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Places to See in Thailand (Bangkok Area)Places to See in Thailand (Bangkok Area)

StacycmcStacycmchace 6 díasAsk MFC
Hello MFC!!!

So, I won't go into a lot of detail, as I'll provide a nice blog about it once I return, but in summary....I've won a trip to Thailand. YAY!!!!!! I don't even really have words for how excited I am right now...LOL.

I will be going for an event, and will have activities planned that are related to that for 3 days, but after I'll have several days to just do what we want. I was curious if anyone has ever traveled to or lives in or around the Bangkok area and could suggest some nice places to eat and/or visit while I'm there.

I've did some digging on my own and definitely want to see some of the temples and the floating market area, but also wanted to just see if anyone here had any other thoughts or suggestions. :D

Thanks so much all...I am super excited!! I will take TONS of pics and share the details and all that when I get back! I leave out next Wednesday afternoon, so just trying to make a list of the places I for sure want to check out!

All advice and ideas are very welcome and appreciated!!

Stacy
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RubyRed (hace 3 días) #38644386I was only two days in Bankog before I traveled on, but I really like the temples (e.g. Wat Arun was great). And we did a bike tour - sounds unusual but it was real cool. We saw a lot of alleys and real life I would not have seen otherwise, and we did a tour through the dschungel / marsh at the edge of the city. That was like an adventure because the roads were half a meter wide :-) with water and greenery on both sides. So thats my tip… make a bike tour ;-)

Ah, that does sound fun indeed!!! Will have to check that out...thank you!! :D
hace 3 días
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I was only two days in Bankog before I traveled on, but I really like the temples (e.g. Wat Arun was great). And we did a bike tour - sounds unusual but it was real cool. We saw a lot of alleys and real life I would not have seen otherwise, and we did a tour through the dschungel / marsh at the edge of the city. That was like an adventure because the roads were half a meter wide :-) with water and greenery on both sides. So thats my tip… make a bike tour ;-)
hace 3 días
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daorizan (hace 5 días) #38563287 View spoilerHide spoilerHere's a few tips:
Travelling:
-Get mobile internet sim card, get higher data plan if you plan to use it for Youtube or video calls. Those unlimited plans usually throttle to like 64kbps(pretty much unusable) after you reached the max speed data cap.
-Use Google map. Although it's not as good as Japan's but should be able to bring you around buildings/hotels/train stations in BKK. Even I use it to get around >.>
-Download GRAB for taxi. It's like Uber. You can use this to check how much is the taxi fees so you don't get scammed. Or when you're stuck somewhere without taxi or trains.
-When waving down taxi, if the driver offer you a flat-price, don't get on. Use GRAB instead. it should be cheaper than the flat-price.
-Some tuktuks are a bit too eager to help, those might bring you to shops that sell very overpriced souvenir. So be careful. (Avoid them if possible.)
-Rush-hours is around 5-7 pm on weekday in BKK, avoid the roads, takes BTS or MRT.
Clothes
-As for red and yellow t-shirts, it's fine now. Don't worry about it too much.
-When going into temples, wear something that cover at least your knees or longer(no short shorts or miniskirts) and cover your shoulders.
Locations
Toys
Animate - Stuff here are quite expensive
Mega plaza Sphanlek - Opens everyday around noon. This building is filled with toy and game shops. Even though most are fake Chinese rip-off(legos and r/c stuff). A few showcase shops on 3rd-4th floor, with a few authentic figure shop on 5th floor. Masamune on the 5th floor usually has the best price for figurines. Beware of KyokoAnimeShop on 2nd/3rd floor, it's fake dakis/figure/nendo etc.
Floating market - There's a few...
-Damnoen-Saduak is the most touristy one with most scam(mostly towards Chinese tourist). Opens everyday around 6 am. Gets really busy around 9 am but dies down after noon. It's quite far, around 2 hours drive or mini-van.
-Amphawa opens on Friday and weekends around 2-3 pm. Gets really crowded around 5 pm. Closes around 8 pm. Also quite far from BKK, around 2 hours drive or mini-van.
Ayutthaya - Thai's old capital, mostly temples and ruins. Around 1 hour-ish from BKK.
I guess that's it?
Feels free to ask me if you have any more question.


THANK YOU soooo much for all the great pointers and info!!! You guys are amazing...is why I love this site!!! :D

Very good to know on the taxi info, I'll get that sorted now...also the internet, so thanks to all for the advice there.

