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Bangkok (Siam) Thailand Guide
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Tuk-Tuk Enters The Thailand Scene
Tuk Tuk innovation is alive and well in Thailand. The art of small vehicles of transport is being used all over the world. Sure there are times we need to carry more, but most things are done carrying nothing but our purse or wallet. It is for those times that we have the tuk-tuk. It is small. It uses way less gas. It is open and cool. It lets the breezes blow through the vehicle. It is covered to protect from sun or rain. It is the mini taxi of tomorrow. It is the Tuk Tuk!
The tuk-tuk is the brainchild of the Japanese. They came to Thailand during the Japanese occupation of World War II and have never left. They have replaced the man-powered rickshaw and the petaled rickshaw in many cities and larger villages. The tuk-tuk is known and used the world over by many different names. Whether you call it a moto taxi, a tuk-tuk or a tok-tok, its popularity remains. In Egypt, it is used as a source of transportation for the poorer parts of the cities. It has become a symbol of the lower class. It is outright banned in many wealthy neighborhoods of Egypt. In Gaza, they are a part of daily life. They smuggle them in from Egypt in pieces and reassemble them. They are popular in India and The Philippines. They have greatly helped the struggling economy after Typhoon Yvonne. Throughout Asia they provide a needed service, at a price people can afford. In Madagascar, they are a threat to a way of life. The human-powered rickshaw is still in use there. The tuk-tuk is unwelcome! In Italy, the tuk-tuk is a major player in everyday life. They are extremely popular in the cities and larger villages. In tourist towns the world over, they are a novelty and are used as tourist taxis. No matter where you live, the tuk-tuk is on the horizon as the taxi of tomorrow. It is fun! It is cost effective! It is the mighty tuk-tuk!
On your next trip to Thailand, be sure to check out the tuk-tuk. It is a photographers delight! Have you ever tried getting a picture from a speeding taxi? The tuk-tuk is the perfect answer to tourist sightseeing. They are affordable. They maneuver traffic jams easily. No one wants to waste half a day stuck in traffic. See the sights without hassle. This is a vehicle that tourists can not get enough of. Discover the tuk-tuk on your next Thailand vacation.
Traditional Thai Dancing
Bangkok’s Grand Palace: The Palace of the Kings
Bangkok’s Grand Palace is another Asian delight. In many countries, Kings, Queens, and palaces are everyday words. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the outer courts of the Kings Palace? Come along with me and let’s go to Thailand, the home of Bangkok’s Grand Palace.
Bangkok Thailand travel is not complete unless you begin at Bangkok’s Grand Palace is an absolute must see on any trip to Thailand. Within the outer gates is a complex that is rich in history with unbelievable architecture made from real gold. The wealth of the palace and its artifacts are so valuable that you must leave your credit card or passport at the front entrance to ensure that you exit the grounds correctly. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located within the gates, is one of the Holiest sites in Thailand. The palace was the official home to the Kings of Siam (Thailand) since the year of 1782. The King, his court, and other royalty called this palace home until the year 1925.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama XI), currently calls Chitralada Palace home. Even though the newer palace is the current home to the monarch, Bangkok’s Grand Palace still functions for all the official events during the year. There are several royal ceremonies and special festivities that are held yearly within the walls of Grand Palace. Bangkok’s Grand Palace is one of the most visited of Thailand’s many popular tourist attractions. A link listing the various events held within the palace walls follows this article.
Construction of Bangkok’s Grand Palace began in 1782 and continued throughout the official life of the palace. In 1925 it ceased to be the official home of the King and the Royal Government. In 1932 the official absolute monarchy of the reigning King was absolved. At this time all the government agencies moved out of the palace completely. It is now only used for special events and is a major tourist attraction.
Please note: There is an official dress code for men and women when visiting Bangkok’s Grand Palace. No bare feet, see-through clothes, tank tops, sleeveless dresses, or short pants are allowed. If you are in question as to if you are modestly dressed, you probably need to cover up.
Bangkok’s Grand Palace is open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm unless there are special events being held. The different events throughout the year are listed in the following table. The admission is the equivalent of $3.05 USD plus you must have a passport or credit card to leave at the front office for security.
Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok Thailand
This is the Temple of The Emerald Buddha and is located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace. There are
40, 717 temples throughout Thailand and 33,902 of these are in current use. Of all these, the Temple of The Emerald Buddha is the most important.
Old Siam (Thailand Capital) Home And Main Temple For The Emperor.
If you enjoy history, you will not want to miss Old Siam. The temples are magnificent, though not as well preserved as many of the other ancient temples throughout Thailand.
“Bangkok Thailand Travel and Adventure Guide” The exploration continues!
The temples of Thailand are uniquely artistic. They are loaded with gold, colorful glass, and extremely stunning. There is nothing in the world like this beautiful architecture.
Exploring Thailand’s Jungles
Adventurers of all ages will not want to miss out on taking one of the many jungle treks. The jungle is a colorful place that is always alive with a huge number of species of wildlife. You will have the opportunity to hear and see the many birds and animals of the jungle in their own habit. There is nothing in the world that is comparable.
Fish Spa Pedicure In Thailand. “Nibble~Nibble”
Are you ready to let skin eating fish give you a pedicure? You will find these little shops throughout the city. The fish are hungry, are you ready?
Thailand’s consumer fish, where the fish are the consumers, and they get the job done! Are your feet dry and flakey? Is psoriasis a problem? Are you bothered with eczema? Maybe you need a real, live, pedicure. A pedicure where all the little fishes get together to eat. You need, Thailand’s consumer Fish! Yes, that’s right, the consumer is now paying to be consumed. It’s all in a day’s work for the Garra Rufa fish. Thailand’s consumer fish, commonly known as, Doctor Fish, spend their whole day swimming around in a large tank waiting……for you!
Thailand’s consumer fish vary in size, some as large as two inches long. The larger the fish, the harder the nibble. The harder they work, the more it tickles. But this is not a place to get squeamish or squeally! You have just paid to sit back, relax, and let them work! So grab your phone! Send those texts! Relax with a cup of tea. You have just entered the work zone.
Just what are Thailand’s consumer fish doing for you? This is an ancient and natural treatment of foot massage and pedicure. The fish will not hurt you. They have no teeth. These little fish stimulate the acupuncture points on the feet. This helps to relax your nervous system and your body. Your fatigue will melt away. You will sleep better, reduce foot numbness, have softer skin, and gain a deeper appreciation for the Garra Rufa Fish.
So while in Thailand, head to the beach and get a foot massage. Experience nature’s finest consumers. Grab a book! Sit back! Relax! The total price to be a fish buffet is only around 9.95 USD. The softness of your feet will last for days! And when Thailand’s consumer fish are done, head to your nearest café, for Thailand’s best cuisine.
For those who just can’t get away and want to try this, I included a link for locations in the USA. Enjoy!
Famous Food Dishes in Bangkok
Lotus root nutrition and enjoyment
Eating in Thailand, in general, is an adventure within itself but there are some unique dishes that one should look out for and try. Our favorite vegetable dish is the lotus root and it comes with some strong nutrition to help keep you going. All of the curry dished are wonderful and eat different version should be tried at least once. Now a word of caution to the spicy level and make sure to ask about this before ordering.
Wat Pho Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha is one of the most attractive temples in Bangkok. Every year tourists and believers alike visit this temple just south of the Grand Palace in the city of Bangkok. Here is where the Reclining Buddha is housed. Wat Pho Temple is one of six first class or Royal temples. Wat Pho is also the oldest and largest temple compound in Bangkok. There are over 1,000 Buddha images within the Temple walls. Most of these came from abandoned temples by the direction of King Rama I.
Wat Pho Temple is famous for the humongous gold-plated image of Phra Phuttha Saiyat or the famous reclining Buddha. The statue was built during the reign of King Rama III. It is believed that the image depicts the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana after his death. His feet, which measure 150 feet in length, have 108 Mother of Pearl gems. This is a reminder of the 108 characteristics of the Buddha. Near the image of Phra Phuttha Saiyat are 108 bronze bowls. People believe that donating coins in the bowls will bring good fortune.
There is a small garden near to where the Phra Phuttha Saiyat is housed. Within the garden is a Bodhi tree from the Bodhgaya in India. This was the place where the Buddha is believed by his followers to have reached enlightenment.
