Travel Thailand Bangkok Province
             
After Ayutthaya was burned by the Burmese army in 1767, the Thai army established Thonburi, a community of Bangkok as the new capital.  Bangkok was instituted as the new capital in 1782 by king Chakri, also known by his dynastic name Rama I.  After asking Chinese merchants to move to the Sampeng area, Rama I used the vacated land to build the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).   Another thing he did was to give Bangkok a royal name, one that happened to include the title Krung Thep ("City of Angels"), which was what Ayutthaya had been called.
           After being expelled from Thailand in 1688, foreigners started sprinkling into Bangkok.  Initially, there were a few merchants and missionaries in the 1830's, and by 1860 many European countries and North America had trade treaties with Bangkok.

          The King and I
, a movie based on King Mongkut, is still banned in Thailand today since many feel it is not an accurate portrayal of him.  King Mongkut (1851-1868), and later on his son King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910) is responsible for the modernization that has taken place in Thailand.  The city's first paved street was built under his rule and in 1863, his son sustained it by building more city roads, constructing a rail line to go north as well as adding a tram line.
          With the turn of the 20th century, Bangkok began growing even more, with former rural market areas turning into residential areas.  In an effort to promote growth and development in Thonburi, Memorial Bridge was constructed in 1932 to connect it to Bangkok.  Other efforts at modernization included filling in canals to make more land area and roadways.
          The Vietnam War really brought about growth in Thailand with all the money that streamed in and improvements were made to existing problems, such as widening the road to the Don Muang airport.   World War II and Thailand's "alliance" with Japan caused problems particularly toward the end of the war with Bangkok being bombed by the Allies.
           Increased population and modernization from the 1960s on have caused some problems in Bangkok.  The housing situation is deplorable as there are over 8 million people in Bangkok and a direct result of the population and modernization explosion is a problem with severe traffic congestion.  Some may feel that the loss of many cultural sections of Bangkok is a high price to pay in the name of modernization, especially since these areas with their markets and inhabitants have disappeared to make way for shopping centers.  Bangkok is now most other modern cities in the world.

 
       

 

Wat PhraKaew(Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
        Actually made of jade instead of emerald,and at 66 cm high notvery large,but the Emerald Buddha is inarguably the most sacred relic in all of Buddhism.The image is considered a talisman and holds tremendous significance for Thailand and its people.It is thought to have been made in the 15th century and was the cause of several wars before finally ending up in Bangkok in 1782.The Buddha image is elevated high on a golden pedestal, representing an arial chariot,and wears a’robe’that is changed three times each year by the king or Crown Prince to mark the changing of the seasons. Admission for foreigners to the Grand Palace is 200 THB
NOTE: Wat Phra Kaew Na Phra Lan Road,Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang,Phra Nakhon District,B angkok.
Open daily from 8:30AM to 3:30 PM
Tel:+66(0)2222 2208,+66(0)2222 8181
Suggested routes:
From Sepen Taksin  skytrian station take exit 1 and descend to Tha Sathon (Sathon Pier.) From there, use the Chao Phraya Express Boat service to Tha Chang. After getting off, walk off the pier and across the street at the front . You are now on Na Phra Lan Road. Walk up the road until you see Silpakorn University on your left. Wat PraKaew is just opposite the University and Sanam Luang.
From Khao San Road, wak towards Phra Pin Klao Bridge unti you reach a junction, then turn right and walk on unilt you pass the National Gallery on your left.Then walk up the road under Phra Pin Klao Bridge which will take you to the National Theatre National Museum Bangkok Sanam Luang Thammasat University and finally Silpakorn University. Alternatively, your can also use the beck exit of Wat Chana Songkham (opens 600 1800) ,which leads to Soi Chana Songkham. Walk towards  the main road and cross it. Tha Phra Arthit is now on your left. You can then use the Chao Phraya Express boat service to Tha Chang.

