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Bangkok

Bangkok (The City of Angels) is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities. Created as the Thai capital in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, Bangkok is a national treasure house and Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.
Bangkok exceeds 1,500 square kilometres in area and is home to one-tenth of the country's population. Major tourist attractions include glittering Buddhist temples, palaces, timeless " Venice of the East" canals and river scenes, classical dance extravaganzas, and numerous shopping centres. 

Attractions:

Also called the Castle in the Clouds, Vimanmek Palace is the summer palace built entirely out of teakwood and commissioned by King Rama V. The 3-story, 81-room mansion houses impressive furniture and royal jewelry and objects of interest that were actually used by the king.

The most important landmarks in the City of Angels are the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Palace is a large walled complex comprising several buildings dating back 200 years, that are still used on specific occasions. The royal temple houses the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, exquisitely carved from a solid block of jade.

Close by is the Wat Pho , one of Bangkok's oldest and largest temples, made popular by housing the gigantic, gold-plated reclining Buddha. The temple has the largest collection of Buddha images, and is the center for the teaching and preservation of traditional Thai medicine. You can study massaging techniques or get one here.

Across the Chao Phraya River is the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). The temple predates the city's founding and is beautifully adorned with glass and ceramic mosaics. 

Jim Thompson's House retains the remarkable Thai style architecture, and contains a valuable South East Asian art collection. Jim Thompson was an American who revived the Thai silk industry after WWII and later disappeared mysteriously into the Malaysian jungles. The house has been left the same since his disappearance.

Muay Thai is Thailand's indigineous sport where contestants' every body parts can be used as weapons. Fights are regularly held at two venues - Lumpini Stadium and Ratchadamnoen Stadium.

Rent a long-tail boat and tour the Floating Market off Bangkok's numerous canals. The markets are open daily in the mornings, and interesting wats and daily life can be seen along the banks of the canals. 
Dine on the 77 th floor of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the world's tallest hotel, at the Observation Deck. Spectacular views of the city that can't be topped.

The Royal Barge Museum houses the elaborate barges that are used for royal and governmental functions. The most beautiful and famous one is the Suphanahongse, a golden swan barge used solely by the king.

Amidst high-rises, Bangkok has ample space for parks, with Lumphini Park being one of the largest. A large, artificial lake with row-boats, well manicured gardens and walking paths makes it a great escape. Get there early in the morning and join in the T'ai Chi exercises. 

City Attractions

* Thai Traditional Massage
Thai Traditional Massage This therapeutic and highly soothing form of massage purportedly evolved from rishis (forest-dwelling Brahmin hermit asetics) who relieved the physical stress of extended periods of meditation by adopting certain postures. Wat Pho is the best known centre for massages and massage tuition. Major hotels also offer Thai massage services. Modern Spas, traditionally, were towns where public baths, hospitals or hotels were built above mineral springs so that people could come and make use of the healing properties found in the water and its mud for medical purposes.
These days, a spa doesn't have to be a town built on natural thermal springs. It can be a place anywhere that anyone can go to, to relax in tranquil surroundings with a variety of treatments administered to recontour and rejuvenate the body and mind.
Modern spas usually focus on a holistic approach - tending to the mind, body and soul and promoting quality in terms of lifestyle. There are four such places in Bangkok. 

* Thai Spas Address list

  • Banyan Tree Spa , 51 st to 54 th floor of Thai Wah Tower II, South Sathon Road. Tel: 0-2679-1052, 0-2679-1054.
  • Grand Spa & Fitness Club , Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, 250 Sukhumvit Road. Tel: 0-2653-0282.
  • JW's Health Club & Spa , JW Marriott Hotel, Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road. Tel: 0-2656-7700. 
  • Oriental Spa Thai Health & Beauty Centre , 48 Oriental Avenue. Tel: 0-2439-7613-4.
  • Swiss Perfection , in the Regent Bangkok Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Road. Tel: 0-2255-5519, 0-2255-8218


Thai Cooking

Thai Cooking Thai cuisine has gained increasing international favour. Visitors wishing to learn how to cook Thai food can contact the Modern Housewife Institute (Tel: 0-2279-2831, 0-2279-2834), or the UFM Food Centre (Tel: 0-2259-0620-30) for full details. Thai cooking classes are also arranged by many hotels including Dusit Thani Tel: 0- 2236-6400 , Delta Grand Pacific Tel: 0-2255-2400 , Imperial Queen's Park Tel: 0-2261-9000 , Mariott Royal Garden Riverside Tel: 0-2476-0021 , Landmark Tel: 0-2254- 0404 , Oriental Tel: 0-2437-6211 , Shangri-la Tel: 0-2236-7777 , Sol Twin Towers Tel: 0-2216-9555 and Tai Pan Tel: 0-2260- 9888.

Meditation
Meditation is one of the most popular aspects of Buddhism, practiced regularly by numerous Thais and laymen as a means of promoting inner peace and happiness. The following are meditation centres which offer a class in English for foreign visitors who wish to discover more about Buddhism and Buddhist meditation.
The International Buddhist Meditation Centre Wat Mahathat, Tha Phrachan. Tel: 0-2623-6326.
The World Fellowship of Buddhists 616 Sukhumvit Soi 24. Tel: 0- 2661-1284-7.
House of Dhamma 26/9 Soi 15, Lat Phrao Road. Tel: 0-2511- 0439. 

Royal Palace
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo
This inner-city riverine landmark contains several buildings with highly detailed architectural features. Wat Phra Kaeo, within the same compound, is a treasure house of Thai arts and houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.

Open: Daily from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. (except during special royal ceremonies). Admission: 200 baht. (including a ticket to Vimanmek Royal Mansion). Proper attire is essential. Personal Audio Guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin: 100 baht. Tel: 0-2623-5500,0-2222-0094, 0-2222-6889 

Museums list

The Ancient City is located at Km. 33 on Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan Province. This is the world's largest outdoor museum and consists of gigantic sized replicas of famous buildings, monuments, and temples found in all parts of Thailand. Visitors can travel around by private car in the area of 320 acres, which is approximately the geographic shape of Thailand.
Open: Daily from 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Admission: 50 baht. Tel: 0-2224-1057,0-2226-1936

Bangkok Dolls & Museum Bangkok Dolls have won several awards for their creations. A single-storey workshop and Doll Museum in the Chandavimol family compound at 85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng) in Bangkok's Makkasan district is the magnet for the many visitors who wish to inspect these miniature creations in all their wondrous variety.
Open: Mon to Sat from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2245-3008

Jim Thompson Museum This collection of traditional Thai-style houses, fashioned into one dwelling, belongs to the man who helped restore the Thai silk industry after World War II, and today, preserved as a museum, contains a priceless collection of Asian objects d' art. The canalside museum is located in Soi Kasemsan 2 on Rama I Road opposite the National Stadium.
Open: Daily from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: 100 baht. Tel: 0 2216 7368, 0 2612 3744, 0 2215 0122

Khamthieng House Located in the garden of the Siam Society on Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asok), is the 200-year-old northern Lanna style wooden house containing a collection of traditional implements used by northern people.
Open: Tue to Sat from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (except public holidays)  Admission: 100 baht. Tel: 0-2661-6470-7

