 4D movie they have on. There are multiple different 'types' of seats. Not just the location, but also the 'comfort level' etc. We always get the 'most expensive'. For another couple of dollars, it's still Waaaaay cheaper than here, in Sydney! Best seats? go for the really good ones. Platinum I think.
This place is a mecca for shoppers. (I don't think we've even scratched the surface), Typical Thai market, clothes, shoes, bags, sunglasses...but also a lot of regular shops, chemists, food shops eetc...which are by the side of the road and interesting to pop into. You can follow this market by staying on the main roads or, you can be brave and make your way into the 'block'...be prepared to get lost. Just head in a straight line and you'll eventually make your way out. I believe this market is well known for bulk purchases of clothing. Though we never bought in bulk, it's just a great place to amble through. Our teens enjoyed 'bags' of fresh fruit with skewers to pick the pieces up with. Lovely and fresh and in ice. Don't forget to look in the 'real' shops that are on the side of the road, we got some great 'neck rub' (like dencorub) and other stuff from a thai chemist. Fun!
The most fascinating shopping centre you'll ever see. Teenager heaven, (and pretty good for mum and dad too!) 7 stories, each story the size of 3 football fields. And each story dedicated to a certain category...souvenirs, clothing, food, technology...not to say they're all exactly in the right spots. But basically. For example, you could say 'most' of 4th floor is technology. My sons lived there. I loved the silks and clothes. The food court on the 5th floor and 6th floors are amazing. You can stay the whole day here, but take extra carry bags! I like to take those fold up fabric shopping bags, one can fit in your handbag or backpack. The Pathumwan Princess Hotel backs onto this amazing Mall. A beautiful hotel you might like to consider.!! Take a wallet full of money, you'll be shocked at how many things you want to buy. This Shopping Mall wins my vote for best mall on the planet. Kids, especially teens will love it. My teenage boys adored it, and got used to traversing the giant sections alone, meeting us at the entrance to the Pathumwan Princess Hotel (as it was easy to find) for lunch. Actually,we gave them both a local sim card for their phones, and we were in phone contact the whole time. Great food here, casual food for when you don't have time, or inclination to navigate the chaos outside. Great place to buy your friends and family gifts.
Wonderful, helpful, punctual, knowledgeable, comfortable,....what more could you want....oh yeah! CHEAP! Look up Absolute Bangkok Tours online for a great variety of wonderful tours. You can tweak them to suit yourself. You'll get an English speaking guide, water, cooling wiper, and airconditioned van to show you around. I can personally recommend the Wat Arun & Noi Canals tour. Absolutely wonderful. We've also been on the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, Floating Markets, Train Market tours with this company. Very very good.
A spectacularly good hotel, that backs onto the MBK shopping mall, a mecca for shoppers and heaven for teenagers. Great price, great food, great rooms, great breakfast, and a great location. Not much view, ....just a city view which my teenage boys love, but all the rest makes up for it. One of the best hotels in Bangkok.
You MUST go on a longboat ride on the river. There are multiple ways to do this but the easiest is to take a guide. Ask your concierge, or use Absolute Bangkok tours (listed elsewhere on this guide and online). They do wonderful trips through he small canals at the back of Bangkok. See how many Thais live, by the side of the canals. Take a drink and sit back while you zoom through the water and enjoy the cool breeze (for once!) in your hair. It's so super relaxing. These boats can take probably 6-8 people, We usually had 4 people in ours. They're very cheap.
If you like to experience different types of things on your holiday, then this might be fore you. My family, with two teenage boys , loved it. The Escape Hunt experience is a 'themed' mystery room. You get 'locked' in, with plenty of cryptic clues, and you have to solve the mystery. Easy to find (make sure you ask them for directions) The Escape Hunt is in the Interchange 21 building, in Soi Cowboy, a popular area, but not probably the very best for families. We caught the train there and found it easily. To book a 'game' you MUST book online, pay and confirm. They are very strict with times, you must be on time or you forfeit your game. This attraction is on my list of fun things to see due to its uniqueness. It was a lovely, cool change, clever in its design, and professional in it's presentation. We found the hostesses sensible, and the 1 hour we spent there really good fun. We didn't completely win the game, but we did pretty well. Definitely worth the entry fee.