 
       


 

Grand Palace
          
A centerpiece of Bangkok’s Royal heritage and a major tourist attraction, The Grand Palace was constructed in 1792 when King Rama 1 moved the capital from Thonburi.Today,the palace has an area of 218,400 square meters and is surrounded by walls spanning some 1,900 meters, which encapsulate government offices,the Royal Chapel,and residences.The plan of the Grand Palace closely mimics that of the old palace in Ayutthaya,with a rectangular shape, divided into three quarters:the outer quarters,the middle quarters and the inner quarters.Each quarter is a photographer’s dream,housing lavishly decorated temples,stunning murals,relics of yesteryear and traditional Thai mythical creatures and  architecture.The photogenic palace is still used for Royal functions,including coronations,funerals,marriages and state banquets.Guests should pay close attention to the strict attire requirements and take special care tobe respectful at all times. Admission is 350 THB for adults,and includes entry to the palace,the Vimanmek Mansion Museum,and The Royal Thai Decoration and Coin Pavilion.
Note: The Grand Palace
Tel:+66(0)2623 5500 ext. 1124,3100
Open every day from 08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Suggested routes:
From Sepen Taksin  skytrian station take exit 1 and descend to Tha Sathon (Sathon Pier.) From there, use the Chao Phraya Express Boat service to Tha Chang. After getting off, walk off the pier and across the street at the front . You are now on Na Phra Lan Road. Walk up the road until you see Silpakorn University on your left. Wat PraKaew is just opposite the University and Sanam Luang.
From Khao San Road, wak towards Phra Pin Klao Bridge unti you reach a junction, then turn right and walk on unilt you pass the National Gallery on your left.Then walk up the road under Phra Pin Klao Bridge which will take you to the National Theatre National Museum Bangkok Sanam Luang Thammasat University and finally Silpakorn University. Alternatively, your can also use the beck exit of Wat Chana Songkham (opens 600 1800) ,which leads to Soi Chana Songkham. Walk towards  the main road and cross it. Tha Phra Arthit is now on your left. You can then use the Chao Phraya Express boat service to Tha Chang. 

 
       

 

ANANTASAMAKOM THRONE HALL
             This hall was built at the command of King Rama V for visitiong foreign dignitaries and for state council meetings. The ltalian architecture, Tamango, designed it in the Renaissance style. Brick wall covered with white marble and carved marble. Mostly of inside ornament were mortar molded render with gold. The palace was completed in the reign of King Rama lV.
         The Anatasamakom Throne Hall has played an important role in Thai political history. lt reflects the bond between Royal and political institutions since the day when King Rama Vll affixed his signature to give the Thai people their first constitution. The first meeting of the Thai parliament was convened in this hall. Dome Ceiling was decorated by Frescoes depict the monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty and important works of those from King Rama I to King Rama Vl are featured on the ceiling of the dome. The rotunda under which the Royal throne is placed has been used for state ceremonies.
        Formerly called Wachirayarn Library for the Capital, the National Library was founded in 1905 by the order of King Rama V. Main Building has many kinds of reading matter can be found here, from Royal gazettes to novels, newspapers and magazines. The books are classified and arranged accordlng to subject, for example, the Prof. Rapee Sacrik Library provides information on orchids and Luang Vijitvatakarn Library contains rare books.
Suggested route:
lt is recommended that you take a taxi from one of the following locations:
1. Wat Phra Kaew
2. Victory Monument skytrain station (Use exit 3.)
3. Kamphaeng Phet subway station (Use exit 3)
Opens daily 9.30 -15.30 hrs. 50 baht per person.Tel:+66(0)2 628 6300-9

 
       

 

