We crossed the border of Thailand after our Siem Riep escapade. On our 8 hour bus trip to its capital city, Bangkok, you will normally pass houses with banners -declaring their love for the King Adulyadej Bhumibol, the longest reigning monarch who passed away last October 2016.
Most tourists visit the city during Songkran if not for the thriving Beauty, Sex, Shopping and Food tourism. In our 16 hour stay, we decided to go on a more conservative itinerary in terms of our already exhausted budgets (after travelling from three different cities).
Here are the 5 Activities you can do in Bangkok if you are only staying for 16 hours.
1.) Eat at Farang
We arrived in the city very hungry! We did not care if the classy restaurant that we entered will charge as much. Anyways, the princess of Thailand once did the ribbon cutting for this restaurant. We are still very lucky and enjoyed the food.
2.) Staycation near the Airport
The place was very cozy and away from the beeps of the city. Booking a hotel near the suburb and the airport is very wise especially if you want to have some good rest without spending on 5-star hotels. We just booked an uber for our short trip to the night markets, museums, and institutions we visited.
3.) Eat Streetfood
Most street stalls in Bangkok are regulated by the government. It is safe and delicious to eat the foods. We had some grilled sauges, pork barbecue, spicy pork with basil, spicy fish, and iced milk coffee and milk tea!
4.) Visit some government establishments (a museum, institute of foreign affairs, and a university)
Since this is an academic field trip, we visited some government establishments which gave us a wider perspective on the Thai society. They value their people basing it on the offices that we have visited- Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Thailand’s Foreign Service Institute and Chulalongkorn University.
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Sawasdee! Thailand’s capital for over 200 years, Bangkok offers the international traveller a fascinating, sometimes chaotic rush of sensory stimulation- exotic sights, world-class shopping, super spas, and splendid cuisine, plus a complex of state-of-the-art public transport.
Local time. GMT +7 hours. Thailand follows the Western 12-month calendar. Year designation, however may be based on either the Gregorian or Buddhist calendar. Religious and seasonal ceremonies are based on the lunar calendar.
Languages. Thai is the national language. Various regional dialects are also spoken. English is understood in Bangkok and major cities.
Thai names and spelling. As there is no standard for the Romanized spelling of Thai names and words, a variety of spellings may be encountered. In most cases, either a phonetic spelling or direct transliteration is used, resulting in silent “h”s and “r”s and thus Thai street and place names may appear with a number of spellings.
Business hours. The private sector generally observes a Monday to Friday 9:00am-7:00pm workday. There are, however, exceptions to this and it is recommended that you call in advance to check.
Currency Exchange. Available at most tourist destinations, shopping plazas, and hotels. Hours of operation vary.
Banks. Generally, full service branches are open Monday to Friday 8:30am-3:30pm (Saturday and Sunday for Chatuchak Weekend Market branches); micro-branches, found in department stores and shopping centers and which offer fewer services, are open 10:00am-8:00pm.
International Phone Calls. For operator-assisted calls dial: 100
For direct calls dial: 100 + country code+ city code+phone number
Low-cost rates dial: 009+country code+city code+phone number
Domestic calls dial: city code (Bangkok: 02) + phone number
Electricity: Thailand uses 220 Volts AC (50 cycles)
Places of Worship
1.) Erawan Shrine- Conspicously loacated in front of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, this highly revered shrine was erected in 1956. Legend has it that the Lord Brahma employs his omnidirectional gaze to watch over and protect the mortal and immortal worlds. Offerings to the Lord Brahma Shrine: An offering set includes 16 Incense sticks along with 4 each candles, flower garlands and sheets of gold leaf.
2,) Trimurati Shrine- Located at the Sprawling Central World Shopping Complex, The Trimurati shrine consists of 3 pillars representing the Hindu gods- Brahma, Vishnu, Shivu. Offerings to the Trimurati Shrine: Red flowers, candles, and incense.
