Wat Phra Kaew (Thai: วัดพระแก้ว, rtgs: Wat Phra Kaeo, IPA: [wát pʰráʔ kɛ̂ːw], Pronunciation, English: Temple of the Emerald Buddha; full official name Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, Thai: วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม, IPA: [wát pʰráʔ sǐː rát.ta.náʔ sàːt.sa.daː.raːm]) is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha housed in the temple is a potent religio-political symbol and the palladium (protective image) of Thai society. It is located in Phra Nakhon District, the historic centre of Bangkok, within the precincts of the Grand Palace.
The Erawan Shrine, formally the Thao Maha Phrom Shrine (Thai: ศาลท้าวมหาพรหม; rtgs: San Thao Maha Phrom; “Shrine of Lord Brahma the Great”), is a Hindu shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. A popular worship attraction, it often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes, who are hired by worshippers in return for seeing their prayers at the shrine answered.
One of the world’s most famous red-light districts, Patpong is where it all started (Thailand’s Go-Go culture). It has even been immortalised in a James Bond chase-sequence. Its two parallel side-streets, found between Silom and Surawongse Roads, house around 100 neon-lit strip bars offering naughty shows and the famous pole-dancing entertainment.
Patpong has long since been usurped as the ‘king of the scene’ by Soi Cowboy, its counterpart around Sukhumvit. However, its reputation means it’s still a huge attraction, mainly for sightseers more interested in ogling at – rather than indulging in – the carnal delights on offer. But while for men Patpong is likely to mean ‘adult’, for women Patpong definitely means ‘night market’. At night this teems with hawkers and humble stalls selling what is mostly tourist tat.
Baan Thai Boutique to here
|Baan Thai Boutique||Patpong||28 min. (18.2Km)|
|Baan Thai Boutique No# 60, 113, 501||Ramkhamhaeng stations||11 min. (11 stops)|
|Ramkhamhaeng stations||Phaya Thai stations||8 min. (3 stations)|
|Phaya Thai stations||Sala Daeng stations||10 min. (4 stations)|
Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.
The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.
Baan Thai Boutique to here
|Baan Thai Boutique||Chatuchak||34 min. (13.1 Km)|
|Baan Thai Boutique Bus No# 60, 113, 501||Ramkhamhaeng stations||11 min. (11 stops)|
|Ramkhamhaeng stations||Makkasan stations||2 min. (1 stations)|
|Phechaburi stations||Kamphaeng Phet stations||18 min. (9 stations)|
Pratunam Market is a major market selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Enter the small alleys and jam-packed small streets and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothes-maze. Prices are very cheap, and most shops offer retail prices for single pieces.
Located at the intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads (next to Amari Watergate Hotel), Pratunam Wholesale Market is filled with shops and tiny stalls flowing over to the sidewalks and extending all the way to Baiyoke Towers I and Baiyoke Towers II on Ratchaprarop Soi 3.
More than a shopping experience, the market offers an immersion in the local way of life – vendors working their sewing machines, packing and unpacking orders, carting trolleys up and down the narrow aisles, and shouting gossip at each other for lack of a better thing to do. It offers a stark glimpse into what shopping used to be like before air-conditioned malls.
Baan Thai Boutique to here
|Baan Thai Boutique||Pratunam||20 min. (9.9Km)|
|Ramkhamhaeng U. Pier||Pratunam Pier||25 min. (13 piers)|
Phu Khao Thong (Golden mountain) is a steep artificial hill inside the Wat Saket compound.
Rama I’s grandson, King Rama III (1787–1851), decided to build a chedi of huge dimensions inside Wat Saket. Unfortunately, the chedi collapsed during construction because the soft soil of Bangkok could not support the weight. Over the next few decades, the abandoned mud-and-brick structure acquired the shape of a natural hill and was overgrown with weeds. The locals called it the “phu khao” , as if it were a natural feature.
During the reign of King Rama IV, construction began of a small chedi on the hill. It was completed early in the reign of his son, King Rama V (1853–1910). A relic of the Buddha was brought from Sri Lanka and placed in the chedi. The surrounding concrete walls were added in the 1940s to stop the hill from eroding. The modern Wat Saket was built in the early 20th century of Carrara marble.
An annual festival is held at Wat Saket every November, featuring a candlelight procession up Phu Khao Thong to the chedi.
Phu Khao Thong is now a popular Bangkok tourist attraction and has become one of the symbols of the city.
Big C, or Big C Supercenter is a grocery and general merchandising retailer. Big C is now Thailand’s second-largest hypermarket operator after Tesco Lotus’s Thai unit. Big C has more than 10,000 items for you to shopping specify local brand items. Big C also near Wattana Place that can walk with in 14 minutes.
Eastern Bangkok is virtually synonymous with Ramkhamhaeng Road, a major traffic artery jammed every morning and evening with commuters working downtown. Rising property values in Sukhumvit has made this area more interesting to foreign expatriates in recent years, although seeing a farang is still a rare occurrence. With a total length of 18km, Ramkhamhaeng Road starts at Phetchaburi Road near Sukhumvit and ends in the far northeast at the junction with Suwinthawong Road (in the neighbourhood, Min Buri).
There are plenty of shopping malls in the area, and these are your best bet for getting daily necessities. If you want to buy cheap, there is an interesting street market running kilometers north along Ramkhamhaeng Road from The Mall Ramkhamhaeng 3. Many of the stalls only set up around 18:00, so the area is at its liveliest around 19:00. Expect endless stalls of clothes and accessories, mostly visited by local (female) commuters.
Open time from 18:00 – 22:00
Bobae Market in Bangkok is a 30 year old market located not too far from MBK. Bobae (pronounced Bo Bay) is famous for fashion wholesale and is now very popular with exporters from around the world, including Russia.
Bobae tower, next to the market, advertises itself as having 1,300 stalls under one roof and claims to be the largest garment wholesale center in Thailand.
The market is close to Bobae Tower and is best if you want to buy very cheap clothes in amounts of 12 items or more. However, you can buy fewer items but at Bobae tower rather than the market which caters to Thais and foreigners who are in the clothing business.