Wat Arun
               One the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River,one temple stands out as one of the icons of Bangkok’s  skyline.Wat Arun,named after the Indian god of Dawn, consists of 80-meter-high Khmer-style prangs,ingeniously decorated with bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China,a hallmark of the reign of king Rama III.The temple ground itself is peaceful,with beautiful murals.Wat Arun is one of the most photographed landmarks of Bangkok,and the highlight of every river cruise.
Note: (Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan)Opposite Tha Tien pier Tel: +66(0)2465 5640.  Open every day from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Suggeste d routes:

From Sapan Taksin skytrain station, take exit 1 and descend to Tha Sathon. Go aboard one of the Chao Phraya Express boats and get off at Tha Tien. Then, use the cross-river boat service to get to Tha Wat Arun which is on the other side.
From Wat Phra Kaew, walk along its main wall on Maharat road until you reach Tha Tien (which is just on the right of Wat Pho) and board a cross-river boat to Tha Wat Arun. 
From Khao San Road, walk to Tha Phra Athit and board a Chao Phraya Express boat to Tha Tien. Then, board a cross-river boat to Tha Wat Arun.

 
       

 

WatPho(WatPhraChetuphonVimolmangklararam)
                The large grounds of Wat Pho contain more than 1,000 Buddha images in total,most from the ruins of the former capitals Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, but its highlight is definitely the 46 meters long,15 meters high, gold-plated reclining Buddha. Representing the Buddha’s passing into Nirvana, the feet are engraved in mother-of –pearl with the characteristics of the Buddha.Wa t Pho is alsofamous as Thailand’s first university,and is center for traditional Thai Massage.If you want to experience traditional Thai massage,  this is highly recommended, though be warned that some find it quite agonizing.A more gentle foot reflexology massage is also available here.Admission is 50 THB.
Note: (Wat Pho )2 Sanamchai Road,Phra Nakhon District,Bangkok Open. every day from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM.Tel:+66(0)2224 3382,+66(0)2226 0255
Suggestedroutes:
From Sapan Taksin skytrain station, take exit 1 and descend to Tha Sathon. Then use the Chao Phraya Express Boat service to Tha Tien. Upon getting off the pier, you will clearly see Wat Pho on your right.
From Wat Phra Kaew, walk along its main wall -either on Maharat or Sanam Chai Roads. You will find Wat Pho just behind Wat Phra Kaew.
From Khao San Road, first, get to wat Phra Kaew and use the above route to Wat Pho.

 
       



 

NATIONAL MUSEUM BANGKOK
        
National Museum serves as a good place to learn about the full range of Thai culture, history, and of the traditional significance of Buddhism to the Thai way of life. Many of the significant remains of the former capitals Sukhothai and Ayuthaya are displayed here. Originally regarded as the Personal Museum of King Rama lV with a collection of and Royal Gifts. Later, King Rama V subsequently opened the Sahathai Samakom Pavilion (Concordia Tower) in the Grand Palace grounds as a public Museum. lt was then moved to three palace buildings in the Front palace (Wang Na). King Rama Vll then gave over all buildings in the Front Palace to be the Bangkok Museum. The complex consists of several old but beautiful buildings of colorful Thai architectural design.
        ln the past, the Front palace was of secondary importance only to the main palace, and was the residence of Somdet Chao Phraya Maha Surasionhanat, the heir apparent. The many buidings inaide include Bhuddhaisawan Chapel, Tamnak Daeng(Red House), Mungkhalaphisek Pavilion, considered to be "outstanding examples of traditional Thai architecture"
         History of Art and Archaeology in Thailand divided into two periods: prehistory, at the back of the Sivamodhaphiman Hall, and the Historical Period, exhibiting sculpture from the 15th century AD to the Rattanakosin period at the Prapat Pipitthapan Building, with sculpture from before this period on display in the Maha Surasinghanat Building. Gallery of Thai Nation: From the Kingdom of Sukhothai to the Rattanakosin Period, in the Sivamokhapheman Hall. Fine Arts and Ethnology: lncludes displays of musical instruments, nielloware, gold, mother-of-pearl inlay, wood carvings, old textiles, khon masks, puppets, etc. in the group of palace buidings. Funeral Chariot Hall displays funeral carriages such as Phra Mahaphechae Ratcharot, Vejjayantra Ratcharot, the Small Carriage (Ratcharot Noi) and other paraphernalia of Royal Cremations.
          There are free English language tours, Iasting about 2 hours, available at the museum. lt is also available in German, French, and Japanese.
Suggested routes:
From Sapan Taksin skytrain station, use exit 1 and descend to Tha Sathon. Use the Chao Phraya Express boat service to Tha Phra Athit. Walk off of the pier and onto Phra Athit Road which runs towards Phra Pin Klao Bridge. Make a left turn at the junction under the Bridge to Rachini Road. Walk on past the lnstitute of Dramatic Arts and the National Theatre and make a right turn to Na Phra That Road. Just a few meteres of the corner, you will see the National Musuem Bangkok on your right -next to the National Theatre.
From Wat Phra Kaew, use the suggested route to the National Theatre. However,you will find the National Museum Bangkok on your left between Thammasat University and the National Theatre.
From Khao San Road, walk towards Na Phra That Road which runs on the right of Sanam Luang. You will find the National Museum Bangkok on your right between Thammasat University and the National Theatre
Opens from Wednesday to Sunday 9.OO -16.00 hrs. 40 baht (The ticket booth is on the left of the entrance.) Tel:+66(0)2224 1333