3.) Ganesh Shrine- Also residing at Central World shopping complex, a shrine to the elephant god Ganesh sits within sight of the Trimurati Shrine. Ganesh is said to bring success and protection from harm to his worshippers. Offerings to Ganesh: Fresh flower garlands, bananas and fresh stalks or juice of sugarcane.
4.) Goddess Lakahmi Statue- The Goddess Lakahmi Statue is located on the 4th floor of Gaysorn Plaza. Lakahmi is believed to be the wife of the god Vishnu, and is regarded as the patron deity of Wealth. Offerings to Goddess Lakahmi: Coins or other symbols of wealth, as well as Lotus blossoms and fresh stalks or juice of sugarcane.
5.) Narayana Statue- Known as the God of Mercy, the Lord Narayana shrine can be found in front of the InterContinental Hotel. Lord Narayana helps to protect businesses of devotees from evil spirits. Offerings to Lord Narayana: Yellow items, such as fresh Marigold garlands or certain Thai desserts and local textiles.
6.) Indra Statue– Located at Amarin Plaza, Lord Indra, known as the guardian of the Buddhist religion and the caretaker of universal goodness, has a fondness for sacred elephants. Offerings to Lord Indra: Small elephant figurines or fresh Marigold garlands.
Bangkok Shortlist for Sightseeing
1.) Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)- The Temple of Dawn is one of Bangkok’s most spectacular sights of Bangkok, especially during sunset. Open daily: 8:30am-5:00pm
2.) Wat Benchama Bophit (Marble Temple)- One of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok built of Italian marble and known as the “Marble Temple”. Open daily: 8:30am-5:00pm
3.) Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)- Regarding as the most sacred temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew is located within the area of the Grand Palace. It is here where the statue of the emerald Buddha is housed. When visiting the temple, appropriate dress is necessary. Open daily: 8:30am-5:00pm
4.) Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)- Also known as Wat Phra Chettuphon is a home to the famous Reclining Buddha. It is also a place where traditional Thai massage has been taught and practiced until today. Open daily: 9:00am-5:00pm
5.) Erawan Shrine- Located in front of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, the shrine houses the four-faced brahma God or Tao Mahaprom, who is full of full kindness, mercy, sympathy and impartiality, the place is crowded days and nights with worshippers who pray for good fortune. Open daily: 8:00am-7:00pm
6.) The Grand Palace- Located at the heart of Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon District, the Grand Palace has been the royal residence of the Kings of Siam since 1700s. The architectural details of the palace are graciously site to visit. Appropriate dress code is compulsory. Open daily 8:30am-3:30pm
7.) Wiman Mek Palace- With such a beautiful name, Wimanmek Palace means “The Palace in the Clouds” is located in the Dusit Palace complex. This palace is pieced together from golden teak without a single nail and houses fine and rare pieces of antique collection. Open daily 8:30am-4:30pm
8.) National Museum- Located on Na Phrathat Road next to the Sanam Luang, the National Museum is where Thai cultural heritages, art pieces and archaeological objects are preserved in the Palace of Wang Na compound near the Grand Palace. Open daily: 9:00am-4:00pm (except Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays)
9.) Chatuchak Weekend Market- One of the world’s largest and famous flea markets. There are the widest selection of merchandise await the genuine shoppers here from decor items, exotic Thai handicrafts, religious artifacts to fashion clothing, leather goods, flowers, foods and even live animals. Strongly recommended for browsing around and practicing your bargaining abilities. Open only on weekends!
10.) Floating Market- Thaling Chan- Not very far from Bangkok is a famous Thaling Chan Floating Market where you can enjoy Thai Way of life where people selling foods, produces and stuffs on boats along Chak Phra Canal. What a sight to see! Open only on weekends!