Kukrit's House At 19 Soi Phra Pinit, South Sathon Road, stands the home of M.R. Kukrit Pramoj (1911-1995). M.R. Kukrit was born and raised in a family of royal descent. His career included military service, finance, lecturing, writing, and politics. He was Prime Minister in 1974 and 1975. His house is an antique Thai structure, assembled in Bangkok, and contains a fine art collection. The gardens are noted for their Thai bonsai trees and for their eastern and western-style sections.
Open: Sat -Sun and official holidays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: 50 baht. Tel: 0-2286-8185

Museum of Imaging Technology The first camera and photograph museum established in Thailand and Asia, is located at the same building as the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University on Phaya Thai Road. Historic photographs and imaging equipment, as well as its technological evolution are collected and displayed. Modern photographic arts, techniques and printing technology are also exhibited.
Open: Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.to3 p.m. Admission: 100 baht. Tel: 0-2218-5583

National Museum Within the walking distance of the Grand Palace is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Southeast Asia. Bangkok's National Museum houses a vast collection of artefacts found in all parts of the country ranging from neolithic times, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya to the Bangkok period. The complex, once used as a palace, consists of several old but beautiful buildings of colourful Thai architectural design.
Open: Wed to Sun from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: 40 baht. Guided tours in English, French, German, and Japanese are provided on certain days of the week. Tel: 0-2224-1333

National Gallery Museum Situated on Chao Fa Road opposite the National Theatre, the museum exhibits traditional and contemporary works of art created by Thai artists.
Open: Wed-Sun from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: 30 baht. Tel: 0-2281-2224

Philatelic Museum The museum is on the 1st floor of the Metropolitan Postal Bureau behind Sam Sen Nai Post Office, Saphan Khwai area. Thai and foreign stamps of the past are on display. The collections of post books in both Thai and foreign languages are available at the library. Stamps and accessories for stamp collections are also on sale.
Open: Tue – Sat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2271-2439 

Prasart Museum This museum is located at 9 Soi 4 A, Krungthep Kritha Road off Srinakarintara Road, Bang Kapi District. It houses a vast collection of artefacts from the prehistoric to the Rattanakosin (Bangkok) periods. The imitations of some beautiful Thai architectural creations are scattered within the museum complex.
Open: Tue - Sun from 10.30 a.m.to 3 p.m. Reservation is required. Admission: 500 baht. Tel: 0 2379 3601, 0 2379 3607

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre Located on Borom Ratchonnani Road beyond the Southern Bus Termninal, this centre is a national institution responsible for the systematic gathering, processing and servicing of anthropological data scattered throughout the country. A variety of exhibitions on Social and Cultural Development in Thailand, Ethno-Archaeology, Thai Ceramic Collections, as well as the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Biography can be viewed.
Open: Mon to Fri from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: 10 baht. Tel: 0-2880-9429. www.sac.or.th

Rare Stone Museum Located on Charoenkrung Road between Soi 26 and Soi 28 in the Bang Rak area, the museum features thousands of strange stones found in Thailand and other various countries, as well as displays of collections of ashtrays and cigarette labels.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: 100 baht. Tel: 0-2236-5666, 0-2236-5655, 0-2236-5712

Royal Barge National Museum Thailand's ornately carved and decorated Royal Barges are displayed in boatsheds on Khlong (Canal) Bangkok Noi, just off the Chao Phraya River near the Phra Pin Klao Bridge on the Thon Buri side. The barges are used on royal occasions and formerly served as war vessels.
Open: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: 30 baht. Tel: 0-2424-0004

Royal Thai Army Museum The Royal Thai Army is pleased to invite you to join them in their efforts to promote the Thailand tourism industry. Visit their Headquarters and witness a spectacular Changing of the Cavalry Guards procedure in full uniform. Children will have a chance to closely inspect tanks and other amoured vehicles on display.
Visitors will be able to visit the Royal Thai Army Museum to learn about the history of the Royal Thai Army, as well as view various weapons, military insignias and uniforms which were used in the past. For your enjoyment, the Royal Thai Army Band will provide beautiful music throughout the event. Guaranteed to be an exceptional and memorable experience for all.
Please join them at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters, Ratchadamnoen Nok Road (opposite Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium)
Open:  Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Admission: free

Science Centre for Education Situated next to the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) on Sukhumvit Road, this is an exhibition centre detailing data on a variety of scientific issues. Among the attractions are a planetarium, an aquarium as well as permanent exhibitions of sports science, communication technology and natural environment.
Open: Exhibition: Tue to Sun (except public holidays) from 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Planetariam: 1-hour shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Additional shows on Sat & Sun at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission: Exhibition and Planetariam - Adult 30 baht, Child 15 baht, Tel: 0-2392-1773, 0-2392-5951-9

Suan Pakkad Palace Located on Si Ayutthaya Road, this complex of five Thai-style houses has an important colloction of Asian antiques. An exquisite lacquer pavilion is decorated with sumptuous late Ayutthaya period gold leaf murals. There is also a Khon Museum where masks and costumes of cultural classical plays are on display.
Open: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: 100 baht. Tel: 0-2245-4934

Thai Human Imagery Museum Located at Km.31 Borom Ratchonnani Road on the way to Nakhon Pathom, the museum houses life-like sculptures created by a group of Thai artists. These breathtaking human-like figures, imitating the replicated characteristics of important people, are displayed in many sections such as the Great Buddhist Monks, Former Kings of the Chakri Dynasty, and One Side of Thai Life.
Open: Weekdays from 9 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Holidays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: 200 baht. Tel: 0-3433-2109, 0-3433-2607, 0-3433-2061

Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall Located in the Thailand Cultural Centre on Ratchadaphisek Road, is a venue displaying the history of the Thai people and different aspects of Thai culture, as it developed from pre-historic times up to the present. The exhibition is presented under the theme of five topics: The Evolution of the Thai Nation, Rice and Thai Way of Life, Thai Language and Literature, Thailand and the World, and Important Achievements and Events in Thai Society.
Open: Mon to Sat from 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2247-0028 ext. 154, 167

The State Railway Hall of Fame This is a train museum where steam engines, train models, and miniature trains are exhibited, along with the story of world railway systems. It is located on the western side of Chatuchak Park adjacent to Kamphaeng Phet Road.
Open: Every Sunday from 5 to12 a.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2243-2037-9

Vimanmek Mansion Museum This is the world's largest golden teak building located in the compound of the Dusit Palace on Ratchawithi Road. The three-storey royal mansion has 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing fin de siecle royal memorabilia. A guided tour in English is provided to visitors.
Other beautiful buildings in the same compound display various items and art objects; for example, H.M. King Bhumibol's photography, H.M. Queen Sirikit's collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, old clocks, ancient cloth, and royal carriages.
Open: Daily from 9.30 a.m.-4 p.m.Thai dancing shows: Daily at 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission:100 baht. Proper attire is required. Tel: 0 2628 6300-9  

Temples Address list in Bangkok

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) This famous Chao Phraya riverbank landmark diagonally opposite the Grand Palace, is best known for a porcelain encrusted 79 metre central pagoda which sparkles in the sun. The temple can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tian Pier near Wat Pho.
Open: Daily from 7.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Admission: 20 baht. Tel: 0-2465-5640