Wat Pho Temple is in the Old Rattanakosin area on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is next to the Grand Place. The most direct way to arrive is by the express riverboat. From the pier, it is a short walk and impossible to get turned around.
The Wat Pho Temple compound is open daily from 8 am until 5 pm. It is closed from 12 noon till 1 pm for lunch. Entrance fee is 50 Thai Baht per person.
On your next visit to Bangkok, take time to visit the Wat Pho Temple, and the other temples in the area. The architecture is amazing. Make today the day you book your Thailand vacation. Adventure is waiting in Thailand.
Floating Markets of Thailand
Another Bangkok Thailand travel tip is the Floating markets, and during the years of 1350-1767 became important trading centers. Thailand has an abundance of rivers and canals that crisscross the country. These waterways provided the major transportation link for the local residents during this time. The soils on the banks of the rivers and canals are especially fertile and rich. These banks are the perfect place to grow the many fruits and vegetables that are so abundant in Thailand. Thailand is famous for Malacca grape, Chinese grapefruit, star fruit, mangoes, bananas, and coconuts.
During the years of 1782-1868 these markets were still a major way of connecting the neighboring farmers with the city dwellers of the central part of Thailand. In the late 1800‘s roads and rail networks were constructed in the country. During this time period, people began to prefer to use these roads to go to market. It was then that the riverside markets started to flourish. Many of these have survived till today.
These river communities also resulted in a number of floating markets. The Chao Phraya River Basin became a hub for these popular markets. Today you will find many markets that are mainly for tourists in Bangkok. Floating markets outside the city mainly cater to the local needs of the communities and are smaller.
The floating markets contain stories of people’s lives and have a special charisma. Many of the main markets have been renovated and brought back to life. It is a major part of Thai life that allow today’s generations to see the life of their ancestors in action. Tourists from abroad also flock to these markets. They have become sources of tourist revenue for the local farmers. Usually, you will also find the riverside shops on the banks selling the many products and foods of Thailand.
Thailand is a fascinating Asian country to visit. It is not too early to book your next Asian adventure. While in Bangkok, be sure to visit the floating markets. Pick up some of the beautiful handicrafts found in the Riverside markets, grab some wonderful fruit off the moving boats, and try some native noodle dishes for dinner. For a list of some of the major markets near and in Bangkok, see the link below. You will also find the days and times the markets operate and directions for getting there. Also, check out our website for more Asian destinations.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Here you will see the historic and peaceful Thai floating market in it’s unique and authentic atmosphere. There are countless tourist floating markets throughout the country. This one, is unique and authentic. It is a market for the local people, but tourists are welcome. This is a piece of Taiwanese history in live drama. These beautifully clad merchants make their way through the river as they peddle their fresh fruit and vegetables. Here they sell to others who come to buy in their canoes and to those on the river bank. There is lots of noise as they barter back and forth. It is a fun day you will not want to miss.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi, Thailand is the most famous of all the floating markets in the country. You will need to leave the city to enjoy it, though. It is about 62 miles southwest of Bangkok City. This busy market is at it’s best in the early morning hours. The locals get up early and go to market before the tourists arrive and the day turns hot. If you want to go to market and enjoy the experience, get up and head out early. In this case, the early bird gets the worm. For information on market tours, check out this website:
While in the area, check out the Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakorn Pathom. It is said to be the largest pagoda in all of Southeast Asia. This is one of the most elaborate temples and monasteries in Thailand and the pagoda is housed inside the temple.
Thailand is just a few hours away. Grab your passport, pack your bag and I’ll see you at the airport. Now is the time to book your next Thailand adventure. Memories of a lifetime are waiting for you In Thailand. Let’s go to the market!
Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat
Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat is one of Thailand’s most beloved landmarks. This should be on every Bangkok itinerary. The architecture and decorations are amazing. The temples in the compound were built over a span of 200 years. The temples are rich in decoration. Many are made of the finest gold. The building of the Royal Palace began in 1782 and was an ongoing project for each succeeding king. Each king that occupied the palace built and rebuilt parts of this compound. Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat is surrounded by tall white stone walls. The complete compound occupies approximately one square mile.