 
       

 

Museum of Old Canons
             This open air Museum is in front of and to the side of the Defence Ministry.The area of the Ministry of Defence was for merly three palaces built by King Rama I for a Royal cousin. The building displaying the cannon was originally a European-style barracks built by King Rama IV for the city Guards.
              All 40 cannons are arranged in groups according to their age, starting in the Ayutthaya period and continuing through the Thonburi to Rattanakosin periods. Each has its name and history inscribed on a brass plate such as Narai Sanghan which is the largest and most noteworthy gun,King Rama I had it cast in 1787 to be one of a pair with the Peun Phraya Tani.Phraya Tani was brought from Pattani province by Somdet Chao Phraya Maha Surasinghanat to present to King Rama I after suppressing a rebellion in the South. French guns, there are also a number of these guns to be seen such as Khorm Dam Din, Jeen Sal Sai, Thai Yai Len Na, Java Ratchakris and Mu-ngit Taluang Fan.
 Note: From Wat Phra Kaew, use the exit on Na Phralan Road, turn right and walk towards the intersection ahead.Turn right at intersection to Sanam Chai Road and you will see the Museum of Old Cannons which is located at the front of the Defence Ministry’s building.
Tel:+66(0)2226 3814
Suggested route:
             From  Wat Phra Kaew, use the exit on Na Pralan Road, turn right and walk towards the intersection ahead. Turn right at the intersection to Sanam Chai Road and you will see the Museum of Old Cannons which is located at the front of the Defence Ministry's building.

 
       


 

Nationalmeseum of The Royal Barges
           The Royal Barges were used only by the King and the Royal Family when they travelled, as well as war vessels. The ceremony of Royal travel by water has been a tradition since the Ayutthaya period. One of the most beautiful and well-known barge is "Suphanahong" used bY the King only, now replaced bY the "Narayana Song Suban Rama lX" as the King's Royal Barge, RoYal Barges will be used for the RoYal river procession for the Kathin ceremony a Buddhist tradition of offering robes to monks, usuallY during October or November. 
          The barges are kept in sheds on the Thonburi side of the river. It was under the control of the Bureau of the RoYal Household and the Royal Thai NavY. ln 1947, it was transferred to the Department of Fine Arts of the repair and restoration of all the barges, which were registered as a national heritage. The boathouse became The National Museum of Royal Barges in the present. Since I974, it has exhibited the Royal Barges as well as artifacts and accessories used in the ceremony such as:
Suphannahong Royal Barge is the prow of the barge was sculpted in a mythological swan figure, the vessel was completed in the reign of King Rama Vl. This is the highest class of Royal barge, and it was awarded the Sea Heritage Medal from the  World Ships Organisation of Great Britain in 1981 . Anantanagaraj Royal Barge is the prow of this barge is carved in the form of a seven-head naga. lt is used to carry the Buddha image or Phra Krathin, the monks' robes offered during the festival.