Wat Benchamabophit Located on Si Ayutthaya Road, this unique marble temple was constructed during the reign of King Rama V. It employs European ecclesiastic details, such as stained glass windows, and contains a superb cloister collection of bronze Buddha images.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Admission: 20 baht. Tel: 0-2281-2501, 0-2628-7947

Wat Bowon Niwet This temple is located on Phra Sumen Road in the Bang Lamphu area. Built in 1829, it is the shrine-hall of Phra Phutthachinnasi, a very beautiful Buddha image which was moulded in about 1357. This is one of the most important temples in Bangkok, whose one-time chief abbot was King Rama IV before he ascended the throne. King Rama IV and King Rama VII, as well as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej resided here during their monkhood.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission : Free. Tel: 0-2281-2831-3

Wat Intharawihan Located on Wisutkasat Road, this temple is well known for a huge standing Buddha image called Luang Pho To. The image, built in the reign of King Rama IV, is 32 metres tall and 10 metres wide. The topknot of the Buddha image contains a relic of Lord Buddha brought from Sri Lanka.
Open: Daily from 8.30 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2628-5550-2

Wat Mahathat This old temple was built in the reign of King Rama I. Located on Na Phrathat Road near Thammasat University, the temple houses Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in Thailand and also offers meditation classes for foreigners.
Open: Daily from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.Admission: FreeTel: 0-2222-6011, 0-2222-8004; Meditation Centre Tel: 0-2623- 6326

Wat Pho This large and extensive temple neighbours the Grand Palace enclave on Thai Wang Road and contains a gigantic gold plated Reclining Buddha some 46 metres long and 15 metres high with inlaid mother of pearl soles. The temple is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called ‘ Thailand 's first university'.
Open: Daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: 20 baht. Tel: 0-2222-0933 

Wat Ratchabophit The temple is located on Fuang Nakhon Road near Wat Pho. Built by King Rama V in 1869, it was in keeping with tradition that each monarch constructed a temple to mark his reign. The temple is a mixture of local and western styles, showing an awakening interest in new ideas and a desire to experiment with them. The exterior of the chapel is in the Thai style, but the interior is decorated in the European style.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2222-3930, 0-2221-0904

Wat Ratchanatdaram Located on Mahachai Road, the temple was built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846. Loha Prasat, the temple's main attraction, standing 36 metres high with 37 surrounding spires, is the only one of its kind left in the world. Next to the temple is the area for welcoming important foreign guests, and a memorial statue of King Rama III.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2224-8807, 0-2225-5749

Wat Saket and The Golden Mount Wat Saket's major feature is the Golden Mount, dating from the 1800s. A Lanka-style chedi on the top contains relics of Lord Buddha and offers a panoramic view of historic Bangkok.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Admission: 10 baht. Tel: 0-2621-0576

Wat Suthat and The Giant Swing Located on Bamrung Muang Road, this temple is noted for its superb 19 th century murals in the main chapel. The distinctive Giant Swing outside the temple was once used in Brahmanic ceremonies, long since discontinued. Nearby shops stock a very comprehensive range of Buddhist religious supplies.
Open: Daily from 8.30 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission: 20 baht. Tel: 0-2224-9845, 0-2222-9632.  www.watsuthat.org  

Wat Thepthidaram Located on Mahachai Road, the temple was built in the reign of King Rama III engaging a mixture of Chinese architectural styles. Sunthon Phu, one of Thailand's greatest poets, resided in this temple during his monkhood from 1840-1842.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free.Tel: 0 2222 5067

Wat Trai Mit Located at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road near Hualamphong Railway Station, this temple houses an ancient solid gold seated Buddha image of the Sukhothai Period, three metres in height and weighing five and a half tons.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: 20 baht. Tel: 0-2225-9775 

Public Park list in Bangkok

Benchasiri Park. This compact park on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 24 was built to commemorate the 60 th birthday of HM Queen Sirikit in 1992. It features a huge sculpture of a commemorative coin illustrating an image of HM Queen Sirikit and 12 pieces of contemporary sculptures including children's works.
Open: Daily from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free

Chatuchak Park is located at the junction of Phahonyothin and Vibhavadi Rungsit roads. There are nine pieces of ASEAN sculptures that enhance the character of the park.
Open: Daily from 5 a.m.- 8 p.m. Admission: Free

Lumpini Park. This was a huge open space once belonging to King Rama VI, who issued a royal command to turn the area into a public park as a gift to Bangkok residents. It is located on Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri and Witthayu (Wireless) roads, with entrance gates on all sides.
Open: Daily from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission: Free

Princess Mother Memorial Park. This beautiful park is located on Soi 3 Somdet Chao Phraya Road, Khlong San District. It was built near the Wat Anongkharam community where Somdej Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani, HRH the Princess Mother resided during her childhood. The park comprises a full scale model of the Princess Mother's house and the old buildings renovated as exhibition halls displaying the life story of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother as well as the history of the Wat Anongkharam community.
Open: Garden - Daily from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Museum – Daily from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: Free. Tel: 0-2437-7799, 0-2439-0902 

Queen Sirikit Park. This is situated east of Chatuchak Park on Phahonyothin Road. It was built to commemorate the 60 th birthday anniversary of HM Queen Sirikit. A big pool in the park contains three fountains and a fine collection of both Thai and foreign lotuses.
Open: Daily from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free

Rama IX Royal Park. The 200-acre botanical garden-cum-public park is located deep inside Sukhumvit Soi 103 (Udomsuk) and was opened in 1987 to commemorate the 60th birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Open: Daily from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: 10 baht. Tel: 0-2328-1385-7

Rommaninat Park. This is a public park built on the old prison grounds on Mahachai Road near Wat Suthat. The Corrections Museum inside the park displays instruments of punishment and the evolution of punishment trends in Thailand.
Open: Park - Daily from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. / Museum – Thu to Sat from 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Admission: Free

Saranrom Park. Located near the Grand Palace between Rachini and Charoenkrung roads, this park was originally a royal garden in the Saranrom Palace. At the south end of the park is a marble monument dedicated to HM Queen Sunantha Kumareerat and HRH Prince Kannaporn Phetcharat, who died in a boating accident during the reign of King Rama V.
Open: Daily from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free ZOOS / ANIMAL FARMS

Crocodile Farm. This large farm with over 60,000 fresh and saltwater crocodiles is some 30 kilometres from Bangkok in Samut Prakan Province. Other creatures including trained elephants, gibbons, lions, and snakes are also found here. The exciting crocrodile wrestling show is performed every hour. There is also a Dinosaur Museum where various species of life-size dinosaurs and their skeletons are on display.
Open: Daily from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adult 300 baht; Child 200 baht. Tel: 0-2703-4891-5, 0-2703-5144-8

Dusit Zoo. Located beside the Royal Plaza, Bangkok's oldest zoo contains a collection of popular African and Asian mammals and birds in an ornamental garden.
Open: Daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.Admission: Adult 30 baht; Child 5 baht. Tel: 0-2281-2000, 0-2282-7111-3

Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute (Snake Farm). Located near Chulalongkorn Hospital on the corner of Henri Dunant Road and Rama IV Road, this institute contains a collection of poisonous snakes which are "milked” daily for their venom in order to produce invaluable anti-snakebite serum.
Open: Mon–Fri from 8.30 a.m.-4 p.m. ; Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 8.30 a.m.- 12 noon. Venom extraction: Mon-Fri at 11 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. ; holidays at 11.00 a.m. Slide presentation in English: 30 minutes before venom extraction. Admission: 70 baht. Tel: 0-2252-0161-4 

