Bangkok, The City of Angels
Bangkok, also known as "Krungthep" [กรุงเทพ] which means 'the City of Angels', was ranked as the best city in
the world in 2008 by "Travel and Leisure Magazine". Bangkok is famous for its temples, the Grand Palace, some
of Asia's largest shopping malls and Asia's largest outdoor weekend market (Chatuchak). All sites can easily be
reached by Skytrain (BTS) or Underground (MRT). Bangkok is highly appreciated for its wide selection of restaurants,
everything from authentic street-side eateries to a number of fine dining establishments. In addition, Bangkok has
probably the best nightlife in Asia. The wide choice of accommodation, from high end international hotels to guesthouses
meets the demands of every traveler. For relaxation, Bangkok offers plenty of Spas and wellness centers as well as medical
facilities of high Western standards.
Silom Road (ถนน สีลม)
was for many years the main business district of Bangkok before Sukhumvit was intensely
developed into what it is today. Connecting Rama 4 Road on the East with
Charoenkrung Road (Riverside) on the West, Silom Road runs parallel to and in between
Sathorn and Suriwongse Road. In addition of being the center of banking as well as gems
and jewelry trading in the city, Silom Road is also known for the night market Patpong,
which aside of the souvenirs stands has numerous of bars, pubs and restaurants of all fares.
It is easy to reach by Skytrain (BTS) on its upper part.
Sukhumvit Road (ถนน สุขุมวิท)
is Bangkok main commercial road. Sukhumvit is considered more and more as the center
of the modern Bangkok. Id stretches from Rama 1 Road in the West and it is one of
the longest roads in Thailand. Most of the time though, Sukhumvit Road refers to
the more central area between Rama IV Road and New Petchburi Road in the North.
It provides an intricate combination of intimate restaurants, hotels,
up-market shopping malls, numerous tailor shops and buzzing nightly markets
popping up on the pavement.
has developed considerably over recent years. Many upper-end apartment buildings
have been completed. Due to its proximity and easy access to the main business areas
of Silom, Siam, Sukhumvit and Riverside, it is a very convenient residential area.
Separated into two parallel roads (Sathorn North and Sathorn South) by the former waterway,
it is the only grand boulevard of Bangkok, with futuristic corporate as well as
stunning up market residential buildings and some of the most stylish hotels.
Siam Square (สยามแสควร์)
is absolutely a must-see for visitors of Bangkok. Here is Siam Center, Siam Discovery
and Siam Paragon, one of Asia's largest and probably most luxurious shopping complex,
located. Across the road a myriad of small shops is to be discovered, ranging from homely
restaurants to gifts and fashion stores, all virtually a few steps away and connected
to MBK's electronic goods shops by an air-conditioned bridge. The BTS station Siam is
as well the interchange station between the Sukhumvit and Silom lines. In addition,
Siam Square is home to Bangkok's iconic Hard Rock Café.
The Riverside (ริเวอร์ไซต์)
area comprises both the East and West shores of Chao Praya River in Bangkok. In the past,
it was the center of trading with boats and barges coming from and going upcountry.
Early in the modern history of the city it became home the most legendary hotel in Bangkok,
The Mandarin Oriental. Today many of the finer hotels of the city, such as Hilton, Marriott,
Peninsula, Sheraton and Shangri-La are sharing the stunning view over the busy river.
The area is very easily accessible via Skytrain (BTS). Chao Praya River can be
explored either through regular boat services or via the private long tail boats
that are available to visitors through local operators at the main pier.
has everything you would expect of a China Town, with its lively markets, eateries,
gold and pawn shops in a labyrinth of main streets and crowded sub-sois.
The Giant Swing is in the center and with its vicinity to the Old City (Rattanakosin),
it is home of many old buildings and shop houses which have been passed down from
generations of tenants. China Town is definitely recommended to visit during
the Lunar New year as well as Vegetarian Festivals. The main access is through
either Yaowarat Road, by river boat or through Bangkok's main train station,
also referred to as Sukhumvit Soi 55, connects Sukhumvit Road in the South and
New Petchburi Road in the North. It has developed a lot in the recent years and
has become a sought after upper-end residential community with a wide selection
of restaurant of all origins, as well as coffee shops and design galleries.