Anekchartputchong Royat Barge
, this was built in the reign of King Rama V, and the one Royal barge to be coloured pink.
          Among the exhibits in the museum are the Kanya Throne, Budsaba Throne, and many kinds of oars and paddles. Due to lack of space, only eight of the Royal barges can be seen there. The other five are kept at Wasukree Pier and at the Royal Thai Navy Transpoft Department.
Suggested route:
          The National Musem of the Royal Barges is one of the attractions in the Bangkoknoi Canal tour programme. So, it is recommended that, to visit the Museum, you purchase the Bangkoknoi Canal tour service readily available at Tha Chang'
Opens daily 9.00 -17.00 hrs. except during the Songkran and New Year festivals. 30 baht per person.Tel:+66(0)2424 0004

 
       


 

NATIONAL THEATRE
           Thailand s National Theatre is on Na Phra That Road next to the National Museum. The original theatre was made of wood. When the government decided to build a National Theatre as a venue for performances of traditional Thai drama, a larger, more sophisticated theatrical complex. Thai Classical dramas and other types of international arts are periodically staged here.
        Theatre building is divided into three parts. ln the right wing is a small theatre, while the left wing contains the workshops of the stage technicians. The central wing is a large auditorium, next to which is the Sankhita Sala for open air musical performances. Notable among the cultural and dramatic works performed at the National Theatre is the masked Khon, in which episodes from the Ramayana epic drama are enacted to music in highly stylised form. The Lakhon traditional drama can also be seen here, as well as performances of classical music and dance in the traditionas both of the court and the villages of the four regions of Thailand.
Suggested routes:
From Sapan Taksin skytrain station, use exit 1 and walk down to Tha Sathon. Use the Chaophraya Express boat service to Tha Phra Athit. Walk off of the pier and onto Phra Athit Road which runs towards Phra Pin Klao Bridge. Make a left turn at the junction under the Bridge to Rachini Road. Keep walking until you find the National Theatre on your right -adjoining the lnstitute of Dramatic Arts.
From Wat Phra Kaew, use exit on Na Pralan Road and walk across to the other side. Make a right turn and walk towards the T-junction ahead. At the junction, turn left to Na Phra That Road. Walk past Thammasat Untversity and the National Museum Bangkok. Next to the National Museum is the National Theatre.
From Khao San Road, take the suggested route to Sanam Luang. But just before you reach Na Phra That Road which is right of Sanam Luang, you will see on your right the National Theatre -just next to the National Museum Bangkok.
Opens on Friday and Saturday. Showtime depends upon each programme.
Varies from show to show, but normally costs around 40, 60, or 80 baht.
Tel: +66(0)2221 4885

 
       

 

VICTORY MONUMENT
              Victory Monument, located within a traffic circle, was built in the reign of the present King, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej to honor 59 officers, policemen, government officials and plain civrlians who sacrificed their lives during the conflict between Thailand and French in January 1939. The monument is built of reinforced concrete and marble in the shape of five bayonets 50 metres high. Around the base  of the bayonets are five statues representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, police and Civilian war heroes, who died during the Franco-Thai dispute over the redesignation of the border between Thailand and lndochina, whose names are engraved on a bronze plate attached to the monument. When a foreign dignitary pays a state visit to Thailand, laying a wreath at the monument is one of the ceremonies included in his schedule. The monument area is also a major centre for buses going to all parts of Bangkok now.
Suggested route:
lt is recommended that you use the skytrain service to Victory Monument Station, then use either exit 3 or 4.

