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Bangkok City of Angels
Bangkok has only recently been appointed capital of Thailand, chosen over Ayuttaya for better strategic options at the entrance of the Chaopraya River. It was then decided to turn an old Moo Ban known as Bangkok, "the village of the wild plum trees" into the most dynamic city in South-East Asia perpetuating the tradition of Siam's Greatness.
Bangkok is today one of the top international megalopole and the star of South East Asia, providing the most hectic city business areas as well as the hottest entertainment imaginable, truly amazing Thailand.
Throughout the years, Bangkok (Krungthep in Thai) has grown from a city scattered along the Chaopraya river to a metropolitan district that spans as many as six provinces. The city's main city business areas and residential areas are continuously expanding.
The most important city business areas of Bangkok include Silom, Bangrak, Pinklao, Chinatown, Sathon, Phetchaburi, Phra Nakhon, Pathumwan, Chatuchak (Jatujak in Thai), and Phra Ram 3 and Kaosan Road.
The city counts 1,000 skyscrapers and ranks 17th as the world's tallest city, this does not include hundreds of recent buildings predicted as part of the construction boom in 2007 and the coming year
BTS (or Skytrain) has two train lines: one from the north bus terminal at Mochit to Sukhumvit Soi 77 (Soi On Nut). They run from the National Stadium (Pathumwan crossroads) to Taksin Bridge at the bottom of Thanon Sathorn. At the Siam station, passengers can change lines.
Fare is between Bt10-Bt50.
Some pathways are available to bridge to certain hotels, shopping and entertainment centers and city business areas, the recently opened Bangkok Metro runs from the Hua Lamphong train station in the south to the Chatuchak (Jatujak in Thai) market and Bang Sue in the north. Bangkok Skytrain BTS and Subway maps are here
A recent form of transport provides a quicker way for commuting during peak hours. Moto taxi are found at every corner and go anywhere you wish in Bangkok, but fares must be negotiated, usually 10 Baht if you stay inside a soi, 20 if you go further, 30 if you are left far inside a third soi... then you can count about 100 Baht from Kaosan Road to Nana.
Regular taxicabs abound if you want a more flexible and comfortable way of getting around. The starting rate is Bt35, plus Bt2 per unit which is calculated based on kms and time.
Taxi drivers are obliged by law to use their meter and you can oblige them to.
A tricycle taxi traditionally used by Thais to transport market supplies or other. The three-wheeled, open-air tuk-tuk can take you almost anywhere in Bangkok but can become quite expensive. Tuk tuk drivers don't like long fares.
The city bus network in bangkok is excellent and cheap. It is a wonderful way to tour the city for the best prices. Lines are a bit confusing but Free city maps available at BTS stations can help you get to places on a city bus.
Fare for regular city buses (orange or white and blue is between 7 to 9 Baht, and 10 to 20 Baht for air-conditioned city buses, while micr-ocity buses have a flat rate up to Bt20.
If you wish to travel a little faster by bus try the small green buses, they usually follow the same line numbers than their regular bus counterparts but are smaller, cheaper, and run faster in traffic Airport city buses to several destinations from Kaosan Road to Sukhumvit in the city costs 100 Baht.
River and Klong Boats
Long Tail river boats boats travel on established routes along the klongs until Chao Phraya River and to nearby provinces. Fare depends on distance, starts at 8 Baht and you can count an increase of 1 to 3 Baht per station, you'll have to know your destination upfront. There are piers near major business areas such as Sukhumvit and the World Trade Center.
They are the fastest way to travel in Bangkok and they make connections to reach the whole city.
Government city bus Agency Official Table from Transportation Authorities of Thailand
Bangkok bus Schedule: Reserve city bus from Bangkok to Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Samet, Chiangmai and all destinations, call 02 437 7192 or call 02 435 5605 or visit www.transport.go.th
Transport Co., Ltd. (Tel. 02-9363670, www.transport.go.th) Class From Bangkok
Standard 1 (A) V.I.P. 24
09h00, 19h30, 20h00, 20h35,
Standard 1 (P) 32
06h45, 09h15, 19h30, 20h00,
20h15, 20h25, 20h30, 20h45, 21h00
Standard 1 (B) (18)
06h30 – 22h20 (every 30 min.)
