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    Bangkok: A few Itinerary Ideas

    Bangkok: Love it or not and I am in the love it category, you certainly have to fully experience it. So for newcomers to Bangkok how long would you advise they stay and what would you advise they see and do? Besides the main attractions I believe the simple pleasures like roadside noodle eating and exploring the (sois), side roads is a must. So much to see, do and experience in Bangkok . What would you advise?

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    I would recommend a couple of weeks at least. Forget the tours, just get out on the trains, taxis, etc and explore. Lumphini Park is a great suggestion...an oasis in bustling Bangkok.
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    China Town is a favourite of mine, and for shopping the JJ sunday market is a must do... I've just discovered Bang Saen (in between Patts and BKK) which is a very Thai Thai place (not many farang) thats has some great spots to see as well as some good restaurants with a very beachy feel about...

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    Any accommodation suggestions for Bang Saen...
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    I cant remember the place we stayed at but I will do my best to find out...


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    Just bought The lonely planet Bangkok encounter.... Going through for places that we have never been and there is plenty.
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    Totally agree with all these points and you are right PBB Bang Saen is very Thai and a great place... great photos also. I agree Nam Tan Mot the emphasis should be on exploring. Wabbits if you get chance along with your busy schedule would love to hear about some of those never visited places. I am a big fan of checking out the new.

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    That place you stayed at ... they sure don't make the beds very well!!!! 5555555

    Beautiful looking room, tho, very tastefully done.
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    First hire a boat and outboard motor...???
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    I cant remember the place we stayed at but I will do my best to find out...


    Hi PBB

    How's that memory of yours? Can you remember the name of this place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamTanMot View Post
    Hi PBB

    How's that memory of yours? Can you remember the name of this place?

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    Here you go NTM.... (memories good first thing in the morning) Pagarang Restaurant & Bangsean Ville, Chonburi
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    Quote Originally Posted by giggsy View Post
    Totally agree with all these points and you are right PBB Bang Saen is very Thai and a great place... great photos also. I agree Nam Tan Mot the emphasis should be on exploring. Wabbits if you get chance along with your busy schedule would love to hear about some of those never visited places. I am a big fan of checking out the new.
    Giggsy,
    If you haven't been toKo Si Chang, it is an island off the coast 1/2 way between Bkk and Patts. It can be done as a day tour or stay over.

    I had lost my camera, so don't have photo's but it is a real different place. It use to be the holiday home of the king's of Thailand.

    Here is a link to photo's.

    ko si chang - Google Search

    This is an extract from another reporter's page, it was 6yrs ago

    This is a continuation of my series of blogs about day trips from Bangkok. I am aiming to give you at least two new destinations every month. The little island I visited today, known as Koh Si Chang, has been on my list of places to visit for a long time. It is not that I have heard spectacular things about this island. It is certainly no Koh Samet. You also cannot really label it “Unseen Thailand” as you will find it in the Lonely Planet, amongst other guidebooks. However, what intrigued me the most is its attractions of historical importance and the fact that not that many people have been there! Certainly not many of my Thai colleagues have been there.

    To reach the island, you need to first catch a bus down to Siracha (sometimes written Sri Racha). From the bus station you can catch a tuk tuk to the pier for Koh Si Chang. The boat leaves hourly between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. However, as it was a long holiday weekend there seemed to be more boats available. We just missed one boat that didn’t seem to have a scheduled time. The next came 30 minutes later and soon was filled to capacity. To be honest, I don’t really trust boats in Thailand. The 45 minute crossing was relatively calm though there were a few swells that rocked the boat. We made a point of making sure we sat in the open area at the back. I didn’t fancy being inside if the boat capsized. Each of the seats had a lifejacket wrapped around the back. But, most of these had worn thin and the stuffing was either exposed or had fallen out.


    Back in the days before the Chao Phraya River was dredged to allow big container ships to go up to the port in Bangkok, Koh Si Chang used to be a major destination for ships arriving in Thailand. Their cargo was offloaded onto barges and then transported to Bangkok. However, it would seem that there is still a lot of shipping commerce going on here. Apart from the fishing vessels, I counted at least 50 large freight ships between the mainland and the island. As we approached the island, I could see a couple of massive silos that was a backdrop to a white chedi on the hill. Nearby, there was a ship docked at a deepwater pier. In a way it is a shame to spoil this holiday destination. However, it has been this way for over one hundred years longbefore tourists started to arrive.