 
       

 

DUSIT ZOO
              Locally called "Khao Din Wana , Dusit Zoo was built by command of King Rama V as his private botanical garden. Later, King Rama Vll donated the park to the Bangkok Municipal Administration so that it could be used as a zoo and public park. The zoo, opened in 1954, occupies a land area of 35-acres and a water area of 12-acres. The collection of animals comprises over 300 mammals, 800 birds, and 200 reptiles, including relatively rare indigenous species in conditions resembling their natural environments. Now, it is one of the premier zoological facilities in South­east Asia as well as its educational value and contribution to breeding and conserving animal species. The shady grounds feature trees labelled in English, Thai and Latin, plus a lake in the centre with paddle boats for rent. There's also a small children's
playground. the zoo has always been a favourite recreational destination for Bangkok people.
Suggested route:
       lt is recommended that you start from the Anantasamakom Throne Hall since the main entrance of Dusit Zoo is on U Thong Nai Road just opposite Anantasamakom Throne Hall.
Opens daily 8:00AM-6:00PM  5 baht for a child and 30 baht for an adult
Tel:+66(0)2281 2000, 2282 7111-5

 
       


 

HUALAMPONG RATLWAY STATION
          The coming of the Royal railway brought a great change to the Thai way of life at that time. Since then, trains have become an impofiant form of transport and play a great role in trade across the country and beyond.
        Bangkok's Hualampong station was built by Ducth architects and engineer before World War l, after railways were introduced to Thailand. The seven-year construction period started in 1910 and finished in 1998. This has made made a vast improvement in all its aspects. One of the city's earliest and most outstanding example of the movement towards Thai Are Deco, the varlted iron roof and neoclassical potlico dimonstrate engineering that was state-of-the-art in its time, while the patterned, two-toned skylights exemplify pure de Stijl Dutch modernism.
         The station provides 24-hour service. There are regular trains, rapid trains, express trains and the Sprinter or special express train. Trains are divided into 3rd class, 2nd class sleeping car with or without air-conditioning^ There are 24 ticket windows and a computer system for passengers to buy tickets and making reservations.
Suggested routes:
Use subway to get to Hualampong station and use exit 2 which will take you right up to the Hualampong railway station.
Use skytrain to get to one of the three stations where there is a subway station close to it. These are Sala Daeng, Asok, and Mo Chit which are close to Silom, Sukhumvit and Chatuchak subway stations respectively. Then use the subway service to get to Hualampong station and get off at exit 2 which will take you right up to Hualampong railway station.
Open daily 24 Hours a day
Tel:+66(0)2220  4268, 2225 0300
Reservation line : +66(0)2220  4334 Info      hotline: 1690

 
       

 

Jatujak Weekend Market
              Often simply abbreviated as JJ Market,everyone knows aboutthis place.The self-proclaimed world’s largest  flea market is the shopping behemoth no shopaholic can slay. Covering 1,600 square meters and containing over 10,000 individual shops, you could walk all weekend and still not see every shop.Everything you can imagine can be found here;new and vintage clothing,jewelry,household goods, original art and rare collectibles,new and used books, wholesale items,fresh and dried foods,and everything in between.Practice your hard bargaining skills to get a steal of a deal,graze on snacks and drinks throughout, and enjoy people watching;along with tourists from all over the world,Thais of all ages from all strata of society browse shoulder to shoulder every weekend at Jatujak.Shops open on Saturday and Sunday from around 09:00AM to 06:00PM
Note: (Jatujak Weekend Market)Khampaengphet Road, Chatuchak District,Bangkok Jatujak Administration
Tel:+66(0)2272 4440

 
   

 

 

