THE GRAND PALACE
Location: On the right before entering the Emerald Buddha Temple
Under the royal command of King Rama to relocate the city from Thonburi to the eastern side of the Chao Phraya, the Grand
, constructed as the administration centre of Rattanakosin monarchs, -as the same plan as Ayuthaya's Palace, close to the river and faces the north, with three Courts—Outer; Central and Inner. Chakri Mahaprasat and Dusit Mahaprasat are the significant Throne Halls other than a number of royal household.
WAT PHRASRI RATTANASASDARAM OR WAT PHRA KAEO
Location: Outer Court, east of the Grand Palace
Built in 1782 when Rattanakosin was established, Wat Phrasri Rattanasasdaram or Wat Phra Kaeo is royal chapel of the same model as that of Ayuthaya's Wat Phra Sri Sanphet to house the Emerald Buddha Image.
Location: Defense Ministry, Thanon Sanam Chai by the Emerald Buddha Temple
The white European buildings that lie along the road are the Defense Ministry, the front and the sides of which are made into an outdoor museum displaying 40 classic artilleries in sets according to their ages ranging from Ayuthaya, Thonburi and Rattanakosin with signs telling names and histories. Also exhibited here are French-made cannons. Open daily with no admission fees. Inquiry: Call 0 2226 3814.
PHANAKORN NATIONAL MUSEUM
Lcation: Thanon Na Phradhatu, Thammasat University side. Originally was attanakosin's King Rama IV's private
the establishment of "Museum for the Grand Palace and relocated to the 3 thrones Palace. In the reign of King Rama VII all the buildings were made into "Museum for the
City" consisting of 3 sections - Thailand History; Thai Arts and Archeology; Fine arts and Ethnology. Some thrones are recognized as a prototype of the outstanding and
elegant Early Rattanakosin. Open daily from Wednesday-Sunday at 20 baht/Thai and 40 baht/foreigner. Inside photography is not allowed. Inquiry : Call 0-2224-1370
SILPA PHEERASRI MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Location: Thanon Na Phradhatu next to the Fine Arts Department
Silpa Pheerasri or Professor Corrada Feroci, an Italian sculptor working for Thai Fine Arts Department in the reign of King Ram VI, was later changed nationality to avoid being called for a prisoner of war after Italy's defeat in VVVVII. Prof. Silpa was appointed Dean of Silapakorn's Sculpture Faculty and created a number of monuments. The Museum preserves the same settings as when he was alive and displays his works as well as other national and temporary well-known artists.
Open daily from Monday - Friday between 09.00 - 16.00 hours with no admission fees. Inquiry: Call 0 2223 6162
THANON KHAO SAN
Location: Khao San Rd. that cuts from Chakrapong Rd. to Tanao Rd. by Chanasongkram Police Station
Well-known and mostly visited by toursts, Thanon Khao San is in Bang Lamphoo area—an old community developed from a gardener village in Ayuthaya. Originally a
market for rice grains, it was so called Khao
This place's become popular with lowcost accommodations; food shops as well as
THANON PHRA AR-THIT
Location: Thanon Phra Ar-thit by the Chao Phraya River
Originally was a community as long as the city establishment, this area is the center of administration, art and ulture with old palaces, courtier's residence and homes of commoners. Interesting are:
Porn Phra Sumeru built in the reign of King Rama I along the City's outer wall to the Chao Phraya altogether 14 forts with only 2 Phra Sumeru and Mahakal remain.
Baan Chao Phraya originally was the palace of Prince Sathit Damrongsawat, son of King Pinklao and later made into Office of the Police Department before Prince Karob requested a grant for house and land it was then called "Wang Phra Ong Chao Kamrob"
Baan Phra Ar-thit or "Goethe"—a structure of Thai – German style originally was a palace or a courtier in the reign of King Rama V-VII and made into a meeting place of art-lovers before become an office of a private company. A lot of Lamphoo trees were plenty here it was so called Bang Lamphoo.
