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Bangkok, Thailand - A Gees Travel Guide and Adventure

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand which is a country located in South East Asia. Thailand has borders with neighboring countries of Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia but much of the country has a coastline with either the Indian Ocean or The Bay of Thailand.  “Bangkok” originally was a small village on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. After the fall of Ayutthaya in the late 18th century, King Taksin the Great turned that village into Siam’s new capital and renamed it Thonburi in 1782. King Rama moved the capital to the eastern bank of the river at Rattanakosin; originally the site of a Chinese community, who were moved outside of the new city walls to Yaowarat King Rama I named the city Krung Thep, as it is now known to Thais and which in English it translates as the “City of Angels”.

We decided to visit Bangkok to witness its huge Buddhist temples, immense into its religious sites and discover scenic views. Apart from that we also want to taste its local food delights and on top of that is to shop.

how to enter bangkok

All foreign visitor must hold a passport that has a validity of six( 6) months prior to expiry. Also, visitors are required to obtain a visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. But there are some foreign nationals that are exempted to obtain a visa. On the other hand, Philippine nationals entering the Kingdom of Thailand are not required to obtain a visa and are given 30 days stay in the country given that the purpose of the visit is for leisure. For more details on the Thailand visa information, please click here.

best time to travel bangkok

Thailand climate varies throughout the year, and since it is a tropical country it constitutes two (2) season; rainy and hot.  September to October are monsoon season, while March to May is the hottest period of the year. The recommended visit to Thailand would we from November to January where during this period the weather is cooler. This is also the time where an influx of tourist will visit Bangkok. Bangkok celebrates its Songkran Festival or Thai New Year every 13th-15th day of April where water is poured on Buddha images andlocals participate in a water fight and street dancing.

how to get there

From Singapore, there are numbers of airlines that have daily route service to Bangkok. Most are budget airlines which include, Airasia, Scoot, and Jetstar. We booked our ticket through Jetstar for two-way and the flight duration was about 2 hrs and 30 minutes, Bangkok’s time is 1 hour behind Singapore.

transportation

Tuk-Tuk also is known as the motorized tricycle is the most common mode of transportation in Bangkok which bring you from one point to another for shorter distance route. Other transportation options include public train, bus, taxis, and private cars. For us, getting around in Bangkok we choose to ride the train as it was more easy to navigate and faster way to reach desired landmark destination.

hotel

We arrived at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport at around 4 pm and directly went to our hotel. We stayed at Nasa Vegas Hotel for two (2) nights which is located and a short walk to Ramkhamhaeng train station.

Places that we have eaten

Bangkok, Thailand
Places that we have been

First Day

Wat Arun | 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai

It is known as the Temple of Dawn where it is situated beside Chao Praya River. 
How to get there:
Ride the train and alight at Saphan Taksin station,  then walk to Central/Sathorn pier and ride the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat to No.8 to Tha Tien Pier. Alight at Tha Tien and take the Wat Arun tourist boat. The temple is located opposite to the Tha Tien Pier.
Entrance Fee: 100 THB | Opening Hours: Daily (8:00 am-5:30 pm)

The Grand Palace | 1 Na Phra Lan Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon

It is the most popular tourist spot in Bangkok where it is made of complex buildings structure. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since 1782.
How to get there:
Ride the train and alight at Saphan Taksin Station, then take Exit No. 2. Walk to Central/Sathorn pier and ride the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier No.9. Walk for about 10-15 minutes to the entrance of the palace.
Entrance Fee: 400 THB | Opening Hours: Daily (8:30 am-3:30 pm)

Wat Pra Kaew | 2 Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon

It is known as Temple of Emerald Buddha where it is considered as the most sacred temple in Bangkok.  
How to get there:
It is just a nearby walk from Grand Palace.
Entrance Fee: 500 THB | Opening Hours: Daily (8:30 am-5:30 pm)

Wat Pho | 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon,

Is a Buddhist temple where a giant reclining Buddha is situated inside the temple where it measures more than 45m in length.
How to get there:
It is about 10-15 mins walk from the Grand Palace.
Entrance Fee: 100 THB | Opening Hours: Daily (8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Vimanmek Mansion5/1 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit

It is a former royal mansion which is made in Taekwood materials.
How to get there:
Ride the train and alight at Victory Monument station. take the exit No.3 and walk 15 minutes.
Entrance Fee: 500 THB  | Daily (9:30 am-4:30 pm)

Chatuchak Market | Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak,

It is the largest market that sells all kinds of items from souvenir, shirts, pants, dress, shoes on a cheapest and discounted price to compare.  It is operational during the weekend where a number of people visit to shop and to taste local street foods in the city.
How to get there:
Ride train and alight on Mo Chit station, take exit 1 and walk for about 10 minutes.
Entrance Fee: Free | Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00am-6:00pm and Fridays 6:00pm-12:00am

Adventures - Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Our trip to Bangkok was enjoyable, it was a great experience to visit temples and saw how people do prayer rituals. Aside from its temples, we also enjoyed walking in the busy city streets and tasted local Thai food.

Bangkok is not only rich in history but also a colorful and a convenient city downtown. It has large public parks and a shopping hub for locals and tourists. You can really discover Bangkok culture. The country has a lot to offer and we are still looking forward going back in the near future.

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Please check below our 3 Days + 2 Nights Bangkok-Thailand Itinerary for reference.

3 Days + 2 Nights - BANGKOK ITINERARY
DAY 1
  • 01:30pm Depart Singapore
                      Jetstar
  • 03:55pm  ETA Bangkok
                      Suvarnabhumi Intl Airport
                      Immigration Clearance
  • 04:30pm Purchase Train Ticket
                      Head to Hotel
  • 05:00pm ETA Hotel
                      Check-In                 
  • 05:30pm Ride Train
                     Head to Wat Arun
                     Ride Bus to Ferry Terminal
  • 06:30pm Take Ferry Ride Bus
                      Head to MBK Center
  • 07:30pm Dinner
                      Siam Paragon
  • 09:30pm Head to Hotel
  • 10:30pm  Rest & Sleep
DAY 2
  • 07:00am Wake Up.Ready
  • 07:30am Breakfast
  • 08:00am Ride Train
                      Head to Wat Arun
                      Ride Bus to Ferry Terminal
  • 08:30am Ride Mini-Boat
                      ETA Wat Arun
                      Entrance Fee: 50 THB
                      Explore
  • 09:30am Head to Wat Pho
                     Reclining Buddha
                     Entrance Fee: 100 THB
  • 10:30am  Walk to Grand Palace
                      Entrance Fee: 400 THB
  • 11:00am Walk to Wat Phra Kaew
                     Explore
  • 11:30am  Lunch
  • 12:30pm  Head to Vimanek Mansion
                     Entrance Fee: 100 THB
  • 02:30pm ETA Chatuchak Street Market
                     Explore and Shop
  • 06:30pm Head to Khao San Road
                      Dinner
  • 07:40pm Head to Hotel
  • 08:30pm ETA Hotel
  • 10:00pm Rest & Sleep
DAY 3
  • 07:30am Wake Up
  • 08:00am Breakfast
  • 08:30am Ride Train
                      Head to Airport
  • 09:00am ETA Airport
                      Suvarnabhumi Intl Airport
  • 10:30am Depart Bangkok
  • 12:30pm ETA Singapore
  • 01:30pm Home

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