Standard 2 (1)
Standard 2 (18)
05h30 – 22h00
INTERESTING AREAS FOR TRAVELLERS IN BANGKOK
Areas such as Silom-Sathon and Asok have for decades been Thailand's capital city heart. Ratchadaphisek district was turned into a city business area which extended through the Asoke district up the north for kilometers. The Sukhumvit district, gradually turned into a mixed commercial and residential district.
asoke-ratchadapisek Hotels Baron Tel.02-246-2050 Chao Phraya Park Tel.02-290-0125/50; Fax.02-290-0167-8 Crystal Hotel Tel.02-274-6441/8; Fax.02-274-6449 Fortune Tel.02-641-1500; Fax. 02-641-1560 Maxx Hotel Tel.02-248-0011; Fax.02-248-5990. 94 Radisson Tel.02-641-4777-888: Fax.02-641- 4884-5 Royal Pacific Hotel Te1.02-319-7650/2: Fax.02-318-1450 S.C.Park Tel.02-530-0562-79; Fax.02-539-6104 Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok Tel.02-694-2222 The Emerald Tel.02-276-4567; Fax.02-276-4555 The Grand Ayothaya Tel.02-274-1515; Fax.02-274-0506 The Palazzo Tel.02-276-4999; Fax.02-276-5000
This part of Bangkok is perhaps the most happening for tourists and travelers with the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Sanam Luang and various great locations spread here.
Further to the north, after the Lat Phrao/Phahonyothin crossroads, the Northern Valley is an expanding city business area, where the famous 3 Heads Elephant Building are found.
Frther out to the east and north. The west of Bangkok in Thon Buri is anvarious growing district , approaching the degree of development experienced by the north and east. Suvarnabhumi Airport in the east is seen as a jump start for the eastern expansion of Bangkok as Don Mueang was for the north.
The Sukhumvit district also serves as a shopping and entertainment area for farangs.
Find Hotel in Sukhumvit district Bangkok Amari Boulevard Hotel Tel.02-255-2930; Fax.02-255-29502 Ambassador Hotel Tel.02-254-0444; Fax.02-253-4123 Ariston Hotel Tel.02-259-0960/69; Fax.02-259-0970 Bel-Aire Princess Tel.02-253-4300 city business Grand Tel.02-251-0745/9250 Federal Hotel Tel.02-253-0175; Fax.02-253-5332 Four Wings Hotel Tel.02-260-2100; Fax.02-260-2343 Grace Hotel Tel.02-253-0651/79; Fax.02-253-0680 Grand - lotel Fax.02-651-1142 Jade Pavilion Tel.02-261-0000; Fax.02-258-2328 JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok Tel.02-656-7700; 02-656-7711 Majestic Grande Tel.02-262-2999; Fax.02-262-2900 Manhattan Hotel Tel.02-255-0166-88; Fax.02-255-3481 Novotel Lotus Bangkok Tel.02-261-0111; Fax.02-262-1700 Plaza-Athenee Tel.02-650-8800; Fax.02-650-8500-1 President Inn Tel.02-255-4230/4 Ra-jah Hotel Tel.02-255-0040/83; Fax.02-255-7160
Ploenchit-Ratchadamri district This is Bangkok's most fashionable shopping and entertainment area, where some of the city's trendiest and largest malls and shopping and entertainment centers are placed. They include the 9-storey Central World Plaza, which hosts both Zen and Isetan Shopping Complexs, Central Chidlom Shopping Complex, and the high-end Gaysorn Plaza, Peninsula Plaza and Amarin Plaza.