I plan to sit down this weekend and try to at least plan a few things out, places we for sure want to go and at least sort out how we will travel and such. Thanks so much for the advice and info though, and if I think of something else or run into questions during my planning I'll definitely shoot them back over, so THANKS AGAIN!!!

:D
hace 5 días
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gwendal738-2 (hace 5 días) #38559305No worries! I hope you have lots of fun, and keep safe! :D
And don't say anything bad about their royalty. They take everything very seriously.


Oh goodness I would never, but very good to know. :D THANK YOU so much for all the great info!!! Will update you all on how it went when I get back!! :D
hace 5 días
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Here's a few tips:

Travelling:
-Get mobile internet sim card, get higher data plan if you plan to use it for Youtube or video calls. Those unlimited plans usually throttle to like 64kbps(pretty much unusable) after you reached the max speed data cap.
-Use Google map. Although it's not as good as Japan's but should be able to bring you around buildings/hotels/train stations in BKK. Even I use it to get around >.>
-Download GRAB for taxi. It's like Uber. You can use this to check how much is the taxi fees so you don't get scammed. Or when you're stuck somewhere without taxi or trains.
-When waving down taxi, if the driver offer you a flat-price, don't get on. Use GRAB instead. it should be cheaper than the flat-price.
-Some tuktuks are a bit too eager to help, those might bring you to shops that sell very overpriced souvenir. So be careful. (Avoid them if possible.)
-Rush-hours is around 5-7 pm on weekday in BKK, avoid the roads, takes BTS or MRT.

Clothes
-As for red and yellow t-shirts, it's fine now. Don't worry about it too much.
-When going into temples, wear something that cover at least your knees or longer(no short shorts or miniskirts) and cover your shoulders.

Locations
Toys
Animate - Stuff here are quite expensive
Mega plaza Sphanlek - Opens everyday around noon. This building is filled with toy and game shops. Even though most are fake Chinese rip-off(legos and r/c stuff). A few showcase shops on 3rd-4th floor, with a few authentic figure shop on 5th floor. Masamune on the 5th floor usually has the best price for figurines. Beware of KyokoAnimeShop on 2nd/3rd floor, it's fake dakis/figure/nendo etc.


Floating market - There's a few...
-Damnoen-Saduak is the most touristy one with most scam(mostly towards Chinese tourist). Opens everyday around 6 am. Gets really busy around 9 am but dies down after noon. It's quite far, around 2 hours drive or mini-van.
-Amphawa opens on Friday and weekends around 2-3 pm. Gets really crowded around 5 pm. Closes around 8 pm. Also quite far from BKK, around 2 hours drive or mini-van.

Ayutthaya - Thai's old capital, mostly temples and ruins. Around 1 hour-ish from BKK.

I guess that's it?
Feels free to ask me if you have any more question.
hace 5 días
2pt
Stacycmc (hace 5 días) #38558014OMG, thank you so much for the awesome information!!! I have some planning and prep work I think I need to do!! :D Great advice though, thanks sooooo very much!!!!
Ack, you're making me even more excited to go, hahaha!! I can't wait!!!


No worries! I hope you have lots of fun, and keep safe! :D

And don't say anything bad about their royalty. They take everything very seriously.
hace 5 días
1pt
gwendal738-2 (hace 5 días) #38553553 *snip*


OMG, thank you so much for the awesome information!!! I have some planning and prep work I think I need to do!! :D Great advice though, thanks sooooo very much!!!!

Ack, you're making me even more excited to go, hahaha!! I can't wait!!!
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Stacycmc (hace 5 días) #38551097Ah awesome....thanks so much!!! :D For the event I will be at the Massive Toy Gallery, which seems pretty dang cool in itself, so glad I get to see that. I'll try to research some of the places you listed above though and will let you know if I have questions!!
Thanks SOOO much for the awesome info though! I should have my hotel info today, so can see how far things are and all that too!! Ack...so excited!!!


That event sounds so cool! I am so happy for you that you won that trip. Thailand is an amazing country in itself and Bangkok is one of my favorite places to go to vacation (granted it's right next to me LOL), so I'll definitely welcome your questions any time. If I can help someone have lots of fun there, I would be so happy to!

