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    What to do in Bangkok?

    Well it looks like I've been coerced by the GF into visiting Bangkok from HCM in the next couple of months. It seems no other LOS destination is to be considered...apparently.
    I've had a bit of a look through this section but nothing seems to have much info on sightseeing in the area? Probably just a hopeless seach by me and if so, feel free to point me in the right direction.

    Anyway, as I haven't been there for ages (and only once before now anyway) I thought I'd ask BM's for their recommendations and opinions on the best attractions and sights to see if you were a first timer and wanting to fill in four or five days - non P4P wise. I have that covered unless there is a very special not to be missed establishment people know about?

    I will be staying close to the BTS on Soi33 so hopefully that helps with getting around a bit.

    I guess I should say that I'm over temples. I'm sure shopping will be made compulsory but that can be one day/evening at MBK/Emporium or wherever (I hope) and other than that I'm looking for any entertaining or sightseeing suggestions.

    Last time I somehow found a long boat trip through the water suburbs which I enjoyed very much and would do that again and I'm pretty much up for anything other than the aforementioned temples. Quad bikes, elephant tours etc, whatever is around I would be grateful to hear opinions.

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    I list a few sightseeing places in this guide/TR:
    Bangkok: King's Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho

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    to me, the best thing you can do is take in different parts of the city
    read about the different parts and just choose one to walk around in for the day
    -Chinatown
    -the little enclave over by the water near Shangri-la hotel
    -the canal area by all the govt buildings close to the Palace
    -take walks in Lumpini Park
    -hang out at Queens Park right by soi 33 in the late afternoon
    -cool areas in Sathorn behind the Marriott Residences on Sathorn Rd, soi 3

    all of that is Bangkok, to me

    even over by Soi 33, in the back sois from 33 to 21 there are all these winding streets with cool little pubs, restaurants



    (actually i am quite fond of the place!!)

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    The Ancient City | Ancient City , and while you are in the neighborhood, go to Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo, The World's largest Crocodile Farm.

    A dinner here is also worth it..Ruen Mallika Royal Thai Cuisine

    And as Paulie say, check around the sois in the back.. Loads of nice restaurants and pubs...

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    Red Skay bar at the Centara grand is pretty cool. We arrived at around 4pm and drinks were 2 for 1 so it wasn't overly expensive. It's a great place to watch the sun go down:

    Red Sky | Centara Grand at CentralWorld

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    Its a quit ok restaurant up in Bayoke Sky also... Book a table around 6 in the evening, and you have a nice view up there over the sunset...

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    Thanks for the input gents. I never really took the time to walk around and see any areas last trip like I often do in HCM.

    That's as good a place as any to start and sounds like a few good restaurant options as well.

    PS Also made a rookie error and I'm staying Sukhumvit 15 not Soi 33...Freudian slip? Surprised I didn't say Cowboy...
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    The river cruise is a great way to relax and another idea is the "Follow Me" escorted bicycle tour through the back streets

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    Another fancy hotel bar is the Lebua in Silom, http://www.lebua.com/sky-bar I didn't make it on the last trip but looks very nice. Chutuchak market at the weekends is well worth a trip too.It's near enough to MRT and BTS stations but depending on what you intend buying you may be better off with a car.

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    You could go protest I believe the are stating to hot up.555
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    Another fancy hotel bar is the Lebua in Silom, http://www.lebua.com/sky-bar I didn't make it on the last trip but looks very nice. .
    complete tourist trap
    barely any room to have a drink at the bar with everyone snapping photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer View Post
    Thanks for the input gents. I never really took the time to walk around and see any areas last trip like I often do in HCM.

    That's as good a place as any to start and sounds like a few good restaurant options as well.

    PS Also made a rookie error and I'm staying Sukhumvit 15 not Soi 33...Freudian slip? Surprised I didn't say Cowboy...
    Sorry you've lost me, whats wrong with Soi 15? It's a pretty residential and hotel Soi, nothing wrong with it at all. Soi 33 is a shadow of it former self

    I don't see where the rookie error is

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    555 no the rookie error was getting a bit overexcited about p4p areas and posting that address instead. I'm happy with Soi 15 for accom...incidentally anyone heard any issues with Dream Hotel at all?

    I've heard Soi 33 is no longer a destination. Sad really that another one is going. As long as Cowboy continues and the block beside Emporium stays open I'll have more than enough to occupy what little time I have to spend at these establishments this trip.

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    I liked the zoo, live chicks fed to snakes isn't something you'll see in too many places.
    assuming she's asian there may be some Buddha/temple stuf she wants to see - ask!
    Some kind of river trip is a must.
    Sunday brunch is a few of the top end hotels is pretty impressive.
    Dr BJ's - for tuition ....
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