WAT RAJNADDARAM WARAWIHAN
Location: Near Mahakal Fort next to Jetsadabodin Pavillion by Phanfa Lila Bridge
Built under the royal command of King Rama Ill in dedication to his prince niece Somanas, the temple has a number of significant monuments including the Ubosot enshrining copper cast of the Principle Buddha image. In the west is where the Loha Prasat—the first and only one in Thailand and one of the World's three Metal Castles of this kind.
Open daily for the temple visit between 09.00-20.00 hours, and between 09.00-17.00 hours for the Ubosot.
WAT PHRA CHETUPHON WIMONMANKALARAM RAJAMAHAWIHAN OR WAT PHO
Location: At the rear of the Grand Palace, Thanon Sanamchai, Phranakom DistrictBuilt under the royal command of King Rama I together with the Grand Palace, this is Thailand's most significant first class monastery. Wat Pho is also recognized as the first university in Thailand as it collects records of various branches of knowledge since King Rama Ill. The temple has 99 chedis--the largest number of pagodas in Thailand. Also found here is the rishi or hermit statues in 24 positions of massage sciences that make Wat Pho famous in this field.
HAT THEPWARARAM RAJAWARAMAHAWIHAN
Location: Thanon Bamrungmuang opposite the Office of Bangkok Administration Authority, Phranakorn District Established under the royal command of Rattanakosin's King Rama I with original name Wat Mahasuthavas, the temple—later renamed by King Rama Ill Wat Suthat Thepwararam—is one of the six significant monasteries of Thailand and recognized as best-planned structure. Enshrined in the vihara is the beautiful Buddha image in the Attitude of subduing Mara Phra Sri Sakaya Muni.
Open daily for the temple visit between 08.30-21.00 hours and between 09.00-16.00 hours for the Ubosot.
WAT RAJABOPH IT SATH ITMAHASIMARAM RAJAWARAWI HAN
Location: Thanon Fuengnakorn, Si-kak Phraya-si JunctionBuilt under the royal command of Rattanakosin's King Rama V as the 1st monastery after accession to the throne, Wat Rajabophit Sathitmahasimaram Rajawarawihan is outstanding for its well- planned and magnificent construction arts with its Ubosot of Thai-style on the outside whereas the inside is decorated in western style.
Open daily for the temple visit from 05.00 - 20.00 hours and between 17.30-18.00 hours for the Ubosot.
Location: In front of Wat Mahadhatu Yawarajrangsarit between the Grand Palace and Bovornsathanmonkala PalaceOriginally called Tung Phra Meru as it was used as a royal crematory place until the reign of King Rama IV who renamed it to Sanam Luang, the ground is presently used for royal events such as First Ploughing Ceremony; Bangkok Bicentennial Celebration; Golden Jubilee; and cremations of members of royal family.
Location: Thanon Siriphong at the rear of Wet Suthat Thepwararam Rajawarawihan
Originally was a site for a prison called "Capital Penalty Division or New Jail" and renamed "Bangkok Special Prison"The Department of Corrections later moved the prison away and had Romaneenat Park built meaning "Garden of the Queen Supporter" in honor of HM Queen Sirikit on her 5th cycle birthday. Outstanding are the Sculpture of Bronze Conch" in the fountain and the Corrections Museum—the four buildings exhibiting penalty equipment and the development of the Department of Corrections other than multi-purpose ground for exercise and jogging.
Open daily admissions free between 05.0020.00 hours.
Location: Where Charoenkrung Rd. meets Rajini Road, further opposite the Grand Palace
Originally was:a royal park in Saranrom Palace—a residence for the royal family and overseas guests in the reign of King Rama V, and a venue for winter fair in King Rama VI's reign, Suan Saranrom has interesting monuments including the Memorial of King Rama V's beloved Queen Sunatha and Princess Daughter Kannabhorn Pethcharat in the southern center; the old Chinese-styled Shrine of Chao Mae Takianthong in the north; and the Plant School, etc.
