The Emerald Buddha or Grand Palace
Entrance fee: 500 Baht, inclusive of access to Wat Phra Kaeo, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, which are located within the Grand Palace compound, and to Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road. Additional 100 Baht for a rental personal audio guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese or Mandarin.
Dress code: Visitors are required to dress appropriately. These following clothes are strictly not allowed as outer garments for both ladies and gentlemen:
- Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, and tights
- See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers
- Sleeveless shirts or vests
- Sandals (without ankle or heel straps)
- Rolled-up-sleeved shirts
- Sweatshirts and sweatpants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 - 15:30
- Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
Price Range: Tickets sold from 8:30 - 15:30 and cost 500 baht! One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.
Paris on M floor takes you to the Champs-Élysées, where more fashion brands await your discovery. The 1st to 3rd floors are home to smaller shops by local independent labels. Women’s fashion is found on the 1st floor (Tokyo) and men’s on the 2nd floor (London). The 3rd floor (Istanbul) is for gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories, toys, beauty products and home décor. With an eclectic collection of shops, this floor has a look and feel of a Middle Eastern zouk but with a modern twist.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Chatuchak Weekend Market
How to Get to Chatuchak
Hop on the skytrain (BTS) to Mo Chit station, take exit no. 1 and follow the crowd until you see rows of canvas stalls selling clothes. Turn right while continuing to follow the crowd and you will see a small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section).
Another option is to take the subway (MRT) to Chatuchak Park station (exit no.1), then follow the crowd until you arrive at the small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section). For the plant and flower section, get off at Kampheng Phet MRT station (exit no. 1).
The weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00 - 18:00, and Fridays 18:00 - 24:00. Plant sections are also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 07:00 - 18:00.
Siam Paragon Department Store
Siam Paragon is one of the biggest shopping complexes in Asia and includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater, the Siam Ocean World Aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia), Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Bangkok, an exhibition hall, the Thai Art Gallery, an opera concert hall, a large bowling alley and karaoke center. The gourmet supermarket is an 8,000 square meter foodies’ heaven grocery store on the ground floor where the domestically-produced items carried often have different enticing flavours or are specialty brands not usually stocked elsewhere in Thailand.
Opening hours: Open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm
Asiatique Night Market
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.
The selection of shops is interesting, with a good range of unusual brands rather than row upon row of tourist trinkets. This bazaar is busy but isn’t overrun by tourists; crowds of locals enjoy coming here too. Asiatique is definitely worth dedicating an evening too.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
- Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
- How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.
Located between Sathorn and Suriwongse Road, Silom Road runs from the riverside (Charoenkrung Road) eastwards to Rama IV Road. During the day Silom is the city’s banking and business centre, often dubbed the Wall Street of Thailand, whereas after sunset it becomes a very famous nightlife area. Silom offers a broad range of night-time activities ranging from food stalls, restaurants, pubs, bars, night clubs, pavement shopping, massages and strip shows at both the Patpong and Thanon Thaniya (Little Tokyo) areas. Silom Soi 2 and Soi 4 are very popular among the gay crowd of revelers.
How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Sala Daeng Station
MBK Fashion Mall
MBK Center, also known as Mahboonkrong is a large and popular shopping mall for the bargain hunter. It's not as upmarket and stylish as its neighbours, Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but it’s a big market for non-brand names and local fashions, gadgets and consumer goods at give-away prices. At eight stories high, the center hosts around 2,000 stores and services, including the 4-story Tokyu department store, restaurants and entertainment.
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
From the hotel: Take the BTS Skytrain to National Stadium Station
U Sukhumvit Bangkok
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