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Avid Globetrotter: 24 Hours in Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, the largest city in the country with a population of approximately 11 million. It is one of Asia’s cosmopolitan cities with temples, palaces, canals, busy markets, a bustling nightlife amongst high rise buildings and traffic.

Since 1782, Bangkok has functioned as the spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center of Thailand.

Bangkok can be an assault on the senses upon arrival. You will definitely take notice of the heat, smell and noise if you have never been to one of Asia’s other mega cities.

Where to Eat Local Cuisine

Breakfast

  • The Lobby Lounge – Cafe, Thai, Deli, Veg Friendly – Refreshing libations, delightful light fare and a relaxed ambiance create a memorable experience.
  • The Kitchen Table – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Bangkok’s finest creations are served here with an a la carte menu alongside an international buffet offering limitless variety.

Lunch

  • Siam Tea Room – Local cuisine, Thai, Asian, Veg Friendly, Vegan Options – Where chefs are cooking dishes derived from Thailand’s lesser known countryside recipes and where we partner with local food growers that care as much about food as we do. We then look at how we balanced flavors and ingredients into a generous menu of the best dishes we cook well. These dishes are designed to be shared and enjoyed in local Thai tradition, where social, sustenance and sustainability working hand in hand.
  • Seasonal Tastes – Local cuisine, Thai, Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Lunch provides a diverse assortment of favorites, including a pizza-pasta buffet, salad bar, carving station, Thai and Japanese stations, and more.

Dinner

  • Thara Thong – Local cuisine, Thai, Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – authentic Bangkok fare in a grand traditional setting. Dine at charming floor seating and low tables beneath an ornate hand-carved teakwood pavilion with large, handsomely dressed windows.
  • The Family – Local cuisine, Thai, Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Some of the best curries in Bangkok, English speakers will assist you with any dietry needs, great service and local food.

Top 6 Tourist Spots

The Grand Palace

Opulent former royal residence & museum

Built in 1782, this ornate royal palace complex now houses a museum & is open to visitors. -Google

The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Sacred shrine with reclining Buddha

On the grounds of the Grand Palace, this sacred temple is renowned for its Emerald Buddha. -Google

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Wat Arun Ratchavararam

Riverside temple with a landmark spire

Monumental Buddhist temple right on the river, with an iconic, ornately tiled central prang (spire). -Google

Wat Arun
Wat Arun

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Sprawling marketplace with a big variety

Massive market with over 15,000 stalls offering an eclectic variety of goods, from antiques to pets. -Google

Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Market

Golden Buddha

Ornate temple with a gold Buddha statue

This historic temple features a gilded exterior, exhibitions & a massive golden statue of Buddha. -Google

Golden Buddha
Golden Buddha

Lumphini Park

Large green space with a lake & boats

Central urban park featuring manicured lawns, playgrounds & an artificial lake with boat rentals. -Google

Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park

Unusual Things to Do in Bangkok

Siriraj Medical Museum

A treasure trove of pathological, forensic, parasitological, and anatomical specimens.

Housed in the oldest hospital – it’s where the King of Thailand goes when he is ill – and medical school in Thailand, est. 1886, the Siriraj Medical Museum abounds with medical curiosities. The Siriraj is actually comprised of six different museums: a museum of pathology, a forensics museum, a museum of the history of Thai medicine, a parasitology museum, an anatomical museum, and a prehistoric museum.

Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic)

The headquarters of the Mahanikai school of Buddhism, Thailand’s largest monastic order.

The temple of Wat Mahathat was founded in the 18th century, even before the founding of Bangkok (1782). It has been considerably altered over the years, most notably by the young Prince Mongkut who would later become King Rama IV of Thailand.

Bangkok’s Ghost Tower: The Sathorn Unique

On stormy days debris from this unfinished and abandoned skyscraper rains down on the Bangkok streets.

The Sathorn Unique skyscraper is among the major construction projects started when Thailand’s economy was booming in the 1990s. Developers envisaged a city of gleaming offices and residential skyscrapers that were to be a testament to the nation’s rapid development.

Bangkok Airplane Graveyard

Derelict airplane bodies serve as both home and income for three Thai families.

Next to an autobody shop, off of Ramkhamhaeng Road in Bangkok, an abandoned 747 and two smaller MD-82 planes sit derelict and lying in pieces. Besides the oddity of seeing huge planes lying by the side of the road, you also happen to be looking at a makeshift home.

Papaya Studio

Vintage furniture and art share space with all manner of collectibles at this quirky shop in Bangkok.

Name basically any random object from anywhere in the world, and chances are pretty high it can be found hidden somewhere in this unassuming warehouse building in Bangkok’s suburbs. Papaya Studio is a veritable Valhalla for quirky vintage collectibles.

Goddess Tuptim Shrine

A forest of phallic offerings found in a quiet corner of a hotel car park.

Accompanying the jasmine, lotus, and incense gifts left at this urban shrine are thousands of phallus (lingam) offerings. Some are well over six feet tall, made of stone, but many are small wooden carvings, colorfully painted, left in bouquets around the site. The result is an extraordinary penis forest found in a quiet corner of a hotel car park.

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