In addition, Thonglor has a wide range of mini malls and great stores of
less mainstream goods than the counterparts in the Sukhumvit area. In any case,
Thonglor is worth a visit when visiting Bangkok.
Khao San Road (ถนน ข้าวสาร)
is located in the district Banglamphu, northwest of downtown Bangkok,
about one block from Chao Phraya River. Khao San is accessible by river boat
or taxi and it is the home away from home for numerous backpackers and
other travelers of all origins. There is a wide range of budget accommodations,
tattoo shops, internet cafes as well as some popular night spots. Plenty of
travel agencies are available for tours, excursions and also air ticketing.
Many companies have their own overland buses and minivans starting their journey
to all corners of the Kingdom directly from Khao San Road.
The Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang)
is a complex of buildings and palaces in the Dusit area. It is definitely one
of the most emblematic sightseeing to visit and an absolute must-see
when visiting Bangkok. It served as the official residence of the Kings
of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. The construction of the palace began in 1782,
during the reign of King Rama I when he moved the capital across the river from Thonburi
to Bangkok. The palace has been constantly expanded and many additional structures
have been added over time. The present King of Thailand, King Rama IX, however,
resides at the Chitralada Palace.
Rachadaphisek Road (ถนน รัชดาภิเษก)
is a North to South road, running from Rama 3 in the South all the way to Lard Prao
in the North. Rachadaphisek Road passes the Queen Sirikit Convention Center,
crosses Sukhumvit Road (and the Skytrain / BTS) in Asoke. It is followed by
the Underground (MRT) on most of its length. It is home to lots of entertainment
complexes and nightclubs, a wide selection of hotels, as well as some administration
buildings and embassies. Halfway through it, there is an area referred to as
RCA (Royal City Avenue) which is the re-emerging clubbing area of Bangkok.
a Bangkok visit simply would not be complete without going to Chatuchak Market
(also know as JJ Market or Weekend Market). It is the worlds largest weekend
market (about 1.2 square km) selling practically everything under the sun,
from the smallest nails, to foods, trendy fashions, antiques, advanced wooden carvings,
adorable dogs, colorful fishes in all colors and singing birds.
There are around 9,000 individual booths overflowing with every imaginable type
of wares to catch your fancy. The market can easily be reached by Skytrain (BTS )
or Underground train (MRT).
Chidlom Road (ถนน ชิดลม)
is basicallye the upper (West) part of Sukhumvit Road – between Rama 1 Road and the latter.
It is the beginning of the Skywalk (a bridge under the Skytrain / BTS, above the road) which
connects Central Chidlom with the Rajaprasong area over Central World Plaza to the Siam Square
area and ultimately the MBK shopping mall. Chidlom marks the Northern end of Lang Suan Road,
which has over the last decade become a demanded residential area in Bangkok’s city center.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport (ท่าอากาศยาน สุวรรณภูมิ)
covers an area of some 20,000 rais (8,000 acres). The new Bangkok international airport is
located about 20 km of on the east-bound Bangna-Trat Highway in Bang Phli District,
Samut Prakarn Province and is about 35 km from Bangkok Central Business District.
There are various access roads, the most convenient being via Rama 9 Road in the North East
or via Bangna in the South East of town, depending on the final destination.
Don Mueang Airport (ท่าอากาศยาน ดอนเมือง)
is one of Bangkok’s two international airports. Don Mueang Airport has been renovated and
reopened again in 2007. It is used for both domestic and international flights, mainly by
AirAsia and Nok Air carriers, aside of charter flights and private aircrafts. The IATA code
has been changed to DMK and it is very easily accessible via the elevated expressway over
Viphawadee Rangsit Road. Since there are only limited amount of flights,
the airport is very practical. There is also a railroad connection within walking distance
from the terminal, allowing travelers to commute very easily to Hua Lomphong main station.