Wat Phra Kaew

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.

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The Erawan Shrine

The Erawan Shrine, formally the Thao Maha Phrom Shrine (Thai: ศาลท้าวมหาพรหม; rtgsSan 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.

 

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Patpong

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.

 

wattana place to here

From To Time
Wattana Place Patpong 28 min. (18.2Km)

 

From To Time
Wattana Place Bus 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)

Chatuchak Market

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.

 

wattana place to here

From To Time
Wattana Place Chatuchak 34 min. (13.1 Km)

 

From To Time
Wattana Place 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

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.

 

wattana place to here

From To Time
Wattana Place Pratunam 20 min. (9.9Km)

 

From To Time
Ramkhamhaeng U. Pier Pratunam Pier 25 min. (13 piers)

Golden mountain

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.

 

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Bobae Market

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.

 

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Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza (officially Nana Entertainment Plaza; shortened NEP) is a 3 storey red-light district in Bangkok, which is rumoured to be the largest sex complex in the world. It is on Sukhumvit Road Soi 4 across from the Nana Hotel, within walking distance of the BTS Skytrain’s “Nana Station”. The name originates from the Nana family (Lek Nana being the most prominent member) which owns much property in the area and still has much influence in Thailand.

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Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. It is one of the biggest shopping centres in Asia. Opened on December 9, 2005, it includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theatre (consisted of 15 large size theaters with one of them having the biggest screen and seating capacity in Asia) and the Sea Life Ocean World (Underwater world) aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia) and an exhibition hall and the Thai Art Gallery and also an opera concert hall. It also has a large bowling alley and karaoke centre.

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