Open daily admissions free between 05.00-20.00 hours. From here is possible to walk to the Artillery Museum at the Ministry of Defense.
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Location: In front of Wat Suthat Thepwarararn RajawaramahawihanThis is the giant poles in red with a beautifully carved rack standing 21 meters high on a 10.50-meter diameter huge stone base. The giant swing is used in Bhramin ritual rite in welcoming one of the supreme Hindo God Isawara.
Location: Thanon Pracha-U-this, Tung Kru District
Originally was an orchard and developed into Bangmod Plan Nursery, this over 63 rai land was a public park by Phraya Mahaisawan in B.E. 2511 and renamed it Suan Thonburirom with a collection of various plants; viewpoint pavilions; health garden and youth traffic garden. Open daily between 05.00-20.00 hours.
THE DEMOCRACY MONUMENT
Location: Rajadamnoen Kiang Rd.
Built in 1939 to commemorate the Change from Absolute Monarchy to Democracy Monarchy on June 24, 1932 (B.E. 2475), this monument has representations as follows:
- 24-meter high Ridges represent the date of Change.
- 3 meter- high Tray represents Legislative; Administrative and Justice
- 75 cannons represents the year B.E.2475
- High relief on the Ridge Base represents the preparation of the Activators
- 6 swords represent Sovereign; Internal Peace; Freedom: Coequality; Econoy and Education
SCIENCE CENTER FOR EDUCATION (PLANETARIUM)
Location: Sukhumvit Road, Kong Toey
The Science Center for Education was built in 1962 by the Ministry of Education as a place for studying geography, sciences and astronomy. It is made up of 6 main learning centers—Bangkok Planetarium; Sciences and Technology; Underwater World; Nature and Environment; and Health Sciences. Also available is Science Mobile Unit, Creativitiy Center Building with regular demonstration programs. Open for the public during Tuesday-Sunday, it is accessible by BTS, at Ekkamai Station. Inquiry: Call 0 2391 0544, 0 2392 0508 or www.sci-educ.nfe.go.th
Location: Sukhumvit Road between Soi 2224, Klong Toey
This 29-rai Park was built after the relocation of the Meteorological Department
to Bangna-Trad Road as the location is considered not ideal for weather predictions. It was named Benchasiri and dedicated to HM
the Queen on the occasion 60th birthday anniversary in 1992.
Outstanding is the arrangement of plants that reveals 70% of the sky beauty. Its 20% area made into a water park serves the public with flood relief as it helps keep rainfall before regular drainage. Also interesting are the 18 sculptures; musical fountain; Buddha Teaching and Music in the Park. Open daily between 05.00-21.00 hours.
QUEEN SIRIKIT NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER
Location: Ratchadabhisek Road, Klong Toey
With an area of 65,000 square meters and over 4 multi-purpose modern buildings well-equipped with facilities to accommodate over 10,000 people accessible to the doorsteps by subway, this convention center serves as a national venue for recognizable events in Thailand.
Built to serve the 46th World Bank and International Monetary Fund Meeting during October 1-15, 1991, Queen Sirikit National convention center was named after HM the Queen with its grand opening presided over by Their Majesties on August 29, 1991.
The Center is made up of Zone A, B, C, and D, the surrounding of which is decorated with arts and crafts from all regions of Thailand.
Inquiry: Call 0 2229 3001 or www.gsncc. co.th
JATUCHAK PARK AND WEEKEND MARKET
Location: Thanon Kamphaengphet 1 and 2
Originally was at Sanam Luang before relocated to the land connected to the Jatuchak Park donated by State Railway of Thailand in 1982 called "Taladnat Phaholyothin" and renamed "Jatuchak Weekend Market" to present, it is made up of 27 projects in 69 lanes with interesting goods wholesales and retails from clothes; food; home decorations; pets to antiques; with a new dimension of air-conditioned weekend market J.J. Mall.
Open daily (some shops) and most lively on Saturday-Sunday and public holiday. Inquiry: Call 0 2980 2094, 0 2980 0575, 08 1445 1686.