ploenchit-petchburi Hotel Contacts Amari Atrium Tel.02-718-2000/1; Fax.02-718-2002 Amari Watergate Tel.02-653-9000; Fax.02-653-9045 A-One Tel .02 - 31 4 41- ; 81 Fax. Fax 02 - 314 5961 - Arnoma Hotel Bangkok Tel.02-255-3410: Fax.02-255-3456 Asia Tel .02 - 21 5 0808; - Fax .02 - 21 54360 Baiyoke II Tel .02 - 656 3000 - Baiyoke Suite Tel.02-255-7755, 02-255-4411; Fax.02-254-5553 Bangkok City Inn Tel.02-253-5372; Fax.02-253-7774 Bangkok Palace Hotel Tel.02-253-0510/50; Fax.02-253-0556 Convenient Park Bangkok Tel.02-332-3925/6; Fax.02-331-055 D' MA Pavilion Tel.02-650-0288; Fax.02-650-029 Diamond City Hotel Tel.02-611-3181, 09-770-562 Eastin Bangkok Hotel Tel.02-651-7600; Fax.02-252-290 Europa Inn Tel.02-248-5511/28; Fax.02-248-5529 First Hotel Tel.02-255-0100-20 Florida Tel.02-247-0103-4; Fax.02-247-7419 Four Seasons Tel.02-251-6127; Fax.02-253-9195 Grand Diamond Tel.02-656-6888/98 Grand Hyatt Erawan Tel.02-254-1234; Fax.02-253-5856 Hotel Plaza Athene, Bangko Tel.02-650-8800, 02-650-8500/1 Indra Regent Tel.02-208-0022/33; Fax.02-208-0388/9 Jasmin Tel.02-319-2421/8; Fax.02-319-2323 Khurana Inn Tel.02-208-0517/-9 Malaysia Tel.02-679-7127-36; Fax.02-287-1457 Noorie Tel.02-656-2590/4, 02-251-5171 Novotel Siam Square Tel.02-209-8888; Fax.02-255-1824 Path umwan Princess Tel.02-216-3700; Fax.02-216-3730 President Park Tel.02-661-1000/29 Regent Tel.02-251-6127; Fax.02-253-9195
A modem shopping and entertainment district comprising interlocked streets. It has a collection of cheap to mid-price fashionable garment outlets. Its most happening shopping and entertainment complex is the gigantic MBK or Ma Boon Krong, which proposes a wide range of goods from mobile phones to fashion and furniture. Nearby shopping and entertainment centers include Siam Center, also with quite cheap garment outlets, and Siam Discovery, which has more upscale clientèle.
Chatuchak (Jatujak in Thai)
The happening Chatuchak (Jatujak in Thai) Weekend Market in the north of the city is where many people head for cheap, used and high quality products. Probably the world's l flea market, Chatuchak (Jatujak in Thai) is open Saturdays and Sundays (7 a.m. to 6 pm) and proposes almost anything I sun from exotic fresh fruit handicrafts, paintings, ceramics, dress materials, furniture, toys, domestic utensils, pets, plants to used books.
Suriwong-Silom Pratunam spread at the corner of Phetchaburi and Ratchadamri roads, it is packed with stalls and outlets proposing all kinds of ready-to-wear garment at a bargain.
Hotels in Silom-sathorn district Bangkok Centre Hotel Tel.02-238-4848-57; Fax.02-236-1862 Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel Tel.02-679-1200; Fax. 02-879-1199 Bosotel Inn Tel.02-630-6120/9; Fax.012-327-3225 Boss Mansion Tel.02-661-3150/-70 Dusit Thani Tel.02-236-9999; Fax.02-236-6400 Evergreen Laurel Tel.02-266-9988, 02-266-7266; Fax.02- 266-7222 Forum Park Hotel Tel.02-678-4865/74; Fax.02-678-4986/7 Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok Tel.02-238-4300; Fax.02-266-7701 Mandarin Tel.02-238-0230-58; Fax.02-234-3363 Manohra Tel.02-234-5070-89; Fax.02-266-5411 Maenam Tel.02-688-1000; Fax.02-291-1048 Monarch Lee Garden Tel.02-238-1991; Fax.02-238-1999 Montien Bangkok Tel.02-233-7060-9; Fax.02-236-5218-9 Montien Riverside Tel.02-292-2999, 02-292-2962; Fax.02- 292-2962 Narai Hotel Tel.02-237-0100; Fax.02-235-6789 New Peninsula Tel.02-234-3910-6; Fax.02-236-5526 Niagara Hotel Tel.02-233-5783, 02-635-0676-85; Fax.02- 233-6563 Pan Pacific Tel.02-632-9000; Fax.02-632-9001
Chinatown Yawarat (chinatown for Bangkokians) is lined with wide gold jewelry stores, it also matches with outlets and stalls proposeing everything from amulets, Chinese medicine to household goods, toys wholesale and detail, cheap VCDs and DVDs, etc.
Phanthip Plaza Bangkok packed-up Electronic and computer shopping area, 8 stories of all hardware you can find with the best prices, pirate software and all kinds of IT related stores, plus restaurants bars and food outlets and inside find-it-all market, you can even have a website registered, hosted and made in 1 hour for 5000 Baht... Amazing Thailand