11.) Pratunam Market- A 24/7 busy street right in the heart of Bangkok, Pratunam District next to the Rajprasong Area is always jam-packed with shopping complexes for wholesale fashions, street stall and peddlers who sell from foods, fruits, clothing, souvenirs to all goodies at bargaining prices. If you love to shop, this is definitely not a place to be missed!
12.) Patpong Night Bazaar- Shopping never ends in Bangkok. As night drawn, the fun starts at patpong where hundreds of street stalls for clothing, souvenirs, leather goods, jewelries and more conquered the area as well as pubs and bars await you to experience.
13.) Khao San Road- Famous among foreign backpackers for its cheap but safe accommodations, Khao San Road is also popular among locals and visitors for its fun and exciting night time activities. Countless bars, clubs, coffee shops, street vendors for foods and merchandise are right here at this mall street. Shouldn’t miss it for the world!
Upon visitng Thailand, tourists dream of going out and about experiencing beautiful temples and historical sites, lie down on stunning beaches, or taste local delicacies, but metropolitan city Bangkok is also a place not to be missed if you happen to love shopping.
14.) Central World- is located in the heart of Bangkok’s cosmopolitan Rajprasong area. It’s Thailand’s largest yet one-stop shopping complex, Central World offers more than 500 leading brand boutiques, over 100 restaurants and coffee shop that cater international sumptuous cuisines and a 15-screen world class cinema. Right in CentralWorld is ZEN, Thailand’s cutting edge lifestyle trend megastore and a hub of alternative fashions from world-class edgy brands like Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, RedValentino, Lee, Levi’s and more, plus famous local designer brands. On top of these 7 levels of shopping paradise, ZEN is well known for its spectacular rooftop dining & entertainment paradise with the most breathtaking 360 panorama views under HEAVEN Bangkok’s 3 unique concepts: HORIZONS Mixologist, Wine & Craft Beer Bars, HORIZONS Lounge Panorama and ZENSE Gourmet Deck with 6 acclaimed restaurants; Thai, Japanese, Indian, Italian, European, & Patisserie.
15.) Central Chidlom- Only 5 minutes walk from Central World along the way to Chidlom is Central Chidlom. It is Thailand’s premier one-stop shopping destination featuring world-class brand from haute couture fashion designers, famous Thai local designers, leading cosmetic and beauty products, children’s wear to luxury home decor and exotic Thai handicrafts. Central Chidlom also caters shoppers with a variety of sumptous international cuisines at FoodLoft, an open-kitchen dining venue located on the top floor as well as large supermarket with the finest selection of foods and fresh food products for everyone.
16.) Central Embassy- Connected to Central Chidlom via sky-bridge is Asia’s new iconic retail landmark and a new definition of the world of luxury, Central Embassy. Situated in the most prestigious location of Bangkok, Central Embassy is located right in the intersection of Sukhumvit and Wireless road serving by two BTS sky train stations- Chitlom and Ploenchit, allowing for ease of travel for shoppers. Central Embassy offers the diverse merchandise mix incorporating world-renowned brands and top-notch local brands in the iconic architectural and interior design both in the retail center and the 30-storey six-star Park Hyatt Bangkok. While browsing around, customers will be able to enjoy a variety of sumptous cuisines froms tylish and internationally acclaimed restaurants. Central Embassy is a place to be for style-savvy shoppers, creative consumers, and opinion leaders who search for delightful and pleasurable moments in life.