SUAN VACHIRABENJATAS (RAILWAY PARK)
Location: Thanon Kamphaengphet 3 near the Children Discovery Museum, JatuchakDistrictOriginally was a railway golf course, the park was highly given an auspicious name Suan Vachirabenjatas on the occasion of the 50th birthday anniversary of HRH Crown Prince on July 28, B.E. 2002. This medium-sized park, created upon "Family Garden" concept has a 3,020 meters long bicycle lane or cycling, walking or jogging. Access to other sights such as Suan Sirikit; Suan Jatuchak and Children Discovery Museum are possible from here. Open between 05.00-21.00 hours.
THE STATE RAILWAY HALL OF FAME
Location: North of Jatuchak Park by Kamphaengphet 3 Rd. Originally was the train museum and later made into the State Railway Hall of Fame, this single storey high-ceiling building shows history of the railway in Thailand; innovations of Thai inventors; and King Rama V's intelligence.
Open on Saturday and Sunday between 07.00-12.00 hours. Group visit please contact Khun Chulasiri Wiriyasiri Call 081615 5776. Access to the Railway Park Watchara Benchathat is possible from here.
BANGKOK CHILDREN DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Location: Queen Sirikit Park opposite Jatuchak Park
Built in 2000 on a 5-rai land under the royal command of HM Queen Sirit, this is Thailand's and SEA's first Children Museum made up of 4 buildings of child-centered exhibitions.
Also found here are Nature Learning Building; Activity Ground; Entertainment Ground; Adventure Tower, Water Garden and Pyramid Web with Food Center behind.
Open Monday – Friday between 09.0017.00 hour and Saturday and Sunday between 10.00-18.00 hours. Admissions are 50 baht for 2-14 years old and 50 for adults. Children under 2; monks; novices; and handicapped are free. Details are available at www.bkkchildrenmuseum.com.
Location: Soi Suanploo
The 5-rai land in the business area of Sathon Tai is home of Thailand's significant philosopher and the late Prime Minister Mom Rajawong Kukrit Pramoj. The home is made up of two typical Thai houses preserved as if the owner was still alive. The first house keeps history and work of M.R. Kukrit while the second displays his belongings and collections. Open daily between 10.00- 17.00 hours.
Inquiry: Call 0 2286 8185, 0 2286 3907.
WAT ZAI AND TALADNAM WAT ZAI
Location: Soi Ekkamai 23, Ekkachai Road, Bang Khuntian, Jomthong District
Wat Zai is an old monastery of Ayuthaya Period renovated in the reigns of King Rama IV and V Interesting is the Thai-styled structure Tamnak Thong with beautiful door panels that houses a Chinese-styled wooden bed.
Visitors to Wat Zai may enjoy the easy setting and shopping at the floating market. Taladnam Wat Zai is made up of typical buildings with shops selling souvenirs and fruit.
BOATING ALONG KLONG PHASICHAROEN
Location: Bangkae DistrictThe digging work started in King Rama IV's time and completed in the reign of King Rama V, Phasicharoen canal is another main water route with life on both sides that develops along with the city's growth. The boat trip goes along the branch canal starting from Bo Lha pier and ends at Klong Taweewattana.
Inquiry: Call Khun Phorn 08 4095 1740.
WAT BENJAMABOPHIT DUSITWANARAM RAJAWARAWIHAN
Location: Kwaeng Chitrada, Dusit District before the Government House on Rama V Rd. on the way to Rajadumnoen Boxing Stadium
Built in the reign of King Rama V as Dusit Palace's temple, Wat Benjamabophit has interesting monuments especially the ordination hall or Ubosot made of white marble from Italy with the replica of Phra Buddha Shinaraj as the Principle Buddha Image. Open dailiy from 08.30 - 17.30 hours.