By the way, just some things I should tell you:

- Don't wear anything red or yellow, especially t-shirts. Those symbolize different political factions in Thailand and it's just a sensitive issue.
- Animate at MBK Mall might be hard to find for those who go there the first time. It's a wide stretch of just the cinema, but if you walk further and further in (depending what escalator/elevator you use), you'll see it once you get past the Thai manga shops. It's in a very secluded area with lots of space (for cons/meetups, and stuff), so don't give up once you get to the 7th floor and you don't find it right away.
- No matter what hotel you're staying at, if you want to go to the places I mentioned, make sure you're taking the right train! BTS Skytrain is what you want in order to get to Siam and Phrom Phong stations.
- The whole mall stretch (Siam Center, Siam Paragon, Central World) are all connected by one walkway. If you go to one mall, just ask their information desk where this said walkway is and you'll see signs that point you to the right direction.
- Siam Square is an amalgamation of different specialty and novelty shops and you can find lots of interesting things there. If I remember correctly, there should be a whole stretch of shops that sell Harajuku fashion things. Though I'm not sure if that exists still or it was a one time thing for an event or something.
- If you're not too sickly, try their street food! There's a string of "restaurants" (which are really just tables and chairs) right outside of the Central World entrance that appears from I belive 6PM onwards. That's the best kind of Thai food you could ever experience. Their grilled beef with the spicy tamarind sauce is a must have <3333

Ahhh, I miss Bangkok now. Haven't been back in a year. X'D Nevertheless, I really hope you enjoy your trip!!!

(Protip: if you want to try their tuktuks, haggle the price, they usually raise it for foreigners. If where you want to go is relatively far away, it still shouldnt be more than 200-300 baht depending how far it is. When in doubt, use Grab or Uber. Normal taxis not part of those tend to overcharge and cheat! And when you get to the airport, don't flag down a taxi. Get out to the entrance, there is a counter where you can queue up and get a taxi number. When you get a taxi, don't allow them to turn off the meter and give you a fixed price- that's usually way higher than what they would get if the meter is on. So make sure you get a taxi that always has their meter on. Make them turn it on before the taxi starts moving! Because sometimes they'll take you out of the airport and turn off the meter like "okay you pay 500 baht?" and it's not fun because it was supposed to be a 200 baht trip --'

Also, print out the map and address of your hotel in Thai to ease communication with the taxi driver.

If you want to get a sim card, get it at the airport- it's a bit expensive, but they set up everything for you including mobile internet and all that. Don't worry, mobile data this part of the world aint expensive at all, so use it freely!

Don't be afraid to haggle, especially at Platinum Mall (near Central World but not connected by the walkway; it's very easy to find don't worry) and places that aren't "real" malls so to say (so street vendors and stuff). They usually lower the price for you at a discount if you pretend to walk away and go find the item somewhere else lol.

And tips! Thais apppreciate tips a lot and even just an extra $1 (around 35 baht) will get you infinitely better service no matter what it is!)
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gwendal738-2 (hace 6 días) #38531644YOU HAVE PIQUED MY INTEREST, I KNOW BANGKOK LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND.
I can tell you where the anime/manga shops are; if you want tourist spots lemme know!
- Animate: MBK mall 7th floor (take BTS skytrain to siam station, it's walking distance)
- Siam Paragon dept store (near Kinokuniya entrance, they have a small anime section) - BTS skytrain to Siam Station. The entrance to siam paragon is actually connected to the train station itself.
- Kinokuniya: siam paragon, central world (also connected to siam paragon through the walkway, literally one straight line), Emquartier mall (BTS skytrain Phrom Phong station)
If there's anything unclear, feel free to ask! :D enjoy your trip!
(Btw, if youre at MBK mall take a walk on the 5th/6th floor! There's usually a random small con happening here and there. :D)


Ah awesome....thanks so much!!! :D For the event I will be at the Massive Toy Gallery, which seems pretty dang cool in itself, so glad I get to see that. I'll try to research some of the places you listed above though and will let you know if I have questions!!

Thanks SOOO much for the awesome info though! I should have my hotel info today, so can see how far things are and all that too!! Ack...so excited!!!
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maggie (hace 6 días) #38539753Wow I don't have much to contribute but congrats on your trip!! I hope you have a great time!

Haha, well thank you so much. I can say without a doubt that I am beyond ecstatic about this trip! LOL...I can't wait!
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