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15 May 2008

Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall & Vimanmek Mansion

credit: koninklijkhuis & KrabiSeason

Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall

Located on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue, this beautiful Throne Hall was built in the reign of King Rama V using marble for construction in the Italian Renaissance architectural style. The ceiling of the dome is highlighted by exquisite fresco paintings of important royal functions during the reigns of King Rama I up to King Rama VI of the Royal House of Chakri.

Nowadays, Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall is primarily used to hold important royal and state ceremonies. Recently, the Hall welcomed leaders from many countries participating in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2003 hosted by the Royal Thai Government. The Hall opens only on the 2nd Saturday of January (Children’s day). However, the outdoor portion is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Vimanmek Mansion

This is the largest golden teakwood building in the world, built in 1901 by King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) as a royal residence. It is located behind the National Assembly Building. The 3-storey mansion contains 81 rooms, halls and antechambers. It was renovated and extensively restored by the order of H.M. Queen Sirikit to house priceless treasures and a collection of late 19th and early 20th century royal memorabilia. Situated on the east wing of Vimanmek Mansion is Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, a one-storey teak building built in the reign of King Rama V. The Hall is now Thailand’s first handicraft museum where Her Majesty the Queen collects handicraft masterpieces, created by members of her SUPPORT Foundation. In the museum, visitors will find handicrafts such as nielloware, Thai silk with various unique designs, Liphao basketry made from finely split jungle vines like beautiful trays and handbags studded with jewels in different designs such as the green metallic wings of an indigenous beetle.

Near the entrance to Vimanmek Mansion is the Royal Carriage Museum with splendid examples of ancient horse-drawn carriages. Vimanmek Mansion is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Tickets are available until 3.00 p.m. There are Thai classical dance performances at 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Admission is 100 baht. For visitors with a ticket to the Grand Palace, admission is free. Golf car rental is 400 baht per hour. Polite and modest attire is required.
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13 May 2008

shopping in Bangkok 4 - Pratunam Phetchaburi Road Suan Lum Night Bazaar Sukhumvit Thewet Woengnakhon Khasem

Pratunam/Phetchaburi Road Areas

- It is an all-time clothes-selling mall, but today’s teens prefer buying at Platinum instead. SiamSquare is also another very good place to take a look!

“The area is best known for inexpensive ready-made clothing, which is sold partly in a street market where bargaining is the order of the day. Major hotels include the Amari Watergate and the
Indra Regent. A few hundred metres west along Phetchaburi Road from the Amari Watergate Hotel and across the street, is an enormous computer goods establishment called Pantip Plaza for
the cyber-connoisseur, devoted to hardware, software and other electronic goods. It offers incredibly good value. This is a place to spend a whole day in, the true Aladdin’s cave for computer geeks. Not only can visitors buy a brand-name computer and a tailormade computer assembled on the spot with very low prices, but they can also buy second-hand computers and have their computer repaired for a very reasonable price. As in all Thai plazas, there is good food to eat, too. Also in this area is Baiyoke Tower II, the highest edifice in Bangkok with buffet restaurants on the 77th and 78th floors that offer a spectacular panorama of the city. Around its base, there are many small markets and shopping streets to explore.”

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

– It’s okay if you like, but I won’t buy things here! + Recommended Thai Puppet shows

Suan Lum Night Bazaar is located on the east side of Lumphini Park. It is a big new place for shoppers to spend their time and money shopping at night from 5.00 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. The large area has many restaurants, pubs, beer gardens, and stalls (fashionable clothes, handicrafts and handmade products, mostly OTOP). There are traditional small Thai puppet shows (Tel. 0 2252 9683-6) and the BEC-TERO Hall where visitors can catch internationally famous classical, rock and pop concerts and iceskating shows.”

Patpong Night Bazaar

Sukhumvit Area
– Hotels & Shopping Malls, Shopping Markets
“This long thoroughfare is Bangkok’s major artery and its major hotels include the Landmark, Ambassador and Sheraton Grande. The major shopping areas are concentrated between Soi
Nana (Sukhumvit 3) and Sukhumvit 24 and there is a thriving street market. A variety of shops, shopping centres, plazas and department stores including Robinson and the Emporium (mostly imported brand-name merchandise) offer a great range of choices to buyers. Also, check out H1 on Sukhumvit Soi 55, a very hip place for a trendy lifestyle in Bangkok, which has a shop with imported furniture from Italy , a graphic bookshop, restaurants and home-made ice cream. The area is a group of white buildings surrounded by trees and bushes.”

