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1. Posted by mat44 (Full Member 58 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have a day in Bangkok. What should I see? Where are the best places to shop?

2. Posted by leeli (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Matt, i went to bangkok in march for transit. I went on for half day tour by joining the package provided by travel agency. THe package is normally fixed but you can negotitiate with them on extra places that you would like to go by paying some extra money.
The must go attractions inlcudes : Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Jim Thompson's Thai House. You should also cruise along the chao phra ya river to visit the the floating market.
For shopping, you can visit the Weekend Market at Chatuchak Park.Items range from exotic fresh fruits, vegetables, handicrafts, dress materials, clothing shoes, toys, domestic utensils and pets. But it opnes only on Saturdays and Sundays from 7.00 a.m. - p.m. 6.00. Narayanaphand is handicraft centre located on Ratchadamri Rd . Visitors may inspect and buy selections of handicrafts from all parts of the country. Items available include Thai silk, ceramics, wood carvings, lacquer ware, bronze objects and Khon masks. The store is open daily from 10.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m.
The night life in bangkok is fantastic but i didn't have time to hang around. Will be back to bangkok during christmas.

3. Posted by danahawkins (Inactive 128 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Matt,

For sites I agree with Leeli... I went to most of that stuff and it was all good. But about transport: Don't do tuk tuks unless you want the novelty value. A taxi on the metre is still hella cheap and it's airconditioned.

To add a bit more: Wat Pho (the home of the reclining buddha) has a massage school and you can get a great cheap traditional thai massage. No dodgy stuff. Definately worth it.

...and never trust the 'locals'. If it seems like it's a great deal... it never is.

Have fun!

4. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

What are you shopping for? Leeli gave some good tips. There is also the Suan Lum night market (near Lumpini Park, and next to a subway stop) that is quite popular. Lots of cheap computer stuff, software, DVDs, and games can be at Pantip Plaza. A very famous haunt for those looking for cheap, and not necessarily authentic, merchandise. Also, lots of vendors along Sukhumvit (lower end, between Soi 3 and 11) and Silom selling stuff - day and especially at night. The Patpong night market (tucked in between all the go-go bars) is hopping at night. Don't forget to bargain for better prices at the outdoor outlets.