Safari World. Bangkok's greatest open zoo and leisure park is located in Min Buri, via Km. 9 on Raminthra Road. The 300-acre complex comprises a Safari Park populated by African and Asian mammals, a Marine Park with amusing performances of well-trained dolphins and seals, a Bird Park and a Games Corner.
Open: Daily from 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 700 baht; Child 450 baht. Tel: 0-2518-1000-19

Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo. Just only 1 kilometre before the Rose Garden, this 60-acre farm is another interesting attraction housing many different wild animals and thousands of crocodiles. Fascinating performances such as Crocodile Wrestling, Magic Show, and Elephant Theme Show commence everyday at 12.45 p.m. and 2.20 p.m. with additional shows on Sundays at 10.30 a.m.
Open: Daily from 8.00 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Admission: Adult 350 baht; Child 250 baht. Tel: 0-2284-1873, 0-2284-0273 

Amusement Park List in Bangkok

Dream World  Situated at km.7 of Rangsit-Ongkharak Road, this large amusement park houses a European style plaza, miniature land of major world legends, and offers exciting rides, shows and games.
Open: Weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Holidays from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Admission: 450 baht. Tel: 0-2533-1152

Siam Park City Located in suburban Min Buri on Sukhaphiban 2 Road, this water amusement park contains a man-made sea with towering slides. Satellite attractions include children's playgrounds, aviaries, an open zoo and a botanical garden.
Open: Mon to Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ; Sat-Sun and Public Holidays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adult 400 baht; Child 300 baht. Tel: 0-2919-7200-19

A large number of shopping malls have amusement parks on their upper floors and roofs. The following is a random sampling:
Future Park Bang Khae , Phetkasem Road. Tel: 0-2454-8500.
The Mall Bang Khae , Phetkasem Road. Tel: 0-2454-0061.
Seacon Square , Srinakarintara Road. Tel: 0-2721-9444.
Fashion Island , Km.10 Raminthra Road. Tel: 0-2947-5000.

Cultural Performances
Details of current programmes and events can generally be found in Bangkok's major English-language newspapers, namely Bangkok Post and The Nation.

Theatres
The National Theatre, located on Na Phra That Road next to the National Museum, is the official centre of Thai classical performances. Call : 0-2224-1342 for a current programme.

Thailand Cultural Centre, on Ratchadaphisek Road, is a fully integrated venue for social education and cultural activities. Call 0 2247 0028 ext. 109 or visit www.thainet/tcc/ for a current programme.

Chalerm Krung Royal Theatre is located on Charoen Krung Road (New Road) near the Old Siam Plaza. Thai dramas and plays are usually held while Khon or Thai musical dance drama is a special event that is staged occasionally. Call: 0-2225-8757-8, 0-2222- 1325 for more information.

Patravadi Theatre is near Wat Rakhang, Thon Buri. Renowned for its lavish productions, this outdoor theatre has gained popularity through its modern adaptations of classical Asian literature, with each play demonstrating an ingenious blend of various theatrical techniques. Showtime is on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call : 0- 2412-7287-8 for a current programme.

Bangkok Playhouse is located on Phetchaburi Road. This private theatre hosts modern dramas. Call : 0-2679-8548, 0-2319-7641-4 for a current programme. 

Activities: Festival

* Bangkok Songkran Festival (April 12-14)
The traditional Thai New Year is an occasion for merriment all over the city, but most notably at Sanam Luang, near the Grand Palace, where the revered Phra Phuttha Sihing image is displayed and bathed by devotees. In the Wisutkasat area, a Miss Songkran beauty contest is held and accompanied by merit-making and entertainment. Khao San Road, Bang Lamphu area is also one of the high-spots in the city to experience the water-throwing activities between locals and tourists.

* Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May)
An ancient Brahman ritual, conducted at Sanam Luang, in which farmers believe is able to forecast the abundance of the next rice crop. The event is a result of a series of ceremonies that are conducted by Phraya Raek Na, portrayed by a high-ranking official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives who wears colourful traditional costumes. This ceremony was re-introduced in 1960 by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is considered the official commencement of the rice-growing season. H.M. The Queen's Birthday CelebrationAugust 12To display their loyalty and to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her royal birthday, the Thai people decorate their houses and public buildings. Around Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the area around the Grand Palace and other well-known locations are bedecked with coloured lights and magnificent adornments.

* Trooping of the Colours (December)
Their majesties the King and Queen preside over this impressive annual event, held in the Royal Plaza near the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn. Dressed in colourful uniforms, amid much pomp and ceremony, members of the elite Royal Guards swear allegiance to the King and march past members of the Royal Family.

* H.M. The King's Birthday Celebrations (December 5)
H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch is well beloved and deeply respected by all Thais old and young. The occasion of his royal birthday provides his loyal subjects the opportunity to express their reverence for him. All over the country, buildings and homes are elaborated and the area around the Grand Palace is spectacularly illuminated.

