October 2012
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Bankok – Capital of Thailand … Part 2

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its largest city.

Parks and Green Zones in Bankok

• Lumphini Park appears as an oasis of greenery among the skyscrapers of Ratchadamri and Sukhumvit.
• Bangkok has several parks.
• This amount to a per-ca pita total park area of only 1.82 square meters (19.6 sq ft) in the proper city.
• Total green space for the entire city is moderate, at 11.8 square meters (127 sq ft) per person.
• This does not include the 20-square-kilometer (7.7 sq mi) conserved area of Bangkachao across the river in Samut Prakan Province.
• Per-capita green space in the more densely built-up areas of the city is as low as 1.73 and 0.72 square metre (18.6 and 7.8 sq ft).
• A master development plan has been proposed to increase total park area to 4 square meters (43 sq ft) per person.
• Bangkok’s largest parks include the centrally located Lumphini Park near the commercial district of Si Lom and Sathon.
• It has an area of 57.6 hectares (142 acres), the 80-hectare (200-acre) Suanluang Rama IX in the east of the city, and the Chatuchak-Queen Sirikit-Wachirabenchathat park complex in northern Bangkok.
• This has a combined area of 92 hectares (230 acres).
• This is also one of the most traveler-friendly cities in Asia.
• You’ll find exotic orchids and delicious fruit everywhere.
• Bougainvillea and frangipani bloom practically all over the city.
• Thai cuisine is justifiably famous, varied, and affordable.
• Bangkok represents the quintessential Asian capital.
• One can see Saffron-robed monks, garish neon signs, graceful Thai architecture, spicy dishes, colorful markets and the tropical climate come together.

Things to do in Bankok
• Spa Service or Thai Massage
• Floating Market
• Bangkok Parks
• Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn
• Boutique River Cruise
• Baiyoke Tower
• Blue Elephant Cooking School
• Cultural Show
• Ride Elephants
• Bangkok Canals

Other Activities in Bangkok

Most of Bangkok’s sights are concentrated on the island of Rattanakosin. This is often referred to as the “Old City”.
Out of Bangkok’s hundreds of temples, the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun usually make up the top 3.
Other top things include:

1. Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok
• Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand
2. Thailand’s Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
• Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand
3. Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
• Duration: 2.5-3 hours
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand
4. Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok
• Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand
5. Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour
• Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Important Places to See in Bankok

• Grand Palace has an immense size, so one should spend at least a full morning or afternoon there.
• Within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew which is the most sacred Buddhist temple of Thailand.
• Unlike other temples, there is no living spaces for monks.
• It is a collection of highly decorated holy buildings and monuments.
• One of its buildings houses the Emerald Buddha. It is the most sacred Buddha image of Thailand.
• Nearby is, Wat Pho which is the home to the world’s largest reclining Buddha image.
• There is also a famed massage school.
• Take the ferry across the Chao Phraya River to Thonburi for the outstanding Wat Arun.
• The main structure is about 60 to 88 m high.
• It is surrounded by four smaller prangs.
• It is one of Thailand’s most picturesque temples.
• It is engraved on the inner part of all ten baht coins.
• It is so recognizable that it even became the logo of the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT).
• It is beautifully decorated with colourful broken Chinese porcelain pieces.
• Heading back to Rattanakosin, there are many other major temples you could visit.
• These include the Golden Mount, Wat Suthat and Wat Ratchanaddaram.
• The entry ticket of the Grand Palace, as it gives free entry to the Dusit Palace in Dusit.
• It is situated in a leafy, European-style area built by King Rama V to escape the heat of the Grand Palace.
• Its main structure is the Vimanmek Mansion.
• It is touted as the largest golden teakwood house in the world.
• There are many museums in Bangkok showing traditional Thai-style residences.
• Many visitors take a tour through Jim Thompson’s House.
• This is the CIA-operative’s mansion assembled by combining six traditional Thai-style houses which are conveniently located near Siam Square.

Best time to visit / climate

• The most pleasant time to visit is the cool season that lasts from November till February.
• It is both the coolest and driest period.
• Daytime temperatures still hover around 30°C (86°F), but it does cool down into the lower 20’s as it gets dark (lower 70s in Fahrenheit).
• March and April represent the hot season.
• The temperatures are 35°C (95°F) on average.
• This is the worst season to visit Bangkok, so plan in a lot of air-conditioned shopping mall visits and get a hotel with a swimming pool.
• The wet season that runs from May till October.
• Expect massive downpours resulting in floods all over the city.
• Extreme rainfall happens in September and October, so these months are best avoided.
There are two main seasons:
• Dry season equates to high season and any rates associated with travel are much higher than low season.
• For those who can not take extreme heat, Dec – Feb is milder than Mar – May and air quality is poor.
• May – Nov there are less tourists, fresher air, greener foliage, and if you like white water rafting, this is the time.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By Plane
Bangkok is served by two airports:
• Suvarnabhumi Airport.
• Don Muang Airport.
• Suvarnabhumi Airport is used by all airlines in Thailand, except for domestic flights on Nok Air and Orient Thai
• These still use the old Don Muang Airport.
• Both these airports are about 30 km (19 mi) from the city center.
• Allow at least three hours to connect between them, as they are far away from each other and there is heavy congestion on the roads.
From suvarnabhoomi airport, The BMTA public bus lines are:
– 549: Suvarnabhumi to Min Buri
– 550: Suvarnabhumi to Bang Kapi
– 551: Suvarnabhumi to Victory Monument
– 552: Suvarnabhumi to On Nut
– 552A: Suvarnabhumi to Sam Rong
– 553: Suvarnabhumi to Samut Prakan
– 554: Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang Airport
– 555: Suvarnabhumi to Rangsit (using the expressway)
– 558: Suvarnabhumi to Central Rama 2
– 559: Suvarnabhumi to Future Park Rangsit (using the outer ring road)
Don Muang Airport
• Don Muang Airport (IATA: DMK) (ICAO: VTBD) (or Don Mueang) is about 30 km (19 mi) north of downtown.
• It was Bangkok’s main airport until 2006.
• The airport currently handles Nok Air and Orient Thai domestic flights.

2. By Bus
• Bangkok has three public bus terminals.
• These buses are cheaper, safer, faster, more comfortable and won’t scam you.
• The largest, busiest, and most modern terminal is the Northern Bus Terminal, ? +66 2 936-2841(-3), also known as Mo Chit.

3. By Train
• The State Railway of Thailand, ? +66 2 222-0175, serves Bangkok with railway lines from all four directions of Thailand.
• Hualamphong Train Station is the most important station.
• It is located close to Yaowarat and served by its own MRT station.
• It is a big and surprisingly convenient station built during the reign of King Rama VI.
• It was spared from bombing in World War II at the request of the Thai resistance movement.

4. By Car
• Getting into Bangkok by car is not a good idea.
• The best way to get to Bangkok from Northern Thailand is driving on Phahonyothin Road (Route 1), which comes from Mae Sai near the Myanmarese border.
• Sukhumvit Road (Route 3) comes from cities inEastern Thailand, such as Trat, Pattaya and Chonburi.
• Phetkasem Road (Route 4) must be one of the longest roads in the world, as it comes all the way from the Malaysian border serving Southern Thailand.

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotelscombined.com
Hotels at bangkok.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Bangkok

Blogs at smartbangkoktravel.com
Blogs at bangkok-city.com
Blogs at travelblog.org
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Bangkok

Images at google.com
Images at travel.nationalgeographic.com
Images at tripadvisor.in
Images at bangkok-photos.com

Videos of Thailand – Bankok

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