VIMANMEK THRONE HALL
Location: In the vicinity of Dusit Palace, Rejavithee Rd., not far from Anantasamakom Throne Hall
Made of golden teakwood with a combination of western and applied Thai architectures, Vimanmek is the first permanent throne hall in Dusit Palace that still preserves the same classic setting especiallythe elegant state-room which is the most beautiful of all in Vimanmek Throne Hall.
ANANDA SAMAKOM THRONE HALL
Location: Thanon U-thong Nai, Dusit District in the rear of King Rama V Equestrian Statue near Ambhorn Park
Originally was a state-room to accommodate the royal visitors of Dusit Palace with the same name as one of the throne halls in the Grand Palace, Ananda Samakom is used for royal ceremonies and state events. Outstanding is its classical dome in the middle with 6 surrounding domes in decorations. On the ceiling are the exquisite paintings depicting Rattanakosin's King Rama I – VI.
Location: Rama V Rd., Dusit District near Sanam Suapa and Ananda Samakom Throne Hall
Suan Sat Dusit or Khao Din Wana is Thailand's first zoo covering a total area of 112 rai and 277 square wa. Originally was King Rama V's private park, the land was given t o make a zoo by King Rama VIII with rare wildlife to see. Open daily from 09.00 –18.00 hours.
THE GOLDEN MOUNT
Location: Thanon Chakraphatdiphong, Pakklong Mahanak
Originally was an old monastery in Ayuthaya Period named "Wat Sakae" and reestablished by King Rama I who renamed it "Wat Sraket" meaning "The Royal Head Wash" to signify this action after return to suppress the rebel in Thonburi.
Phookhao Thong or "Baroma Banphot" in the reign of King Rama Ill was a Prang and later renovated and transformed into a mountain with chedi on top encircled with a gallery. Interesting are:
Ubosot built in the reign of King Rama I with a mural painting depicting the Lord Buddha's 10 former lives; the pavilions of boundary stones in 8 directions; etc. Open diaily between 07.30-17.30hours.
Location: In front of Talingchan District Offict, Kwaeng Klong Chak PhraTaladnam Talingchan is a floating market in Thonburi area made up of a huge float where a number of local boats sell snacks and seasonal fruit from nearby orchards. A walk on the float will find shops that sell food; dessert; souvenirs as wells boating tour programs. Taladnam Talingchan is open on Saturday-Sunday only.
Location: Buddha Mondhon 4 and 3, Tawee Wattana District.Thanon Uttayarn or Ak-sa Road as called by the locals was built under the development project of Buddha Mondhon's surrounding area to link Buddha Mondhon 4 and 3 together. 90 meters wide and 3,861 long with 979 swan-design lamp posts, Thanon Uttayan was completed and officially open in 1999, recognized as one of Bangkok's most beautiful roads.
THAI ANCIENT CAT PARK
Location: Thanon Pinklao-Nakornchaisri between Buddhamondhon 3 and 4, Tawee Wattana DistrictCat-lovers should never miss to see the diamond-eyed Khao Manee of the Thai ancient cat family in the reign of King Rama V at Thai Ancient Cat Park. Apart from its beautiful body all in white, its eyes shall be of two colors--either emerald green-amber yellow or light blue-white.
Open daily between 10.00-16.00 hours, visitors may feed and play with cats at ease. Available for sales are only the hybrids of Khao Manee cat family.Inquiry: Call 08 9765 6697.
WAT SANTA CRUZ
Location: Near Santa Cruze School, Thonburi DistrictKing Taksin of Thonburi period gave the land for the Protuguese to build a church which later in the Rattanakosin's reign of King Rama III was established and renamed in Portuguese Wat Santa Cruz or Temple of the Great Crux, outstanding with its church —a one-storey structure of Italian architecture with a belfry dome in rectangular shape.
The surrounding area is made up of the priest's residence and a pavilion by the pier in western style. Wat Santa Cruz is the center of Christians in Thonburi area. Open daily between 05.30-08.30 hours.