Hotels and accommodations

  • Airport Sirida Bangkok Hotel : 278 Sirida Place Bldg., Viphavadee-Rangsit Rd, Soi 3 Yak 10 Ladyao Chatuchak [(66 2) 617-7244]
  • Amari Airport Hotel : 333 Chertwudthakas Road, Moo 10, Don Muang [(66 2) 566-1020-1]
  • Amari Atrium Hotel :1880 New Petchburi Road, Bankapi [(66 2) 718-2000-1]
  • Amari Boulevard : 2 Sukhumvit 5 Road., Klong Toey [(66 2) 255-2930-40]
  • Amari Watergate Hotel : 847 Petchburi Road, Pratunam, Ratchathewi [(66 2) 653-9000-19]
  • Ambassador Hotel Bangkok, The : 171 Sukhumvit Rd, [(66 2) 254-0444]
  • Arnoma Hotel, The : 99 Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan [(66 2) 255-3410] 
  • Airport Sirida Bangkok Hotel :: 278 Sirida Place Bldg., Viphavadee-Rangsit Rd, Soi 3 Yak 10 Ladyao Chatuchak [(66 2) 617-7244]
  • Amari Airport Hotel : 333 Chertwudthakas Road, Moo 10, Don Muang [(66 2) 566-1020-1]
  • Amari Atrium Hotel : 1880 New Petchburi Road, Bankapi [(66 2) 718-2000-1]
  • Amari Boulevard : 2 Sukhumvit 5 Road., Klong Toey [(66 2) 255-2930-40]
  • Amari Watergate Hotel:: 847 Petchburi Road, Pratunam, Ratchathewi [(66 2) 653-9000-19]
  • Ambassador Hotel Bangkok The : 171 Sukhumvit Rd, [(66 2) 254-0444]
  • Arnoma Hotel, The : 99 Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan [(66 2) 255-3410]
  • Asia Hotel : 296 Phayathai Road, Rajthavee, [(66 2) 215-0808]
  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel : 222 Rajprarop Road, Rajthevee [(66 2) 656-3000]
  • Baiyoke Suite Hotel : 130 Rajprarop Road, Rajthevee [(66 2) 255-0330-41]
  • Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa : 257 Charoennakorn Road [(66 2) 476-0022]
  • Bangkok Palace : 1091/336 New Petchburi Rd. [(66 2) 253-0510]
  • Banyan Tree Bangkok : 21/100 South Sathon Road,Thai Wah Tower II Building,Sathon [(66 2) 679-1200]
  • Bel-Aire Princess Hotel : 16 Sukhumvit Soi 5 [(66 2) 253-4300]
  • Centre Point Langsuan : 60 Langsuan Soi 1, Lumpini, Prathumwan [(66 2) 657-2400-29]
  • Centre Point Petchburi 15 : 6 Soi 15, Petchburi Rd., Rajtaevee [(66 2) 254-1373-7]
  • Centre Point Silom : 1522/2 Soi Charoenkrung 50 Charoenkrung Rd. [(66 2) 630-6345]
  • Centre Point Sukhumvit 10 : 39 Soi Sansamran, Sukhumvit 10 Rd., Klongtoey [(66 2) 653-1783]
  • Century Park Hotel : 9 Ratchaprarop Road, Pratunam-Victory Monument [(66 2) 246-7800]
  • Chaophya Park : 247 Rachadapisek Road, Dindang [(66 2) 290-0125] 
  • City Lodge : Sukhumvit 19 [(66 2) 254-4783]
  • City Residence Bangkok : 177 Rama 6 Road, Rongmuang, Pathumwan [(66 2) 613-6680-2]
  • Classic Place Hotel : 1596 New Petchburi Road [(66 2) 255-4444-9]
  • Comfort Suites Airport Bangkok : 88/110 Viphavadee-Rangsit Road, Don Muang, Bangkok 10210, Thailand [(66 2) 552-8921-9]
  • Conrad Bangkok : All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road Bangkok, Thailand [(66 2) 690-9999]
  • Crowne Plaza Bangkok : 981 Silom Road [(66 2) 238-4300]
  • D'Ma Pavilion Hotel : 1091/388 New Petchburi Road [(66 2) 650-0288]
  • Dusit Thani : 946 Rama IV Road [(66 2) 236-9999]
  • Eastin Bangkok Hotel : 1091/343 New Petchburi Road, Makkasan, Rajthevee [(66 2) 651-7600]
  • Emporium Suites : 622 Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton, Klongtoey, [(66 2) 664-9999]
  • First House Hotel : 14/20-29 Petchburi 19 Ro., Soi Juldis, Phyathai, [(66 2) 254-0300-13]
  • Fortune Hotel : 1,3,5,7 Fortune Town Bldg., Rachadaphisek Rd., Dindaeng [(66 2) 641-1500]
  • Golden Horse Hotel : 5/1-2 Dumrongrak Rd, [(66 2) 280-1920-9]
  • Grand China Princess Hotel : 215 Yaowarat Road, Samphantawong [(66 2) 224-9977]
  • Grand Hotel, Bangkok : 238 Ratchadapisek Road [(66 2) 274-1515]
  • Grand Hyatt Erawan : 494 Rajdamri Road [(66 2) 254-1234]
  • Grand Pacific Hotel : 259 Sukhumvit Road [(662) 651-1000]
  • Hilton Bangkok Hotel : 2 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan [(66 2) 253-0123]
  • Hotel Plaza Athenee : Wireless Road [(66 2) 650-8800]
  • Imperial Impala : 9 Sukhumvit Soi 24 [(66 2) 259-0053] 


Restaurants

- The William Tell Restaurant
The William Tell Restaurant in Bangkok is surrounded of a beautiful tropical garden with a cozy atmosphere. The air-conditioned homey interior, the idyllic terrace or the grill garden invite you to stay and relax. Enjoy our selected cuisine which favors Swiss and Thai specialties. The Swiss chef and his team in the kitchen guarantee the use of only fresh ingredients and are very glad to prepare culinary delights for you. Drink a fresh beer from the keg or choose your favourite wine from our wine cellar. Always friendly and helpful, they contribute to make your meal an unforgettable happy event.
19/1 Sukhumvit 20 Shumvit Road Bangkok Tel: 02-258-1516 or 02-663-4474 Fax: 02-663-4482

- Be My Guest
Be My Guest is a combination music and venue-bar-restaurant, combining a funky atmosphere with good food. Located in what could have been an old house years ago, this place has a certain comfortable charm making you feel instantly at ease. With wooden furnishings, the room has a worn, yet appealing ambience, conducive to entertaining groups of friends or co-workers.
43/2 Sukhumvit Soi 31Sukhumvit road, Bangkok. Tel: 02 259 2653, 02 662 0248

- Bio Kitchen & Bakery
Open less than a year, this small, modern café is clean and simple, focusing its attentions on healthy, organically grown ingredients.
425/15 Soi Pipat 2 Silom Road Bangkok.Tel: 02 231 5333-4 Ext. 1154

- Bourbon Street Restaurant (American)
Tucked away on Washington Square, this 13-year established restaurant bills itself as the only Cajun/Creole restaurant in Bangkok and that's true; however, some other restaurants have a few Cajun/Creole dishes but not the variety that you find here. Most dishes are quite representative of the tasty cuisine from the U.S. state of Louisiana, although not as spicy as you'd find them in their natural habitat.
29/4-6 Sukhumvit Soi 22 Shkhumvit Road, BangkokTel: 02 259 0328

- Budapest (Hugarian)
This is a great looking place that seems to capture perfectly the essence of an Eastern European dining room in a classic hotel or private residence. The heavy, dark furniture suggests a bygone age with wall hangings and tableware to reinforce the ambience. The dining room is rather compact, seating around 30 people, adding to a feeling of sophistication and exclusivity. The dishes are almost all classic Hungarian offerings.
413/5 3rd Floor, Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor) Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Tel:02 392 1881-2

- Cha Cha An (Japanese)
Cha Cha An meaning'small house' is a bijou Japanese eatery with wooden interior, traditional floor seating, a long sushi bar and waitresses donned in Kimono-style outfits. Established 10 years ago as one of Bangkok's original Japanese haunts, the management is a Japanese-Thai partnership, which reflects their loyal after-work clientele. The menu is colourfully displayed in Japanese on cards hanging from the windows.
484 Siam Square, Soi 6 Henry Dunant Rd, Bangkok. Tel: 02 252 5038, 02 252 1135-6

- Capri (Pan Pan)
Pizzas and pastries to take away, fresh pasta, grated Parmesan cheese, ice cream
45 Soi Lang Suan, Ploenchit,Tel 252-7501Circle Restaurant (American)Bangkok's hippest Californian eatery presents its fusion cuisine with innovation and panache. Although they have a cigar lounge upstairs, the bottom line here is great tasting food, which is also good for your body, since emphasis is placed on using healthy ingredients, a perfect combination.
20/27-9 Ruam Rudee Village, Soi Ruam Rudee, Ploenchit, Bangkok. Tel: 02 650 8047-8

- Crepes & Co. (Creperie)
With the distinction of being Bangkok's only creperie for the last several years, Crepes & Co. has built up a good regular business, catering to those who appreciate its wide variety of main course and dessert crepes, all imaginatively created. The chef's creative use of ingredients produces some unusual combinations, that you're unlikely to see elsewhere.
18/1 Sukhumvit Soi 12 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Tel: 02 251 2895