Shopping Centre on Rajdamri Road

Thewet Market

- No comment, really

“Reachable by the river taxi, as well as road transport, this market is best known for potted plants and shrubs. “


Woengnakhon Khasem

-2nd Hand goods + antiques need bargaining

"Better known as the “Thieves Market”, located between Yaowarat Road and Charoenkrung Road, this area sells antiques including Thai and Chinese objets d’art, porcelain, brassware, copperware and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Bargaining is essential."

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shopping in Bangkok Mainpage

shopping in Bangkok 2 - Banglamphu BoBe Chatuchak Mahesak Silom Charoenkrung Road

shopping in Bangkok 3 - Langkrasuang Pak Klong Talat Patpong Suriwong Silom Phahurat Phloen Chit Pathumwan

Shopping in Bangkok 3 - Langkrasuang Pak Klong Talat Patpong Suriwong Silom Phahurat Phloen Chit Pathumwan

Langkrasuang Market

-2nd Hand goods + antiques need bargaining

“Between the Royal Hotel and the Ministry of Interior, a row of shop-houses sell moderately priced second-hand goods, like antique cameras, typewriters, musical instruments, radios and all manner of electrical goods. Bargaining is recommended. “

Suan Lum Night bazaar

Pak Khlong Talat

– The Flower Market

“This market is at the base of Phra Buddha Yodfa Bridge along Chakrawat Road. Also known as the “flower market”, most people come to buy flowers from lilies, carnations, roses, daisies to orchids, and so on. Vendors can arrange beautiful bouquets for every occasion.”


Patpong/Suriwong/Silom Areas

– Hotels and shopping spot (not so cheap, though)

“Major hotels in this area include the Montien, the Pan Pacific, the Sofitel and the Dusit Thani. Silom Road is the main artery of Bangkok’s commercial heart and paralleled by Suriwong Road, while Patpong runs crosswise between the two. At night, this area has a lot of vivid entertainment. In addition to housing dozens of specialist shops and boutiques representing all the major products, this area also boasts many branches of wellknown retailers and several shopping plazas. Street stalls also abound, most notably at Patpong”s famous night bazaar. This area comprises Bangkok’s major business and entertainment areas as well. A variety of shops, supermarkets and plazas spoil the shopper by offering jewellery, gemstones, antiques, ceramics, leather goods, clothing, handicrafts, Thai silks and cottons, electronic devices, cameras and computer gears and a variety of other goods.”


Phahurat Bombay Market

– This is a good place for buying cloth

“There is a large Indian minority in Thailand. Merchants have spread out all over Asia from Southern India and many have come to Thailand. Many have arrived to trade the brightly-coloured cloth used to make saris and the beautiful ankle-length dresses Indian women like to wear. In Phahurat Market, on Phahurat Road parallel to Yaowarat Road just west of chinatown and towards the river, visitors will find a variety of supplies to suit the clothing needs of those Indian ladies and more. The market sells all kinds of cloth from plain white cotton to batik to silk, to cover every need; for cushions, curtains, upholstery coverings, suits, dresses and skirts. Think of the cloth requirements or even the buttons and tassels one needs, and it is a good bet one will find what one wants here. Cloth is sold by the metre, straight from the bolt. It is usually very cheap. Phahurat is a market really worth exploring. Not only is it a cloth centre, but a spice centre as well. As visitors go round the market, they will be aware of that spicy, Indian smell made up of incense, which they can buy here, and of course Indian curry. Visitors can buy incense to lend their living room an exotic atmosphere; search the tiny side streets for spices and other Indian specialties, household goods and shoulder bags in Thai silk.”

China Town

Phloen Chit/Pathumwan Areas

– Hotels + Teens Fashion Center + skywalk&BTS

“Big-name hotels include the Grand Hyatt Erawan, Arnoma, Regent, Imperial and Novotel. The area has several department stores and shopping centres, including the Central World Plaza, on the 7th floor of which the duty-free shopping outlet is located, Central Chitlom, Gaysorn Plaza, Siam Square, Siam Discovery Centre, and MBK Center. Visitors will certainly find something they take a fancy to.”

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shopping in Bangkok Mainpage

shopping in Bangkok 2 - Banglamphu BoBe Chatuchak Mahesak Silom Charoenkrung Road

shopping in Bangkok 4 - Pratunam Phetchaburi Road Suan Lum Night Bazaar Sukhumvit Thewet Woengnakhon Khasem