The Phra Maha Monthain Group was built-in the central section of the compound. It was the first of the building groups. Phra Maha Monthain Group was built by King Rama I. He also built his own royal residency which he used until his death. This group was used for the coronation of King Rama I and for all the future coronations of the Chakri Dynastry. Phra Thinang chakri Maha Prasat Group was built by King Rama V. Originally this group consisted of 11 buildings, but only 3 remain today. Borophiman Mansion and Siwalai Garden Group was designed by King Rama III. He had many of the buildings of King Rama II demolished to make space for added temples that were dedicated to his father. He also built a residence where he lived till he died.
Each building in this compound has a story. It is the never-ending saga of the kings of the Chakri Dynasty. It is the heritage of Thailand. The architecture is extremely unique and captivates the imagination. Each king added to the work of the former king. One of the buildings is even done in a modern European style. King Rama VIII lived there until 1945.
Wat Arun Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun- Temple of Dawn is a well-known Khmer style Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. Wat Arun gets it’s name from the Hindu god of the dawn, Aruna. This famous landmark is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Perhaps it is best known for its massive tower, called a prang. The prang, with a height of more than 262 feet, is built in the Khmer architectural style. This beautiful prang is a symbol of the legendary Mount Meru, considered to be the center of the known universe. It is the tallest tower in Thailand. Wat Arun is one of 6 Royal temples in Thailand and is deeply revered.
Wat Arun was 1782 and predates the building of Bangkok. For many years this impressive temple dominated the river bank of Bangkok. Wat Arun stands directly across the river from the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace was the center of a former government and was the focal point for the building of the city of Bangkok.
Wat Arun is maybe best known by its prang or tower. This Khmer style tower is decorated with millions of small pieces of colorful Chinese porcelain and beautiful seashells. There is a very steep stairway on the side of the tower leading to two terraces. If you can muster the energy, this is a must climb. From these terraces is perhaps some of the greatest views of the City of Bangkok, the river, and all the surrounding countryside. In addition to this main prang, are four small satellite prangs.These smaller prangs are dedicated to the wind god, Phra Phai. There are many other statues of gods, pagodas, Chinese statues, and other holy artifacts. This temple is one of the most impressive buildings in Thailand and perhaps the world.
No trip to Thailand is complete without a visit to Wat Arun. Wat Arun is open daily from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Speed boats are available from the city side of the river to take you across. It is also accessible by city bus and taxi. Is this the year for your Thailand Adventure? Check out the links below and plan to visit Thailand, an amazing country, with amazing architecture, awesome wildlife, and friendly people.
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is perhaps one of the world’s uniquely and architecturally beautiful buildings. The fabulous renaissance architectural design is out of this world. It is amazing and wonderful! The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a former reception hall within Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. What an awesome reception hall this must have been. Can you imagine being one of the royal invited guests? It is currently being used as a museum and on occasion it hosts special State events for the government of Bangkok, Thailand. What awesome splendor!
In 1906 King Chulalongkorn, who was Rama the V, commissioned the construction of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. This fantastic reception hall was carefully designed to replace the one that had been built by King Mongkut, who was Rama IV. This beautiful reception hall is now over 100 years old and is still as graceful and exquisite as it ever was. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a two storey construction with a large dome in the centre. It is surrounded by six smaller domes. Unfortunately, King Chulalongkorn died in 1910 never having seen the completion of the beautiful Throne Hall. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall was completed in 1915 and must be by far one of the grandest building in Thailand.
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a royal building and visitors are welcome. There is a very strict dress code that must be followed to enter the royal hall. Men must have trousers and sleeved shirts and women must have long skirts and sleeved shirts. Women in trousers are not considered appropriately dressed. No mini skirts, shorts, sleeveless shirts, jeans, or ripped pants are allowed. If needed, Sarongs may be purchased and there are lockers for cameras and mobile phones. No electronics of any kind are allowed in the Throne Hall. Even if you have paid for entry into the Dusit Gardens, there is a separate entry fee charged to view the Throne Hall. Recordings are available in several languages to guide you through the Throne Hall.
Make this the year you visit Bangkok, Thailand. It is beautiful! Plan to spend at least 4 hours in Dusit Garden. Remember to come dressed correctly if you want to view the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. For further information see the websites below.
