TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter One: Bangkok Overview 5
  • Bangkok in Focus 6
  • A Brief History of Bangkok 9
  • Thailand’s Religion, People, and Culture 12
  • Chapter Two: Travel Essentials 15
  • Visa and Passport Requirements 16
  • Seasons in Bangkok 30
  • Chapter Three: Getting In and Around Bangkok 33
  • Getting In Bangkok 34
  • Getting Around Bangkok 36
  • Chapter Four: Best Accommodation Districts 41
  • 1. Chinatown District 42
  • 2. Khao San District 45
  • 3. Ko Rattanakosin District 47
  • 4. Phra Phradaeng District 49
  • 5. Silom District 51
  • 6. Thonburi District 53
  • 7. Victory Monument 55
  • 8. Sukhumvit District 57
  • 9. Nana and Asoke 59
  • 10. Siam Square 61
  • Chapter Five: Best Dining Places 64
  • 1. Double Dogs Tea House 65
  • 2. Khao Phra Ram Long Song Mae Akarawan 67
  • 3. Adhere the 13th Blues Bar 68
  • 4. Nai Soey Beef Noodles 70
  • 5. Nuttaporn Ice Cream 71
  • 6. Krua Muang Ling 73
  • 7. Gallery Drip Coffee 75
  • 8. Baan Paa Jazz 76
  • 9. Boat Noodles at Victory Monument 78
  • 10. Phetchaburi Soi 10 79
  • Chapter Six: Best Shopping Malls 82
  • 1. Siam Paragon 83
  • 2. Chatuchak Weekend Market 85
  • 3. Asiatique The Riverfront 87
  • 4. Central World 89
  • 5. Terminal 21 91
  • 6. MBK Center 92
  • 7. EmQuartier 94
  • 8. Siam Discovery 96
  • 9. Platinum Fashion Mall 98
  • 10. Pantip Plaza 100
  • Chapter Seven: Best Tourist Spots 103
  • 1. The Royal Grand Palace 105
  • 2. Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) 108
  • 3. Floating Markets 110
  • 4. The Bangkok National Museum 113
  • 5. Dusit Palace Bangkok 115
  • 6. The Giant Swing 117
  • 7. Lak Meuang (City Pillar) 119
  • 8. Sanam Luang Park 121
  • 9. Royal Barges Nation (Thonburi Museum) 122
  • 10. Banglamphu District 124
  • Chapter Eight: Best Temples in Bangkok 126
  • 1. Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha) 127
  • 2. Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit 129
  • 3. Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) 131
  • 4. Wat Ratchanatdaram 133
  • 5. Wat Suthat 134
  • 6. Wat Bowonniwet Vihara 136
  • 7. Wat Benchamabophit 138
  • 8. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat 139
  • 9. Wat Traimit 140
  • 10. Wat Rakang (Temple of Bells) 142
  • Chapter Nine: Best Nightlife Scene 145
  • 1. Khao San Road 146
  • 2. Sukhumvit and Asoke Area 149
  • 3. Royal City Avenue (RCA) 151
  • 4. Thong Lo 154
  • 5. Sukhumvit and Ekkamai Area 157
  • 6. Patpong Go – Go Bars 160
  • 7. Baiyoke Sky Restaurant 162
  • 8. Cruise the Chao Phraya River 163
  • 9. Siam Niramit Show 165
  • 10. Muay Thai Boxing Night 166
  • Chapter Ten: Off – Beaten Path in Bangkok 169
  • 1. Bangkok Khlongs 170
  • 2. Jim Thompson House 172
  • 3. Bangkok Flower Market 174
  • 4. Rod Fai Market (Train Market) 176
  • 5. Samut Prakan’s Erawan Museum 178
  • 6. The Royal Thai Air Force Museum 180
  • 7. Bangkok Forensic Museum 182
  • 8. Papaya Vintage Shop 184
  • 9. The Phallus Shrine 186
  • 10. Rama IX Park 187
  • Quick Travel Guide 190
  • 1. Bangkok Quick Facts 191
  • 2. Transportation 191
  • 3. Travel Essentials 192
  • Bangkok Highlights 194
  • PHOTO REFERENCES 201
  • REFERENCES 212

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