An eye popping collection of gems and jewellery. This Jewellery shop is on my list of Must see attractions simply due to its jawdropping showroom. Every taxi driver knows where this is and it's easy to get to. The shop also has courtesy cars so if you decide that you may want to buy something later, they'll come and pick you up, and drop you back at your hotel again! Beware of tuk tuks and taxis that want to take you elsewhere prior to your visit, you may find yourself off course, and visiting 'uncle's shop. Back to the jewellery. The attraction, of course, are the gems. Even my teenage sons were gobsmacked by the size, colour and sparkling ostentation of these amazing creations. Thousands upon thousands of rings, earrings, necklaces, brooches, watches.....and magnificent tiaras, suites of jewellery...just astonishing. We saw emeralds the size of grapes! topaz like golf balls. You're not allowed to take photos, sadly, but spend an hour enjoying the jewellery. I chose not to buy from here... the prices were not any cheaper than Australia. I felt they were a little mmmm.....sneaky...? Pricy?? pushy?? and one ring I particularly liked, conveniently changed price. Up. Be firm, there are other, better cheaper places to buy, but no better places to look. It's amazing.
Yes, it's another temple. But a little different. Easy to find, and easy to make your way up and down, it's a pleasant, winding path up to the top. Not far, and not hard, unless you're very unfit, or unable to walk slightly up hill or upstairs. Enjoy the pretty gardens, orchids, little waterfalls and statues on the way up, teamed with bells and gongs you can ring. At the top a lovely view of Bankgkok, the highest in the olden days! and a lovely temple to look at. I love the golden stupa. Very pretty. The teens liked this one because it was nice and quick, different, had a view, a nice path, and a snack shop down the bottom where they bought Fanta. Easy to get taxi here. Remember to cover your shoulders ladies.
No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to the Grand Palace. Once the Royal Palace of the Thai King, he now resides on the coast in his old age. Generations of kings, however, have lived here, and have added temples to the complex over the centuries. They are truly magnificent, and the complex is a great place to visit on one of your first days in Bangkok, to give you some great photos and a taste of real Thai culture and history. You have many choices as to HOW you do this attraction. The simplest is just to go, by tuk tuk or taxi, and wander around, following the crowd. It's easy, there's a brochure to follow, and fun. OR take an organised tour with a guide who can tell you a bit about all the temples, statues and attractions inside. Whatever way you do it - take your camera. The eye popping gold will make beautiful photos, try to get some with your whole group. Most tourist would oblige. Take water, it's very hot there, and not a lot of breeze. They have very strict dress regulations, which people try to flout all the time, and fail. If you attempt to go in with short sleeves or short pants/skirt, you'll be told to hire a sarong or shirt. Easier to take your own. I took a light, long sleeved top to put over my t shirt, and a sarong to put over my shorts. That way, when I was finished, I could just take them off. Everyone loves the Grand Palace, it's glittering temples make wonderful snapshots, and are unlike anything else you'll see in the world.
If you choose only one temple to visit (other than the grand palace) I would suggest either this one, or Wat Po (the reclining Buddha). This temple, Wat Traimit, ticks the boxes with a family. It's easy to get to, quick to get into, and contains a very spectacular Buddha statue of 550 tons of solid gold. Not many people get to see that much gold in one spot! The teenagers loved it, got an iPhone full of photos and enjoyed the quirky story of how it became to be there. Not a long drawn out visit, it's also good for people who prefer not to be in temples forever.....like kids.