Wat Saket Golden Mountain
Wat Saket, is commonly known as The Golden Mountain. This unique temple sits on a hill in the heart of Bangkok. It is in easy walking distance from the Grand Palace. Each year during the month of November, Wat Saket is host to a sacred pilgrimage. During the pilgrimage, the villagers begin the climb to the top of the hill at an unusual cemetery and then climb the 300 steps to the top.
Wat Saket is the place for a good view and deep spiritual solitude. The golden mount is one of the famous temples in Thailand. It was built in the early 1800s. The temple was later refurbished. Here you will gain a fresh view of Bangkok. Wat Saket is a fascinating place with a magnificent view of the city below. Each time you visit Wat Saket, you see something new and different. You leave with a whole new perspective on Thailand.
What a panoramic view there is from The Golden Mountain. Bangkok buildings have such equiset roofs. When on the mount, you get a view of many unique roofs and the greater Bangkok City. Looking out from the grounds the city seems almost perfect. You can marvel how the old and the new blend. On normal days, the grounds of the temple is extremely quiet and one can hear the chanting of the monks. As you look across the grounds you will see many mature trees featured and many Buddhist monuments.
The temple is open year around to worshipers and the Chedi on the Mountain is home to a Buddhist relic. Please remember to be quiet and respectful as you spend time at Wat Saket. It is an active place of worship for those who follow the Buddha. In addition to the many outside places to worship and the Chedi on the hill it has all the typical buildings. Within the compound there is a main chapel, an Ordination Hall and a Library. To get to the top worships need to climb over 300 steps. The walls circle the chedi almost like a snake. As you near the top, you will begin to see bells that ring out regularly.
Wat Saket can be accessed easiest by water ferry or taxi boat. Go to the last stop and then walk for about 10-15 minutes. Outside the entrance, you will find food vendors. They are great if you desire a small snack or a bowl of soup. The walk up the hill could be challenging for some. It is well worth it. The atmosphere is peaceful and it is by far the best view of the city. So on your next Thailand vacation, be sure to spend some time at Wat Saket. You will be rewarded with the view of the century.
Thailands Magnificent Elephants And Their Mahout
Thailands Magnificent Elephants are a wonder to watch. Wild elephants in Thailand are especially hard to count. The elephant lives in the dense bamboo forests. It is here that they can find a steady diet of grasses, bark, and bamboo. Bamboo is perhaps their favorite culinary dish! They also have a great love for a good banana on the side. A mature adult elephant eats up to 400 pounds of vegetation a day. Most experts in the field estimate that there are between 2,000 and 3,000 wild elephants. There is about the same number of domesticated elephants in the country.
Thailands Magnificent Elephants in the wild establish tight relationships between themselves and other members of the herd. A calf is raised by all the females in the herd. Like their cousins in the wild, a domesticated elephant establishes a deep and personal bond with his or her trainer. An elephant trainer is called a mahout. Most trainers raise their elephants from the time they are born. The bond between a trainer and his elephant is priceless. Like all things touched by humans, there have been cases of animal abuse. Abused animals are not as common as once believed.
Elephants have been of major importance to Asians for thousands of years. They are used for transportation, tourism, and religious festivals. In the past they were used for logging activities. Logging has been banned in most countries of Asia for many years. During religious festivals of every type, elephants play a role. Currently Chabad used an elephant to carry the menorah through the city streets of Bangkok. See the link below.
Working elephants in the hands of a kind and thoughtful trainer are no different from a working dog or llama in the hands of a good and kind farmer. Many preserves use their elephants for taking tourists out on jungle treks. Tourists attend a class on the proper way to ride and care for an elephant. At the close of the article there will be links for joining one of these jungle adventures.
Thailands Magnificent Elephants are a wonder to see. Take time out this year for the adventure of a lifetime. Learn about this magnificent animal and how to care for him correctly. Go on a planned jungle trek with a knowledgeable mahout. Grab your passport and make your plans today. See you in Thailand in.
Make this the year you visit Bangkok, Thailand. It is beautiful! Plan to spend at least 4 hours in Dusit Garden. Remember to come dressed correctly if you want to view the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. For further information see the websites below.
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