Travelogue: Bangkok, Thailand – Places to Visit

I’m so sorry for the long and overdue post! 😦 Let’s not waste time and start looking into recommendation below. First, I always believe it is best to ask what is the purpose of this trip? Are you a shopaholic, foodie or you love sight-seeing?

You definitely need to plan your trip well. Here are some of the places you should visit 🙂

1. Bangkok Dream World

Dream World is perfect if you are travelling with your kids. Enjoy every single shows and rides in its four themed land of dreams. I’m sure you and family will be able to experience the spectacular atmosphere of the big amusement park! Don’t worry, there are linked paths, legendary castles and more.

If you are not driving, best to hire a taxi for a day. Otherwise it will be a little hard to get a taxi back to city. 😦

Do visit the website to check on entrance prices. Best to get it online or it will be a long queue to get in!

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http://www.dreamworld.co.th/en/index.php
Packages range from 1200-1300 THB per person
Thanyaburi (via Taxi)
Daily (10am-5pm)

2. Bangkok National Museum

Thailand is indeed rich with culture. There are many museums in Bangkok which you may want to consider visiting! One of them is definitely Bangkok National Museum. There, you will be able to learn the language, culture, musicals and more. It exhibit some of the strangest collections you can imagine. Be sure to allow enough time for your visit. I remember the last time I went, it took me approx. 4 hours to cover the whole museum. (I do cheap and skip some. LOL!)

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Entrance fee costs less than 200 THB per person (Sorry! I can’t remember! 😦 )
Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace (via Taxi)
Wednesday-Sunday (9am-4pm)

3. Calypso Cabaret Show

There are many of such shows in Bangkok. This I recommend! 😉

Calypso Cabaret Show at Asiatique welcomes you the warmest. Show is in different languages and cultures. Believe it or not, those pretty ladies are actually ladyboys! They sure can walk and dance in heels!

Amazing!

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Details
http://www.calypsocabaret.com/
Packages range from 900-1500 THB per person (w/o dinner)
Asiatique (BTS – Saphan Taksin: Exit 2 and transfer via Asiatique Shuttle Boat)
Twice daily (20.15pm & 21.45pm)

4. Madame Tussauds Bangkok

If you’ve never been to a wax museum, do consider this! With 10 exhibit rooms decked out in real-life teams, you will feel like you’re back to the future!
Those wax sure looked real! Not every time you can take a photo with Brat Pitt! LOL.

Remember to take photo with every single wax!

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https://www.madametussauds.com/Bangkok/en/
Entrance fees from 680 THB per person
Siam Discovery Center (BTS – Siam)
Daily (10am-9pm)

5. Mansion 7

Mansion 7 is a theme mall. It is dark and creepy. Definitely not for those with weak heart. Mall is not big at all! I would actually suggest you to go for the Dark Mansion. I heard quite a few great review on it. Unfortunately I’m not that brave for that. 😦

If horror is not your thing, don’t bother going! it will be a waste of time 😉

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Entrance fee to Dark Mansion costs 300 THB per person (30mins)
Ratchadapisek Soi 14 (MRT – Huay Kwang)
Daily (12pm-12am)

6. Above Eleven

Above Eleven is one of the popular rooftop bar in Bangkok. It offers a spectacular experience for many. Standing on 32nd floor, you will be able to see ‘Bangkok’. Impressive!

Delicious food and drink, you will definitely enjoy your dinner!
Nothing is better than looking down at the traffic whilst enjoying the breeze, drink in hand. 🙂

Don’t forget to make your reservation!

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http://www.aboveeleven.com/
Fraser Suites, Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS – Nana)
Daily (6pm-2am)

7. Yana Restaurant

A must visit everything you are in Bangkok! The best halal thai food! Yummy! I recommend you to try their Tom yam! I’m definitely not a foodie but this, you have to try! 😉

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MBK Center – Siam (BTS – National Stadium)
Daily (10am-8pm)

8. Somerset Lake Point Bangkok

Last but not least, accommodation. I’ve never tried other hotels. Probably because I fell in love with this apartment, the first time I came. Apartment was so complete that I couldn’t ask for more. It is complete with washing machine and dryer. I usually bring two sets of clothing and wash it there. (I need those spaces in my luggage, you know! LOL)

Not mentioning the swimming pool and jacuzzi. What I love the most is the service! Those staffs are the best!

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http://www.somerset.com/en/index.html
Sukhumvit Soi 16 (BTS – Asok)

I really hope above did help some of you who are still deciding. I totally understand that feeling when you are still unsure with holiday details. Panic!

Don’t worry, take a deep breath and go je. LOL!