If you only have one day in Bangkok, I suggest you and your family enjoy Wat Arun. This amazing and fun temple sits on the river bank and is easily reached by road or river. Many tour companies do tours here, which we found easy and great fun. (I can endorse Absolute Bangkok as professional, nice, prompt and knowledgably...oh and cheap!). The teenagers loved this temple,and so did we. It's completely different in that you can climb up the outside of the temple, up steep stairs to the two levels above. The view is spectacular, and the feeling of height is wonderful. The climb is perfectly safe, and all walls strong and thick. You can't fall off,but just put Dad at the bottom of the queue to climb up. The complex contains more than just the Temple of Dawn, statues, gardens, wonderful Guardians at the entrance, bells, halls,...it's great. Take your water, it's hot down the bottom, but beautiful and cool and airy up the top. Take your time looking around the bottom, then take the steep but quick climb up. Enjoy level one then go again right to the 2nd level which is the highest you can go. What a view. The kids will love it, take your cameras and your time. When you're done, the Pier is right there.....take a fantastic long speedboat ride up the river. (We did this in conjunction with our tour, called a trip through the 'noi' canals.) My teens say the Temple of Dawn plus the speed longboat ride at the end was the highlight of their Bangkok stay. I'd say they're right.
The simple awe of seeing an enormous figure, in lustrous gold, reclining in such splendour is what makes this a must see. You don't have to stay for long, but the whole coplex is more than just the reclining Buddha. There's lovely halls, and statues and paintings. It's respectful to wear long sleeves and long pants, for ladies. Makes great photo opportunities if your family collect down the 'foot' end and someone takes your picture. Look at that inlay on the toes! make sure you point it out to the kids. No steep bits or steps, so great for less agile people. Close to the Grand Palace and Tha Chan Pier/Tha Chang Amulet market...so you can combine your visits if you have enough time.
This Restaurant is definitely on my list for families for umpteen reasons. First, the fanastic, unsurpassable view. Virtually ON the river, it's high enough (5 floors) but low enough to see everything...the river traffic, the party boats, the city and city lights, and the sunset. Second - the great fun dinner is enough to entertain kids so you can all enjoy yourselves out for a change! It's a barbeque but not as you know it. There's a pot of hot coals sunk into the table, over that goes a stainless dome with a donut shaped ring around it that soup goes in. The hostess puts fatty oil on the dome and you simultateously cook meat or fish on the top dome, while steaming or cooking your veges and noodles in the hot pot below, in the soup. Its sooo much fun. This is not an expensive restaurant, not super cheap but well worth the price. We found it surprisingly quiet ont he night we went. It's located in the Rivercity Shopping Complex, on the 5th floor which is reached by one elevator in the far right corner of the complex (as you walk in you can see a desk, just ask the girls). If you book, or alternatively are early enough, get a rail side table for the best view. Be aware that the servings may seem small....if you're American and eat giant servings, then you'd better get rice too. Normally, you can get a couple of great platters of mixed raw meat and vegetables to cook, ask for some noodles, maybe rice, and eat all that plus then the beautiful soup it has created. More than enough. Oh, and they have great beer. The view is simply amazing, the most relaxing, pleasant, yummy and fun dinner your family will have in Bangkok.
You know, there's a lot of misinformation about cruises on the Chao Praya river. With Teenagers I didn't want Thai Food,...(though I personally would have preferred it). I wanted a more international buffet style. The Grand Pearl Cruise fit the bill perfectly. I suggest you book online so you can get transport to the terminal. (be aware the traffic is usually awful at this time of evening so make plenty of time if you're travelling across town). AFter a bit of queueing and fiddling, you'll be shown to your table. When booking, I suggest you take the best possible seats, don't buy the cheapest. You can request seats, and we suggest you request open air seats. The view of the riverbank and city from the deck is really beautiful. The food is fairly average, you're not on a 5* restaurant, you're on a 5* boat. The food is really only 3 star, which we didn't mind at all because it suited the kids just fine and had a sensible price. Kids happy, parents happy. Take your camera ...the view of The Temple of Dawn, all lit up is really lovely, and the big bridge too. The cruise is about 1.5 hours long, up and down from pier to bridge and back again. we loved it. As long as you're not looking for perfect 5* food, and are satisfied with just buffet food, then your family will love this. Very relaxing and a great 'special night'.