ROYAL BARGE NATIONAL MUSEUM
Location: Footbridge of Saphan Aroon Amarin by Klong Bangkok Noi Originally was a dock that kept royal barge under the care of Royal Affairs Bureau and Royal Navy, damaged by bombardment during the World War II. In 1937, the repair work of the royal barge was assigned to the Fine Arts Department to be ready for the royal barge procession—a formation of fleet in accordance with the Battle Strategies. The dock, made into the Royal Barge National Museum in 1994, houses only 8 significant royal barges including equipments for the procession. Open daily between 9.00 – 17.00 hours, the admission fees are10 baht for Thais; 30 baht for foreigners and 100 baht for video taping. Letter requesting for permission is required in case of taking pictures for printing purposes.
Inquiry: Call 0 2424 0004.
WAT KRUAWAN WARAWI HAN
Location: Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok Yai District Originally was an old temple in Ayuthaya period, renovated and nominated as a royal monastery in Rattanakosin's King Rama III, Wat Kruawan is outstanding with its beautifully decorated ordination hall or Ubosot and the mural painting depicting the 500 lives of the Lord Buddha. The Principle Buddha Image has the same characteristics as that at Phra Pathom Chedi.
The Image Hall looks the same as the Ubosot.
WAT ARUN RAJAWARARAM RAJAWARAMAHAWIHAN
Location: Near the Navy Base, Arun Amarin Rd., Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai District Originally called Wat Makok, an old monastery of Ayuthaya period, it was renovated by King Taksin of Thonburi and renamed it Wat Jaeng. The temple was renovated again in the reign of Rattanakosin's King Rama II and King Rama IV who adjusted its name to Wat Arun Rajawararam.
Boating along the Chao Phraya is a highlight to admire Wat Arun. Open daily between 07.30 –17.30 hours.
JIM THOMPSON'S MUSEUM
Location: Soi Kasemsant 2, opposite Suphachalasai Stadium, Pathumwan District Nobody does not know Jim Thompson if they know Thai silk. This American first came to Thailand as a US armed force volunteer during WWII and returned to establish Thai silk business under the brand Jim Thompson. Having decided to permanently settle in Thailand, he bought 6 Thai-styled houses from Ayuthaya and relocated them in Bangkok by Saensab canal. These houses have been well preserved to remind people of him including dining room; living room; library; guest rooms and Jim Thompson's bedroom.
The Jim Thompson's Museum, established after his disappearance in Malaysia, has never faded away from the Thais' memory. Open daily between 09.00-16.30 hours.
Inquiry: Call 0 2216 7368.
Location: Rama IV Road, Patumwan District
Taking as long as 7 years between B.E. 2453 – 2549 to finish, this railway station has made a big change to the way of life of Thai people in communication to present. This terminal has all kinds of trains to serve, the tickets of which can be purchased online or at the station with 24 booths to facilitate. The huge and ample dome--completed with waiting space; food stalls; shops, bookstores and information center—is like a gateway into Bangkok.
Inquiry: Hua Lamphone Terminal 1690
WAT PATH U MWANARAM RAJAWARAWIHAN
Location: Rama I road, near Siam Paragon After a visit to the elegant Thai houses and Thai silk at Jim Thompson's Museum,Wat Pathumwanaram Rajawarawihan—an old monastery built under the royal command of King Rama IV for his Queen--is another nearby sight to see. Interesting are monuments including the ordination hall or Ubosot of Rattanakosin Style enshrining the Principle Buddha image in the Attitude of Subduing Mara; the pagoda or Chedi housing the marble replica of Buddha's Footprint; the marble Reclining Buddha image from Sri Lanka; the image hall or Vihara housing Buddha images from Laos; and the half-sided pagoda enshrining the reign I Buddha image.
SUAN PAKKAD PALACE'S MUSEUM
Location: Thanon Sri Ayuthaaya, Phayathai, Rajathewee District In the concrete jungle of Rajathewee stands the elegant Thai house Wang Suan Pakkad ,which originally was the lettuce growing area of the Chinese and purchased laterto build a palace by Prince Nakornsawan Sakpinit and his consort. The palace has been made into a museum consisting of 7 houses exhibiting ancient objects of pre-historic to Rattanakosin periods. Open daily between 09.00 - 16.00 hours.