Cheers,
Shama Sani

Travelogue: Bangkok, Thailand – Shopping

Bangkok; a land of smiles. I mean it. 🙂 Bangkok, capital city of Thailand, is a bustling city filled with street food, temples, tuk-tuk, markets and also shopping. It is normal for one to feel unsafe in a new place however after spending a few days there, trust me, I definitely felt safe and welcomed by every single one. That explains the 4 trips till date. I bet that’s not the end! LOL!

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Unlike Singapore, Bangkok may appear dirty and scary. But hey, that’s Bangkok! I have always loved the warm Thai culture and how unique it is in its own way. The first trip was an eye-opener. On the first night we arrived, the boys decided to show us the real Bangkok. They brought us to the red-light district. It is full of clubs. Girls, boy and transvestite everywhere. Trust me, that’s scary! I only see those on Google -.-

Barrio-rojo-BangkokPhoto courtesy of http://en.vietnamitasenmadrid.com/

But of course, I love the shopping more 😉

From MBK to Central World Plaza, Bangkok completes every taste, style and prices. You will definitely be spoiled for choice! From modern and air-conditioned shopping complex to bustling hot markets, most of the shopping complexes are easily accessible via efficient Skytrain (BTS) system. Just don’t forget to wear comfortably! NEVER forget your shopping bag too!

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1. Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Also known as Jatujak or JJ Market, Chatuchak is the biggest market in Bangkok. It is so big that you will need at least 2 full days to complete it. The market sells a wide range of products for both female and male. This includes fashion, footwear, accessories, household and more. They sell pets and food too! As the name suggest, it is only open on weekends. That explains the crowd. If you hate crowd, this is definitely not for you! HUMAN TRAFFIC! I suggest you to wear light clothing due to the hot weather. Don’t forget to bring water and a lot of shopping bags! That’s the trick to lesser plastic bags in hand! 😉 You can find a lot of souvenirs to buy back! The best thing of all, you are free to bargain. If you are luck, I’m sure you will be able to get a lot of stuffs at its cheapest. Don’t leave without trying their Coconut Ice Cream! Yummy!

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Chatuchak Weekend Market (BTS – Mo Chit / MRT Kamphaeng Phet or Chatuchak Park)
Weekends (Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm)


2. MBK Center

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If you are allergic to the sun, you can always opt for MBK (Ma Boon Khrong). This well known shopping centre sells almost the same stuffs as Chatuchak. However don’t expect same price or bargain freedom. The fact that it is a shopping centre with air-con, you don’t expect cheaper price, do you? You can get almost everything here too! The thing I like most about MBK is the way shops are placed. It is so systematic that each level sells a specific product or range. Like one level sells fashion, the other sells IT & mobiles, another sells snacks & tidbits etc.

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Siam (BTS – National Stadium)
Daily (10am-8pm)


3.  The Platinum Fashion Mall

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Also known as the wholesale shopping centre, it matters if you purchase 1, 2 or more. The more you buy, the cheaper the price. Unfortunately, there is no fitting rooms. Hence you better know your size. Don’t worry, they provide measuring tapes if you are unsure! 🙂 For those wearing US6 and above, I suggest you not to waste your time browsing. Many of the stuffs cater to small sizes.

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Pratunam (via Taxi)
Daily (9am-8pm)


4. CentreWorld Plaza

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Believe it or not, CentralWorld is one of the biggest shopping complex in the world. It is a modern shopping complex with Isetan and Zen department stores. You can also find world-class stores such as Zara, Miss Sixty and Uniqlo. If Narayana is in your to-buy-list, you might want to visit the boutique here! It may be a little crowded but it’s big enough for you to get all the stuffs 🙂

If you are lucky, you may see performance or activities on the big CentralWorld Square 🙂

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Pratunam (via Taxi)
Daily (10am-10pm)


5. Siam Paragon

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Another famous modern shopping complex is Siam Paragon. If you are looking for designer brands, you are definitely at the right place! You name it, they have it all! From Hermes to Versace, Chanel, Burberry etc. Don’t forget to bring your Credit Card! 😉

Along the stretch is Siam Center and Siam Discovery!

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Siam (BTS – Siam)
Daily (10am-10pm)


6. Asiatique, The Riverfront

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Asiatique is one of the popular night market you should not skip! It is spacious, beautiful and a great place to shop. It carries an interesting range of items. Definitely a must to go for tourists! They do have Calypso Show or Muay Thai Live for you to enjoy too! I’m sure you will appreciate the design and architecture. Oh, don’t forget to try the restaurants too! Yummy!

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Asiatique (BTS – Saphan Taksin: Exit 2 and transfer via Asiatique Shuttle Boat)
Daily (5pm-12am)


Despite the places I mentioned above, I’ve yet to complete the whole Bangkok. There are many more shopping centres that I did not visit such as Ratchada, Amarin Plaza etc.

Do look out for my next entry for more activities you can do in Bangkok! 🙂