This is the restaurant that Mum and Dad go to (without the kids) just one night for a special dinner. part of the Mandarin Oriental, you'll enjoy many courses of truly divine Thai food and a Thai Dance spectacular that you won't forget. It's unbelievably good value and you can book online. (Take the kids if you must, but it's very upmarket and really a lovely romantic place). Get the kids some takeaway just this one night and treat yourself.
Find it tough feeding the kids? fussy teenagers? are they always incommunicado? Take them all to an MK Suki Restaurant for dinner. There's one in the MBK Centre (Mah Boon Krong shopping Centre in Pathumwan), not sure where else, google it. These great restaurants are kind of 'fast food' without the fast food. It's fast but super good for you! Busy, but you won't notice, you'll be having too much fun. When you get your table, you get a massive menu that's a bit tricky to decipher. Don't ....look at the photos instead. We order a giant plate of veges and noodles, then multiple plates of super thinly sliced meats and seafood. You have a hot pot in the middle of the table with soup in it. You get utensils for dipping your raw food into the broth and cook it in a few seconds. You can adjust the heat up and down if it boils too rapidly. You get multiple sauces, and enjoy the clean, fresh food and the wonderful soup at the end. You can order (or point at it in the menu as not many of the girls speak English) rice, noodles or extra dishes when you run out. The drinks here are fantastic. You get a sort of sweet cold tea for free, but go for one of the mango or coconut juices. They're fab! Because it's so interactive, you'll all enjoy this. Even the grunting teenagers. Probably not for kids under 10 as a bit too tricky to do theirs as well as yours. And cheap?? sooo cheap. heaps of fun.
This is not so much of a restaurant, as a café. A milk café??? There's one in the MBK shopping centre, but it's a chain, so probably elsewhere too. Ibelieve very popular. If you're wanting milk, go here. Custard? go here. But it's real attraction is the strange soft puffy bread with flavoured custardy sweet dip. Very desserty, and delicious. Our very favourite however, were the little milk pudding, or jelly, that is so cheap and a lovely sweet dessert, especially for little kids, they'd love it. It's pretty cheap here so you can just go buy a few things and try them. Takeaway or in one of the few chairs they have in the café.
On the 5th floor of the jaw dropping MBK Shopping Centre, this great food court is a self contained affair. AS you go in you each receive a type of credit card. After finding your table, each person can wander around and look at the dozens of different types of cuisines - Thai, Mexican, chinese, seafood, Japanese, indian, Vietnamese, etc etc....even hamburgers or chips. You choose your dish, (there's pictures or plastic examples) and when you order you hand over your credit card which is debited for the amount. You do the same for the drink, and then wait around for it to be prepared and your number to be called. Then enjoy. Our teens loved this, to shop for themselves with a card, buy what they fancied. When we were all congregated back at the table, we all enjoyed seeing what eachother had purchased. On exit, you hand the various cards over to the cashier who adds themn all up and you pay as one. Clever.!
You can't really go to Thailand without visiting a floating market, and while this isnt' strictly IN Bangkok, if you have 3 days, make this one of your attractions. I suggest you get a guide to take you on a long tailed speedboat as the trip through the canals is really marvellous. A great way to do it is to take a tour to the Maeklong Train Market first (where the train drives right through the middle of the market), then you get the longtailed speedboat from there. A lovely 1/2 hour ride takes you to the markets. Spend an hour or two there, not so much for the tourist stalls...they're pretty much just souvenirs, and you've seen those everywhere..right? but more for the food you can buy both on the boats and in the bench type restaurants. Yummy! Banana crepes! Look for the guys with huge snakes. You can have a 'cuddle' for 5 minutes for a fee, and that makes for awesome pictures! there's also some ladies with cute slow lorrises...they're like super fluffy, big eyed possums/monkey. So cute!! And take photos and video. It's a real sight seeing the boats floating up and down and ladies selling their wares. Don't take any notice of the 'must be there by 8am' garbage. We went around 11.00am and it was probably better that it wasn't so crowded but there was still plenty to see.