-Eat Me Restaurant (International)
The restaurant also doubles as gallery space with regular exhibition changes, drawing in a hip and arty set who indulge themselves by doodling on the tablecloths with complimentary colourful crayons (stops any toilet graffiti). Everything here is very reasonable, even the wine, which is uncommon in this city. All but four bottles are under Bt 1000 and there's some good selections here with weekly specials.
1/6 Soi Pipat 2, Convent Rd Silom, Bangkok. Tel: 02 238 0931 or02 233 1767

- Govinda (Italian Vegetarian)
Govinda's serves exclusively Italian vegetarian food in the pleasant terrace area of Sukhumvit Village. Open two years now, Gianni was previously the chef at Pomodoro and has brought across the same high standard of cuisine at half the price. Several of the dishes use soy meat substitutes and are so tasty that meat lovers will hardly tell the difference.
22 Sukhumvit Village Sukhumvit Soi 22 Sukhumvit Bangkok. Tel: 02 663 4970

- Good Evening Restaurant
This bustling restaurant was opened three years ago, is laid-back from the recently built Naratiwat Rd and attracts a steady stream of office workers and attractive young locals - all looking to let their hair down. The converted house has a long and pleasant al fresco area along the side of the restaurant. Inside there are two dining rooms and a small bar area, soothed by mellow lounge background music.
1120 Naratiwat Rachanakarin 17, Sathorn Bangkok. Tel: 02 286 4676

- Ho Ho Hong Kong Kitchen (Chinese)
This is a reasonably priced Cantonese-style restaurant with an emphasis on serving food as it is prepared in Hong Kong, featuring delicacies like shark's fin and abalone. The main attraction though, is more with dishes like congee - there are 17 variations of this popular porridge preparation.
323 United Centre Bldg, Silom Rd. Bangkok. Tel: 02 231 1162

- Ibrik Cafe' & Restaurant
Ibrik is a wonderful, laid back, homely yet elegant restaurant, located just off the bustle of Thonglor. Opened two years ago by the female partnership of Khun Areerat and Gobe, the mellow venue sits in a converted house with a lush tropical garden for terrace dining. The interior is simple and breezy, livened with sofas, paintings and bookcases.
145 Thonglor Soi 10 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok.Tel: 02 711 5109-10

- Imageries Restaurant (Thai-American)
This establishment really has two identities - a trendy California-style eatery on one side and an upscale, state-of-the-art listening room on the other. The restaurant has a large menu, which is predominantly Thai with a mix of international dishes. The light, airy atmosphere of the room adds to the casual feeling.
2 Soi Metheenives, Sukhumvit 24 Sukhumvit Bangkok. Tel: 02 258 7010

- Indigo Bar & Restaurant (International)
This European eatery is set in an old-style Thai house, the downstairs featuring a beautiful wood-dominated bar area, and upstairs features the dining room. There's also a library area on the ground floor where guests can relax in a quieter setting and a leafy outdoor patio seating area.
6 Soi Convent Silom Bangkok. Tel: 02 235 3268

- Kannicha
Kannicha can be easily missed, tucked away as it is in a converted Thai house at the end of an unassuming side alley. But it shouldn't be missed for its great presentation of Thai food served amidst a charismatic setting. Utilising space, the restaurant combines a main room and a conservatory, surrounded by ceiling-to-floor windows trimmed with flowing drapes. An interesting display of paintings by local artists, hang along one wall.
17 Sukhumvit Soi 11 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Tel: 02 651 1573-4

- Le Bordeaux (French)
Originally opened 16 years ago, Le Bordeaux's original owner has retired now, making way last year for its new proprietor, Victor Batchelor. Le Bordeaux "nouveau" under Victor has seen extensive renovations, with a greater emphasis placed on the authenticity of its French cuisine. The restaurant is simple yet elegant, with immaculate table settings and regular hangings by local art students livening up the wall space.
1/38 Sukhumvit Soi 39 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok. Tel: 02 258 9766

- Loy Nava
If you want to experience dinner on the river, Loy Nava Dinner Cruises is just the ticket. A beautiful boat, made from 30-year old teakwood with woven bamboo slats (100,000 of them) make up the seven-layered roof, and lolls you gently up and down the Chao Phraya river. Flowers adorn the sides of the boat, hanging from wooden supports and the soft candlelight from the interior creates a romantic atmosphere for dining.
Si Phaya Expressboat Pier. Tel: 02 437 4932   Fax: 02 438 3098

- Just One Restaurant & Pub
Apart from occasional passing traffic on the side street, this large converted Thai house with its additional conservatory and splendid garden setting, feels quite removed from the surrounding downtown hubbub. Outside dining is by candlelight under twinkling fairy lights hanging from the trees, or listen to cool tunes from the jazz band within Just One's chic interior.
58 Sathorn Soi 1 Sathorn Road, Bangkok. Tel: 02 679 7932 & 8033

- Mango Tree
Mango Tree is true to the roots of Thai cuisine and culture. The restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere, located in an 80-year old Siamese house on a relatively quiet soi, making for a great retreat from the bustle of the surrounding city. The sounds of the live classical Thai musicians waft around house's cosy rooms.
37 Soi Tantawan Surawongse Road Bangkok. Tel: 02 236 2820

- Marmalade Restaurant
Here at Marmalade however, one will be able to discover genuine Thai cuisine which has been passed down through the generations. They strive to serve present day Thai cooking by taking note of today's urban realities, and fusing modern presentation styles with age-old recipes.
Emporium Office Lobby 2, Sukhumvit 24, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Tel: 662-664 9988

- Pho Vietnamese Restaurant (Vietnamese)
The high-tech, trendy look of Pho lends it an air of sophistication that is created by the mustard-coloured walls, hardwood floors, marble tabletops and low lighting. Along with the upscale diners here, the combination is one that is both scintillating and interesting.
F.E. Zuellig Bldg, 1/F Silom Road Bangkok. Tel.02 251 1124-5

- Ur La Hoy
The sign above this chilled out eatery is only in Thai but is worthy of seeking out. Another of the cluster of bars in this suburban yet lively area, Ur La Hoy (meaning relax) definitely lives up to its name. The restaurant was opened two years ago, answering a demand for unpretentious after-work joints in the Sathorn vicinity. The main room isn't that large but feels roomy with a tall ceiling and windows. There's also a raised out door area and limited garden seating outback.
19 Soi Naratiwat Rachanakarin 15, Sathorn. Tel: 02 286 5672

- The Dubliner Irish Pub (Irish)
The Dubliner brings an Irish pub presence to the Sukhumvit area. It has an authentic feel with a weathered wood finish covering the three floors featuring Gaelic bric-a-brac, making this alehouse "Pure Irish". There's live music at weekends, a big TV screen showing major sports events and pool tables on the third floor. 

