Excursion

A MUST, IN BANGKOK

Landmark Temple

1. The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace located in the old city of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya river is one of the must see sites of Thailand. This complex is one of the most famous landmarks of the country and offers spectacular buildings and sacred sites.

Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small but famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

Dress Code: There are strict with dress code. The following items are prohibited: sleeveless shirts, vests, short top, see through tops, short hot pants or short pants, torn pants, tight pants, bike pants, mini skirts

Opening Hours: Daily 8.30 - 15:30 hr.

How to go: Na Phra Lan Road, Phranakorn (Rattanakosin)
By Chao Preaya River Boat to Tha Tien Pier

Website: https://www.royalgrandpalace.th/en/home

2. Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan (Wat Pho)

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – it’s a must-see for any first-time visitor to Bangkok. As one of the largest temple complexes in the city, it’s famed for its giant reclining Buddha that is 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf.

It’s an easy 10-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 don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex, making for a more relaxing experience. Wat Pho is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. It’s often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here.

Opening Hours: Daily 8.30 - 18.30 hr.

How to go: Maharat Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
By Chao Phraya River Boat to Tha Thien Pier
Or Mrt to Sanam Chai station.

Website: https://www.watpho.com/en#Page1

3. Wat Arun Ratchawararam

Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is a landmark temple on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya river. It’s easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location but also because the design is very different from the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (nicknamed the Temple of the Dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.

Opening Hours: Daily 8.00 - 17.30 hr.

How to go: Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Wat Pho, so it’s very easy to get to. From Saphan Taksin boat pier you can take a riverboat that stops at Pier 8. From here, a small shuttle boat takes you from one side of the river to the other.


Landmark

1. Museum Siam

Museum Siam is the first national discovery museum and a new age museum for today’s learning generation. It aims to provide a fresh, living museum experience by encouraging visitors to think and making them curious to learn and to question. Particularly, it focuses on the interaction between the exhibition and visitors since this will lead to endless new discoveries.

The Museum Siam strives to become a centre of learning for pleasure and create a new concept and image of the “Modern Museum” of Thailand that fosters opportunities in knowledge building and develops creativity and innovation outside school. It offers learning of Thai history with fun by allowing visitors to play interactively with cutting edge multi-media technology.

The Museum of Siam presents a permanent exhibition called “The Accounts of Thailand” featuring the long history of Thailand to enable visitors to realize and learn about the thousand-year-old riddles of Suvarnabhumi, the factors contributing to the golden era of Siam and the various conditions affecting it before becoming Thailand as it is today.

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00 hr.

How to go: 4 Sanamchai Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand Mrt to Sanam Chai Station.

Website: www.museumsiam.org

2. Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

The conceptual idea to express the exhibition of history, art, and culture is the key for visitors to feel and sense of its value. The important target group of visitors is youth, and that is the toughest quest of how to learn all of these effectively. Since the learning of history is the most boring topic for the youth or even others that is the reason why the need for modern technology in exhibitions is important. A new technology in collecting knowledge for the youth to learn history, art, and culture, will make them interested, ease of understand, and create proud of Thailand for the next generations.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, and Public holidays 10.00 - 19.00 hr.

How to go: 100 Ratchdamnoen Klang Rd. Bowonniwet Khet Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200

  • By Boat: Saen Saep Canal Speed boat (Sri-eam Temple - Panfah Leelat pier) by end of Pan-fah bridge and walk on the left side, the exhibition was located near Jedsada pavilion.
  • By MRT at Asoke station to connect with Saen-Saep ferry at Asoke Pier to Panfah Leelat pier - By BTS sky train, and connect with Saen-saep ferry at Hua-Chang Pier.
Website: www.nitasrattanakosin.com

3. Sea Life Ocean World Siam Paragon

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. Located 2 storeys below Siam Paragon shopping mall, it’s an aquatic wonderland the size of 3 Olympic pools with over 30,000 marine animals from across the world. For kids, a few hours spent at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is as educational as it is exhilarating and memorable.

Opening Hours: Daily, 10.00 – 21.00 hr.

How to go: B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon Building, 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand By Skytrain BTS to Siam Station

Website:

4. Art in Paradise Bangkok

Art in Paradise Bangkok at Esplanade Shopping Mall offers fun photo ops through surrealistic and 3D paintings. Also called the Trickeye Museum or 3D Museum Bangkok, it’s popular among families, couples and groups looking to spend a few hours, especially on rainy days.
Art in Paradise Bangkok occupies the 4th floor of Esplanade Shopping Mall.

Opening Hours: Daily, 10.00 – 22.00 hr.