Bangkok’s Listing Guide- Hotels
A One Bangkok Hotel
Altea Regency Park Bangkok Hotel
Amari Boulevard Hotel
Amari Watergate Hotel
Anantara Bangkok Sathorn
Atrium Bangkok Hotel
Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Bandara Suites Hotel
Bangkok City Inn
Bangkok Palace Hotel
Bangkok Rama Hotel
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel
Century Park Hotel
Chatrium Residence Sathorn Bangkok
Chaydon Sathorn Hotel
China Town Hotel
City Lodge Hotel
CMYK Ratchada Hotel
Courtyard Marriot Bangkok Hotel
Crowne Plaza Bangkok
Dusit Thani Hotel
Eastin Bangkok Hotel
Eastin Grand Sathorn
Eastin Lakeside Hotel
Forum Park Hotel
Four Seasons Bangkok Hote
Fourpoints by Sheraton Bangkok
Fraser Suits Sukhumvit
Furama Silom Hotel
Galleria 10 Hotel
Golden Tulip Mandison- Suite
Golden Tulip Sovereign Bangkok
Grand Busines Inn
Grand China Princess Hotel
Grand Diamond Plaza Suites Hotel
Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel
Grand Mercure Hotel
Grand Millenium Sukhumvit
Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok
Grand Tower Inn Rama VI
Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
Holiday Inn Bangkok Ploenchit
Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Silom BKK Hotel
Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22
Hotel Royal Bangkok @Chinatown
Imm Fusion Sukhumvit
Imperial Queen Park Bangkok
Indra Regent Hotel
JW Marriot Bangkok Hotel
Karnmanee Palace Hotel
La Residence Hotel
Landmark Bangkok Hotel
Le Fenix Sukhumvit
Lub d Hotel
Ma Du Zi Hotel
Majestic Grande Hotel
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Manhattan Bangkok Hotel
Mida City Resort
Miracle Grand Convention Hotel
Montien Riverside Hotel
Montien Surawong Hotel
Mystic Palace rooms in Bangkok
Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom
Novotel Bangkok Impact
Novotel Bangna Hotel
Novotel Lotus Hotel
Novotel Siam Square
Oriental Residence Bangkok
Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok
Pathumwan Princess Hotel
Phachara Suites Bangkok
Plaza Athenee Hotel
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
Pullman Hotel & Resorts
Rama Garden Hotel
Ramada D’ma Bangkok
Ramada Encore Bangkok
Ramada Plaza Maenam Riverside Hotel
Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Riva Surya Bangkok
Royal Benja Hotel
Royal City Hotel
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
Salil Hotel I
Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit
Siam City Hotel
Siam Kempenski Hotel
Siam Design Hotel and Spa
Silom Serene Hotel
Silq Bangkok Hotel
Sivatel Bangkok Hotel
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Sofitel So Bangkok
Sol Twin Towers Hotel
Somerset Lake Point
St. James Hotel
St. Regis Bangkok
Summit Windmill Golf Residence
Swiss Lodge Hotel
Swissotel Le Concorde Hotel Bangkok
Swissotel Nai Lert Pak Bangkok
Take a Nap
Thai Cozy House
The AETAS Bangkok
The Aetas Lumpini
The Davis Bangkok Hotel
The Emerald Hotel
The Four Wing Hotel Bangkok
The Heritage Baan Silom
The Mini Hotel
The Okura Prestige
The Park Hotel
The Regent Royal Place 2
The Royal Place 1
The Royal River Hotel
The Siam Heritage
The Tawana Bangkok
The Tivoli Hotel
Trang Hotel Bangkok
Triple Two Silom Hotel
Urban Age Hostel
Winsor Suites Hotel
Ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchada
Bangkok’s Listing Guide- Shopping Centers
Central Silom Complex
Bangkok’s Listing Guide- Hospitals
Bangkok International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital
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Hi, I enjoyed your posts about your cross border study tour.
Thank you Margaret. Hope to see you soon. 🙂
You have a talent for giving travel advice!
Great suggestions, which I hope to refer to some day. Thanks for visiting and liking Delayed Reaction.
Thanks for this post 🙂
I’ve been to Thailand. Loved it – especially the food! Sad about their king. Hope they find a good new one.
Great to know about the street food, thanks for the advice!
Thanks for reading my blog!
I hadn’t realised that the street stalls are regulated by the government! Perhaps that explains why they ALL seem so hygienic and delicious. What was your favourite part of Bangkok?