- Vijit Restaurants
Vijit Restaurants have a wide variety of foods to serve you such as their special lunch time menus, appetizers and single dishes, Thai food, sauces & chilli pastes, Chinese food, Japanese food, Western food, Korean food, seafood, ice-cream, desserts, and beverages.
313 Visutkasat Road, Bangkhunphrom, Pra Nakorn, Bangkok, Thailand (International) Tel. (662) 0-2281-6972, 0-2281-0750 Fax. (662) 0-2280-1319. E-Mail : info@yokyor.co.th

- Water 1999 (Chinese)
Set back from the road in a converted house, Water 1999 is easy to pass, but a stop here is not only worthy - it will be memorable. This beautiful restaurant is simple yet stylish, two floors of dining are dressed with white walls and dark wood furniture, though it's the wonderful back garden with terrace seating, ponds and fountains, that really sets the mood. Water 1999 is the only one of Bangkok's restaurants to serve authentic Taiwanese cuisine, reputed to be healthier (using less oil and salt) than its Chinese mainland neighbour.
22 Soi Phrom Pong, Sukhumvit 39 Bangkok. Tel: 02 258 8308
440 Sukhumvit Road (Washington Square). Tel: 02 204 1841-2

- The Cedar (Lebanese)
The Cedar has the distinction of being the oldest Middle Eastern restaurant in Bangkok, opened by the present owner's father back in 1975. Cedar recently moved a short distance to a new location but is still on Sukhumvit 49. The new space is a comfortably compact place with plenty of interior decoration to suggest a Middle Eastern presence. The restaurant is technically Lebanese, but offers a range of food associated with that region.
82/5 Soi Lang Suan, Lang Suan Road, Pathumwan. Tel: 02 251 3504, 02 255 4491

- Yok Yor Restaurant
Yok Yor Restaurant was opened in 1984. All Thai people know this restaurant as a delightful place serving excellent Thai food, very reasonably priced, with quality and taste to meet your liking.
313 Visutkasat Road, Bangkhunphrom, Pra Nakorn, Bangkok, Thailand (International) Tel. (662) 0-2281-6972, 0-2281-0750 Fax. (662) 0-2280-1319E-Mail : info@yokyor.co.th

- Zanzibar (Italian)
This splendid garden restaurant features relaxed informal terrace dining around an elegant converted Thai house. In fact the 60-year old abode was given by the former King to one of his loyal servants. Open for over a year now, Zanzibar is one of the choicest Italian's in the heart of Bangkok's entertainment district.
139 Sukhumvit Soi 11 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok. Tel: 02 651 2900

Cafe

- Cafe Bongo

Cafe Bongo is a trendy restaurant in trendy Convent Rd, popular with gays, serves Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish and local influences. Featuring foods of prepared "Mama" style. A full bar and a good selection of wines complement the food, so it's a great place to meet for something to eat before a night's raging! Prices moderate. Kitchen open till 12:30, restaurant open till 1:00 AM.
44 Convent Rd, Silom Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 632-0920 (daytime), +66 2 266-3534 (evening)

- Dick’s Cafe
This stylish, classy bar and restaurant is located in the heart of the Suriwong and Patpong scene. Here's a great place for a drink or something to eat before or after hitting the surrounding go-go bars. Open from midday till very late. Prices moderate, service good from the friendly staff.
894/7-8 Soi Pratoochai, Suriwong Rd Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 637-0078

- Grappa (Italian)
Along with its neighbour and sister venue Sugar Beet, these are the liveliest venues for miles around. Both are owned by the entertainment network In-Beat, which runs several of the city's coolest and busiest nightspots including Lucifer and Muzzik Café. Grappa feels more like a bar than an Italian restaurant, though they do make some of the best pizza in this part of town with the chef spinning his dough right in front of diners. The décor resembles a rustic Italian barn, albeit with the most eye-catching chandeliers.
50 Prachachuen Road Ladyao, Jatujak Bangkok. Tel: 02 588 5378-9

- La Boulange (European)
La Boulange features a wood-fired oven used to bake all the delicious breads, rolls, croissants and other baked goods on offer here. The distinctive circular oven is unique in that it rotates on the inside, allowing for a perfect finish. Be treated to the aromatic waft of bread as you walk into this petit café.
Sukhumvit Soi 24 (1F, Mahogany Tower) Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Tel: 02 661 0808

- La Lunar
Keeping fresh and fashionable, this popular nightspot was recently revamped and renamed, formerly the popular Taurus and now the happening La Lunar. Loose yourself in this huge maze of a venue that houses a dance arena, a couple of bars and restaurant. Patrons are predominantly young, glitzy Thais, although the mellower bar areas see a slightly more mature crowd.

- Larry's Dive Bangkok
Larry's Dive is a restaurant, bar and grill, with a beach theme, and is aimed at people of all ages who love the beach. As well as a beach barbecue, there are genuine hot dog carts, regular live music, pool tables, pinball machines and other entertainment, and a collection of strange sounding cocktails, all at very reasonable prices.
8 Sukhumvit Soi 22 - Bangkok 10110. Tel: +66 (0)2 663 4563. Email: bangkok@larrysdive.com
38/1 Sukhumvit 26, Klongtoey Bangkok. Tel: 02 261 3991-4

- No. 53 Café (Fusion)
This trendy eating spot is located in a glass-enclosed space giving it the feel of a greenhouse, especially with the lawn and fountain out front. A central bar area breaks the restaurant into sections, creating a very casual atmosphere in which to enjoy the eclectic menu that the chef has put together. The place is frequented by the'beautiful' crowd of wannabe high-so locals and is great for people watching (please be discreet).
55 Soi Sukhumvit 53 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok. Tel: 02 262 1681

- Blues-Jazz
Blues-Jazz in the Sukhumvit area is a great place to enjoy pop and jazz music. Live bands start from 9.00 pm every evening, playing both English and Thai music. Blues-Jazz opens from 7.00 pm to 1.30 am or 2.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
25 Sukhumvit 53, Wattana, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 258-7747

- Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street has won many local awards including the Manager Magazine's "Best Ribs in Bangkok" contest, and was been selected over the last three years by Newsweek International, as one of the "Best Bars & Grills in Asia".
Behind the Washington Theater 29/4-6 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 259-0328-9

- Brown Sugar
An old face in the Sarasin-Lang Suan part of town. Rather pricey but popular among the arty crowd, particularly those into jazz music. Live bands are a standard feature here, including occasional performances by Thailand's contemporary jazz star, Thewan Sapsaenyakorn.
Brith Club 99The pub-cum-club is decorated in the simple style of the 60's. Acoustic folk music begins at 9.00 pm nightly. A popular hangout for teenagers, students and local office workers.1938
New Petchaburi Road, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 716-6677, 716-6007

- Deeper
Most night it is packed out with a gay and mixed crowd, gyrating to a beat of underground and alternative sounds. You may hear sounds here that you won't find anywhere else in the city. The resident DJs organise parties on the middle Wednesday of every month from around 10.00 pm.
82 Soi 4 Silom Road, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 233-2803

- Fabb Fashion Cafe
Offers gourmet, authentic Italian cuisine for both lunch and dinner, complete with a full wine selection. Delicious sandwiches, coffees and teas are served all day long, and in the evening customers can enjoy live jazz from 8 pm until midnight.
Ground Floor Mercury Tower, Chidlom Road, Bangkok Tel +66 2 658-6200-3 Fax +66 2 658-6209 Email: fabbcafe@loxinfo.co.th

- Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock is a popular family restaurant in the day, but attracts a faithful crowd of Thai and Farang rockers in the evenings, after 10.00 pm. The band, currently Telefon, kicks in around 10-10.30 pm. Dancing on the bar is the tradition here, every night at around midnight. HRC opens daily from 11.00 am to 2.00 am.
424/3-6 Siam Square Soi 11, Pathumwan, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 251-0792-4, 254-0830-1

- Henry J. Bean's Bar and Grill
Henry J. Bean's Bar and Grill, is an American-style bar and grill, offers a Tex-Mex menu, beers and cocktails and friendly staff. Live music plays in the evenings. Join its special'Pay-day Party' on the last Thursday of every month.
Amari Airport Hotel, 333 Cherwudthakas Road, Don Muang, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 566-1020 Fax +66 2 566-1941

- Imageries
Imageries, near the Emporium shopping centre, is one of the city's better pubs, offering music to a packed audience of teenagers and smooth, sophisticated Thais. Every night the AK Acoustic band plays guitar from 9.00 pm to 9.45 pm. Pop Jazz plays from 10.00 pm to 11.00 pm. The Isn't band plays on Thursdays from 11.30 to 00.30 am, while rock'n' Roll from the 70's & 80's is played from 11.30 pm to 2.00 am every Friday. Guest artists perform on Saturdays.
2 Matheenives, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 261-0426, 261-6307

- Londoner Brew Pub
The Londoner Brew Pub has plenty to attract revellers - food, micro-brewed beer, live music and live sports coverage on the many TV's scattered round this large basement club. The outside facade is just like'Ye olde English tavern' and inside the brick walls, dark wood and booth seating, give it that snug English pub feel, yet its large size, dance-floor and stage also gives the Londoner the air of a nightclub.  
Basement of UBC Building II, 591 B104, Sukhumvit 33, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 261-0238-40

- The Bull's Head Pub
The Bull's Head is very popular with expatriates and locals alike. This typical English-style pub has two floors with the upper floor serving mainly food, and the lower drinks. The closest skytrain station is Prom Phong Station close by on Sukhumvit. Not such a good place to watch sporting events, as they only have the one television upstairs, but otherwise a great place to party.'Quiz Night' is on the second Tuesday of the month, so you should get here early with your gang of four.
Opposite the Emporium Shopping Center 595/10 Soi Sukhumvit 33/1, Phrom Phong, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 259-4444

- Planet Hollywood
Located in the upscale Gaysorn Plaza, Planet Hollywood Bangkok offers excellent international cuisine in the upper price range. The bar is decorated with movie memorabilia, including clothing, scale models, photos and other objects from actual movies.
1st Floor, Gaysorn Plaza, 999 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 656-1358 Fax +66 2 656-1399

- O'Reillys
The pub offers a good selection of Gaelic favourites in this typically Irish wood-furnished establishment. Irish stew is popular but international dishes like pizza are sometimes on the menu too. O'Reillys is popular for lunch and dinner with the Silom office crowd and it's amazing how many Irish people seem to turn up. Delicacies like draft Guinness (it's so smooth) are available here, for a price.
62 Silom Road, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 632-7515  Fax +66 2 235-1572

- The Bull's Head Pub
The Bull's Head is very popular with expatriates and locals alike. This typical English-style pub has two floors with the upper floor serving mainly food, and the lower drinks. The closest skytrain station is Prom Phong Station close by on Sukhumvit. Not such a good place to watch sporting events, as they only have the one television upstairs, but otherwise a great place to party.'Quiz Night' is on the second Tuesday of the month, so you should get here early with your gang of four.
Opposite the Emporium Shopping Center 595/10 Soi Sukhumvit 33/1, Phrom Phong, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 259-4444

- The Huntsman Pub
The Huntsman serves traditional English pub fare such as steak and kidney pie, fish and chips, as well as a selection of Thai dishes. A Filipino band performs most nights, playing excellent versions of the pop and rock classics of the 70's and 80's. Very popular among white-collar expatriate population.
Basement, The Landmark Hotel 171 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 254-0444,0255-0444 Fax +66 2 254-4123, 254-7506. Email: amtel@infonews.co.th

- That’s it
Offers good food and a cosy atmosphere with cushion seating upstairs, similar to Victory Monument's Saxophone. A mixed bag of Thais and expatriates enjoy the music and food here. The sounds are mainly popular Western, performed by local Thai bands nightly from 9.00 pm through to 2.00 am closing.
Soi Saladaeng, Silom Road, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 238-3328

-The Londoner Brew Pub (British Pub)
The Londoner Brew Pub has plenty to attract revellers - food, micro-brewed beer, live music and live sports coverage on the many TV's scattered round this large basement club. The outside facade is just like'Ye olde English tavern' and inside the brick walls, dark wood and booth seating, give it that snug English pub feel, yet its large size, dance-floor and stage also gives the Londoner the air of a nightclub.  
Basement UBC II Building Sukhumvit 33 Bangkok. Tel: 02 261 0238-40

- The Brewhouse
The Brewhouse is a modern techno-decorated place, straight across from Taurus on Soi Aree. A young trendy mobile-phone-toting Thai crowd likes to come here to catch a glimpse of a Thai pop star and try the fresh brewed beer and great food.
Sukhumvit Soi 26, Wattana, Bangkok. Tel +66 2 661-3535

Toby Jugg Pub
Located next to Silom Complex, Toby Jug is popular among expatriates in the Silom area. Good cheap food, draft beer and darts competitions are the main attractions. Toby Jug is very much the typical friendly'local'. Come along if you'd like to meet a friendly group of Thais and expatriates.
185 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok.  Tel +66 2 234-3311

- Witch’s Tavern
Enjoy your brew with live music every night, whether it be jazz or pop. Live jazz music events on Sundays to Tuesdays. Live pop music is the theme on Wednesdays to Saturdays. Join the pub's Jazz Jam Session and get free beer every Sundays from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Lots of good Western food to accompany the ale.
306/1 Sukhumvit 55 (Soi Thonglor), Wattana, Bangkok.Tel +66 2 391-9791, 391-7170 Fax +66 2 381-1924
  
How to get there

By Bus

Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with a minimum fare of 3.50 baht to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses have minimum and maximum fares of 8 and 18 baht, respectively. Air-conditioned micro-buses charge a flat fare of 25 baht all routes. A Bus Route Map is available at bookshops and the TAT office.

By Taxi

Taxis cruising city streets are mitred. They charge a minimum of 35 baht for the first 3 kilometres, and approximately 5 baht per kilometre thereafter. Make sure you have change, as taxi drivers often don't! Passengers must pay tolls in the case of using an expressway.

By Tuk Tuk

These three-wheeled ‘open-air' motorised taxis are popular for short journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance. Minimum fares, for journeys of up to 3 kilometres, are approximately 30 baht.

BTS Sky Trains

BTS sky trains ply along Sukhumvit, Silom and Phahonyothin roads. The routes connect Bangkok's leading hotels and major shopping areas such as Siam Square, Silom, Ratchaprasong and Chatuchak Weekend Market. The fare ranges from 10-40 baht according to the distance. For more information, contact the Bangkok Mass Transit System at tel: 0 2617 7300 or visit

By Boat

Taxis that are even more unusual, though equally convenient, are the river taxis that ply the Chao Phraya River. Some are just cross river ferries, but others serve the many landing stages on both banks and cover a route that goes up as far as the northern suburb of Nonthaburi. 

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