How to go: The Esplanade Mall, Ratchadapisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Mrt to Thai Cultural Center Station Eit 3

Website: https://www.artinparadise.biz/art-in-paradise-bangkok

5. Siam Niramit

Siam Niramit is a spectacular show in Bangkok that brilliantly captures Thailand's 7 centuries into a 90-minute production. With its rich history that reads like an epic novel, Thailand is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing Asian nations, replete with over 700 years of captivating culture, customs and traditions.

The Siam Niramit compound houses the Ratchada Theatre, a miniature Thai village, Sawasdee Restaurant and a souvenir shop all under one roof. It's decked out in contemporary Thai style, with small salas(gazebos) and sculptures of Kinnaree, a mythical winged creature prevalent in many Thai fables. Here you can also feed the elephants, listen to a ranad (Thai xylophone) band and take pictures with characters from the show

How to go: 19 Thiam Ruam Mit Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Thailand Cultural Centre. By MRT, you can alight at Thailand Cultural Centre Station, and take Exit 1.

Website: http://siamniramitbangkok.com

6. Jim Thomson House

Jim Thompson House is the former home of the late James H.W. Thompson, an American businessman who dedicated over 30 years of his life to reviving Thai silk in the 1950s. The lovely garden-enclosed compound sits on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal and houses 6 traditional Thai teakwood houses transported from Ayutthaya and Ban Krua Silk Village. It’s a museum and art centre showcasing Thompson’s collection of Asian antiques and Thai silk.

Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 – 18.00 hr.

How to go: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station Exit 1

Website: jimthompsonhouse.com


Dinner

1. Yaowarat

Chinatown is one of a few touristy areas in Bangkok that has not succumbed to a degree of urbanisation, retaining an undeveloped but nonetheless endearing format. Running along Yaowarat Road from Odeon Circle, the huge unmistakable and striking ceremonial Chinese gate marks the entrance.

A must do when in Bangkok is to venture down to Chinatown for food. Here you will find some of the city's best tasting and most reasonably priced fare. From the obscure (Birds nest soup) to the ostentatious (Shark Fin) there will be something to enlighten your taste buds and provide a feast for the eyes. The seafood is by far the best to be had in the city.

Must Try Food: https://aroimakmak.com/must-eat-yaowarat-chinatown/
http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/6-restaurants-chinatown.htm

Opening Hours: Daily except Monday night, streets stalls/Street food are not open.

How to go: Wat Mangkon MRT station
Yaowarat Road

2. Dinner Cruises at Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya Princess Cruise

A two-hour journey on the extravagant Chao Phraya Princess Cruise. Experience a sensation of luxury and romance. Each deck has its unique qualities and design. Dinner includes a wide selection of dishes ranging from Thai-styled to international foods, appetizers to main dishes to deserts served in a buffet fashion.

Departure: Every Day
Destination: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: Evening
Meal: International Buffet Dinner
https://www.asia-discovery.com/travel/bangkok/daytour/chao-phraya-princess.htm


Chaophraya Cruise - Dinner along Bangkok River

The Cruise presents variety of entertainment of Thai Arts and cultural performance with harmonious Thai classical dances and modern music. Served in buffet style with authentic Thai to International variety, Live band and professional singers string along as you dine.

https://www.asia-discovery.com/travel/bangkok/daytour/chaophraya-cruise.htm


Wan Fah Dinner Cruise Along Chao Phraya River

A high-class, luxury Thai-style boat restaurant with Thai-food, seafood, and beverage accompanied by Thai classical music. You will enjoy a pleasant atmosphere with our charming and friendly hospitable services.

Type of Food: Seafood, Thai and Vegetarian Set Menu
https://www.asia-discovery.com/travel/bangkok/daytour/wan-fah-dinner-cruise.htm
For more cruises see: https://www.asia-discovery.com/service/daytrip/bangkok-dinner-cruise.htm
Prices vary depending the seasons and pre-booking online are available.


Shopping in Bangkok

1. EmQuartier

The rich and famous of the world flock to Bangkok for the shopping experience of a lifetime at EmQuartier. Gardens and waterfalls decorate each of the different sections of the mall, making for an aesthetically pleasing experience as you stroll from one shop to the next. Speaking of shops, EmQuartier offers both high-end designer brands, such as Valentino, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo and Rolex, just to name a few, as well as top-tier, local companies. If you’re looking for more affordable stores like Zara and H&M, you’ll have to go to what feels like the out of the way to the top floors of the mall.

How to go: Take the Skytrain BTS to Phromphong station.

Open Hours: Daily, 10.00 – 22.00 hr.