    When we landed at the pier, we were met by rows of songtaews, motorcycle taxis and some very beefed up tuk tuks called “sky labs”. An announcement on the PA system assured us that we wouldn’t be cheated if we took a sky lab tour of the island. There was a fixed price of 250 baht for a long tour of the island. They said we could spend all day for this one price. That seemed to be very fair and I wondered how they could survive on that amount with oil prices being so high. Our sky lab driver was a friendly person who showed us on a map where he would take us on the tour. We agreed but said we wanted to get something to eat first. He said no problem and took us to a nearby restaurant where he waited for us. The second surprise of the day was that the prices of the meals weren’t that bad. It averaged about 30 baht per plate. Obviously the islanders had made a decision that they didn’t want to have a reputation of cheating tourists.

    Our first stop on the tour was the nearby Khao Yai Spirit Shrine which was situated in a Chinese Temple. Our brochure, which incidently you can pick up for free at the pier, told us that the shrine becomes very crowded during Chinese New Year. Even if you are not interested in the temple itself, there are certainly some fine views that give you a good introduction to the island. If you are feeling fit enough, there are steps behind the temple that lead up to a viewpoint which houses a replica of Buddha’s Footprint. This was made during the reign of King Rama V from a sacred stone that was brought from the birthplace of the Buddha. The extra 300 hundred or so steps are worth the effort as you will pass by wild monkeys and will see some wonderful panoramic views of the township below and the hills beyond. At the foot of our hill we could see Wat Chutharthistham Sapharam Worawihan which was built by King Rama V in honour of his son who was born on the island. Further in the distance, on another hill, we could see a large seated Buddha with two standing Buddhas behind. This is a famous meditation temple called Wat Tham Yai Prik which is worth a visit if you have more time.

    We descended the steps back down to the road nearly an hour later. The sky lab driver had said he would meet us back in 30 minutes. He didn’t seem to mind that we had taken longer. Our next destination was only five minutes away on the other side of the island. Chong Khao Khad seemed to be an excellent place to come in the evening to enjoy the pleasant sea breeze. In fact, I should mention that in despite the heat of the day and blue sky, we were certainly enjoying the cool sea breeze. There were several places to eat and also a hotel with fan rooms starting at 590 baht. My intention was to come here to check the place out for a future visit. But, I was already falling in love with the island. I wish I had brought a change of clothes so that I could explore the island in a more leisurely manner.

    Back in the car park, our sky lab driver was just arriving with what looked like another tour party. It then dawned on us that the guy was two timing us. While he was waiting for us, he had gone back to pick up another tour! We later found out that he had at least four tours going on at the same time as there were other people ahead of us! We didn’t really mind as 250 baht is quite a good deal for an all day tour. He seemed to be juggling us very well. The island is only 7.9 sq km and as the roads are in excellent condition he was able to get around quite quickly with his powerful engine. As we drove to our next destination, we picked his brain about places to stay. As we passed by guesthouses and small hotels, he told us the prices. Fan rooms seemed to start as low as 450 baht. I was starting to like the slow pace of life here a lot. It was so different to Koh Samet. This was a real community and it felt it. There were shops, markets, temples and schools.
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    Thanks everyone, brilliant. Some real top tips here, love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamTanMot View Post
    Hi PBB

    How's that memory of yours? Can you remember the name of this place?

    Cheers
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    Note to self PBB very slow on the follow up...555 asked October answered May 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arliss Michaels View Post
    Note to self PBB very slow on the follow up...555 asked October answered May 555
    Have you got something you need answered for next year?? 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    Have you got something you need answered for next year?? 555
    5555 very funny, I like that.

    Actually you have given me some good BKK tips that could be added here.
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    Here's a good one Siam Park City..... good place to go have a swim
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    Here's a good one Siam Park City..... good place to go have a swim
    Have you been ?
    How did you find it priced ?

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    I have been QS... I actually went there on my first ever trip to BKK and went there on a package tour... It consisted of gate entry and lunch.
    A few of the rides were out of action (under repair) but all in all it was a good day out in BKK, and I would probably go back one day!
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    This is one of the best things I have ever done (not just in Thailand) Flight of the Gibbon | Ziplining and Adventure Jungle Tours in Thailand
    A little bit pricey but well worth it (I was able to get a discount with my TG)
    It's a little bit over an hour out of BKK situated at the Chonburi Zoo/Safari park (which is also worth a look)









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