Inquiry: Call 0 2245 0568, 0 2245 6368
Location: Rama IV road surrounded by Wireless Rd., Rajadumri Rd. and Soi Sarasin, Lumphini, Pathumwan District Originally called Tung Saladaeng, a private land of King Rama VI who made it into a public park with the given name Suan Lumphini to signify the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal. It is Thailand's first public park and people library. Accessible by subway, Suan Lumphini has different settings including a floating island; King Rama VI's Monument; Bell Tower; and so on.
SIAM SOCIETY UNDER THE ROYAL PATRONAGE
Location: Thanon Sukhumvit 22 Established in late reign of King Rama V as a charity organization to support education art and sciences in Thailand and neighboring countries, Siam Society has library; museum; publications and organizes lectures, conference, seminar, study trips and exhibitions. Interesting site is Ethnology Museum exhibits cultural features of ethnics such as Lanna and tribal people in northern Thailand. Siam Society is open daily admissions free from Tuesday – Saturday between 09.0017.00 hours. Inquiry: Call 0 2661 6470-77.
Location: Pratunam, Thanon Rajaprarop, Rajathevee District Baiyok is made up of 2 main buildings—the 43-floor Baiyok I and 85-floor Baiyok II standing 304 meters or 994 feet high as the tallest building in Thailand. Baiyok I is where 4- star hotel Baiyok Suite located while Baiyok II has Baiyok Sky starting from Floor 18 with two viewpoints on Floor 77 and 84 as its highlight. Inquiry: Baiyok Sky Hotel Call 0 2656 3555 or 0 2656 3666 or www.baiyokehotel.com.
KING RAMA IX PARK
Location: Thanon Chalerm Phrakiat Ro. Kao, Pravet District Built in dedication to HM the King on his 60th Birthday, this is Bangkok's largest public park and botanical garden. The 500 rai area is divided into 6 sections with the Garden of the Great King as the most significant to visit Rachamonkala Towen and Utayarn Maharaja. The Flora Glory Fair is held yearly between December 1.-10.
KLONG BANGKOK NOI
Location: Kwaeng Siriraj, Bangkok Noi District. In the old days, waterways were the Bangkokians' way of life and still remain part of it in spite of the rapid changes. This is also true for the locals of Thonburi with Bangkok Noi canal—dug under the royal command of Ayuthaya's King Chai Raja to shorten the travel distance. Today Klong Bangkok Noi still remains part of their way of life with arts and cultures including temples on both sides as in the past.
PAK KLONG TALAD
Location: About 100 meter away from the Memorial Bridge This is the wholesale and retail market place for domestic and overseas fresh fragrant flowers. Also available here are vegetables and fruit. It was named Pak Klong meaning the river mouth since Ayuthaya period when a lot of canals were dug in this area that used to be a huge fish market. There are a
lot of shops for made-to-order flower arrangement. Pak Klong Talad is crowded in the morning and evening especially during Valentine's and Teachers' Days.
Location: Thanon Klong-Widhayalongkorn Bangkhuntian-Seaside, Bangkhuntian District. Mangroves are formed by the tides at the junction between the fresh and salt waters from the ocean. Bangkokians can see one of them in Bangkhuntian—a district that stretches about 5 kilometers along the Gulf of Thailand. Boating to tour Bangkhuntian seaside is a highlighted activity to observe the fishermen way of life; admire the mangrove and fish- eater birds as well as taste fresh mouthwatering seafood.
Boat services are between 11.00-19.00 hours with the last return at 21.00 hours daily from Tuesday to Sunday at 50 baht/adult and 20 baht/kid. Inquiry: Bangkok Viewpoint Pier Call 08 1457 2517, 08 9898 3595 or www. bangkokseaview.com