Website: https://www.emquartier.co.th/en/

2. Siam Paragon

The definition of luxury, Siam Paragon houses high-end, designer brands almost exclusively. Chanel and Versace stores, Aston Martin and Ferrari showrooms, and everything in between, this extravagant megamall is a shopping spectacle that can’t be missed. Siam Paragon also boasts a 3,000 square meter (32,292 square foot) garden, a 40 meter (131 feet) man-made waterfall, a ferris wheel, and a VIP-treatment movie theatre, wherein guests can enjoy high-class meals from the comfort of a loveseat or even a bed, at what is known as one of the world’s most expensive movie theatres.

How to go: Take the Skytrain BTS to Siam station.

Open Hours: Daily, 10.00 – 22.00 hr.

Website: https://www.siamparagon.co.th

3. Icon Siam – Riverside Area

The newest and the “Mother of all malls” in Bangkok is the grand Icon Siam, which opened November 2018. The mall is beautifully located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River that runs through the city.

How to go: Take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS Station and take the free Icon Siam ferry that takes you right to the mall

Opening hours: Daily, 10.00 – 22.00 hr.

Website: https://www.iconsiam.com/en

4. Asiatique – Riverside Area

Located at the riverbank of the Chao Phraya River is the fairly new riverfront market Asiatique which opened in 2012.

Asiatique is a great place to go shopping and dining and you will find both nice restaurants and fantastic Thai street food here. Asiatique is a combination of a night market but also a shopping mall as it has both indoor shops (in a renovated 100-year-old sawmill) and open-air stalls. Here you find a mix of Asian, American and European food and shopping (indoor and outdoor). Although Asiatique is an awesome place to head for shopping and dining, you can also enjoy some great entertainment and shows at Asiatique.

  • Calypso Cabaret Show
    Calypso Bangkok is a fantastic and fun cabaret show by stunning ladyboys with lots of dancing and music. Buy your tickets online here and get picked up at your hotel and returned to your hotel in the evening when you have finished your shopping. You can also choose to have dinner included in your ticket. Or buy the Calypso cabaret tickets only here(without the transport and dinner) to avoid the ticket line and to make sure you get a seat.
  • Muay Thai/ Thai Boxing
    Muay Thai Live is a spectacular, energetic, and action-filled Thai Boxing show. You get to see Muay Thai fights but also learn about the culture, history, and traditions of the sport. Buy your Muay Thai Live tickets online here (tickets only) and avoid the ticket line. Or buy Muay Thai tickets including transport to/ from Asiatique and your hotel.
  • Thai Puppet Theatre
    Joe Louis Thai Puppet Theatre is a lovely and fun traditional Thai puppet show. The puppets are beautifully decorated and the actors handling the puppets are very talented. Buy your Joe Louis Thai Puppet tickets online here to skip the ticket line and avoid being disappointed if it gets sold out.
  • Asiatique Sky
    A huge Paris wheel from where you have great views of Bangkok and the river.

How to go: Take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS Station (Exit 2) and walk down to the Central Pier of Chao Phraya River. Take the free Asiatique shuttle boat from Central Pier/ Sathorn. The boat departs every 15 minutes, from 16:00 (4 p.m.). Or you can take a taxi, tuk-tuk or Grab car to Asiatique.

Opening hours: Daily, 16.00 – 24.00 hr.

Website: http://www.asiatiquethailand.com

5. Central World

Central World opened in 2006 and is the sixth biggest shopping center in the world with eight floors. This is the ultimate Bangkok shopping mall.

The Groove at Central World

You will find the cozy Groove at the ground floor of Central World. Groove is a collection of cool atmospheric restaurants and pubs serving international food like Italian (pizza and pasta), Japanese sushi, and European. Groove is well worth to check out if you want to chill out and rest after your shopping, grab a beer or drink and have something to eat.

How to go: Take the Skytrain to Siam BTS Station or Chit Lom BTS Station

Open Hours: Daily, 10.00 - 22.00 hr.

Website: http://www.centralworld.co.th

6. Central Embassy

Central Embassy is Bangkok’s newest luxury mall located on the most exclusive intersection where the prestigious Wireless Road meets Ploenchit Road. Its grandeur is awe-inspiring, with contemporary architecture displaying influences of Thai art and culture whilst reflecting the cosmopolitan features of the country’s capitol. Shopping here is an experience in and of itself, with elite brand names that are the epitome of style and exclusivity. Boasting authentic global cuisines from around the world, Central Embassy possesses all the attractions of a modern luxury shopping destination.

How to go: Take the Skytrain BTS to Ploenchit station.

Open Hours: Daily, 10.00 – 22.00 hr.

Website: http://www.centralembassy.com/central-embassy/

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