Thai Boxing(Lumpini & Ratchadamnoen)
            Muay Thai ,or the’Art of Eight Limbs’,is a traditionalform of Thai martial arts that makes use of punches,kicks,elbow,and knee strikes.Known as Thailand’s  national sport,Muay Thai has a growing following around the world.The fights themselves are fascinating and action packed,and allows a glimpse into traditional Thai culture.Bouts begin with ritualistic music and aslow dance as the boxers honor their teachers and the spirits of the ring.Consisting of five three-minute rounds,the bouts showcase the remarkable prowess and poise of fighters,with their well-honed techniques,as bettors frantically hand-signal wagers throughout the match.Fighters undergo intense training for many years before they can even enter these marquee arenas,as this sport requires peak physical and mental conditioning.The two most famous venues are located centrally in Bangkok,Lumpini Stadium(which is run by the Royal Thai Army )and the older Ratchadamnoen Stadium.Ticket prices range from 200 THB for the cheap seats to 2000 thb for ringside.
Note: (Lumpini Stadium)Rama IV Road,Bangkok Tel: +66(0)2252 8765 Fights take place Tuesdays and Friday s from 06:30 PM,Saturdays 05:00PM-10:00PM
Suggested routes:
From Sala Daeng skytrain station, take exit 4 and use the suggested route to Suan Lum Night Bazaar.
From Suam Lumphini subway station, take exit 3 and go up to Suan Lum Night Bazarr. Lumphini Stadium is just next to Suan Lum Night Bazaar.
          (Ratchadamnoen Stadium) Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue Tel: +66(0)2281 4205  Fight night are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, starting at 06:30 PM
Suggested routes:
From Loha Prasat, turn right, walk along Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, cross Phan Fa Li Lad Bridge and walk on to Ratchadamnoen Nok Road. Keep walking straight until you find the Tourism Authority of Thailand on your right. Next to it is the Ratchadamnoen Stadium.
From Khao San Road, get to Loha Prasat and used the suggested route above.

 
   

 

 

Suan Lum Night Bazaar
             One of the larger and more famous markets in Bangkok,the Suan Lum Night Bazaar is an interesting mish of all facets of society looking for chic urban outerwear or a nick-knack to take home as a souvenir.The Night Bazaar is open from 05:00 PM to midnight, with some shops open until later.All manner of vendors selling gifts,clothing,jewellery,fruit,compact discs,hand-made products like tapestries and fine arts,including paintings and sculptures grace the seemingly endless maze of shop stalls.There is a large beer garden,with an array of food available,and live entertainment.on the other side of the market there is a quieter area with many restaurants offering both inside and outside garden seating.
Note: Located on Rama IV Road,Bangkok
Suggested routes:
From Sala Daeng skytrain station, use exit 4 and follow the route to Lumphini Park. However, do not enter the Park. Just turn right walk up along Rama lV Road until you Jind another big intersection. From there, you will cleady see Suan Lum Night Bazaar on the other side of Wireless Road.
From Suan Lumphini subway station, use exit 3 and you will find Suan Lum Night Bazaar up on the ground above the station.
The Night Bazaar opens daily 3:00 -124PM
Joe Louis Theatre opens daily from 1:00PM-11:00PM. The puppet show starts from 7:30PM onwards.
 Free for the Night Bazaar, 000 baht for a puppei show at Joe Louis Theatre.
Night Bazaar
Tel:=66(0)2252 4776,2252 9683-4 ,Joe Louis Theatre +66(0)2 252 9683-4

 
       


 

Khao San Road
            
The epicenter of Thailand’s boho backpacker society,Khao San Road is a vivacious area in the Banglamphu neighborhood of Phra Nakhon district near the Grand Palace.While known as the place to visit and stay for foreigners on transit through Thailand,Khao San is also a popular hangout among locals.It is an excellent place to haggle for any number of items including clothes,hats,shoes,Thai handicrafts,beach wear,and secondhand books(such as Alex Garland’s ever-popular escapist novel The Beach,which helped immortalize this zany lane),as well as black market video games and CDs.Cheap eats-from Phad Thai and omelets on rice to falafels and the infamous fried insects-can be found all along khaoSan Road.

 
       


 

Central World
        
As ambitious as the name sounds,they just about get it right.CentralWorld is the largest lifestyle shopping complex in not only Thailand but all of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong,located at Ratchaprasong in tersection in the heart of the city.With over 550,000 square meters of retail space,the largest bookstore in Thailand, thelargest sporting goods outlet, the biggest outdoor multipurpose space in Thailand,and Thailand’s largest indoor parking lot.it may seem overwhelming,but the smart design makes it surprisingly easy to navigate,and the shops inside are predominantly brands that most people can afford.Two full-sized cinemas and a massive variety of dining options make this a preferred destination for many locals as well as tourists.Open every day from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Note:  (CentralWorld) 4Rajdamri Road,Pathumwan District,Bangkok Call Center:+66(0)2635 1111
Suggested routes:
From Ratchadamri skytrain station, use exit 4 and walk up the Ratchadamri Road until you reach a big intersection and see the Erawan Shrine on your right. From there, you will clearly see the huge central world Plaza just across the road.
From  Siam center, facing siam square, turn left and walk along Rama I Road until you find the huge building on your left just before a big intersection. That is Central World Plaza.

 
       

 

Siam Center&Siam Discovery
              These trendy shopping malls at the BTS Skytrain’s Siam Station cater to a wide range of patrons,from school skipping students to the affluent crowds of Bangkok.The six-storey Siam Discovery Center was built in 1997 and serves a slightly more mature market than Siam Center.Its latest theme is “One Floor,One Concept”,which groups similar stores on one floor.Among the stores is Thailand’s only Diesel designer clothing store as well as Asia’s only branch of the Habitat home furnishings.Loft,a popular Japanese gift shop is also located there.EGV’s Grand cinema and Glod Class Theater are on the sixth floor,offering a bit of entertainment action for tourists
Note:SiamCenter&SiamDiscovery 989 Siam Tower, Rama1 Road,Pathumwan District,Bangkok
Tel:+66(0)2658 1000-19
Suggested route:
         
Use the skytrain service to Siam Station. You can take either exit 1 or 3 which will lead you directly to these two shopping centers which are opposite to Siam Square.

 
   

 

 

Siam Paragon
          Bangkok is a shopping paradise, and the jewel in that crown is Siam Paragon.Home to flagship stores of the world’s top designer brands like Gucci,Prada,Louis Vuitton,Dior,Versace,Hermes,and Paul Smith,the 500,000 square-meter retail area includes boutiques for high-end electronics,luxury watches,and supercars,as well as a colossal department store where the emphasis is on the fashionable and luxurious.The ground floor contains a giant food hall,along with many dining options,as well as Siam Ocean World,the largest indoor aquarium in Southeast Asia.On the top floor you will find Siam Paragon,Bangkok’s finest cinema which includes a full-size IMAX theater.
J Note : (Siam Paragon ) 99/1 Rama 1 Road,Pathumwan District,Bangkok
Tel: +66(0)2610 8000

 
       

 

MBK Center (Mah Boonkrong)
             
Commonly known as MBK,this mega shopping mallis home to essentially everything you could ever dream of buying.From knock-off designer clothing to cell phones to custom carved creations,MBK is your one stop-shopping complex for souvenirs of every genre. There are literally so many vendors,and various stalls that getting lost here is not difficult,so be sure to allocate plenty of time for walking around.On the top floors are numerous international dining chains,ranging from Pizza Hut to KFC,in addition to alarge movie theatre,bowling alley and karaoke rooms.MBK is quite different than the adjacent Paragon shopping complex ,in that most prices are not fixed and open to negotiation if you have a knack for getting great deals.
Opens daily 10:00AM-10:00PM
Tel:+66(0)2217 9101-29
Suggested route:
skytrain service to National stadium station. upon getting off, take exit 4 ',hich rs directly connected to the Shopping Center.